Whether you want to be more successful in location tracking games such as Pokemon Go, or simply hide your location, this guide will be of great help, and as mentioned above, no jailbreak is required in order to fake a location in iOS 11. Read on!
If you use your iPhone or iPad to play games, you must have at least once faced games which use location as its essential factor for the gameplay. For example, if you played Pokemon Go, you would have to travel, sometimes even to different parts of the city, in order to capture a super-rare Pokemon, essential for your collection. If you use this guide, you will be able to remain static, while the app will be convinced of your movements. Of course, this trick works with other location-demanding apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and more. Here are the steps!
Step 1: Connect your iOS device to a PC or Mac
Of course, you will need to have the latest version of iTunes downloaded and installed. Connect your iPhone or iPad, and if iTunes doesn’t start automatically, launch it on your own.
Step 2: Back It Up
To access the details of the connected iPhone or iPad, click the device icon in iTunes, find the “Manually Back Up” and “Restore” section, and then click the “Back Up Now” button. Before attempting this, ensure that the “Encrypt iPhone” backup option isn’t active.
Step 3: Download An Additional Software
In order to fake your location in iOS 11, you will need support from a software called iBackupBot. There’s a version for Mac and Windows, and they are accessible on the official download page, that you can access here. The software is free to download.
Step 4: Install the software and do all the necessary preparations
Once you installed the iBackupBot, launch it, and once you do, the software will detect the backup you made prior to iTunes and load the necessary information associated with it. You will need to use the iBackupBot software to navigate to one of these two locations: “System Files” > “HomeDomain” > “Library” > “Preferences,” or navigate to “User App Files” > “com.Apple.Maps” > “Library” > “Preferences.” Once you access “Preferences,” open the com.Apple.Maps. Plist file.
Step 5: Modify The Structure
Once you access the file, there will be a file structure that you need to change a bit. You will have to locate the block of data starting with the <dict> tag. After you locate it, insert the following code under the tag.
After you have added the code, save the edited file and close the iBackupBot.
Step 6: Disable The “Find My iPhone” Setting
This one should be easy. Go to “Settings” and tap “iCloud,” tap “Find My iPhone/iPad,” and disable the feature. It is worth mentioning that you will have to input the password for your iCloud to successfully disable this feature. Also, don’t unplug the device from your PC or Mac, and head back to iTunes.
Step 7: Restore Backup
When you are back on iTunes, select the “Restore Backup” option and browse the backup that you modified using iBackupBot.
Step 8: Fake Location in iOS 11
Once the restoring is complete, go to the Maps app and browse any location you’d like to set. At the bottom of the screen, you will get the information about the location, which you need to tap. Choose the option called “Simulate Location” and tap it. Once you do this, you will convince any app that you are in the location you chose.