How to enable the GPS override function

This guide will show you how to enable and use the GPS override feature on the Surfshark Android application.


Please mind that your Android settings interface might be slightly different from the screenshots in this guide. For more details about the GPS override feature, please visit this article.


We will go through the following steps:


You will need an active Surfshark subscription, which you can purchase on our pricing page, and an Android device with the Surfshark application, which you can install by following this guide.



Enable Developer mode


  1. Open the Surfshark app on your Android device.


  2. Tap Settings and enable Override GPS location under Advanced settings.


  3. A pop-up will appear asking you to modify settings on your device before enabling the feature. Tap the Let's go button.


  4. You will need to enable developer options on your Android device to proceed. Tap the Open settings button.


  5. In the Settings, open the About phone category.


  6. Scroll down until you see the Build number. Quickly tap on Build number 7 times, and a message saying that you are now in Developer mode will appear.




Select Surfshark as a mock locations app


  1. Return to the Surfshark app and tap on the arrow to proceed to the next step.


  2. You will need to assign Surfshark as a mock location app. Tap on Open settings, the developer options will open.


  3. In developer options, scroll down until you see Select mock location app and then tap on it.


  4. In the next window, all applications that are available as mock location apps will appear. Select Surfshark.


  5. Return to Surfshark again, and you will see that the setup is complete. Tap Close.




Test the GPS location


  1. To test the GPS override location feature, connect to any location you prefer.

  2. Open your Maps application and check your location. It should display your location according to the location you connect to on Surfshark.



Congratulations - your Surfshark location now also appears on GPS services!


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