How to change your location on an Android device

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Some­times it may be nec­es­sary to hide your real loca­tion by replac­ing it with false GPS data. We tell you how to do it on any Android device.

To get start­ed, you will need a GPS data spoof­ing app. To find it, in the Google Play store, enter the query “Fake GPS”. You will see dozens of dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions that per­form almost iden­ti­cal func­tions. Choose the option that suits you best based on reviews and com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with your device. We use the tool Fake GPS Loca­tion PROFESSIONALbut you can choose anoth­er appli­ca­tion.

Dur­ing the instal­la­tion of the appli­ca­tion, you need to give it per­mis­sion to man­age geolo­ca­tion. But this is not enough. You also need to acti­vate this appli­ca­tion in spe­cial set­tings for devel­op­ers. To do this, in the main menu of the smart­phone set­tings, select the item “Infor­ma­tion about the phone” and repeat­ed­ly click on the “Build num­ber” until the smart­phone reports that you are now a devel­op­er. After that, a new item “For Devel­op­ers” will appear in the main menu, and in it — a lot of hid­den set­tings for fine-tun­ing the phone. Among them is the abil­i­ty to “Select apps for mock loca­tions”. Click on this item and select the new­ly installed appli­ca­tion for spoof­ing GPS data.

Exit the set­tings, return to the appli­ca­tion and set a fake loca­tion any­where in the world. After that, your smart­phone and also all appli­ca­tions on it will assume that you are in this place, although you have not left the house at all.

Why is this needed?

The rea­sons for chang­ing geolo­ca­tion can be very dif­fer­ent. For exam­ple, using this trick, you can prank friends by post­ing a pho­to on a social net­work sup­pos­ed­ly tak­en in some exot­ic place, accom­pa­ny­ing it with a cor­re­spond­ing geo­t­ag.

Spoof­ing can be use­ful if some oth­er appli­ca­tion requires you to pro­vide loca­tion data, but you do not want to share it because you do not trust the devel­op­ers.

Some apps are region-locked and won’t work out­side cer­tain coun­tries. The geolo­ca­tion trick gets around these restric­tions.

All in all, no mat­ter what your goals are, GPS spoof­ing is a use­ful trick that every­one should be aware of.



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