Mobile phones have greatly advanced in recent years, making it possible to share your real-time location with others. This feature can also be used for playful deception. WhatsApp was among the first apps to offer this feature, and others like Google Maps have since followed suit.
In this guide, we will show you how to send a fake real-time location using Google Maps. The process is not complicated, so even non-technical users can follow along.
Modify GPS Position: First Step
Sharing one’s location can be a useful tool for ensuring the safety of friends and keeping track of group activities. However, there may not be many practical uses for sharing a false location, aside from playing pranks or deceiving others. Nevertheless, in this guide, we will outline the steps required to share a fake location.
To set a fake location on your Android phone, you will need to use a third-party application called Fake GPS, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Here are the steps to follow:
- Open your Android settings.
- Go to the “About the phone” or “Device information” section.
- Tap on “Version” and tap on “Version number” several times until you enable the developer settings.
- Go back to the settings and locate the “Developer settings” option.
- Within this section, look for “Choose application to simulate location” and choose Fake GPS.
- Open Fake GPS on your device and select any location in the world.
- Open Google Maps and verify that the GPS location matches the one you selected in the Fake GPS app.
Keep in mind that this feature is only available on Android devices and Google Maps does not have an option to modify the GPS position. Also, using a fake location for pranks or deceiving others is not recommended.
To send a fake real-time location through Google Maps, follow these steps:
- Open Google Maps on your Android phone.
- Select your profile photo in the upper right corner.
- Tap on “Share location” and then again on the button that says the same message.
- Configure the time you want to share the location, the person you want to send it to, and the platform you will use to share the link.
Keep in mind that this is not a recommended practice and using a fake location to deceive or prank others is not ethical.