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GPS override feature explained

On the Android version of Surfshark application, you will find a setting to override GPS location. This feature is also known as fake GPS, mock GPS or GPS spoofing. In this article, you will learn what this feature does and what it can be used for.

Most smartphones nowadays have a GPS function that allows finding your exact location. This function is often used by applications that require your physical location in order to provide the service or some specific features. Some examples of such apps would be:

  • Uber (finds your location so the driver would know where to pick you up)
  • Google Maps (indicates your physical location as a starting point of your chosen route) 
  • Snapchat ( shows your location on the map so your friends know where you're located)

Also, many apps that do not even need to know your real location, has access to this function on your phone e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Airbnb, Messenger. 

This constant tracking might become inconvenient and frustrating sometimes, having in mind that VPN alone can not override your GPS location. This is where spoofing your GPS tracking might come in handy. 

If you turn on this feature on the Surfshark app, it will automatically match your GPS location with the location of our server that you connect to. That will be useful if:

  • You're tired of many apps being able to see where you're located at all times
  • Wish to use some app that only provides it's service in specific countries
  • You should be somewhere else than you're actually are.

If you wish to use this feature, here you will find our short tutorial on how to turn it on.

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