How to always use and stop Google from sending you to country specific website [Tip]

If you are in another country, it’s already typical for you to be redirected to Google’s local homepage. As you can notice, even if you type on your address bar, it will still redirect you to its country-specific page. Unfortunately, this case also applies to users who are using VPN. So what if you want to skip all the localities and just stick to the original? Is there any way for you to do so without constantly getting redirected? Well, if you skip past the break, then you’ll be able to learn how.

Google Search Home Page Regular

Prevent Google from redirecting you to its country-specific homepage

On Chrome

If you want to set as your homepage and not,, or, go to your browser’s settings (type chrome://settings on your address bar) then click the “Show Home Button” under “Appearance”.

Once done, click “Change” then a small overlay window will appear. Select “Open this page” then type “” instead of just or the likes. The “ncr” in the link stands for “No Country Redirect” so if you include this on the URL, Google won’t geolocate your homepage based on your IP address.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use Google as your homepage, you can just type “” on your address bar. If you do this, you will be automatically taken to Google’s regular page and you can immediately start your search.

On other web browsers (ex. Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.)

The same principle applies to other web browsers. Just replace or update the link for your browser’s homepage with Google’s “No Country Redirect” link and that’s it.

Now, keep in mind that one of the main reasons why Google redirects you to its country-specific page is to provide you with the most relevant results for your search queries.

One good example of this is when you are using the search engine to give you the latest weather update. If you’re using the “No Country Redirect”, you will only get the general links for weather forecast. If you are on your country-specific page, aside from the general search results, the search engine will also provide you with its localized weather info card.

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  1. Terion

    [@mm] [@mm]
    It is Google’s own doing. Browsing to the NCR version still redirects to the localised version very often. I have to re-browse to about 4 times on average before I really end up there. It sucks a lot, but I don’t think it is something that can be fixed client side. At home I just re-type the URL until I hit, at work that’s a waste of time and I have swithced to DuckDuckGo instead.

  2. mm

    This fix no longer works. I don’t know when it stopped working, but I uninstalled and reinstalled google chrome recently and have been unable to apply this fix. Yes, the ncr site is chosen for my homepage and home button. But when I click on the new tab button, I am automatically directed to the country-specific google site instead of It is driving me nuts and I can’t figure out any workaround to fix it at all. Please look into this?

  3. SDb

    I have a better alternative. Go to chrome web store, search for the extension – NoCountryRedirect (NCR) and add it to your chrome browser. This should stop Google from redirecting you to a country-specific page. Job done! Have fun!!