Ways to change the location of your iPhone whether you simply want to access apps not available in your region or trick an app.
Our phones these days have constant access to our location. Whether it’s the App Store on the iPhone that needs your region to work properly or several apps that use the GPS location to provide their services, location has a huge role to play.
But sometimes, we need to change our location. Maybe you’re concerned about your privacy or need to access content that’s not available in your region, or you’re playing a game like Pokemon Go and need to trick the app into believing you’re miles away to catch that Pokemon. It’s also a possibility that you want to fake your location to hide your real location from friends/ family in Find My. Whatever your reasons may be, it’s not entirely easy to change your location.
If you simply want to access apps from App Store not available in your region, then, sure it’s a piece of cake. But spoofing your location? That’s a different matter since there’s no such built-in functionality. But it isn’t impossible either. Hop on and we’ll see how to do both.
Change your Apple ID Region
If you want to access the App Store for any other country than your own, you can easily change the location or region for your Apple ID. But there are a few things to keep in mind before you change your region:
- If there is any balance in your Apple ID, spend it before changing your location. You cannot change your location until you have funds in your Apple ID.
- You also have to cancel your subscriptions and wait till the end of the current subscription period to change your region.
- Before you change the region, also make sure you have a valid payment method for the new region.
- If there are any pre-orders, memberships, rentals, etc., wait until their end or cancel the pre-order. And also wait if there is any store credit refund to be processed since it won’t after you change the region.
Once you decide to change the location, open the Settings app and tap your name at the top.
Then, go to ‘Media & Purchases’.
Now, tap ‘View Account’. from the overlay menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.
You may have to sign in to your account. Then, tap the option for ‘Country/ Region’.
Then, tap ‘Change Country/ Region’.
Select the new country or region from the list.
Terms and conditions will appear. Tap ‘Agree’ in the top-right corner of the screen after reviewing them. A confirmation prompt will appear; tap ‘Agree’ again to confirm.
Then, select a payment method and enter the details for the new payment information and your billing address and tap ‘Next’.
Faking a GPS Location
If your motive was to change the location for the Apple Store, it’s done and dusted. But if you wanted to fake your GPS location, the above section helps you achieve nothing.
Now, faking your GPS location is tricky. But there are a few tools at your disposal. The only catch is that there is no app that you can download on your phone to fake your location, you’ll need to use a computer.
Why Change your Location?
But first, why might you want to fake your GPS location? Generally, when an app needs to access your location, it’s paramount that it accesses the correct location. After all, the service will depend on it. For example, a food delivery app needs your location to make the delivery to the right location. So, why on earth the need for faking your GPS location? There could be plenty of scenarios.
As discussed above, maybe you play a game like Pokemon GO where the experience depends on the location. So, you can fake your GPS location to trick the game into believing you’re at a certain place without actually being there.
You could also want to change your location for a dating app to think you’re in a certain city if you’re planning to move there and want to get ahead in the game. You can also want to spoof your GPS location to fake a check-in or hide your real location from friends or family in the Find My app. If you do have any of these reasons in mind, you’ve come to the right place.
Do you need a VPN or a GPS Spoofer?
The goal of using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is to hide your IP address. VPN works by hiding the websites you’re requesting from your ISP, while it also masks your IP address from the websites by acting as an intermediary. You can also use it to access any websites that may be banned in your country by using a server placed in another.
If your agenda is to either hide your browsing history from your Internet Service Provider or the government or to access any websites not available in your country, VPN is the service you want.
But when you use a GPS, it only hides your virtual location. It does not hide your location from apps that use GPS for location pinpointing. So, if your agenda is to trick those apps, what you need is a GPS Spoofer.
Now, that you’re clear that you need a GPS spoofer for your nefarious or not see nefarious purposes, let’s see the tools that’ll come to your aid without the need for any jailbreak.
Use 3u Tools
3u Tools is a software you can install on your Windows computer and then spoof the location of your iOS device. It offers many others features as well that you can check out. The best part about it is that it is completely free to download and use. And it is also compatible with the latest iOS 15.
It is an easy enough tool to use, but it has a few drawbacks. For starters, the location modification it offers is pretty rudimentary. You can only set your location to a new location. There are no options to go from one spot to another, for example. It’s also not available for other platforms, like Mac. But if you don’t have any of these requirements, you can go for it without another thought.
To get started, go to the official website and download the tool for your Windows PC.
Then, run the EXE file to install the tool. Click the ‘Install’ button on the setup window.
It’ll take a couple of seconds to install the software.
Once it installs, connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB cable. Keep your phone unlocked and tap the option for ‘Trust’ on your phone if the prompt appears.
Then, from the tool window, go to the ‘Toolbox’ tab.
From the toolbox screen, click the option for ‘VirtualLocation’.
Then, choose the location from the map or use the search bar. Even after using the search bar, click the location on the map to get the longitude and latitude for it. You can also directly enter the longitude and latitude in the respective text fields if you have them.
Finally, click the option for ‘Modify Virtual Location’ and click ‘OK’ on the confirmation prompt.
Your location will be modified to the new location globally. You must remember that modifying your location does it for all the apps, and not any specific app you might have wanted.
Location modification using 3u Tools is temporary. On iOS 13 and newer versions, it stays modified for about 3-6 hours, while on older iOS versions, it stays for about 2 days.
To reset your location to your real location at any time, click the ‘Restore True Location’ button. It’ll reboot your iPhone and reset its location. You can also restart your iPhone yourself to reset the location.
