How to spoof your location in Pokémon GO [jailbreak]

By , Aug 2, 2016

Spoof Pokemon Location

In most typical scenarios, Pokémon GO is a GPS-based game that uses your current location to help you navigate around to find new wild Pokémon to catch.

On the other hand, some people just don’t live in Pokémon-rich areas. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to spoof your location in Pokémon GO by taking advantage of your jailbroken iPhone or iPad.

Why to spoof your location in Pokémon GO

For the most part, spoofing your location in Pokémon GO is cheating. There is very little of a point to doing it apart from having an ability to get Pokémon from anywhere you could possibly want to. Although it sounds great, it really does take the challenge and fun out of the game.

Nevertheless, if you’re sure you want to proceed with this, just keep in mind that Niantic frowns upon cheating in Pokémon GO and that you do so at your own risk. If you end up getting banned from breaking the in-game rules, we are not responsible.

How to spoof your location in Pokémon GO

To spoof your location in Pokémon GO, you will need a jailbroken iOS device. This is because you can’t spoof your location on a factory installation of iOS because Apple doesn’t let you. With a jailbreak, you can use jailbreak tweaks to spoof your location.

Because Pokémon GO typically crashes on jailbroken devices, you will also need to install a jailbreak tweak called Masterball, which hides your jailbroken status from the app and lets you run it on jailbroken devices anyway. There are also other tweaks available that accomplish the same thing, but we like Masterball because of the awesome name.

Now that we’ve got the niddy-griddy out the way, you’ll want to follow these steps to spoof your location:

1) Open Cydia on your jailbroken iOS device and search for and install iOSRoamingGuide.

Installing iOSRoamingGuide Cydia

3) Open the Maps app on your iOS device and navigate to the location you want to be, then tap to drop a pin.

Spoof Location Pokemon GO

4) After the pin is dropped, tap on the arrow that appears over the pin.

5) Next, tap on the Chinese characters that appear in the location description.

6) Now, iOS’ Maps app should show the dropped pin as your current location, as indicated by the pulsing blue dot.

7) Launch the Pokémon GO app, and you will spawn at the location you dropped the pin in the Apple Maps app. As you can see, we can catch Pokémon in the spoofed location:

Pokemon-GO-spoofed-Location-2

And that’s all there is to it!

How to reset your location services

If you leave the dropped pin in the Apple Maps app alone, your iOS device is going to continue to report it as your current location. If you want to reset your location services to your actual location, then all you have to do is remove the pin that you dropped.

To do that, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Maps app and tap on the pin you dropped, then tap on the arrow that appears in the pop-up.

Reset Location in Apple Maps

2) Now, tap on the Remove Pin option.

3) You are returned to the Maps app, but your location is still where you set it. To reset your location to your actual location, tap on the location services button at the bottom level of your Maps app and your location will be set to your true location.

Easy enough?

A caveat

Just keep in mind that iOSRoamingGuide is only partially working in iOS 9.3.3, and may not work as expected. This is because many tweaks have not yet been updated for iOS 9.3.3. We’ve reached out to the developer for a fix. The tweak currently works flawlessly in the iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak however.

Wrapping up

Now that you know how to spoof your location in Pokémon GO, you can pretty much play the game from anywhere you want to and visit anywhere in the world you want.

If you’re not already playing Pokémon GO, you can download the app from the App Store for free to start today.

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  • Valinor

    This is cheating. Stop supporting cheaters.

    • This was very well known before this article was posted that cheating was occurring on the app. The first day it came out I posted this was why ultimately the app will fail. There’s also plenty of ways to do this without a jailbreak too. It’s a flawed system, but it’s just an app…nothing more… nothing less.

      • John

        Just because it CAN be done, doesn’t mean sites should encourage it to be done.

      • Who’s encouraging anyone to do this? They report on jailbreaks, tweaks, tech news.. this falls in that category. It even says do this at your own risk, you could be banned. So they let you know right up front.

      • justin

        It’s for fun man relax let people enjoy their freedom

      • Ih8DUMniggas

        You just a hater. Pokemon go won’t fail because the fans love it too much. Cheating can be fun. The Pokemon fans will never let Pokemon go fail, people who turned their nose to Pokemon originally play Pokemon go.

