Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android

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Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android
The internet is a wonderful place, even when viewed from the small window of your smartphone. Unfortunately, certain parts of it are reserved for those that fit a certain criteria – location being a common example. Indeed, both webpages and apps might behave differently if they "thought" that you were somewhere else instead of where you currently are. Think of the many apps and services that, for example, don't work if you're outside of the US. The only way for you to use those is to physically move there. Or is it?

Like many of you will likely know, Android is quite versatile – even we continue to surprise ourselves with the types of functionality it has built-in support for. Faking your GPS location fits that bill perfectly. And guess what – it's a feature available on pretty much any modern Android device, regardless of manufacturer. There are many reasons you might have to want to spoof your location (most of them quite niche), but whatever it is that you're looking to do (hopefully nothing illegal!), you can rest assured that the actual procedure is as easy as pie. That's right, you don't even need to root your smartphone.

Here's the full list of things you will need to do:

#1. Get a location-spoofing app


First things first, you'll need a GPS location spoofing app. There are many available, but for the purposes of this guide, we're using Fake GPS location by Lexa.

As soon as the app installs, navigate right into it. You'll be asked to head to your Developer options menu and set it as a mock location app.

Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android

#2. Enable Developers options


In order to enable Developer options, 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 7 times. =

Once you do that, a new "Developers options" menu should pop up in your main Settings hub. Its location will vary with each and every manufacturer, but it should be somewhere near the bottom of the menu.

Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android


#3. Set a mock location app


Once you have enabled Developers options, go inside and look for "Mock location app". Tap on it and select Lexa's Free GPS location app. You're all set and almost ready to go.

Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android

#4. Enable GPS-only location mode


As smartphones these days are far too smart for their own good, they use a couple of location methods in concert to pinpoint your whereabouts. Aside from GPS, they could also use cellular information and Wi-Fi to locate you with better accuracy. With location spoofing, such crutches could pose certain issues. That's why we advise you to head into your phone's location menu and set the location method to GPS only so as to minimize any possible conflicts between the different location methods.

Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android

#5. Spoof your location


We're done - the only thing left to do is head back to the Fake GPS location app you downloaded back in the 1st step, select your new spoofed location and press the little green play button on the bottom right corner of the interface. You're done!

Here's how to easily fake your GPS location on Android

Double-checking if the app is successful, Google Maps correctly identifies our position as being in rural Spain, a spot thousand of miles away from our real location.

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