Google shows a different location than to what I am connected

In this article, you will learn why sometimes Google shows a different country location rather than the one you connected to and how to remedy this.

We will go through the following reasons and possible solutions:

  1. Reasons behind this issue
  2. How to solve this problem

Reasons behind this issue


Google might show you a different location than the one you connected to for the following reasons:

  • Geolocation data

Google determines user location by cross-checking the IP address with geolocation data of devices using that IP address. If Google detects a significant number of devices using that IP address in a certain area, it will change its location for that IP address.

  • New server

If you have connected to a freshly installed Surfshark server, it might be that Google did not update the IP location database, which led to a display of incorrect locations.


How to solve this problem


We recommend the following solutions:

  • Reconnect to your chosen server. This may help you receive a new IP address,
    hopefully showing the correct location.
  • Connect to a completely different location.

You can also check for any IP address leaks by following our guide on how to make sure if Surfshark VPN is working.



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