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Gaydar Blog

Gaydar Blog
10 September 2018

Here’s a few steps you can take to make sure your location is shared with Gaydar. Sharing your location on Gaydar is key to get the best possible experience out of it. Firstly, check your computers own location settings, then check your internet browser settings:


Windows PCs:

On your PC, please go to your Settings page, then click on Privacy, and next click on Location which is under the App Permissions title.

At the top of the screen you will see Location Service which should be set to ON. (You can click in the blue bar to turn it OFF or ON).

Under that is Default Location: click on that and the PC can use a default setting for you if it is not able to detect a more precise location. You will be presented with a map that you can set.

Next, scroll further down your screen to “Choose apps that can use your precise location”. In that list, if you see the browser that you use listed, please ensure that also is set to ON.



On your MAC (version OS X Mountain Lion or later), choose System Preferences from the Apple () menu, click the Security & Privacy icon, then select the Privacy tab.

If the padlock icon in the lower left is locked, click it and enter an admin name and password to unlock it.

Select Location Services, then check the “Enable Location Services” checkbox.

Apps that you have allowed to use Location Services appear in the Privacy pane of Security & Privacy preferences. Checkboxes show whether Location Services is turned on or off for an app. Please make sure your chosen browser is checked to enable Location Services.


Next, check your internet browser settings:

  Google Chrome

On your computer:

1. Open Chrome.
2. At the top right, click More ⋮ > Settings.
3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
4. Under “Privacy and security”, click Content settings.
5. Click Location.
6. Make sure Ask before accessing is on.
7. Make sure Gaydar isn’t in the Block list.

If you are still having issues, follow these steps:

1. Close and reopen Chrome – Do not navigate to
2. At the top right, click More ⋮ > Settings.
3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
4. Under “Privacy and security”, click Content settings.
5. Click Location.
6. Delete any records from the Block and Allow lists.
7. Navigate back to Advanced settings.
8. Under “Clear browsing data”, select Basic, Time range: All time.
9. Make sure “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files” are ticked.
10. Click Clear data.

If you’re not using a computer, here is how to give Chrome access to your location on Android and on iOS devices.


  Apple Safari

On your Mac Computer:

1. select System Preferences from the Apple () menu.
2. Click the Security & Privacy icon in the System Preferences window.
3. Click the Privacy tab.
4. Select Location Services.
5. Ensure “Enable Location Services” and “Safari” checkboxes are ticked.
6. If, not, click the padlock icon in the lower left and enter an admin name and password to unlock it.
7. Tick both checkboxes.
8. Open Safari
9. Select Safari > Preferences.
10. Click the ‘Websites’ icon on the top bar in the Preferences window.
11. Select Location in the left hand side pane.
12. Make sure that is set to ‘Allow’ or ‘Ask’.

If you’re using a web browser on an iPhone or iPad, here is how to give it access to your location.
If you’re using an older version of macOS or Safari, check out this article from Apple Support for extra help.


  Microsoft Edge

To set your Location using Edge as your browser:

1. On your PC, go to Settings / Location.
Scroll down the page part way and ensure that “Allow Apps….” is set to ON
Scroll further down the page to “Choose which Apps…” and ensure that is also ON.

2. Open your Edge browser and got to the website address (Do NOT sign in to your profile just yet)

In the URL bar (where you type the website address) you will see a “Padlock” symbol.
Click on the padlock and ensure that PERMISSIONS are set to ON.

On your Windows 10 Mobile:

1. Go to Settings.
2. Select Privacy > Location.
3. Turn Show location icon on or off.

If you’re not using a computer nor a Windows Mobile, here is how to give Edge access to your location on Android and on iOS devices.


  Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox
2. Open the website that you wish to enable the Location service for:
3. Click the menu icon, top right of your screen, shown as 3 horizontal bars.
4. Go to the Options (cog wheel) half way down the screen.
5. Click on Privacy & Security – then scroll down to Permissions
6. Click on Location and the box “Settings”
7. Any website that asks for your location will be in the list.
8. In the box to the right, click Allow and then Save Changes.

If you’re not using a computer, here is how to give Firefox access to your location on Android and on iOS devices.


If you’re finding it difficult, feel free to contact our support team for additional help.



Comments (58)

  1. Avatar Lindsay1955 (Mark) says:

    Once again you seem to have messed about with a working function. I have changed nothing on my settings, but can no longer see where guys are from.
    Why can’t you leave well alone??

    • Rob Curtis Rob Curtis says:

      Hey Lindsey – I understand your frustration. We’re trying to keep the site up-to-date with the most modern technology. 99% of our users have migrated across successfully, but we can help you get your location settings right if you need it. Did you find the information on this page helpful?

    • Avatar john says:

      agree 100%. I have the same problem despite contacting gaydar help line, and following their guide lines. Pointless opening a profile as I cannot see where they are located

  2. Avatar Robert says:

    Because of the country I live in I have to use a VPN. Every time I manually set my location it gets changed despite making changes to browser location. So how do I know where anybody is and they to know where I am.

    • Rob Curtis Rob Curtis says:

      Hey Robert – we’ve added a Home and Work location field to your profile so that you can enter than manually. That should help. I’ll do some digging around to see if there’s a way to show your location when using a VPN but location settings vary from VPN to VPN.

  3. Avatar Jay says:

    Why do you keep messing around! I have changed the setting and I don’t know how it ever was stopped location, since the new website on the internet the site has gone downhill, can’t find anything.

