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How to access Google USA

If you want to see the search results as you would if you were in the USA, then this is the article for you. Interestingly, the top results for the search term “how to access Google USA” don’t actually give you a way to access true Google USA. Their solutions, while simple, will return results of the location you are in, mixed with some from the USA. They suggest the following:

  • Using the country settings and changing your country of origin to USA. This will give you mixed results for the location you are in and from Google USA. You’ll also find that the ads are still from your country and some of the domains will be from your country.
  • Adding ‘ncr’ to the end of the domain (google.com/ncr) which means you won’t be redirected to a local google site, google.fr for example. This, again, works to see Google.com, but it will still give results from where you are.

If you’re happy having mixed local and USA results, then the above solutions are acceptable. If you want to access true, unfiltered, unadulterated Google USA, read on…

How to change your location in Google Chrome and access Google USA

If you want to access Google US results you must change Google Chromes “Sensors” to the longitude and latitude of somewhere in the USA. Here’s a step by step guide:

Step 1: Open a private browser and right click on the black back ground and choose “inspect element” from the drop down. (the image shows the drop down opened when you right click anywhere on the browser)  
Step 2: In the window that opens, you’ll see three dots in the top right-hand corner, click them. (The image shows the window pane opened with details about the code of the page)
Step 3: From the menu that appears, move the mouse arrow to the “More tools” sections, and click on sensors and a section at the bottom of the new window appears, shown on the right:
Step 4: In the sensors tab, click the drop-down called “Override” and select either San Francisco or Mountain View (the location of Google’s headquarters: a Chrome Easter egg)

(The image shows the pre-set locations that can be selected. The list includes major cities in Europe, Asia and North and South America)

Step 5: In the search bar, enter a search term that requires local results, e.g. “hotels near me”. Repeat the search until you see the box shown on the right, showing you have the option to allow or block:
Step 6: Allow Google to know your new location and your search results will refresh and you’ll access Google USA, shown in the image:

Accessing local Google search results anywhere in the world

If you want to search for results in an area of America, you can find the longitude and latitude of the location in Google Maps. Just search for the specified location and right click to reveal the options menu. Select “what’s here”: a box at the bottom of the screen will display the longitude and latitude.

Now go back to the sensors drop down and select “custom location”. This allows you to input your own longitude and latitude. Now repeat steps 6 and 7.

So, that’s how to access Google USA. It’s a very powerful feature of Google’s Chrome, allowing you to see what people in other countries see. It can feel a bit like travelling the world from your desk. We use it to analyse search results around the world. If you would like to know more about how to get to the top of the search results, get in touch.