      • Not a hater, stating the facts. If you like it.. play it.. no skin off my nose.. just don’t like to read how people are being banned off an application that is poorly written.. it’s the developers fault for all the issues, not those people who have a jailbroken device… you don’t even need to be jailbroken to “cheat” on this app.. that’s bad programming no matter how you slice it.

      • Ih8DUMniggas

        Just because it’s easy to do doesn’t mean you should, and if you do and get caught you get banned. Like robbing a old woman. Plenty easy, but you’ll get banned from the outside world. The risk is what makes it fun

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      U mad bruh

      • Valinor

        Why should I be mad Bro?

      • Valinor

        Why should I be mad Bro?
        Dont need spoof to catch them all

      • Valinor

        Why should I be mad Bro?

      • WEAK

      • Erasus

        Yes you are mad, your pokes are so bad.

    • Jimmy Jimmerson

      This is godsend for people who live in rural areas, where Pokemon are near-extinct. Whether those people choose to use this “cheat” excessively is up to them…but due to the nature of Pokemon Go’s traffic system I’d say this actually provides a way for many people to legitimately enjoy the game who couldn’t before.

    • popoxee

      technically jailbreak is cheating. I feel like u come to the wrong site

      • Valinor

        Nope its not, perfectly legal.
        Can it void your warranty? Yes, but thats only if you damage is jailbreak related.
        If you send a jailbroken phone to Apple because the phones hardware is broken, its still under warranty.

  • Lit

    Why would you make a article on cheating?… you lost my respect.

  • johnnathanmad

    Wow a cheating article, idb isn’t the same anymore. Jeff was a huge part of this site. Now everything just going downhill.

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      Lmfao why are y’all so hurt its Pokemon

      • Lit

        You’re mad about pidgeys? they are one of the best things actually… good for powerleveling

      • Valinor

        Doesnt mean spoofing is the way to go. I dont mind trackers like pokevision. It still means you have to rush there and search a bit for the pokemon.
        With spoofing you dont even have to leave your house.

  • stydnwb

    i did as instructed, but pokemons keep running away and cant get any thing at pokestop, i have read about this issue of “softban” any way to over come it?

    to all complaining about cheating, no is pointing a gun to your head and tells you to cheat, if i feel like cheating it is my right, so stop complaining and let us do as we want

    • :D

      Just wait 4 hours

      • stydnwb

        i think is less, for unknown reason it started to work, very cool tool

    • John

      Spoken like a true cheater. You know the kind that still doesn’t believe that paying 99c for an app is “value for money”. Hah – Anyway to overcome the soft ban, take your shit to Reddit. There’s more of your kind there.

      Wanna come out from behind that pictureless profile and tell us who you really are? No? Didn’t think you’d have the courage too.

      • stydnwb

        i love paying a dollar to whom deserves it, but i live in a small town in Israel and have no chance of catching anything, is it fair?
        if this is the only way, so be it, i am not ashamed nor will i be, free world or not?

      • John

        Is it fair? No but then neither is the world we live in. That’s just the way the game is played.

        There’s pokemon that I cannot catch because of where I live and there are Pokemon my friends cannot catch because of where they live, it’s part of the game…so why should you be different?

        Showing your face on your profile yet, cheater? I guess you should enjoy your game as long as you can… How many virgins were you promised?

      • stydnwb

        i did not understand the virgins thing? are you talking about the islamic terrorists that are promised 40 virgins in heaven if they kill my people? because i am jewis and we believe in life, not death (now lets wait for all the anti- semitic replys about me being a jew)

      • Denial

        Dude, don’t feed the trolls

      • Moltakfire

        If anything, you’re the one who’s trolling.

      • Francisco farias

        Hey bro just ignore that man-child. I cheat some of my games like asphalt 8 but they founded out and they banned me lol.

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Lol exactly it’s a game were not killing babies here

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Lmao bro it’s not that serious we aren’t talking about insider info and manipulating stocks here it’s fvkin Pokemon relax kiddo

      • andiebrust

        You seem to have a real issue mate. Just sayin´

      • Kirma

        Dude, i also from israel! where do you live ?

