The whole point of Pokémon Go is to find PokéStops and Gyms to help you locate and catch rare Pokémon. The rarer, the better and if you live in a big city like New York, you probably don’t have any problems finding PokéStops. But it can be significantly difficult for those living in rural areas.
The good news is, if you are finding it difficult to find PokéStops in your area, there is a workaround that can help you have just as many opportunities as players living in big cities. You can use GPS spoofing apps and VPNs like NordVPN to change your location in Pokémon Go and virtually visit some of the locations with more PokéStops and rare Pokémon.
In most cases, using VPN alone can work. But Pokémon has increased their monitoring capabilities to detect devices whose location doesn’t match the GPS coordinates they are using to play the game. To avoid getting detected, spoofing apps may be the key. In this guide, we will outline all the ways to spoof your Pokémon Go location.
When you spoof the location on your device, Pokémon Go will register this new location and generate Pokémon that are specific to this new region. You will also have the unique ability to take part in special events and gym battles that may not be available to you in your actual location.
But as you can probably guess, it can be very easy to abuse this technique, and teleport the device to various locations around the world. You should however resist this temptation as Niantic may ban your account if they find out. One way you can avoid getting on Niantic’s radar is to spoof to a more realistic location. For example, don’t spook to New York three hours after you were just in Beijing.
Pokémon Go determines the device’s location by checking the location of the IP address in conjunction with the GPS coordinates of the device to make sure the two are a match.
If not, Niantic will assume that you cheated by changing your GPS location and use your IP address to ban you from playing. VPN when used together with a location spoofing app can help you avoid detection by allowing you to mask your online activity (using the VPN) and change your location (using the spoofing app).
The best VPN app that we recommend you use to change your region in Pokémon Go is Nord VPN. Nord VPN has been around for quite a while and comes with unique features that make it the most ideal solution. These features include the following:
It allows you to easily mask your IP address from Pokémon Go Servers.
Comes with encryption capabilities designed to keep your device and data safe.
Allows for 6 connections at the same time.
You will have access to more than 5000 global servers.
It doesn’t restrict your bandwidth.
Here’s how to use Nord VOB to change the region on your device:
Step 1: Choose a suitable VPN and register for it. One of the best is Nord VPN.
Step 2: Download the VPN’s app from the Google Play Store.
Step 3: Download the Fake GPS Location app from the Google Play Store.
Step 4: Go to Settings > About Phone and then tap on "Build Number" 7 times to enable developer mode.
Step 5: Go back to the main settings and tap on "Developer Options".
Step 6: Tap on "Mock Locations App" and enable "Allow Mock Locations".
Step 7: Install the "Mock Mock Locations" from the Xposed Module Repository and turn it on.
Step 8: Now turn on Nord VPN and choose a server in a location that you would like to spoof Pokémon Go.
Step 9: Make sure that the same location is selected in the spoofing app as well and you are now ready to begin catching Pokémon in the new location.
Step 1: Choose a VPN to use. Again, we recommend using NordVPN. Download and install it on the device.
Step 2: To spoof the location on your iPhone, you will need to first jailbreak the iPhone. Once the device is jailbroken, visit Cydia. This is the app store for jailbroken devices.
Step 3: Install tsProtector, an app that will help you hide the iPhone’s jailbroken status.
Step 4: Then, download a Location Spoofer from Cydia and make sure that both apps are running on the device.
Step 5: Open the phone’s VPN and make sure that the server points to the same location in the Spoofer app and Pokémon Go will begin detecting the new location.
You can also easily spoof the location on Pokémon GO using FoneGeek iOS Location Changer. This third-party desktop tool allows you to change the location on your iPhone without having to jailbreak the iPhone or install any apps on it. It is simple to use and very effective, allowing you to change the location of the device to anywhere in just a single-click.
Here’s a detailed guide to help you use FoneGeek iOS Location Changer to spoof Pokemon GO on iPhone:
Step 1: Install FoneGeek iOS Location Changer on to your computer. Run it and then click on “Enter” in the main window before connecting the iPhone/iPad to the computer.
Step 2: You will see a map with the device’s current location. Choose the location you would like the device to spoof to on the map and then click on “Start to Modify” to teleport the device to the new location.
When you open Pokémon Go, the app will detect the new location, allowing you to catch Pokémon in that area.
Q1: Can You Play Pokémon Go with a VPN?
Yes. But you will need to use a spoofing app along with the VPN. Just turn on your GPS spoofing app and connect the VPN to your selected IP address. It is important to choose a good quality VPN app to ensure that you hide the IP address and DNS requests effectively.
Q2: Can You Still Spoof in Pokémon Go?
Yes, you can. But it is important to make sure that you only spoof in moderation and that the locations you choose to spoof are realistic. If Niantic detects the change in your GPS location, they may restrict your account or even ban you from playing the game temporarily. A first offence usually attracts a 12-hour ban.
Q3: What is the best VPN for Pokémon GO?
The best VPN app to use is NordVPN. There are many other options in the market, but only NordVPN guarantees effective spoofing and protection for the device.
Q4. Can I spoof my location with different VPNs?
Yes, you can certainly use a different VPN to spoof your location. Another great one is Surfshark because it comes with a built-in spoofing app, allowing you to spoof your location without installing a location spoofing app.
Q5. Can you play Pokémon GO while driving?
You technically can, although we recommend against it for safety reasons. Niantic is also unlikely to collect any rewards if they detect movement at speeds of more than 30mph.
Q6. Does shaking your phone count steps in Pokémon GO?
If your device has a built-in motion sensor, then shaking may very well be interpreted by Pokémon Go as walking.
Q7. What is the speed limit in Pokémon GO?
Multiple sources cite the Pokémon Go speed limit as 10.5km/h or 6m/h. Anything faster may not be counted when hatching eggs.
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.