How to Fake Walking in Pokémon GO (iOS 17 Supported)

by Aaron Roussey Updated On May 23, 2024 Published On Sep 15, 2021 Tips

Fake walking in Pokémon GO is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to play the game while staying at home, when the weather is bad, or when users don't have enough time to go out.

The problem is that Niantic considers fake walking cheating, and if you use the wrong tool, you are likely to get caught, and your account could get banned.

In this article, I will show you some of the best ways to fake walking in Pokémon GO so you can enjoy the many walking rewards of this game without having to worry about getting banned.

Can You Fake Walking on Pokémon GO 2024?

YES! It is actually possible to play Pokémon GO without moving. However, you would need to make use of location spoofing tools to do it.

In recent times, Niantic has been banning players who use these GPS spoofing tools, mostly the modded Pokémon GO apps such as iPoGo or PGsharp to play the game without moving.

But it can still be done with the right tools, which I will share with you here.

Fake Walking in Pokémon GO Using MockGo iOS GPS Changer

Fake walking in Pokémon GO is a delicate process that requires the right kind of location spoofing tool. The good news is, we have an iOS spoofing tool that is designed to make the process seamless, allowing you to fake GPS walking in a single click.

This is MockGo iOS GPS Changer, which comes with a variety of cool features. It lets you create set paths at real-time walking speeds so you can maximize your Pokémon GO experience without moving around physically and getting detected.

The best part is, it works from your computer and won't require you to uninstall the original Pokémon GO app or jailbreak your device, making it the safest way to spoof GPS for Pokémon GO.

  • Teleport GPS to any place in one click.
  • Simulate walking/movement along real or customized path
  • Customize the speed, such as cycling, walking, or driving.
  • Vary speed randomly using realistic mode.
  • MockGo works well with most iPhone devices and iOS versions, including iPhone 15 and iOS 17.

Here's how you can use MockGo to fake walking in Pokémon GO:

Move Along Real Roads

Step 1: Launch the program

Download and install MockGo onto your computer.

Step 2: Connect the device

Connect the iPhone to the computer and wait for the program to detect it.

Connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 3: Choose the destination

Once the device is connected, you should see a map on the screen. Click on the second icon (one-stop mode) at the top-right corner of the map.

Then enter the destination location in the search bar. Adjust the pin on the map and then click on "Move Here" to proceed.

Move Here

Step 4: Start walking

Choose the type of number of times you want to make the same movement and then click on "Start" to begin the simulation along real route.

Move Here

Use the speed slider at the bottom of the screen to adjust the speed you want to use.

Simulate the One-stop Movement

Move Along Customized Route

You can also simulate movement along customized route by choosing multiple spots using MockGo. Click on the "multi-stop mode" (the third option) in the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 1: Select the Spots

Select all the spots you would like to pass through on the map and then click on "Move Here" to start walking.

Select the Spots

Step 2: Set the Route

Choose the number of times you want to take this route and then click on "Start."

Set the Route

Step 3: Adjust the Speed

Again, you can drag the slider at the bottom to select the speed that you would like to use.

Adjust the Speed

Fake Walking in Pokémon GO Using Fake GPS Go Android App

Note: Previously, users could install the Fake GPS app, enable the Mock location option, and start spoofing in short steps. However, Niantic now detects spoofing whenever the mock locations checkbox is enabled. To avoid this, you must follow the guidelines below: either downgrade your system, root it and convert the app to a system app, or do nothing at all, depending on the Android version of your device.

Ensure you are using one of the following the 3 current working methods to prepare before using the fake GPS app on your Android device:


1. Downgrading Google Play Services without Rooting Your Device

On Android devices running versions 6, 7, and 8, you can downgrade Google Play Services to change the GPS location and fake walking in Pokémon GO without needing to root the device.

This method will not work on devices running versions 9, 10, and 11. Additionally, some versions of Android 8.1 with Google Play Services cannot be downgraded.

2. Root with Magisk

If downgrading Google Play Services is not an option, you can use Magisk to root the device. You will need to unlock the bootloader first and then install Magisk to root the device and fake the GPS.

If you don't want to leave the device rooted, you will need to uninstall Magisk, which can be tricky. We recommend doing your research to ensure you use the right method for your device's model and CPU.

This method works only on Android 8 and 9; it doesn't work on Android 10, 11, and above.

3. Convert the app to a system app using Smali Patcher

This is the only method that works for Android devices running versions 10, 11, and above. The main advantage of using Smali Patcher is that you will not need to transfer the fake GPS routes app to the system folder, allowing you to spoof without rubber-banding.

It can be a bit complex to implement, but if you can make it work, it is one of the best solutions for Android 10 and 11.

