How to Disable Geo IP in Firefox

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The Firefox browser includes a feature called Geo IP, which shares your geographic location with websites. Geo IP works by sharing your public IP address when you visit websites. It's a useful feature for some people, as web servers can customize results they send back (such as local information and advertisements) according to your location. However, some people prefer to keep their location hidden.


To disable Geo IP in Firefox:

  • Type about:config into the address bar.
  • Click the I'll be careful button if necessary to continue.
  • Type geo into the Filter box.
  • Double-click the geo.enabled entry in the list to change the value field ("true" is enabled and "false" is disabled).


Firefox, by default, asks whether you wish to supply geolocated data to a website. Disabling the Geo IP setting changes the default to "always deny" when a website asks for this kind of information. Firefox does not provide location data to websites without a user's explicit consent by means of a notification requesting permission.

The Geo IP setting controls Firefox's ability to pass geolocated data to websites, informed by your device's IP address and nearby cellular towers as confirmed by Google Location Services. Although disabling the Geo IP control means that the browser cannot pass data, a website can still employ other techniques to triangulate your location.

In addition, some services that require a location to function (e.g., online payment-processing systems) may fail to operate unless they have access to the data controlled by the Geo IP setting.