How to Change Location Service Locations in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the default location for location service in Windows 11. Windows uses location service to determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device.

For privacy reasons, one can turn off the location service in Windows 11. However, if you’re using location service, or your device needs it enabled for any reasons, the steps below will help you set the default location for your Windows device.

With location service enabled, Windows can identify shops, restaurants and other establishments in your areas, and help you with directions there. It also enables certain Windows features such as auto-setting the time zone, weather information or Find my device to work properly.

Microsoft uses a combination of global positioning service (GPS), nearby wireless access points, cell towers, and your IP address to determine your device location.

Again, it’s up to you whether to use it or disable it on your Windows device. If you decide to keep using it, then continue below to learn how to set its default location.

How to change the default location for location service in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the location service helps Microsoft to determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, select Location on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 turn off location service

On the Location settings pane, select the Default location tile, and click the Set default button.

windows 11 default location for location service

Then click the Set default location button to type in your address.

windows 11 set default location

Start typing your address and Windows will begin to suggest addresses matching your entry. Select the correct address on the list and save.

windows type location service address

If Windows can’t list your address, you can select location close to your address, then click the Set button to save.

windows set default location service address

That should do it!


This post showed you how to set the default location service address for your Windows device. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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  1. My location is set to my home but when I search for common stores such as twrget, it lists stores in another town about 25 miles away. I have reset the default location to my home to make sure. N change. Still not recognizing my local stores.

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