Use Tenorshare iAnyGo
If your location changing needs are more extensive, the above tool might prove limited for you. Tenorshare iAnyGo has more options that might suit your needs. It’s available for both Windows and Mac. But unlike 3u Tools, it doesn’t offer any other features. It specializes only in location spoofing services. The only drawback is that after an initial free period that offers 2 free trials for each feature to change your location, you’ll have to buy a license for the product.
To get started, go to the official website and download the software for your computer (Windows/ Mac).
On a Windows computer, run the EXE file to install the software. A User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you want to allow the software to make changes. Click ‘Yes’ to proceed.
Click the ‘Install’ button from the setup window. It’ll take a couple of seconds for it to install. Then click ‘Get Started’ to start the app once the install completes.
Now, connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable and unlock your iPhone. If a prompt appears on your phone asking to trust the computer, tap ‘Trust’.
Now, there are 4 ways to use the app to change your GPS location.
If you only want to set your location to any other place to trick any location-based apps such as dating apps or travel apps, the ‘Change Location’ feature of the app is what you’re looking for. It sets your location to any selected coordinates.
From the app, make sure you’re on the first option on the left sidebar. Then, from the right part of the screen, click ‘Enter’.
Then select the device for which you want to fake the GPS location (if there is more than one device connected) and click ‘Next’. iAnyGo also supports multiple connections at the same time, but if you want to make a multi-connection, you can choose the other devices after entering the map.
You’ll have to keep your iPhone unlocked while using the software to spoof the location.
Once you reach the map, select the location from the map to which you want to set the GPS. You can also use the search bar to search for a place. Then, click ‘Start to Modify’.
A tip might appear asking you to close any geolocation-based apps on your iPhone to avoid any warnings because of the coordinate jump. Click ‘Continue’ on the prompt.
The location will change immediately on your iPhone.
The app also has a cooldown timer, which is specifically designed with Pokemon Go players in mind. To avoid a softban in the game, it is recommended to not change the GPS location too frequently and the timer is there to remind you of that. Until the timer expires, you shouldn’t change your location again if you’re playing the game.
If not, you can make the timer disappear. Simply click the controls under the ‘Turn off this feature’ option from the timer window.
To enable it again, click the hamburger menu in the title bar of the app. Then, click ‘Settings’ from the menu that appears.
Select ‘Open’ from the menu and click ‘Confirm’ to enable it again.
This mode can simulate GPS movement along any route you select on the map without you ever having to move. Single-spot movement simulates movement at a specified speed along any two points, A and B that you select on the app. Pokemon GO Players can move across the map and play the game using this feature without even leaving their homes. You can also import the GPX files, but this feature is only available when you buy the license and not with the free trial.
To get started, select the ‘Single-Spot Movement’ mode (the 2nd tab) from the navigation menu on the left of the app window. Then, connect your phone using a USB cable and keep it unlocked. Click the ‘Enter’ option on the desktop app.
Select the device you want to stimulate the movement for (if there is more than one device connected) and click ‘Next’. To select more than one device, wait till you enter the map.
The map will open. By default, the starting point is set as your location. If you want to move from your location to another, all you have to do is select a destination. Either click the location on the map, search for it using the address bar, or enter the coordinates in the address bar.
To alter the starting point, click it to select it and then choose the location from the map similarly.
Then, choose the speed by dragging the speed bar and also select the number of moves. Depending on the number of moves you select, it’ll stimulate movement accordingly. For example, if you chose 2, iAnyGo will stimulate movement between A to B two times.
Finally, click the ‘Start to Move’ option to stimulate back and forth movement between the two points.
Click ‘Continue’ on the prompt asking you to close any geolocation apps open on your phone.
You can pause and continue the movement at any time. Click ‘Pause’ from the app interface. Click ‘Sop’ to terminate the movement altogether.
You can also simulate movement across multiple points with the Multi-Spot movement feature. Switch to the ‘Multi-Spot Movement’ tab (the 3rd one) from the left sidebar and click ‘Enter’ from the right section.
Then, select the device you want to change the location for and click ‘Next’.
From the map, click on each point you want to add across the route. You can add as many stops as you want. To adjust a location, drag the point using the mouse pointer on the map.
To delete a point, click the ‘Expand’ option next to Route. All the points will expand. Click the ‘x’ next to the point you want to delete.
Then, select the speed and number of moves (round-trips) you want to take across the route. Finally, click ‘Start to Move’.
The location will be simulated across the selected route on your iPhone.
The Joystick feature lets you freely control the movement across the map using a joystick or a keyboard. You can easily change your direction at any time using this feature.
Switch to the ‘Joystick Movement’ mode (the 4th tab) from the left sidebar of the window and click ‘Enter’ from the right section of the window.
Then, select the connected device and click ‘Next’.
Adjust the speed for the simulated movement by dragging the slider. There are different speeds, like walking, cycling, or driving. You can also change the starting location by first selecting the ‘Current Location’ option and then selecting a location on the map.
The joystick will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen. Drag the middle button of the joystick towards the circle and release it. The GPS will start moving automatically at the set speed in that direction. At any time, you can change the direction freely in 360 degrees by dragging towards that direction.
Note: Your mouse pointer should be in the circle when you drag the middle button.
You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to control the movement.
Reset to the True Location
At any time, if you want to reset your phone to the real location, click the ‘Restore the true coordinate’ in the lower-right corner of the screen.
A confirmation prompt will appear on the screen that your device needs to restart to restore the true location. Click the ‘Restart’ button.
If your phone is not plugged into the computer anymore, you can restart it yourself to restore the true GPS location.
Changing the GPS location of your iPhone can be tricky business. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you’ll be able to fake your location without too much trouble.