How to Change Location on iPhone (2022 Latest)

by Sovan Mandal Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On May 3, 2022 Updated On Nov 10, 2022
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So much of our information is stored in gadgets such as smartphones and computers. One of the many pieces of information is a person's current location. This is used in various apps such as dating apps and even games.

We all know that digital data can easily be manipulated, especially by those with the right tools and expertise. This means that faking one's location is entirely possible and even easy to do.

This article will take you through the reasons why you would fake the location on your iPhone and the various tools and methods to do so. Without further ado, let's get started.

Why Would You Fake Your Location on iPhone?

There are various reasons to fake your location. However, arguably the biggest and most important reason is privacy. There are apps, such as Facebook, that reveal your location to your friends and family. Even if Facebook only shows the general location, it can make some people uncomfortable.

Various Software that Help Change Your Location

An easy way to change your virtual location is to use various third-party software that are designed to do so. Making use of these software will spare you the effort of going through a long process just to change your location.

Here are some recommended applications that you can use to change your location. The best part is you don't need to jailbreak your device to use them!

MockGo iOS GPS Spoofer

MockGo is one of the best software for virtual location spoofing. It allows you to change the GPS location of your iPhone to anywhere in the world in one click.

It also has a walking feature that simulates walking from a single point to another, making changing locations very realistic. You can get the app for as low as $9.95 a month.

Here are the steps on how to use MockGo to change your location:

Step 1. First, download the app onto your PC. Once installed, launch MockGo.

Step 2. Next, connect your iOS device to your PC using a USB cable. Click on Start once your device is detected to start the process.

connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 3. Open the Teleport feature by choosing the first option located at the top-right corner to teleport the GPS on your device.

choose teleport mode

Step 4. After that, search for the location of your choice on the search bar.

 search for a location

Step 5. Next, adjust the pin on the screen and click on the Move Here feature.

click Move Here to teleport the GPS

Lastly, the location on your device will be changed immediately.

location teleported

Using iTools from ThinkSky

You can also use iTools from ThinkSky to change your location. However, the downside of this app is that it only works up to iOS 12 and is only free for a limited time.

If you'd like to give this app a try, here are the steps on how to use iTools:

  1. First, go to their website and download the app to your PC.
  2. Install the application and launch.
  3. Once the interface has loaded, select Free Trial to continue.
  4. Next, connect your device to your PC.
  5. After that, navigate to Toolbox > Virtual Location.
  6. Now, select the Developer Mode section.
  7. Here, you should search for your desired location in the search bar found at the top left corner of your screen.
  8. After that, select Go to find it on the map.
  9. Finally, click on Move Here to change your virtual location.

There are times when the app asks you if you want to stop the simulation. You can either select Yes if you want to revert back to your real location or No if you want to stay in the fake location.

You can also just click on Stop Simulation in the top right corner of the screen to revert back to your real location.

iTools from ThinkSky

3uTools

If you prefer not to spend money on any of the previous apps mentioned, you can always go for 3uTools. It is a free app that can change your virtual location easily.

Here are the steps on how to use 3uTools:

  1. First, go to the 3uTools website and download the app onto your PC.
  2. Install the app and launch it.
  3. Once launched, select Toolbox and then click on VirtualLocation.
  4. Now, you can either input a desired location on the search bar or simply select one from the map shown in the interface.
  5. Once a location has been chosen, select Modify virtual location, then click on OK to confirm.

To revert back to your real location, simply restart your device. It's that easy.

3uTools

Fake My GPS Location on iPhone by Editing Apple Maps Plist File

If you prefer to fake your virtual location manually without jailbreaking it, you can do so through iBackupBot, a software that allows you to configure the backup files on your phone. This allows you to change your location once you back up your files through iTunes.

Here are the steps on how to use it:

  1. First, connect your iPhone to your PC.
  2. After that, head to the iBackupBot website and download the app to your PC.
  3. Now, launch iTunes and click on the iPhone icon.
  4. Next, select Back Up Now. Ensure that the Encrypt iPhone box remains unchecked.
  5. After the backup process is done, close iTunes and launch iBackupBot.
  6. Here, go to User App Files > com.Apple.Maps > Library > Preferences and look for the Apple Maps plist file. If you can't find it there, try System Files > HomeDomain > Library > Preferences.
  7. Once you find it, open the Apple Maps plist file and search for the <dict> tag.
  8. Insert the following code under the tag:

<key>_internal_PlaceCardLocationSimulation</key>
<true/>

  1. Next, close iBackupBot and head to your iPhone device.
  2. Go to Settings > Your Apple ID > iCloud > Find My Phone. Toggle the Find My Phone to off.
  3. Now, launch iTunes again and back up your device again.
  4. After that, launch Apple Maps and navigate to the desired location.
  5. Finally, click on Simulate Location found at the bottom of the window to change your location.

The process is pretty long and a bit complicated to do, especially for those not used to gadgets and coding. So if you want to try out this method, be sure to follow the steps closely.

Editing Apple Maps Plist File

Fake Your GPS Location by Jailbreaking Your iPhone

Jailbreaking your device is another way to change your location on your phone. You should note that devices with iOS12 and above are harder to jailbreak due to Apple's measures to prevent intrusions.

We won't be going over the actual jailbreaking process, but once you successfully jailbreak your device, you can consider using either LocationHandle or akLocationX. These are Cydia apps that will allow you to easily change your virtual location.

LocationHandle

Wrapping Up

It is clear that using third-party software is the easiest method to change one's virtual location on iPhone devices.

Among all of the software mentioned, MockGo is the most reliable and easiest to use. It even comes with walking, cycling, and driving simulations to make the change more realistic.

If you have any comments or queries about how to change your location on iPhone, feel free to comment down below.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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