I'm in France and trying to use Google in English only. My Google settings are set to English everywhere:

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I've also clicked on the link "use google.com" but when I do a search, it still shows some results in French, and I suspect the results are somehow tweaked for a French audience, which means some important English ones might be missing.

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Is there any way to force it to really use only English (except for using a VPN or proxy server)?

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I switched to Bing.com because of it. They have very convenient options as "Narrow by language" and "Narrow by region" right above search results. Also you can go to settings and set search results only in English and it really works as opposed to Google "fake" settings.

As for your question about Google I didn't find any working solution. All the other answers don't work for me either. Google kept showing me Russian results even when I was living in another country. I guess it uses OS language settings but I can't switch it because of stupid MS limitations on OEM OS. So I just began to use Bing as a workaround.

  • If it would MS then why Bing is showing correct results when it's MS search drive? – Alex Zhukovskiy Aug 30 '16 at 9:26

One way is to use Advanced Search: https://www.google.com/advanced_search

If you're logged in to Google, you can also change the preference "Currently showing search results in:" and set it to one or more languages

I've made a custom search parameter, works well. Steps follow:

  1. Go to your Chrome settings
  2. Under Search, click on Manage search engines
  3. Scroll to the bottom, fill Add a new search engine and Keyword with whatever you want
  4. Fill the URL field with
    https://encrypted.google.com/webhp?hl=en&gl=en#safe=active&hl=en&gl=en&q=%s
  5. Press Done
  6. Go back to Manage search engines and make it your default

All default searches will be in encrypted EN from now on.

  • This absolutely does not work. Google search will switch to your local google domain based on IP you are using and it will show you results in IP specific language. Tthis Big Brother seems to know better what you need. This slowly makes me think about Bing. – Jeffz Aug 7 '16 at 10:56
  • Doesn't filter completely, but I see more results in English with this. – Pavel Alexeev May 2 at 11:35

One way is this:

https://encrypted.google.com/webhp?hl=en&gl=en

https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&gl=en

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  • The first one seems to work fine. The second not so much because it redirects to google.fr – this.lau_ Dec 13 '14 at 17:36
  • Both links do bit solve the problem for me, when I search for technical reference information (all of which is in English) I get mostly Japanese results, see screenshot i.stack.imgur.com/0h5Qo.png – nic Apr 13 at 2:54
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Eventually I got it working on Firefox using this add-on: always ".com" - Google.com (in English).

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    Works great. A search for "BYO" was showing top 3 results in Japanese, now everything is in English. – nic Mar 8 '16 at 9:54

You can use a link such as this:

http://google.com/search?q=example&lr=lang_en

I am from Tabriz Iran, I had just like your problem in search. You must go to setting in search menu under Google's search field, not setting menu on Chrome's menu. enter image description here

You can change only search results on this menu.

https://google.com/ncr

Once you visit this link, Google search localization, both region and language, will be disabled for all searches after that. I've read this somewhere on the internet long ago, don't remember where, it seems to be a "secret feature", but it works, I use it regularly. To reset, delete the web browser cookies.

PS: I don't log in with my Google account reguarly so I can't say how well it works while logged in, I think it does but not sure.

adding language:en will give you English only results, not sure if that helps or is what you are looking for at all but it might at least kinda work.

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    Adding "language:en" where? – ale Aug 6 '15 at 14:52
  • Just tried to add "language:en" in the query fields, without then with quotes, doesn't have the intended result. – Stéphane Gourichon Aug 7 '15 at 5:16

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