How to always use Google.com 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 Google.com 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 Google.com as your homepage and not Google.fr, Google.ca, Google.kr or Google.co.uk, 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 “https://www.google.com/ncr” instead of just google.com 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 “google.com/ncr” 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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  • Ben Johnson

    Verified that NCR, or no country redirect works fine as of 4.4.16

    https://www.google.com/ncr

  • press X to continue

    For me, I had to set this URL so context search works, too:
    http://www.google.com/search?gfe_rd=cr&gws_rd=cr&q=%s

    I really hate how Google is handling country redirects. They better should focus on their users, instead of making their products worse on request of fucking politicians and lobbyists in Europe.

  • Aoba

    Thank you! I was so tired of seeing results from my local area.

  • Olivia

    Dang, dude… Drink some cocoa, with marshmallows. Smell a flower. Look at the moon. Inhale. Exhale. Chill… Don’t wish cancer on people. If technology makes you SO angry, maybe it’s time to just go sit on the beach and watch the waves for a bit.

  • Gabriel Mar

    Google has been redirecting me to yoursites123, going to use this guide to fix it: http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-yoursites123-com-virus.html

  • Steven Stevenson

    That’s “cache”.

  • Marvin Howard
  • Bassem Fanari

    Seems that Google’s NCR (No Country Redirect) parameter is not working anymore as of December 15, 2015.

    Luckily, you can still avoid Google’s country redirects using the following new link instead:

    http://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=cr&gws_rd=cr

    Regards,
    Bassem Fanari
    mailto:bassemfanari@gmail.com

  • You may also want to add “/ncr” to your (Google) search engine address in Settings. Under Search, click “manage search engine…” and then the URL next to “Google” and change it to “google.com/ncr”. This way, you won’t be redirected when you use your address bar to go to Google.com or use the search engine.

  • Robert Sheehan

    it only worked for me after clearing cash and closing chrome several times and making a default search engine yahoo then back to google

  • Habraken

    Put this as your default search engine in the Chrome browser settings, seems to work: http://www.google.com/ncr#hl=en&q=%s

  • grantiago

    thank you

  • Alex

    ncr only worked for me after removing cookies.

  • Hi there, constantly i used to check blog posts here in the
    early hours in the daylight, since i love to find out more and more.

  • Kris

    Thanks a lot, this is useful, I prefer main google instead of my country google, because some of features removed in my local google.

  • googlesucks

    Seriously… who are those morons that WORK on making things WORSE?
    Where do i get a job, where they give me a good engine or something similar, and then just say “there… make it more annoying, more stupid, slower, and completely unorganized!”?
    Hope the people responsible for automatic redirects get cancer. I have spent over 100 hours of my life, trying to do something about this, and NOTHING in the world helps! Those scumbags steal MY time, and everyone elses time. They are responsible that EVERY stupid site in the world, now redirects you to some other stupid page. When Infinite Crisis was not shut down, i could not even play with certain people, because talking to them outside the game was impossible, because you just COULD NOT ACCESS the original website, only got redirected to some REALLY bad translated clone…
    Google is the aids of the internet, and they are infecting everyone…

  • Dana

    Hi, I am in the UK but Google Chrome is showing me as in Germany, this is causing massive issues for me and though I have sent numerous messages to Google I am getting no where, incidentally I am no Techie, just an average user who is frustrated not to be able to reach a person at Google! Can you help me.

    Thanks, Dana

  • really annoyed by redirect

    this fix nolonger works. Am REALLY fed up to the back teeth with this redirect issue

  • you are

    and if I type something in search, or directly in address bar
    and IF I DON’T WANT TO HAVE GOOGLE AS HOMEPAGE ?!?
    and even if I LOWER TO YOUR LEVEL … HOW DO YOU SET THAT HOMEPAGE IN TABS ?!?

    RETARDED !!!!!!!

  • 3D-BUG

    [@y] [@sonja]
    If yuo using Firefox try to go with that ncr string and after that copy string to your home page settings with the appearing address string. For me it’s working.

  • Wallace

    I am using IE11 for my browser, but using http://www.google.com as my home page. I can never use the I am feeling lucky option. As I type it starts showing up in the upper left hand corner , and after I type in what I want it search for it opens a page with many links and details. How can I get it to let me hit the I’m Feeling Lucky Tab?
    Thanks’ In Advance,
    L-Man

  • Eric Paroissien

    Thank you, it works, after all the other tricks i tried that didn’t.

  • Fred Bazzeeda

    This fix does NOT work. Why is this still being spread across these blogs and forums.
    Why is google not listening!
    If one types .com in the browser, it should go to the .com site, no matter where you are on the planet! People should not have to fuck with settings and many times it is time consuming when travelling and one doesn’t have their own pc, or they borrowing, or very little time, or using company pc or whatever. This should not even be an issue. It is really pissing me and so many others off.

  • y

    go to https://myaccount.google.com it will prompt you some products are not set to your desired language change it and it wont redirect or change the language

  • y

    not working when I type https://www.google.com/ncr in the address bar it redirects me as usual

  • mastablasta

    The “ncr” for “No Country Redirect” worked great, thanks!

  • Oktay

    Redirecting is a stupid thing.

    I live in Macedonia and Google redirects me to Germany, which is 2000 km away.

    Why should I open German site, read in German or interested in German at al?

    This happens ALWAYS. Deleting cashe and other things don’t help. And I am not traveling.

  • mario

    Was also a bit annoyed, and seems it is not consistent: so the one that seems to work for me now is: http://www.google.com/ (also in the home button settings). But I would add, Chrome Version:Version 40.0.2214.111 (64-bit) under fedora 21. jic ;)

  • 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 google.com/ncr 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 google.com, at work that’s a waste of time and I have swithced to DuckDuckGo instead.

  • 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 google.com. It is driving me nuts and I can’t figure out any workaround to fix it at all. Please look into this?

  • svetlana0777

    Thank you very much!!!! It works perfect for me!

  • 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!!

  • David

    I have to agree with Sonja: Sorry, but NCR no longer works!!! Google keeps redirecting me to country-specific page!!!

  • joe

    Thx.
    I changed to `http://www.google.com’ and redirects ok.

  • meshin

    [@sonja] Bok Sonja. Just now setuped NCR and for me it works, Croatia also. But I also turned off browser geo location service, you could maybe turn it off also ;)

  • sonja

    Sorry, but NCR no longer works. Google keeps redirecting me to country-specific page (Croatia).

  • LM

    What about forcing the browser to use http://google.com rather than https://google.com which is significantly slower – timings show something like 15% on slow connections.

  • Odd

    Nice! This program is useful for lots of other things, too. Thanks!

  • Jeanjean

    Very usefull tip. Thank you.