Set or Change Default Location in Windows 10

How to Set, Change, or Clear Default Location in Windows 10

The location data is used by various Windows services and third party apps to provide you country-specific information. For example, a news app can show you local news, and a weather app can utilize location information to provide you the actual weather forecast.

Windows 10 allows you to specify a default location for your device that the operating system, the installed apps, and its services can then use when other methods of determining the location can’t be used, e.g. the GPS receiver is not available.

Today, we will review how to specify, modify, and reset the default location for your Windows 10 device.

To Set the Default location in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Privacy > Location.Windows 10 Privacy Location
  3. Ensure that Location for your device is on.
  4. On the right, click on the Set default button under the Default location section.
  5. Windows 10 Set Default Location Button
  6. This will open the Maps app. There, click on the Set default location button.Windows 10 Maps Set Default Location Button
  7. In the text box, specify the default location, e.g. an address or city name.Windows 10 Maps Set Default Location Using Address
  8. Alternatively, click on Choose location below the input box and use the map to specify it.Windows 10 Maps Set Default Location Using Map
  9. If prompted, click on Set to specify your default location in Windows 10.Windows 10 Default Location Is Set

You are done. You can close the Settings and Maps apps if you wish.

To Change the Default location in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Privacy > Location.Windows 10 Privacy Location
  3. Ensure that Location for your device is on.
  4. On the right, click on the Set default button under the Default location section.Windows 10 Set Default Location Button
  5. In Maps, click on the Change button.Windows 10 Change Default Location
  6. Specify a new location.Windows 10 Maps Set Default Location Using Map

Finally, here is how to remove (reset) your default location in Windows 10.

To Remove the Default location in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Privacy > Location.Windows 10 Privacy Location
  3. Ensure that Location for your device is on.
  4. On the right, click on the Set default button under the Default location section.Windows 10 Set Default Location Button
  5. In Maps, click on Clear location.Windows 10 Remove Default Location

You are done!

Bonus tip: You can specify the default location right from the Maps app.

Change the Default Location with the Maps app

  1. Open Maps from the Start menu.
  2. Click on three dot button to open the Maps menu.Windows 10 Maps Menu Settings
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Default location section.Windows 10 Maps Settings
  5. There you will find the Change default location  button.

That's it.

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