How To Spoof or Change Your Location in Snapchat
Like most social media platforms and apps, Snapchat tracks your location and uses this information to improve its features and services.
However, as more people grow concerned about their privacy when using social media apps, it’s understandable to not want Snapchat to track your location. Even if it’s not using the information maliciously, you may not be comfortable with an app tracking your every move.
In this article, I’ll show you how to both hide your location from Snapchat entirely and how to trick the app into thinking that you’re somewhere else.
SnapMap Location Sharing
SnapMap is the feature that allows you to see where your Snapchat friends are. It also allows your friends to see your location when turned on.
Your SnapMap location updates regularly as long as your app is open. If you close the app, then SnapMap simply shows your last known location until it expires after several hours.
Turning off Location Sharing
Turning off your location settings is very simple. First, launch the Snapchat app on your device.
Once the app is open, follow these steps to turn off location sharing:
- Go to Camera, Friends, or Discover.
- Tap the magnifying glass icon.
- Tap Map.
Once on the Map screen, you’ll want to access your settings by tapping on the cog icon. Now, you can make some adjustments to better protect your privacy.
There are three basic settings:
- My Friends – Your Snapchat friends can see your location when you are using the app.
- My Friends, Except… – Your friends can see you but for a few that you expressly exclude.
- Only These Friends – Choose the select “inner circle” of friends that can see where you are.
- Ghost Mode – Keep your location a secret. Only you can see it on the map.
Select “Ghost Mode” and choose how long you want to remain hidden. You can select either three hours, a day or until you turn off the feature manually. Choose whichever setting works for you.
How to Change Your Location in Snapchat
So that’s how to stop Snapchat from keeping track of your location, but how can you convince the app that you’re somewhere that you aren’t?
Well, there’s no direct way to do it within the Snapchat app itself. Snapchat wants everyone to be honest about their locations. So in order to do this, you need to get creative.
While there’s no way to change your location from within the app, there are a few alternative methods you can use to spoof your location on Android and iPhone.
iTools for iPhone
If you’re using Snapchat on an iPhone, you can spoof your GPS location using a commercial program called iTools. You can get a free trial of iTools to see if it will work for you, but after that, a single-user license costs $30.95.
To start, run iTools on a Windows PC or a desktop Mac, then connect your iPhone to that computer using a cable. Your iPhone will have to stay connected to the host computer to make this work.
Once you have iTools installed, follow these steps to set up GPS spoofing on your iPhone:
- Click the Toolbox icon on the iTools panel.
- Click the Virtual Location button on the Toolbox panel.
- Enter the location you want to spoof your location to in the text box and click Move Here.
- Go to Snapchat on your phone and do whatever you wish to do in your “new” location.
- To end the GPS spoofing, select Stop Simulation in iTools.
While it isn’t free, this is the easiest and most effective to spoof your location if you’re using an iPhone.
Fake GPS Apps for Android
For this article, we’re using the Fake GPS Location app from the Play Store. There are several options available, but this app is free and reliable.
Next, you need to enable developer settings on your Android phone. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the Settings menu on your phone.
- Tap System.
- Tap About Phone.
- Tap Software Info.
- Tap Build Number seven times quickly.
- Enter your phone’s lock code when prompted.
You now have access to the Developer Mode settings page under Settings->System->Developer Options.
Toggle Developer on if it didn’t turn itself on automatically and you’re ready to go.
Now, you need to tell your phone to use the Fake GPS Location app as its GPS device.
- Open Settings.
- Tap on System.
- Tap on Developer Options.
- Scroll down to Select mock location app and tap on it.
- Select the Fake GPS app.
Changing the location for Snapchat is very simple after installing Fake GPS. Just open the Fake GPS Location app and move the map to wherever you want to appear to be. Hit the Play button and your phone now believes you to be wherever you have navigated to on the map.
It’s easy to check this – open Snapchat and see where your icon is located on the map. You should be where Fake GPS Location thinks you are.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fake GPS without jailbreaking my iPhone?
Unfortunately, Apple makes it incredibly difficult to fake your GPS location so there are no apps that can do this without jailbreaking the phone first.
However, there is one alternative; use another device. Snapchat will only let you log into one device at a time. You can use a table, iPod Touch, computer, or any device capable of loading the Snapchat app to show your location somewhere else.
This may not be a great solution if your desired location isn’t somewhere you can leave a device of course. But it does give Apple users at least one way to fake their actual location.
My Snapchat location isn’t updating. What can I do?
Although it’s rare, some Snapchat users have complained that their location isn’t updating or it’s wrong. If this is happening to your location it’s either a connectivity issue, an issue with your phone’s GPS sensors, or an issue with the app.
The first thing you should do is toggle on WiFi if it’s available (or toggle it off if it’s already on). Changing your network connection could fix the problem. If not, try turning your phone off then back on.
Second, try another app like Google Maps to see if your location is correct and updated properly. If it isn’t, you should power cycle your phone which should update your location. Go to your phone’s settings, toggle your location services off and back on. Lastly, update your phone’s software. If the phone’s software is out-of-date it could have issues understanding where you are.
If other apps are working properly, check the App Store or Google Play Store for any available updates. Assuming it’s an issue with incompatible software (your phone’s software is newer than the current version of Snapchat on your phone) you will have a variety of issues including the location.
The last thing you should do if none of these fixes work is to contact Snapchat support. Fill out the form and submit a request for help.
As we learn more and more about how social media companies are collecting and handling our private data, it’s not uncommon for users to be more concerned than ever about their privacy.
For users like this, the idea that Snapchat tracks your every move might be a little bit unnerving. If this sounds like you, just follow the steps outlined above to control, turn off, or spoof your location sharing on Snapchat.
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