Pokemon Go is still one of the most popular mobile games to date. And the game has been built in a way that encourages users to move around in the real world. Still, many users are often looking for possible alternatives that allow them to play the game without actually having to go out in the physical world, especially when we are all staying indoors in the middle of a global pandemic.
Since the game directly relies on your device’s location services, many users have been looking to spoof the GPS location of the device. This would allow them to access a desired location on the Pokemon Go map, without having to actually travel there.
Now, there are primarily two ways to spoof GPS location on iOS devices without jailbreak.
- By using an external GPS module (physical device) for your iOS device
- By using a software/app to spoof your location.
Here, we’ll look at both the solutions.
Fake GPS Location on Pokemon GO on iPhone, iPad without Jailbreak via external GPS module
Some device manufacturers make external GPS modules that plug into your iOS device via the lightning port and help you simulate your location anywhere in the world. The advantage of using such a device is that it works at the system level across all apps on your iOS device.
These devices are a bit pricey considering they only help to simulate a fake location, but the simulation is usually more realistic, with latitude, longitude, and altitude data, and also supports realistic movement around the fake location.
And since it works at the system level, you can use it to fake your location on official versions of apps & games like Pokemon GO, without having to worry about the app breaking in the next official update. These devices are often more reliable, and also more difficult to detect, compared to software-based tweaks.
Fake GPS Location on Pokemon GO on iPhone, iPad without Jailbreak via iOS app
The other way to use fake location on Pokemon GO is via app tweaks. A tweaked version of Pokemon GO is available, which allows you to use a fake virtual location. But instead of spoofing your location throughout the device, the tweak only affects your in-game location.
As you can guess, the tweak is not available for download from the App Store, so usually, you’d have to install it from third-party app stores by jailbreaking your device. But a specific app repository known as BuildStore lets you install external apps on iOS devices without jailbreaking them.
Install PokeGo++ without Jailbreak
To access the apps within BuildStore, you’d need to register your iOS device for a fee of $11.99/year per device. Once registered, you get unlimited access to all the apps available In the BuildStore repository. The particular Pokemon Go tweak you’d need is PokeGo++, which is available in BuildStore.
The below steps will guide you to install and use PokeGo++ to fake your character’s location in Pokemon Go.
- Uninstall the original Pokemon Go app from your iPhone if it’s already installed.
- Sign up for a new BuildStore account and register your iOS device.
- Download and install iPogo, or PokeGo++ on your iPhone via BuildStore and sign into your Pokemon Go account.
- Once in the game map screen, tap on Settings (gear icon) in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Under Spoofing section, turn Fake Location on.
- Select Forever in Time to Save Location.
You’ll find a joystick overlay on top of the Pokemon Go map. The joystick will help you navigate your character through the map, without having to physically move from your current location.
With Fake Location turned on, you’d also be able to access other GPS hacks, such as jump to particular coordinates, move towards a target location, speed control, (up to 8X), etc.
Is Pokemon GO++ safe to install?
Build Store’s content policy states that any application available on their third-party app store “MUST NOT harm the device or device owner”. According to Build Store, the apps available on Build Store are reviewed internally for malicious code and stability. We have spoken to a company representative on the matter, and this is what he had to say: “We guarantee that using the apps from the BuildStore is safe for the gadget and users’ private data.”
However, Build Store does not claim any responsibility for any action taken against the user by original app developers (for example, disabling of accounts), for the use of tweaked apps.
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Note: It’s not recommended to use these location spoofing hacks for Pokemon Go, especially the speed control or jump-to-coordinates hack, as the app is known to actively detect suspicious activities and ban the respective user accounts.
Disclaimer: The article is only intended as a knowledge base for installing Pokemon GO++ on non-jailbroken iOS devices. 7labs may not be held responsible for any violation of the terms and conditions, as laid out by the original app developers.