      • stydnwb

        Kohav Yair next to Kfar saba, nice to meet

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Yo just get pokego ++ and or pokemap it’s way better this is what I picked up with it

      • JayMBK

        Doesn’t work, breaks pokestops, all Pokemon run away.

      • YaBoyLilMayo

        Lol it works bro 100% I just used it 5 min ago maybe u have something else conflicting with it but i been using it the past few days wit no problem at all

      • Kellie Maguire

        i cant get mine to work either, the chinese characters are not lit for me and also the pokestops and pokemon on nearby dont show up, know anyway on how to fix this?

      • andiebrust

        Showing a real-life-pic on the interwebz in the comment section shows courage? Really? In what parallel world are you living?

    • Kris.P.Bacon

      I’ve got the same issue. Pokemon are running away and can’t get anything from any pokestops. Is it a soft ban? I changed my location to another country to capture the one unique Pokemon that is there and had no problems until I changed my location back.

  • user ban in 3….2….1….

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Yea hopefully. Been using it since day 1. Still running around. I’m actually waiting to get banned. Honestly.

    • Lit

      I don’t spoof but I really don’t think Niantic is gonna do squat about it. Not sure why, maybe they can’t really detect a difference. They are spoofers in Ingress and that’s been out way longer…

  • Beel Ahmed

    I have done it as mentioned above. But i cant select those Chinese characters, why ?

    • stydnwb

      what ios are using?

      • Beel Ahmed

        9.3.3

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      Yo just get pokego ++ and or pokemap it’s way better you can move ur character with a joystick or drop a pin on the map from inside the game and so many more features

    • YaBoyLilMayo

      Yo just get pokego ++ and or pokemap it’s way better you can move ur character with a joystick or drop a pin on the map from inside the game and so many more features. This is what I picked up with it and these aren’t even my best.

      • Beel Ahmed

        Give me the repo

    • Kristjan Sepp

      did you find a solution. I have the same problem

    • Kristjan Sepp

      have you found out how to resolve it? I have the same issue 🙁

      • Beel Ahmed

        Nope, haven’t found a solution yet. Still in trouble.

    • Lung Lung

      I have same problem

  • Kirma

    Wow, so lame iDB! very disappointing.

  • Kirma

    Wow, so lame iDB! very disappointing.

    • stydnwb

      go home and leave IDB alone, you are not the only person in this world, and i thank IDB from the bottom of my heart

      • John

        Go home? What if they already are home?

        PS. Capital I when you are talking about yourself and lowercase I when you are talking about iDB. Can’t even get the name of the website correct.

        Hey cheater – Perhaps you should learn English before taking cheap shots at people?

      • stydnwb

        my dear friend, i am not a native English speaker, i do come from a different place then you, i have no problem with you for i respect every living person, i you have a problem with my English or grammar or spelling, its is only your problem, i have free will and will do as i please

      • Ignore this guy and be proud of your ability to speak more than one language.

      • Kris.P.Bacon

        Perhaps you should become an English teacher. Or here’s a idea…don’t presume everyone is a native English speaker. Perhaps you should also learn to not take cheap shots at people?

      • Wow aren’t you special pointing out someone’s capitalization mistake on the internet. But guess what bigot, he knows English well enough to communicate in it, do you know his language well enough to communicate??

      • Mustang5Oh

        You are beyond offensive to people. Not everyone is American. Get over it if you don’t approve of “cheating” in a Pokemon game don’t read the article. It’s the internet…move on “cool guy.”

      • Kirma

        Hey, i respect you. you can do whatever you want. but i disagree about that. It’s cheating. It’s not fair. You can also disagree with me, but let me say my opinion also! don’t tell me what to do and don’t disrespect people please.

      • stydnwb

        I completely agree with you, we all have our opinions, we all have or will, be healthy and my the road be bright to all
        my only problem is that all people all of the sudden became the next POPE , if i feel like cheating, it is only my problem and not others,

  • Moltakfire

    Like many others down below, I’m disappointed in this website for allowing an article promoting cheating. Respect begets respect. If you don’t have enough respect for the developers to not promote cheating, I don’t have enough respect for the website.

