It may become necessary to change the location on your device for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you would like to keep your location private for privacy reasons or you would like to change the GPS location on your device to access features, apps, and games that may not be available in your region yet.
Fortunately, there are a lot of solutions that can come in handy in this regard. One of them is the jailbreak tweak LocationHandle. This review will show you how it works.
What is LocationHandle?
LocationHandle is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to change the GPS location on your device. It comes with four modes; Normal, offset, Automatic and Manual, giving you a lot of control in how you change the location on your device.
To change the location, all you have to do is enter the coordinates of the new location you want to use. This jailbreak tweak is available on Cydia and works on devices running iOS 9.3.3. it is very easy to use, but it will only work if your device is jailbroken.
How to Use LocationHandle
Step 1: Once you download LocationHandle on your device, the app will be available on the home screen. Launch it and you should see a map.
Step 2: To spoof the location, type in any location in the search box at the top, or enter the coordinate instead, and then turn on the red-colored toggle at the bottom left.
You can also add numerous locations to your Favorites so that you can use them over and over again.
To do this, just tap on the “Add to” button and tap on the “Favorites” button to access your favorite locations.
To remove a location from the favorites list, tap on the “Edit” button to enter the editing interface or you can simply tap on the “Back” button to go back to the map.
If you would like to simulate GPS movement in the spoofed location, select the “Manual” mode. This will allow you to move around the spoofed location, ideal for games like Pokémon Go. In Manual mode, you will see a joystick appear on the screen to help you move in any direction.
Reviews of LocationHandle
LocationHandle is a great tweak if you want to change the GPS location on your device. It works and that is good enough for us. But it is worth pointing out that spoofing the location on your device is considered a breach of the terms of service for most apps.
While location spoofing can help you access some restricted features or even download apps and games that are unavailable in your area, it can also lead to permanent account-bans if you get caught. Niantic for example, has a total no-tolerance policy on spoofing to play Pokémon Go and every time you do it, you risk a permanent account ban.
Besides, you must jailbreak the device to use LocationHandle. Furthermore, it is not compatible with new iOS device models or new versions of iOS.
Are There Any Effective Alternatives?
If jailbreaking your iOS device is not an option, then the following alternatives to LocationHandle can help;
Best Alternative: MockGo
MockGo iPhone GPS changer is one of the best desktop solutions to spoof location on iOS devices. It is very easy to use, you don’t have to jailbreak your device to use it and you will not need to install any apps to use it. The following are just some of its functions;
- It will spoof the GPS location of any iOS device to anywhere in the world
- It also allows users to simulate GPS movement between two spots or along a specified route
- An ideal companion for location-based apps and games like Pokémon Go, Bumble, Tinder and more
- You can even import a GPX file and MockGo will use it to create a GPS route to follow
Here’s how you can use MockGo to change the GPS location on your iOS device;
Step 1: Download and install MockGo on to your computer. Open it and then connect the iOS device to the computer.
Step 2: Click “Start” and you will see a map with the device’s current location.
Step 3: Click on the “Teleport” icon from the options on the top-right corner of the window. Enter the location in the search box and click “Go”.
Step 4: A popup will appear with the coordinates of the new location that you would like to use. Click “Move Here” to change the device’s location to this selected location.
To use MockGo to simulate GOS movement along a specified route, follow these simple steps;
Step 1: From the main window and with the device connected, select the “multi-stop mode” icon from the top-right corner of the window. Select all the spots that will make up your route.
Step 2: In the popup that appears, you will see the total distance your GPS will travel. Select the number of times you want to move along the selected path and then click “Move Here” to begin the simulated GPS movement.
Also Great: ThinkSky iTools
With ThinkSky iTools, you can also change the location of your iOS device without needing to jailbreak the device. it is also a desktop solution, meaning that you will not need to install any programs on your device to use it.
Its key functions include the following;
- It will spoof GPS location on devices that are running iOS 12 and below
- You can also use it to backup all the data on the iOS device and restore the data back on to the device
- It has a feature that can mirror the iOS device’s screen on your PC or Mac
- It is also useful in creating customized ringtones from your favorite songs
- Backup and restore of iOS data is fast and simple
- It can change the location on iOS devices to anywhere in the world
- Some anti-virus programs may flag it
- It is expensive
- You will need to install iTunes on your computer to access some functions
- It doesn’t support Android devices
- It will only work on devices running iOS 12 and below
Like LocationHandle, most iOS location spoofing solutions will require jailbreaking the device. But with the inherent risks that jailbreaking can have, you may not be willing to change the whole make-up of your device just to access a few apps.
Desktop solutions like MockGo and ThinkSky iTools have been developed to ensure that you can easily change the location on your iOS devices without needing to install any apps or jailbreaking the device. In so doing, they reduce the chances that your account could get banned.