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How to Test Websites from Different Countries?

By Jash Unadkat, Community Contributor -

Before getting started with the demonstration, let’s understand why it is necessary to test a website from different geographical locations, AKA performing geolocation testing.

With the internet becoming the center of most people’s lives, companies must establish a global digital presence to make their products and services accessible to more customers.

Why test Websites from Different Locations?

  • Businesses serve tailored content and/or ads relevant to specific locations to capitalize on marketing efforts.
  • Additionally, this tailored content must adhere strictly to the content distribution laws for particular geographies.
  • In such cases, testers must verify that the right content is viewed by users in different geographies when they access a website or app.
  • Current challenges include access to worldwide locations on demand, the overhead of fragmented tooling and internal operations.
  • Hence, it is essential to check website from different locations.

Consider food delivery websites that rely heavily on the geolocation of a particular user.

  • Teams must ensure that these sites display all the restaurants within the specific region where the user is located.
  • Based on the customers’ location, the website should be able to provide a tailored list of restaurants near them.
  • Any discrepancies in listings for a specific location or multiple locations can significantly lose potential revenue. This is why it is vital to perform geolocation testing.

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How to Test Websites from Different Countries?

BrowserStack makes it effortless to view websites from another country or locations on real mobile or desktop devices and test it extensively.

Follow the steps below to test websites from different countries on real devices using BrowserStack.

1. Signup on BrowserStack Live or Log in if you already have an account

2. Once you have logged in, navigate to the BrowserStack Live Dashboard

3. Choose the OS browser combination you wish to test on. (In this example, we choose Windows 11 and the latest version of Chrome 112)

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4. A session will be initiated once you select the desired OS-Browser combination.

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5. Once the session begins, select the Change Location option from the floating toolbox and enter the desired location or country.

6. This feature allows you to view website from different country or location. (For the example below, we will consider Germany as the desired location for geolocation testing)

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7. By default, the location is set to None; thus, the search results stay unaltered. However, once you change the IP location to Germany, you can access a refreshed browser session in the German language.

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8. Once the location is set to Germany, and if you search for a random query like “hotels near me”, the search results appear in German. Refer to the image below to observe how Google provides localized search results for queries made from Germany.

Screenshot 2023 04 11 at 4.10.45 PMAs one can observe, the search results displayed are in German making it easier to conduct effective geolocation testing such a geofencing, geotargeting, geotagging, and even geoblocking.

Similarly, BrowserStack enables teams to test websites from different countries on real mobile devices (Android and iOS). One can do this instantly from the same dashboard or check out the highly recommended mobile devices-OS-browser combinations to test on.

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How to Test on Android/iOS Devices from Different Countries?

Similar to the above steps. One needs to choose the platform (Android or iOS), and select the desired handset to check website from different locations from the Live Dashboard.

For the following example, we select Google Chrome browser running iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16.

Test website from different locations on Real Device Cloud

You can manipulate the Device’s GPS and the IP Location (Beta) feature to simulate user behavior from different locations by testing with secure, private IPs hosted in 45+ countries worldwide.

Geolocation testing on iPhone 14 Pro

Like the steps defined earlier, it will provide the results accordingly once the location is specified. Users can access flagship iOS and Android devices such as iPhone 14, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 12, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and so on.

Closing Notes

  • With businesses expanding their services globally, testing features like Geotargeting, Geolocalization, Geofencing, and Geoblocking is mandatory.
  • This ensures that companies can reach the target audience and deliver tailored content.

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If you’re still wondering – What is geolocation testing used for?

  • Geolocation testing is a business-critical use case.
  • There are countless applications of geolocation in the market: on-demand location services such as food/grocery delivery apps; hyperlocal advertising; geotargeting based on country; region-specific content restrictions like Netflix; multilingual content, and more.
  • Businesses must verify the functionality of their location-based user scenarios across target markets to ensure their websites or mobile apps behave as expected for customers in different regions.

BrowserStack’s real device cloud empowers teams to check website from different locations on a real device cloud for accurate testing. Simply sign up, select the required device-browser-OS combination, and start testing websites from different countries for free.

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