When google.com.mm can't be reached (Workaround)

If you're using Chrome browser within Myanmar and use the address bar (the Omnibox) for quick Google searches, Chrome will by default use the country's Google URL "www.google.com.mm" to do the search. It's all good and well, until you get this error:

This site can't be reached. google.com.mm's server DNS address could not be found. ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED

A quickfix is to remove the ".mm" in the URL each time you see the error, but there are better ways.

Solution #1: NCR (may not work, but worth a try)

You can opt out of using the localised version of Google, and always use www.google.com every time. To do this, go to www.google.com/ncr (NCR stands for No Country Redirection).

Solution #2: Custom Search URL

If the above solution doesn't work, we will tell Chrome the URL to use for search.

  1. Go to Google Chrome Settings
  2. Click "Manage search engines..." under the Search section
  3. Scroll down to the textbox at the bottom. Enter the following and hit Enter:
    • Name: Google
    • Keyword: google
    • URL: https://www.google.com/search?q=%s
  4. Make the new search engine the default. (Hover over the newly added search engine and click the blue "Make default" button.)

Adding custom search engine in Chrome

That's it! Now whenever you use the address bar to search, you will be directed to google.com instead.

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