What is the GPS override feature and how to use it

In this article, you will learn what the GPS override feature is and how to use it.

We will go through the following:

  1. What is the GPS override feature?
  2. GPS override use cases
  3. How to activate GPS override


What is the GPS override feature?


Most smartphones nowadays have a GPS function that allows you to find your exact location. This function is often used by applications requiring your physical location to provide the service or 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 are)

This constant tracking may become inconvenient and frustrating, considering that VPN alone can not override your GPS location. That's why spoofing your GPS tracking might come in handy.

On Surfshark’s app for Android, you will find a setting to override GPS location. This feature is also known as fake GPS, mock GPS, or GPS spoofing.


GPS override use cases


If you enable this feature on the Surfshark app, it will automatically match your GPS location with your chosen server's location. That will be useful if:

  • Don’t want apps to see your location at all times
  • Wish to use an app that only provides its service in specific countries


How to activate GPS override


You can activate the GPS override feature on your Android device within the Surfshark settings. If you want to do so, check out our guide on how to enable the GPS override function.


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