    • stydnwb

      like I said, that is not the issue, i live in a small town in a small county, what makes you better then me, that you can go outside and enjoy the game, and i need to sit at my computer and cry because the developers dont like my country? that is fair? that is ok? if i need to cheat in-order to play so be it, i am not stealing any ones food nor money ( i have paid more then once to the app to buy things like pokeball and etc

      • Moltakfire

        Two of my friends live in Brazil. They don’t have the game.

        What makes you better than them? Is it fair that you get to install software designed to cheat, while they have to wait for something that might take a while to release?

        The ability to spoof a location in Pokemon Go can lead on to you not paying for things in the store, as you can spoof your location to a pokestop. Thereby, you’re stealing potential money. Doesn’t matter if you’ve bought it once already.

        Your whole logic is flawed. I can’t believe you’re so adamant, throwing yourself behind a ‘cheaters always prosper’ ideology.

      • stydnwb

        True wise words, I completely agree with you, but, like I said, I have paied my well make money, and I am not stealing from anyone

        By the way, like me they can find a way to download the game from an us AppStore account, no problem with that

      • Moltakfire

        Thanks. But yeah, the second you spoof your location onto a pokestop, and get additional pokeballs, you’re stealing from Niantic.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Justice!

      • Denial

        You can live wherever you want and still be able to download the app from app stores in countries where the game has been launched…
        When the game was first released in Australia only, plenty of people from the US and from every other places were playing…
        Was that cheating?

      • Moltakfire

        Given the fact that none of those people were spoofing their location, and the servers were in place at that time, no. Living wherever you want and downloading apps from different countries is different to living wherever you want, downloading apps, and spoofing your location so it appears that you’re in a different place.

        A spoofing tool can have good applications in different situations, but in a game with a key point being that you have to walk around (PHYSICALLY walk around) to further the gameplay, it’s nothing but cheating.

      • Denial

        Okay then. But really, I still don’t get how that harms you or any other complaining here.
        Anyway, you seem to think I troll, so I’ll stop here because our points of view won’t ever be the same on this particular subject. My opinion is out there, so is yours, life goes on!

      • Tim

        The cheater could literally take the Gym next door to Moltakfire with his 3000CP Pokémon boosted by cheatingly visited pokestops. How is that not effecting him? XD Not that it is happening, but they way is paved.

        Although it is funny that people who hate cheating, jailbreak, you’re cheating on Apple. 😛

  • Denial

    I don’t see why you guys are so upset about it… nobody is forcing you into anything… and there’s no harm done to any of you, so??????

    Anyway, I’m just posting to say that there is a better app if you want to spoof your location, it’s LocationFaker. Works well on iOS 9.3.3 with iPhone 5s
    You can even add favourite locations and quickly go to a particular place. Just place yourself where you want to be, tick ON et voilà! ^^

    • Moltakfire

      Some of us enjoy sticking up for the IP of a company. Once you factor in the bonuses you get by subverting the store, there’s definite harm being done to the company.

      • Denial

        Right. So is it harmful then if I stay close to a pokestop and wait for it to give me stuff?? Because I’m telling you right now: that’s what I do. And I don’t ever plan on stopping…

      • Moltakfire

        Of course it’s harmful. You’re harming Niantic. You’re harming the people who created the very game you’re trying to play. Does that logic not get to you?

      • Denial

        Sorry, no it doesn’t. It’s like “fishing” for pokemons.
        The game is designed in a way that Pokemons appear at particular spots. Just wait next to those spots and you’ll get them.
        How do you think people get to lvl 24? They fish for tons of pidgeys, use a lucky egg and evolve them all at the same time to get thousands of XP.

        This is just using the way the game was designed, so of course people take advantage of this.

      • Moltakfire

        You’re talking about standing next to a poke stop without spoofing your location. That isn’t harmful. That’s what I do. I walk up to a pokestop, put a lure down, and stay there.

        Spoofing your location and standing next to a poke stop *is* harmful though.

      • Mustang5Oh

        It’s not harming Niantic lol. The people spoofing and going to pokestops are the same ones who would NOT buy poke balls to begin with. Get over it.

