Have you ever felt like having your location show that you are in a different location from where you actually are?
If yes, then you have been trying to have a mock location. Mock location is a developer’s setting on your device that allows you to set your GPS location to one which is different from where you are.
People use this feature on their android phones to test apps, some use it as a medium to use apps or access online platforms that they shouldn’t get access to from their real location.
From the definition of what mock location is we see it’s a setting on devices but there are also mock location apps available for download.
This feature is one that many don’t know about to even talk about how to enable it or disable it if already activated. First of all, in this article, we would be looking at how to turn mock location on, then go into why you may not want a mock location and how to disable it.
Mock location can only be turned on when the developer’s option has been enabled or activated. It is however important to know that by the mere activation of the developer’s option, you can not actually change your location without using a spoofing app (we will learn about spoofing apps in the latter part).
For that reason, this article is going to focus on just activating the developer’s option. Note that the steps to enable developer mode may be a bit different depending on the brand of Android phone you use.
However, there are some steps that are same on all of them. Below is the general step by step walk through of how to enable developer mode and subsequently turn on mock location.
- Open device settings and scroll down and select System
- On the System page select About phone
- On the Build number option tap seven consecutive times without break in between. This action will activate the developer’s option. A message will tell you that you are now a developer.
- Now, when you go back to System, you will see that the Developer’s option has been added to the options
- Tap on the Developer option and toggle it on to activate. A list of the Developer’s settings will be displayed. Scroll down to enable mock location
After the mock location has been enabled, you will now be able to add a downloaded mock location app.
You can watch the video below to see exactly how to enable developer mode and turn on mock location on an android phone.
Here in this video is a complete walkthrough on how to turn on or off mock location on a Samsung Galaxy S10 android phone.
Having the capability to change one’s location is a great win. Being able to use apps that are not supposed to work in your locality, playing games like Pokémon that are not available in every country, and many others.
It is also good to note some drawbacks of having this feature activated always.
- You will be unable to find your device when it gets lost
- Your phone can easily be hijacked by a GPS receiver
- Your location can be changed or altered without your knowledge and you can be looted
- Cyber security risks
Turning off mock location is pretty much as simple as turning it on
- Open your device’s settings
- Select Developer option
- In the developer’s options scroll to Allow mock location
- Uncheck or toggle off to disable the feature
This video shows you the exact step-by-step process to turn off mock location on you Android phone or tablet.
Spoofing is the act of disguising the communication from an unknown source as though they were from another.
Here is a video that shows you exactly how to use the mock locations app without the “Select mock location app” in the developers option.