Chrome Browser Region Settings Revert To Default

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Issue

Whenever the Chrome browser history and/or cache is cleared, you will notice that the region settings for Chrome revert back to a default setting  instead of the region in which you reside. Since most all of our Windows virtual private servers are located in European datacenters and you may be located in the US for example... this can cause your page text, search results, etc. to be displayed in a language other than English.

chrome browser region setting reverts to non-english setting
A search for "US Population" reverts to non-english setting

Why This Occurs

Unless you are logged into a Google account while using Chrome, the region settings are stored in the browser's cookies. Because of this, if you clear the cache and cookies in the browser, the SPECIFIC region setting (US for example) will revert back to Default (physical location of the VPS datacenter).

The exception to this is if you ARE logged into a Google account, then the regional settings associated to that account will be enabled and will roam with you to any computer you log into. These regional settings override the cookie based region settings.

How To Reset Browser Region Settings To Your Preferred Region

  1. Perform a Google Search - When the results appear, you will see an option to Change To Your Preferred language... click on that link.

    Change search results to English
    Change search results to English
  2. Adjust Search Settings - Click on Settings - Search Settngs

    Adjusting Chrome search settings
    Adjusting Chrome search settings
  3. Expand Regional Options - Scroll down the Search Settings page until you see Region Settings. Next, click the Show More link.

    Show additional regions
    Show additional regions
  4. Select Preferred Region - Scroll down the list of regions and select your preferred region (we've selected United States in our example. Next, click the SAVE button.

    Select preferred region and save
    Select preferred region and save
  5. And You're Done! - You may see a pop-up message in your browser indicating the Region Setting change has been saved. Now, all your search results will appear in the language of your region setting.

    Region settings have been saved
    Region settings have been saved
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