How to walk in Pokémon GO without walking in real life

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It’s a hard life, being a Pokémon trainer. You need to raise your Pokémon, find new ones and battle trainers around the world. All to be the very best, like no one ever was. Now, with the advent of Pokémon GO, there’s the added challenge of physical activity. 

If only there was a way to walk around in the game without walking around in real life.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible on Apple devices without jailbreaking your phone (not advisable!). But it’s good news for Android users: there is an easy way to trick Pokémon GO into thinking you’re walking around. Read on!

GPS (Global Positioning System) Spoofing

Caution: This is technically cheating. Falsifying your location isn’t just frowned upon by Niantic Labs (the developers of Pokemon GO) it’s a bannable offence according to their rules.

Pokemon GO uses your phone’s GPS to track your movement in real life, and uses this to move your character around in the game. There are a bunch of Android apps to spoof your GPS movements and trick the game into thinking you’re walking around in real life.

The list goes on. Search for “fake GPS” or “GPS spoofer” and you’ll see dozens of apps that provide similar functionality.

The steps for moving around in Pokémon GO are pretty simple:

  1. Use your GPS Spoofing app to change your GPS location
  2. Go back into the Pokémon GO app and see your new location.

Visit other countries in Pokémon GO

Think about the possibilities! You could use GPS spoofing to visit other countries in Pokémon GO and catch Pokémon only available internationally or in places you’ve never been.

Where is the fun in that?

Sure, GPS spoofing to move around the Pokémon GO world could be fun, but it takes away from the joy of actually playing the game. If you’re like me, you’d prefer to walk around outside. Plus, it’s a good excuse to get some exercise and some fresh air.

As mentioned above, the falsification of your location is a bannable offence according to the player guidelines.