      • Moltakfire

        Of course it is. It’s hypothetical on both ends, but if they weren’t cheating, the only other alternative to getting more pokeballs would be to physically walk to a pokestop, or to buy one from the store. Given that most who cheat are lazy, the latter seems like the go-to option if spoofing wasn’t an option. As they’re spoofing their location though, they’re negating potential revenue from pokeball sales.

    • stydnwb

      that is correct, thank you. that is what i am tring to say, nobody is forcing into anything

    • The reason people are upset is simple.. they don’t understand. The application itself is the flaw. And going one further.. most of these people complaining are the same people who wanted a jailbreak so they could hack other programs.. but oh no.. heaven forbid anyone releases a hack for Pokemon.. Can’t have it both ways kiddos!

  • Ernie Marin

    LOL so many idiots taking a FREE APP so seriously, get off your high horse you morons. Niantic has been cheating you from day one, they just made it harder to catch pokemon without having to spend more money on micro transactions, and now making deals with stores like McDonald which will translate to eventually making people buy some of most unhealthily food around just for an exclusive Pokemon that should be in the wild anyway. And what will happen when they start doing exclusive events that half the world wont be able to attend, is that fair?. It’s already bad enough some pokemon are regional which means you have no chance of getting them unless you literally take a plane half way around the world. Oh and yeah stand up guys, I’m sure you don’t complain about Jailbreak which Apple has said they don’t support, so before you keep talking shit how about you remove your jailbreak, and in the process leave a site that is devoted to all things apple, JB included.

    • Lit

      You know you’re comparing apples and oranges right?

      • Actually he isn’t.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        He’s comparing PIDGEYS to PIGEONS!

    • Mustang5Oh

      Finally someone with common sense.

  • Cheska Villanueva

    But this is cheating 🙁
    Stop ruining the game’s good intentions, you guys! 🙁

    • Kris.P.Bacon

      If someone wants to cheat let them. They only ruin the experience for themselves.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Bravo! Of course you get kids whinning like a little baby and spewing out justice everywhere. I’m sure they are the same people who’d tell you that jay walking isnt a good thing too lmao

  • JayMBK

    Doesn’t work. Can’t catch anything.

  • Elias Chao

    Damn, guys. O know you’d like to increase your visits. But this is not how you should do it.

    I’ve always liked that you don’t even cover cracked-tweaks repos. But this is cheating. Even if it’s useful for some, it’s against the game’s rules.

  • GenericUsername

    the spoofing doesnt seem to work for newest ios patch, also not sure if this spoofing will soft ban you so can anyone shed light to this? I just want to be in an urban area as I live in a rural so I can’t really catch any pokemon

  • Chris Mara

    To all the haters:
    Do some research on how fun this game is for people who live in rural areas. I have to DRIVE 25 minutes to get to a pokestop, and with the few free pokeballs I get, I’m left hunting only Pidgeys, Weedles, and Ratattas.
    When Pokevision was active, I’d check it frequently and still find very few Pokemon within 20 mins that weren’t the common 6 we see everywhere. Meanwhile, in and around Metro Boston almost every available Pokemon can be found. Think about that before condemning the author. This is a well known hack anyway.

    • Moltakfire

      The author is promoting cheating. Forget if it’s beneficial to some, forget if it’s widely available, he’s still condoning cheating.

      Brazil says hello.

  • andiebrust

    You´re really are a piece pf work bro.

    • John

      Thanks for finding all of my responses and replying. Shows you care.

  • Kris.P.Bacon

    So if you’re going to do a major jump to another country or continent it’s probably recommend to close the game, change your location and wait a few hours before launching the game again or you will be soft banned.

  • Jack Hubbleday

    The Chinese symbols are greyed out for me

    • Bjhay Estuista Tulipas

      Same problem here.

  • Daniel Hsieh

    Why after I change the location, I can’t catch any Pokemon and also can’t get anything from Pokemon stop?

    • ebo nix

      i have the same problem what is thad issue ????

  • ebo nix

    Why after I change the location, I can’t catch any Pokemon and also can’t get anything from Pokemon stop? Any help please??? I got version 9.3.3

  • Josh

    This method still working ?

  • workin

    Didn’t work on iOS 9.3.3 jail broken iPad mini 2, Chinese characters are grayed out. No spoof, no Glover’s Atlanta episode 1 on YouTube in Canada