The GPS function of smartphones is important for location-based applications, just as they are used for weather or map purposes. However, sometimes, this kind of tracking ends up feeling inconvenient or depressing.
But you’re going to need some outside help to do it. Regardless of whether you use an Android, there isn’t a simple one-button setting that will instantly alter your virtual location.
Faking GPS Location on Android Smartphones
- Go to Google’s Play store, then download and install the app named Fake GPS Location – GPS Joystick.
- Launch the app and scroll down to the section titled Select an option to get started. Tap the Set Location option.
- Tap Click here to open the map option. This lets you use a map to select the fake location where you want your phone to appear. The coordinates will appear on the Latitude, Longitude line in GPS Joystick.
- Tap Start. You’ll see a Draw Permission Required dialog box, which prompts you to change a system setting. Tap Go to Settings.
- Tap Permit drawing over other apps, then tap to go back.
- Tap Start. You’ll see a dialog box that prompts you to enable a mock location.
- In order to enable a mock location, you’ll have to dig into your phone’s settings. Tap Go to Settings, About, and find the Build Number (alternately, you can just search for the Build Number option from your phone’s Settings menu).
- Tap rapidly on Build Number until you see a notification that shows you’re entering Developer Mode. Dismiss any notifications about Developer Mode.
- In your phone’s Settings, tap Developer Options, then tap Select mock location app. Tap GPS Joystick. (You can also search for the Select mock location app.)
- In GPS Joystick, tap Start. You can open Google Maps or a similar app to see if your location is now updated. It may take a few moments for your faked location to appear on other people’s phones.