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

For privacy reasons, location service can be disabled in Windows 11. However, if you are using location service or your device needs it enabled for any reason, the steps below will help you set the default location for your device Windows.

With location service enabled, Windows can identify stores, restaurants, and other locations in your areas, and help you with directions to these locations. It also allows certain Windows functions, such as automatic time zone setting, weather information, or Find my device, to work properly.

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

Again, it is up to you whether to use it or disable it on your Windows device.

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

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

Here’s how to do it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

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

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The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Privacy & Security, Select Location on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

Windows 11 shuts down the location service

In the Location settings panel, select the Default location tile and click the Set default button.

Windows 11 default location for location service

Then click on the Set default location button to write your address.

Windows 11 sets the default location

Start typing your address and Windows will start suggesting addresses that match your entry. Select the correct address from the list and save.

windows type location service address

If Windows cannot display your address, you can select a location near your address and then click the Place button to save.

Windows sets the default location service address

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to configure the default location service address for your Windows device. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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