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Switching Google Chrome back to use Google.com for searching

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/27

Though the Google NCR trick can be used to prevent the Google.com search site from redirecting to a localized one, you need a few extra steps for switching back Google Chrome when it has configured itself to a Google country domain you don’t understand.

Before you follow the steps below, be sure to configure Chrome to remember where it left off: “Continue where I left off” so it remembers which tabs were open.

Steps for switching back to Google.com in Chrome:

1. Type google.com/ncr in the address bar and search for something (use Google’s search box, not the browser’s omnibox).

2. Close Chrome. If you’re using the desktop Chrome, close all Chrome windows or click Exit in the menu. If you’re using the mobile Chrome, press the home button and use your operating system’s multitasking feature to force close Chrome. Here are theinstructions for iOS. Android instructions are different, depending on the device you use: some Android devices have a button that shows a list of recent apps, while others require to press and hold the home button or double-tap it. Swipe Chrome’s thumbnail to force close it.

3. Launch Chrome again, open a new tab and search for something using Chrome’s omnibox.

4. You should see an infobar that asks you: “would you like to search with google.com instead of [your local Google domain]?”. Click or tap “switch to google.com” and that’s all.

Thanks { Thanks, Sushubh Mittal and Jérôme Flipo. } for finding this out, and  for posting this.

–jeroen

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