How To Fake or Spoof Your GPS Location on Android
Whether you want to watch Netflix shows that are only available in another country or you want to change your location on Snapchat, there are plenty of reasons to spoof your GPS location on Android.
Fortunately, doing so is relatively easy. All you need to do is download the right app and follow a few steps to get started.
Let’s take a look at some of the apps you can use to spoof your GPS location on Android and how to set them up.
Choosing the Right App
If you’ve decided that spoofing your GPS is something that you want to do, you’re going to want to download the proper application to do so.
Thanks to the number of GPS spoofing apps on the Play Store in 2020, it can actually be pretty difficult to determine which app is right for you.
We aren’t going to do an exhaustive review of all of the GPS apps in the Play Store, 99% of which do the exact same thing, but we can point you in the direction of some apps that are known to work, aren’t malware, and are free.
- Fake GPS Location: Fake GPS Location is well-designed and has maintained a nearly 4-star rating (out of 5) with more than 40,000 reviews. It’s basic but is free and easy to use.
- Fake GPS GO Location Spoofer: This spoofer is aimed at Pokemon Go players and is a solid app, albeit with a semi-dated interface and a 4.0 rating on the Play Store. If you can’t get our first pick to work for you, GO Location Spoofer is the app to try. There’s also a Pro version available for $2.99.
- VPNa – Fake GPS Location: VPNa, despite the name, doesn’t include a VPN (virtual private network). The name actually stands for Virtual Phone Navigation App, and it allows you to redirect your GPS to any location currently on Earth. Some have reported the app doesn’t work on more recent versions of Android, so keep that in mind when installing in 2020.
- Mock GPS: Mock GPS features a joystick mode that allows you to move your signal at specific speeds, and also allows you to just move your GPS. The app’s design is solid, with a more modern look than most of the apps on this list.
We recommend that, if you do install an app not on the list above, you try to look at user reviews before continuing. It’s sometimes impossible to tell where your data is being sent—an issue even with our recommended apps above—but you should do your best to watch your data and where it’s being shipped, sent, and stored.
How to Fake Your GPS Location on Android
Once you’ve decided which app is right for you, it’s time to download and install the program to your device. All of these apps are offered free through the Play Store; unlike on iOS, you won’t have to jailbreak or go to third-party app repositories to download these apps. Likewise, you won’t need to root your device to install or use the app. All of these apps will work on just about every smartphone without any major technical know-how.
For this walkthrough, we’re using Fake GPS Location, thanks to its good user rating and its simplicity. Regardless of which app you choose, the actual settings to set up the app will remain the same, so you shouldn’t run into any problems.
Enabling the Right Settings
While your phone doesn’t need to be rooted or hacked in order to gain access to a spoofed GPS signal, you do need to enable “developer settings,” a hidden menu inside Android that offers a wide variety of options and customization menus to choose from.
There’s no downside to enabling developer settings as long as you don’t mess with settings without knowing what they do. Developer settings are hidden by default because there are some options in there that, while reversible, can really glitch your phone if you don’t know what you’re doing.
For this tutorial, we’re only changing one setting, so enabling developer settings is easy and safe.
To enable developer options, open the settings menu on your phone and scroll all the way to the bottom until you find the “About Phone” section of your menu. Some devices might call this “System” settings or any other generic name.
Regardless, once you reach the “About Phone” section, you’ll likely see a bunch of information available to you. Your phone number, device name, and so on. What you’re looking for here, however, is the Build Number of your software, which you’ll find towards the bottom of this menu.
Once you find this option, tap it several times. You’ll see a small message appear on your device after a couple of taps, reading, “five steps away from being a developer,” and so on, counting down until you’ve tapped the Build Number enough. You’ll see a small message alert you that you’re now a developer, and you can return back to the main display of your settings menu.
Activating Mock Location
You’ll now notice a new option available inside your settings menu. For some, the option will be hidden in the standard settings menu, ready to be clicked when it needs to be. For others, you’ll find the option in your own “About Phone” or “System” menu, which is where we found it on our Pixel 2 XL.
Under the Debugging menu, you’ll find an option for “Select mock location app.” On older versions of Android, this option is a toggle entitled “Allow mock locations.” Select this option.
Now, jump back to the app you installed and make sure all options are enabled before you start using the app. You’ll need to grant the app permission in order to properly use your location, and you can begin using the app to select your location.
For Fake GPS Location, you’ll need to position the crosshairs over your target location. Once you’ve done that, you’ll click the small Play icon in the bottom right-hand corner, and a quick ad will play.
After the ad is over, you can either use the joystick to move your location around on the map or disable the joystick and simply let the app run in the background.
There are all sorts of options here that you can play around with, including the ability to create a path, to remove ads, set favorite locations, and more.
Testing the App
The final step in the process is simple: check and make sure that your GPS location is being properly spoofed. There are a couple of ways to do this.
First, you can search “my location” on Google, which will display a small Google Maps window on your device with your current GPS location.
Alternatively, you can always open an app that uses your location to see if the app is working properly. For example, Snapchat might give you a multitude of geofilters, or Google Maps will suggest “nearby” restaurants.
If it isn’t working, don’t despair. Check the app again and try to make sure your spoofing has been enabled. You can also try out using different apps to see if the first app you chose isn’t working properly on your phone. Also, make sure to check to see if your device’s GPS signal is on.
Ultimately, GPS spoofing can be a bit touchy, so it’s important to make sure that you keep troubleshooting the device if you run into any major issues.
Spoofing your GPS signal doesn’t get used a great deal to play Pokemon Go these days, but it has a lot of other applications. Fooling your friends into thinking you’re somewhere you aren’t, checking into locations you haven’t been, looking at dating profiles in new areas are all common reasons for doing so.
While we wouldn’t recommend spoofing your location all day, it’s a handy tool that’s good to keep in your app drawer, just in case you ever need to get around a content blackout or place a fake geofilter on your Snapchat posts.