    • Rob Curtis Rob Curtis says:

      Hey Jay – perhaps I can help. What are you looking for? We’re about to simplify the new site in January to make it a lot easier to find things, but in the meantime fire away and I’ll point you in the right direction. x Rob

  4. Avatar Grahamssw says:

    I have an apple mac, and have done what it says to do above, except line 12 – Select the “Deny without prompting” option. This is not listed as an option on my PC in Safari preferences.

  5. Avatar Brian says:

    Cannot set location. Have Google , not Chrome ,have Windows 8.1 not windows 10.

  6. Avatar Brian says:

    Have tried to set location following the info supplied but have gone to profile ,have set home location, there is no box etc for general location!
    Have no idea as to where anyone is, just get told to set location……
    Pity I did not know of this problem before paying for membership

  7. Avatar Les says:

    I find the new site to be problematic to negotiate. I commend the new picture display but otherwise, I avoid using it as I used to before the upgrade. Other guys express similar comments.

  8. Avatar Brian says:

    Have Windows 8.1 and use IE 11, Have played about with all the settings, On other sites I get the box on the bottom asking for my location and can “allow once or not at all”. but have now given up with this, no point being on here.

  9. Avatar Miloboy says:

    Your instructions did not match the info I saw on my I pad, confused

  10. Avatar Miloboy says:

    Instructions are so complicated I could not make them work

  11. Avatar Aaron says:

    How can you find each guys location ?? seems complicated compared to the older site ?

    • Avatar Andre Stoop says:

      Hi Aaron, in order for us to be able to assist you please submit a ticket on so the Gaydar support team can help you finding your way around, and answer any questions you have. They would love to hear from you.

  12. Avatar sexyboots says:

    I have been through all the steps using Chrome to enable you to find my location but I’m not sure I have got through to you yet. Please confirm. Thanks. Andrew

  13. Avatar simon says:

    Finding a location is terrible, confusing and at last (x number of attempts) at unsuccessful, very disappointing .

  14. Avatar Kim says:

    Firefox is set to allow Gaydar to access my location, but you say you don’t know it. This is new in the last day or two.

  15. Avatar ponyoboy says:

    how many times can I agree to the location thing only for it not to register, this is my second time trying to join the site I once loved, please delete my account, this is bizarre

  16. Avatar Joseph says:

    Rob Curtis, Sorry for my vague reply to Jay’s message but I feel he does have a valid point, Why do your techs keep on mucking around with Gaydar and making the site harder and harder for people to use? I have sent 7 messages to one guy and now I can only see 2 and a half of the messages that I sent to him BECAUSE THERE IS NOW NO SCROLL BAR ANYMORE SINCE 31st JANUARY 2018 TO MOVE THE SENT MESSAGE PAGE UP OR DOWN TO BE ABLE TO SEE MY MESSAGE HISTORY TO THE GUYS I MESSAGE – I really hope that the guy I message CAN SEE ALL OF MY MESSAGES because if he also HAS NO SCROLL BAR to be able to view the first 5 messages that I sent to him then this is NOT ACCEPTABLE. Also I do not know which plonker decided to make all the thumbnails on the tracks page ROUND the rounded thumbnails cut half of my face away! which is silly. I really pry to god that these issues get resolved as I liked the original Gaydar but I do like the bigger photographs on the new Gaydar which is the only good thing that was updated. Best Regards, Joseph.

  17. Avatar Dave says:

    The location data is always wrong for me, it seems to think I live somewhere else. Please can add an option to use your home location, instead of the location data it grabs from the browser?

    • Avatar Andre Stoop says:

      Hey there Dave, our amazing support team have reached out to help you enabling your location for Gaydar. They can solve just about anything! Check your inbox for the email.

  18. Avatar Rtguy says:

    Unable to change my location or distance despite multiple attempts.
    Help ! Please !

  19. Avatar Peter says:

    This location issue is a real pain in the ass. I travel a bit and so it changes often. WTF did you try to link it to the browser location For security reasons I never log into my browser and always clear setting on exit, not for privacy, but for security.
    I’m getting disenchanted with gaydar and despite being a member for over 10 years am contemplating deleting my account. other sites are not so stupid as to use the browser location

    • Avatar Gaydar Support says:

      Hi Peter, the Gaydar support team have just emailed you some helpful tips and advice to offer a helping hand. Please check your inbox and chat to the team.

  20. Avatar Ron Aitken says:

    I have tried for 2 weeks to fix my location on my profile for other guys to identify this has been a total waste of time I would like you to reimurse my subrscription as soon as possible please.

  21. Avatar Johnwells says:

    Despite reading your instructions my contraption does not have the settings to change you say it should have , so unable to offer my location

  22. Avatar John says:

    Hello, I have google chrome. I have been getting notifications about my location every time I click on a profile. I have followed the recommendations to rectify the problem but to no success. I need help please.

  23. Avatar markturner says:

    please help

  24. Avatar Carlos says:

    Why do you keep mucking about with Gaydar? Years ago it was easier and better to use than it is today. It seems impossible to give my location despite doing as you say. I do not have this problem on any other site. Get it sorted its really annoying. The site itself is rubbish and I will probably stop using it!

  25. Avatar markturner says:

    just not able to put location to hard it used 2 be so easy help please my location is formby please help?

  26. Avatar Eddie says:

    Just hit location search and type your town in there. From then on all profiles display their distances from you. Simple.


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