Microsoft operates aÂ location serviceÂ that helps determine the precise geographic location of your Windows device. The precise location of your device allows apps to give you directions, show shops and restaurants that are near you, and more.
Many apps and services request location information from your device, and the Windows location service gives you control overÂ which apps are allowed to access your precise location.
Location servicesÂ is a device-wide setting that can be controlled by the device administrator. When turned on, it enables certain Windows featuresâ€”such as auto-setting the time zone or Find my deviceâ€”to function properly. When this location setting is enabled, the Microsoft location service will use a combination of global positioning service (GPS), nearby wireless access points, cell towers, and your IP address (orÂ default location) to determine your deviceâ€™s location. Depending on the capabilities of your device, your deviceâ€™s location can be determined with varying degrees of accuracy and may in some cases be determined precisely.
You can set aÂ default locationÂ for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location canâ€™t be detected using GPS or other methods.
This tutorial will show you how to change the default location for your Windows 11 device for your account.