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WhatsApp tracks your location in real-time and allows you to share it with your contacts. This feature can be very helpful, especially when you are having a meet-up or if you just want to let your friends know where you are.
Using live location in WhatsApp is purely optional and doesn’t add or detract from using any other feature of the app.
However, you can also fake your location in WhatsApp to make it appear that you are elsewhere. This can be useful in a number of circumstances, such as planning a surprise for friends or family, pulling a prank, or when you’re out and about and just don’t want anyone to know where you are.
Whatever reason you might have, keep reading to learn how to fake your location in WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Live Location is a feature that allows you to share your location in real-time for a particular period of time. This feature is end-to-end encrypted, so you can be sure that your location can only be seen by the people you share it with.
You can turn live location on or off in WhatsApp depending on your needs. Here’s how to use it.
To use Live Location on Android:
To use Live Location on iOS:
WhatsApp will share your location for the duration you entered in Step 3 or until you manually stop it. To manually stop sharing your location, select the Stop Sharing icon within the chat window and confirm your choice.
When you share your location, you will see a map of the area with your profile picture to mark where you are. Your location will be periodically updated when you’re static and will dynamically update when you’re on the move.
Now that you know how to use Live Location in WhatsApp, you may want to know how to fake your location.
You have two options to do this: You can either manually select a location on Google Maps or you can use a GPS spoofing app to do it for you.
When I tested this, I appeared on the map where I selected it, but the supplementary address data was incorrect and occasionally appeared blank. This is a bit of a giveaway which is why this is not the best way to fake your location in WhatsApp.
The better way is to use a GPS spoofing app. We have covered these before on TechJunkie and they can work well in this situation. There are a bunch of these apps on the Google Play Store that you can use for this purpose. Some are free while others cost a couple of bucks. Find a good app that has good reviews and doesn’t cost much; then, install it on your phone.
For these apps to work, you will need Developer Options enabled on your phone. The GPS will need permissions to mess with the GPS on your phone and that isn’t covered by standard permissions.
Here’s how to pull it all together:
After following these steps, your location should appear in the location that you chose in the spoofing app, and unlike faking your location manually, there are no clear giveaways that let people know you are spoofing your location.
Spoofing your location in WhatsApp can be helpful in a variety of circumstances, and by using the methods provided in this article, you can take control of your privacy as quickly and easily as possible.
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