How to spoof your location on Android

Android location spoofing.

It’s no surprise that your Android phone knows your location. There are times when you don’t want your phone or other people tracking you. We’ll show you how to easily fake your location and set your location anywhere.

Of course, if you just don’t want to be tracked, you can disable the sensors altogether. “Spoofing” your location will allow you to trick any apps that use your location into thinking you’re somewhere you’re not. People have used it to cheat in location-based games, but there are plenty of other reasons for doing so.

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We will be using an Android app called “Fake GPS Location”. Download the app from the Google Play Store to get started.

Download the Fake GPS app.

To use this app, we’ll need to set it as a “Mock Location” provider. To do this, we need to enable developer options on your phone. Go to Settings > About phone and tap “Build number” repeatedly until a message says “You are now a developer!”

Faucet "Build number."

After that go to Settings > System > Developer Options or Settings > Developer Options on Samsung devices.

Go to "Developer options."

Scroll down to “Select mock location app”.

To select "Select Mock location app."

Select “Fake GPS” from the list.

Faucet "Fake GPS."

We can now open the Fake GPS application. You will first be asked to grant it permission to access your files and media. You can deactivate this option and press “Continue”. A message will tell you that the app was made for an older version of Android, but it still works fine.

Disable file and media access.

We are ready to spoof your location! Just use your finger to move the pin to any location on the map and tap the start button in the lower right corner.

Move the pin to a location and press the start button.

The app will close and your location will be spoofed. You can test this by opening a maps app. To stop spoofing, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap “Pause” on the Fake GPS notification.

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That’s it! It’s a surprisingly simple and effective little trick. Localization on Android devices is sometimes complex and messy. It’s a way to take it under your control.

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