In some countries, regions or institutions, Pokémon Go is blocked and the only way to get access to the game is to use VPN and third-party spoofing apps.
When used together, VPN and spoofing apps allow you to mask your true location, tricking Pokémon Go into thinking you are in an area where Pokémon Go works.
They can also help you change the location on your device and simulate GPS movement so that you can catch Pokémon from anywhere in the world without having to move.
In this guide, we show you how VPN can come in handy when playing Pokémon Go.
Why Use a Pokémon Go VPN?
Pokémon Go has truly gone global, but there are some countries and regions that may prevent players from accessing certain features of the game or even from downloading it at all. Some schools or college campuses may also block their students from accessing Pokémon Go while on school property.
If you are in one of these areas and you would like to access Pokémon, Go, you would need to use VPN. While most VPN solution will not be able to spoof the location by themselves, they support location spoofing tools, by allowing you to change the location while reducing the chance that you could get banned.
Can I Spoof My GPS Location in Pokémon Go with VPN?
You will not be able to spoof your location with VPN alone. This is because VPN changes your IP location and Pokémon Go uses your GPS location, not your IP address to determine your device’s location. If you want to catch Pokémon that may not be in your area, you will need to spoof your GPS location.
The best way to spoof your GPS location is to use a reliable spoofing app. The spoofing process is different for iOS and Android devices and you may need to root or jailbreak the device, depending on the solution you are using.
How to Use a VPN and Location Spoofer to Play Pokémon Go
Step 1. Set the VPN
Step 1: ExpressVPN is a good option that is available for both iOS and Android. Download and install the VPN app on your device.
Step 2: Then, you need to do is sign up a ExpressVPN account.
Step 3: Open ExpressVPN and select a VPN server location that matches the GPS location that you also want to use in the spoofing app. Without changing both the IP and the GPS location, you risk getting your account banned.
Once ExpressVPN is connected, you'll need to find and download a suitable GPS spoofing app depending on your needs. Keep in mind that some GPS spoofing apps may require rooting or jailbreaking the device and it is therefore important to conduct adequate research to find a solution that is less risky.
Step 2. Choose a GPS Spoofer for Your Device
When looking for a location spoofer for iOS, you will find that most require a jailbroken device. But there is one desktop solution that will work on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices.
Just follow these simple steps to use MockGo to change the GPS location on your iOS device;
Step 1: Download and install MockGo onto your computer. Open it on your computer.
Step 2: Then, connect the iOS device to the computer using a lightning cable and select “Start”.
Step 3: When the program detects the device, you will see a map with the device’s current GPS location. You can click “Center On” to get an accurate location if the location indicated on the map is not correct.
Step 4: To change your location, click on the “Teleport Mode” (the third option at the top-right corner). Enter the location you would like to spoof to in the search box and select it when it appears.
Step 5: Move the pin on the map to further refine the location and then click “Move Here” in the popup box that appears. The GPS location on your iPhone will change to the newly selected location and you can download and play Pokémon Go in the new location.
To recap, you can sue VPN like ExpressVPN to access Pokémon Go if the game is restricted in your area. But, while VPN can change the IP location, it will not be able to change the GPS location and for that, you will need a location spoofing app like MockGo. Used together, these tools can allow you to change your GPS and IP location and reduce the risk of getting caught and/or banned.