Did you know that you can fake your location using Google Chrome? This method works on the desktop version of Chrome. And, it works like faking your Android GPS location. Location services can be useful. For example, websites request access to your location so that they can serve relevant information.
For example, a maps website may use your current geographic location to display train and bus stations that are near you on the way to work or to an outing. These days, web browsers more accurately detect your location using data from GPS, Wi-Fi networks, cell towers, Bluetooth and your computer’s IP address.
However, you must agree to share your location with the browser. Once you agree, it sends the details to Google Location Services to estimate your location which is then shared with the requesting website.
Fake Geological Location
By default, when you visit websites that offer custom content based on location, Chrome asks for confirmation before sharing your location. You have the choice to deny or accept the request. However, if you want to hide your location, you can have Chrome spoof your location. Here’s how to send a fake location to any website while using Chrome:
- While in Google Chrome, press Ctrl+Shift+I on Windows, or Cmd+Opt+I on Mac, to open the Chrome Developer Tools.
- Now, press the Esc (escape) key to open the Console window.
- Switch to the Emulation tab.
- Choose the Sensors option in the left sidebar.
- Select the “Emulate Geolocation coordinates” setting.
- Choose the exact latitude and longitude coordinates you want to use. You can use Google Maps to get this information.
Refresh the browser and the fake GPS is now your default location. However, in order for it to continue to work, the developer tools panel must always remain visible. You can resize the window to suit your personal preferences.
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