You can fake your Pokémon Go location to catch more Pokémon without leaving your couch. You will need to fake the iPhone location or Android location and it’s more complicated than you might think, but there is a new way to fake your Pokémon Go location without root. Choosing to use a fake Pokémon Go location can also result in a ban, so use this wisely.
Niantic is issuing permanent bans for users caught using a Pokémon Go cheat, so use this at your own risk.
This is what you need to know about faking your Pokémon Go location using a jailbroken iPhone or a rooted Android phone. There are even new Pokémon Go hacks to hatch eggs without walking and a non-root way to fake your Pokémon Go GPS location on Android.
Pokémon Go uses GPS to determine where you are and to figure out which Pokémon are nearby. There are apps for iPhone and Android that allow you to fake your location using GPS coordinates.
We’ve added information on how to get your Pokémon character to run around when you are sitting in one place, which can help you hatch Pokémon eggs and get you close enough to a Pokéstop to collect. This is as close as you can get to using a fake Pokémon Go location without a jailbreak or root.
In addition to legitimate Pokémon Go hacks that can change your location you will also need to know where the Pokémon are with GPS coordinates unless you plan to try a bunch of random locations.
There is a iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak and several iOS 10 jailbreak options that may allow you to fake your Pokémon Go GPS location, but you will need to make sure you hide your jailbreak.
You can jailbreak your iPhone and install these apps to hide the fact that you are jailbroken and to fake your iPhone location. If you are on Android you can root your phone and use a tool to hide that it is rooted.
Why do you need to hide that you are changing your Pokémon Go location? The Pokémon Go rules state:
Don’t do it. Play fair. Pokémon GO is meant to be played on a mobile device and get you outside to explore your world! Methods of cheating, unfortunately, are limited only by cheaters’ imaginations, but include at a minimum the following: using modified or unofficial software; playing with multiple accounts (one account per player, please); sharing accounts; using tools or techniques to alter or falsify your location; or selling/trading accounts.
If you are caught using Pokémon Go cheats you may receive a warning, a suspension or the account may be terminated.
Keep in mind that if you use a Pokémon Go cheat to change your location, the company may be able to pick that up on their end, even if you hide your jailbreak or root.
Niantic now shares a way to appeal a Pokémon Go ban that was issued for, “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.”
If you believe your Pokémon Go ban is not justified, you can contact the company using this form to plead your case.
How to Fake Pokémon Go GPS Location Without Root
You can fake your Pokémon Go GPS location on Android without a root. This option will not work on the iPhone, so don’t try it and don’t pay for fake GPS apps in the app store of the iPhone as they will not work.
Download the Fake GPS Joystick app from the Google Play Store. It is free, but there are a lot of ads. You can buy the ad-free version for $4.99. You’ll also need Pokémon Go.
On Android, you need to enable developer options. Go to Settings -> About Phone -> tap on the Build Number 7 times. Once this is done, you will see the “You are now a developer!” message.
Exit back out to the Settings menu and tap on the new Developer options setting. In here you need to tap on Select mock location app and then on Fake GPS Go, which is the Fake GPS Joystick app.
Now open the Fake GPS Joystick app and change your location. This will also start a small joystick on the screen. You can either set a location far away, or you can just get the Joystick on your screen and then use it to move around in Pokémon Go.
Start Pokémon and you will now be in the new location. You can use the joystick to walk around that location without actually moving.
Watch out as some users report the app will snap back to their real location at times. If that happens with Pokémon Go open, you may get banned since it is a sign you are faking your location.
Step 1. Jailbreak or Root Your Phone
The first thing you need to do is jailbreak your iPhone or root your Android phone. Depending on your software and you phone this may not be possible or it may involve a lot of steps. It is generally easier to jailbreak the iPhone on iOS 9.3.3 or iOS 10 than it is to root the Galaxy S7 and other recent phones.
Step 2. Hide Your Jailbreak or Root
The Pokémon Go app will check to see if you are jailbroken or rooted and if you are, the app goes bonkers and won’t work. This is an effort to stop cheaters and stop users from faking their Pokémon go location.
You need to install tsProtector on your iPhone to hide your jailbreak. This is now a paid app that prevents Pokémon Go from knowing you are jailbroken. Use this guide to add the right repo and download the jailbreak protector. You need to pay $1.99 for tsProtector 8+.
If you need to buy this tweak and you are on iOS 9.3.3 Cydia will not let you do it without a workaround. Use the video above, or this guide to buy Cydia apps on iOS 9.3.3 without waiting.
Step 3. Download a Location Faking App for iPhone or Android
Now you need to download an app to fake your iPhone location or spoof your GPS on Android.
On the iPhone, the best Cydia app to fake your iPhone location is LocationFaker. Here’s a guide on how to install and use LocationFaker for iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9. This app is $2.99 in the Cydia store. You’ll need to use the same workaround shown above to buy this on Cydia if you are on iOS 9.3.3.
A new PokémonGoAnywhere jailbreak tweak allows you to tap on your screen to walk around in Pokémon Go.
To use this app you will need to add http://williamlcobb.com/repo to your sources in Cydia. Then search for PokemonGoAnywhere. Install this on your iPhone and restart Springboard. When this is done, you can open Pokémon Go and you’ll see options to walk around the map at different speeds by tapping.
You can check out a host of other jailbreak apps to help with your Pokémon Go cheats on Reddit.
On Android, you need to download Fake Location Spoofer Free to your phone.
Step 4. Catch Em All
Once you have all these apps installed on a jailbroken iPhone or rooted Android device you should be able to use the app to fake your location, then go into Pokémon Go and see Pokémon in other locations.
This does work, but it could cost you the account and all your progress if you are caught.
How to Fake Pokémon Go Location without Jailbreak or Root
You can fake Pokémon Go location without a jailbreak or root, but it is only a small fake and it has limited use. You can use this to make your character walk when you are not, which will hatch eggs and you can also use it to get closer to Pokéstops that are just outside of your current location.
On Android you need to turn location to device only. This will use the GPS only on your device and it means your location may move around often. This can cause your in-game character to walk a lot while you are stuck at a desk.
Go to Settings -> Location -> Mode -> Device only.
This will impact other location based apps, so you may want to change it back when you are done. On Reddit one user reports that this caused his character to walk 1.7km while sitting at a desk. The distance walked will vary depending on your location and GPS accuracy.
On iPhone you cannot change this setting, but users report that if you hit the home button and use another app for a few minutes and then come back it can cause your character to run around and add distance toward hatching eggs. It’s not as good as on Android, but it can help out while you are at work or school.
Using these methods while technically a Pokémon Go cheat is not going to cause you to lose your account the way the previous methods would.
PokeStops & Gym Locations
A recent question and answer session on the Silph Road confirms that Pokémon Go currently uses 30% to 50% of portals that were present in Niantic’s last game, Ingress. Pokémon Go maps these over real-world landmarks that players have to walk to.
PokeStops and Gyms are real-world locations that players go to pick up items and battle the creatures left behind by other trainers. Police departments are already warning players of the game to stay away from their stations, according to VG247.