How to Use Pokémon GO Android Spoofing App

After that, you can choose a reliable Pokémon GO spoofing apps such as the Fake GPS Go app. This app allows you to play the game without walking by simulating GPS movement. It is easily accessible on the Google Play Store. Follow these steps:

  1. Enable Developer Mode: Go to Settings > About Phone and tap on "Build Number" at least 7 times.
  2. Install Fake GPS Go: Download and install the Fake GPS Go Location spoofer app from the Google Play Store.
  3. Enable Mock Locations: Open the app and look for "Enable Mock Locations." Tap on this option.
  4. Select Mock Location App: Go to Developer Options and choose the Fake GPS Go app.
  5. Select Location: Open the Fake GPS Go app, choose the location you want on the map, and hit the "Play" button.

After simulating walking through the Fake GPS app, you can open the Pokémon GO app to play the game in this new location.

Fake GPS Location – GPS JoyStick by The App Ninjas

Fake Walking in Pokémon GO Using DeFit Android App

DeFit is a mobile app that can enter activity data into various fitness databases. This means you can input information such as your running time, speed, and distance without physically moving.

When combined with Pokémon GO, DeFit can trick the game's activity logs into thinking you have walked a greater distance, which is beneficial for completing research tasks, hatching eggs, and catching rare Pokémon like Zacian and Zamazenta.

Note that DeFit for iOS is not available; you will need an Android device to use DeFit. Follow these steps to get started with DeFit on your Android device:

Step 1: Open the Play Store, search for DeFit, and install it. Also, download and install the Google Fit app.

Step 2: Log in using the same ID you use for Pokémon GO and grant all necessary permissions. Turn on the Sync Fitness Data switch.

grant the app all the necessary permissions

Step 3: Open the Pokémon GO main menu, go to Settings, and enable the Adventure Sync feature.

Adventure Sync

Step 4: Close the game, open DeFit, tap on the "Add" button, and update the app with new steps, distance, and speed information.

click on

However, be aware of the potential downsides of using DeFit:

  • It is only useful for hatching eggs and some research activities.
  • It is not compatible with iOS devices.

Fake Walking in Pokémon GO Using Phone Swing

Except for using software tools to fake GPS movement, there are some accessories you can use to simulate walking in Pokémon GO. One popular tool is the SNYZO Phone Swing, designed to automatically generate steps for apps like Pokémon GO without the need for physical activity.

After placing your device onto the SNYZO Phone Swing, your phone will be shaken automatically, earning you up to 7500 steps per hour. This tool costs around $15.99 and can easily be found on Amazon. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Download Google Fit or Apple Health app: Download Google Fit for Android, and for iOS, use the default Health App.
  2. Link to Pokémon GO: Turn on Adventure Sync in the Pokémon GO settings.
  3. Exit Pokémon GO: Force stop Pokémon GO (do not run the game in the background).
  4. Place the Phone on the Swing: Place the phone on the cradle and start the swing.
  5. Check Your Progress: After meeting your step target, stop the shaker, open the game, and wait 10-20 seconds. The distance should sync and register. Eggs will be hatching!

Fake Walking in Pokémon GO Using Phone Swing


What are the speed limits in Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO has different speed limits for various features to prevent players from cheating by using vehicles. The speed limits are as follows:

  • Egg/Buddy distance tracking limit: 10.5 km/h
  • Passenger warning threshold: 30 km/h
  • PokéStops spinning limit: 35 km/h
  • Pokémon sightings and encounter limit: 40 km/h
  • Soft ban speed limit: 100 km/h
  • Ideal incense travel speed: 15 km/h

So, if you're trying to hatch eggs, it's best to walk at around 10.5 km/h. If you're using Incense, it's best to walk at around 15 km/h to attract the most Pokémon.

Can you hatch eggs in Pokémon GO while driving?

It can be difficult to hatch eggs in Pokémon GO while you're driving. This is because if the game detects that you're going too fast (usually more than 32 km/h or 22 mph), the distance you register will not count, and your eggs will not hatch.

Is it possible to count steps by shaking your phone?

If you shake your phone, the phone's built-in motion sensor technology may identify this action as walking. However, using this method can be tiring.

Final Words

Playing Pokémon GO has been further complicated by the stay-at-home orders that have kept people indoors during the pandemic. But with the solutions we have outlined above, you can easily play the game, catch as many Pokémon as you want, and hatch as many eggs as you want without having to move.

Aaron Roussey
Meet Aaron, our tech-savvy team member who has probably touched more grass than all of us combined, simply because he can't afford to miss a Legendary raid in Pokémon GO. When he's not on the quest to 'catch 'em all,' you'll find him at his computer, covering everything you need to know about phones, games, computers, and all things tech!
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