How to Avoid Google.com Redirects When You’re Outside the U.S.

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If you live outside the US, when you visit google.com, you’re likely to be redirected to a localized version of Google, complete with a different domain extension and (often) non-English results. Here’s how you can avoid that redirection.

1. Visit google.com/?gws_rd=ssl instead of google.com to head straight to the standardized version of Google.

Bookmark this modified URL or use an auto-expander to type it in quickly with a keyword of your choice. Or how about setting google.com/?gws_rd=ssl as your browser’s home page?

Of course, you can click on the Use Google.com link at the bottom right of the localized Google homepage to go to the standard version, but who needs that when you can skip the redirection altogether.

2. If you happen to use DuckDuckGo, the dark horse of search engines, append !g to your search query. This throws up search results right away on (an encrypted version of) google.com.

Even on the default version of Google, you get results tailored to your location, based on various factors such as your IP address, location history, and location-based search queries. Turn off location services on your computer or phone if you want to remove these location-based influences on your search results.

Do you prefer to use Google.com or the localized version of Google for your searches? Let’s hear from you!

Image Credit: A keyboard with a button Google by Jane0606 via Shutterstock

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