How to Fake a GPS Location on Your Phone?
Sometimes we find ourselves wanting to stay aloof and not have someone track our GPS location. One might have their parents tracking their location, some may have their spouse’s checking on them, and some may want to change their GPS to play a game or check out something that they cannot with their current location. That is where the idea to change the location on your iPhone or Android device comes into play.
What does it mean when you change your GPS location?
It involves tricking your phone into telling apps that you are located somewhere you are not. You will trick ever location-based app on your phone to think that you are somewhere else when you spoof your GPS location. There are genuine reasons to change your phone's location to a fake one.
Why Would You want to Fake Your Location?
There are many situations where you might want to set up a fake GPS location, both for fun and other serious reasons.
- Some people would want to spoof their location when they use a location-based game like Pokemon Go. Instead of having to travel several miles away to pick up a different Pokemon type, you could trick your phone into telling Pokemon GO that you’re already there, and the game will assume your fake location is accurate.
- You can also use your forged GPS location to hide your real location your family or friends and even to set your actual location if GPS satellites aren't doing a great job at finding it for you.
1. Install/set a location-spoofing app
A GPS location spoofing app is the first thing to install. As soon as it is installed, navigate right into it. You'll be asked to head to your Developer options menu and set it as a mock location app. There are several you can choose from, but we'll be using Fake Location Spoofer Free from Megapps Ventures if you’re using an android and if you want to do it on an iPhone, it needs to be jailbroken and to use a similar app from Cydia.
2. Enable Developers options
After you navigate your way into the app and the Developer options menu pops up,
you need to head to your device's About page and look for a software information page, where you will need to tap on the Build number option seven times.
3. Set a mock location app
Once you are done enabling the Developers options, go inside and look for "Mock location app." Tap on it and select the Free GPS location app. You will be presented with a map of the world; to choose a location, pinch, and zoom on the map, and once you are satisfied with the place, double-tap on it, then click the orange play button on the bottom-right. Now, you are all set and almost ready to go. After you choose your location, the app will put a notification in your notification tray that allows you to stop spoofing your location.
4. Enable GPS-only location mode
Aside from GPS, your smartphone could also use cellular information and Wi-Fi to locate you with better accuracy. You are advised to head into your smartphone's location menu and set the location method to GPS only, to minimize any possible conflicts between the different location methods.
You can close the fake GPS locator and open Google Maps or another app that uses your location to double-check if the app is successful when Google Maps correctly identifies our position as being a thousand miles away from your real location.