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How To Change the Location on Your iPhone (Step-by-Step Instructions)

You may want to change the location on your iPhone for various reasons – to access geo-restricted content, use location-based apps and games, or protect your privacy. While iPhones don‘t make it as easy to spoof your location as Android phones do, there are still several methods you can use.

In this guide, I‘ll go through the steps to change your iPhone‘s location using different techniques:

  • Turning off Location Services completely
  • Disabling Location Services for specific apps
  • Using a VPN or GPS spoofing app
  • Spoofing your location with Airplane Mode

I‘ll also explain exactly how location works on your iPhone and answer some common questions about changing your device‘s location.

How Location Works on Your iPhone

First, it helps to understand what Location Services is and how your iPhone determines its location.

Location Services refers to the GPS technology in your iPhone that allows it to pinpoint its geographic location. It uses a combination of GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cellular towers to identify your approximate location.

This location data allows apps that require your location, like maps and weather apps, to function properly. It also enables location-based features like Find My Friends.

You can toggle Location Services on or off completely from the Settings app. Or you can disable it for only certain apps.

When Location Services is on, a small arrow icon appears in your iPhone‘s status bar to indicate an app is actively using your location.

Why Change Your iPhone‘s Location?

There are a few main reasons you may want to change or spoof your iPhone‘s location:

  • Access geo-restricted content – Certain apps and websites restrict content based on your location. Changing your location can help you access regional libraries in streaming apps or view blocked content.

  • Location privacy – Disabling location access prevents apps from tracking your movements and storing your location history.

  • Location-based apps/games – Apps like Pokemon Go rely on your GPS location to function. Spoofing your location lets you "travel" without moving.

  • General privacy – Changing your location hides your real-world location for privacy reasons.

Next, I‘ll go through the different methods to change your location on iPhone.

Turn Off Location Services Completely

The simplest way to prevent your iPhone from sharing your location is to turn off Location Services completely:

  1. Open Settings > Privacy.

  2. Tap Location Services.

  3. Toggle the switch off.

This disables location access for all apps on your iPhone. Any app that requires your location won‘t work properly with Location Services disabled.

While this method is easy, it limits the usefulness of certain apps. The next option lets you disable location access for only certain apps.

Disable Location Access for Specific Apps

You can change your location settings for individual apps rather than disabling it completely:

  1. Open Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

  2. Scroll down and tap the app you want to change.

  3. Select Never to completely disable location access.

You can also choose Ask Next Time or While Using the App to limit when the app can access your location.

This allows you to keep Location Services on for apps you want while restricting it for others. However, it doesn‘t actually change your iPhone‘s location.

Use a VPN to Change Your Location

One of the best ways to spoof your iPhone‘s location is by using a virtual private network (VPN). Here‘s how:

  1. Choose a reliable VPN service with a iOS app, like ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

  2. Download and install the VPN app on your iPhone.

  3. Connect to a server located in your desired country.

  4. Refresh your location in the app you want to spoof.

Connecting to a VPN server assigns you a new IP address from that location. Apps and websites will think you‘re in that country based on your IP address.

The main advantage of using a VPN is you can reliably choose servers from many different locations around the world. VPNs also provide extra privacy and security benefits.

Use Airplane Mode to Spoof Location

Here‘s a clever trick to manually spoof your iPhone‘s GPS location using Airplane Mode:

  1. Open the Maps app and search for the location you want to spoof.

  2. Tap the blue dot to lock in the new location.

  3. Enable Airplane Mode to cut off internet access.

  4. Open any app that uses your location. It will show the spoofed location.

  5. Disable Airplane Mode to re-enable internet and GPS access.

This works because the Maps app caches your last searched location. With internet disabled, your iPhone can‘t update your real GPS coordinates and defaults to the cached location.

The main downside is you have to toggle Airplane Mode on and off each time you want to use a location-based app. It‘s not very convenient.

Avoid GPS Spoofing Apps

You may come across GPS spoofing apps on the App Store that claim to change your iPhone‘s location. However, I don‘t recommend using these for a few reasons:

  • They often don‘t work as advertised or stop working quickly.
  • Fake location apps could require risky tweaks like jailbreaking.
  • Apple is strict about apps that manipulate GPS and removes them frequently.

Downloading from outside the App Store is risky and could void your iPhone‘s warranty. It‘s better to use a reliable VPN instead of an app to spoof your location.

FAQs About Changing Location on iPhone

Here are answers to some common questions about changing your location on iPhone:

Can you fake your location on iPhone?

Yes, there are a few ways to fake or spoof your location on iPhone:

  • Using a trusted VPN service
  • Enabling Airplane Mode and searching a location in Maps
  • Unreliable GPS spoofing apps (not recommended)

Does VPN change GPS location on iPhone?

Yes, connecting to a VPN assigns you a new IP address from the server location you choose. This effectively spoofs your GPS coordinates in any app that uses your IP address to determine location.

Can I use a fake location on Snapchat?

You can set a fake location in Snapchat by connecting to a VPN and choosing a server in another city, state, or country. Just be sure to select a VPN that works with the iOS Snapchat app.

Is it illegal to fake GPS location?

Spoofing your GPS location is generally not illegal if done for personal use. However, it could violate the terms of use for certain apps and games. It‘s best to read the fine print of any app before attempting to use a fake location.

The Bottom Line

While not as straightforward as changing location on Android, you do have a few different options to spoof or turn off location access on your iPhone.

The best all-around methods are using a reliable VPN service or selectively disabling Location Services for certain apps only.

Completely disabling Location Services works as well, but limits functionality for many apps. And steer clear of sketchy GPS spoofing apps that could put your privacy and security at risk.

I hope this guide gave you a good overview of how location works on iPhone and the different techniques available to change your device‘s location when needed!


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