Recently while browsing Tomsguide, I came across an article claiming that using a VPN provider on Android phones, you can spoof your GPS location in Pokemon Go. Considering Pokemon Go is tightly controlled and most known techniques have not worked in years, I thought I would investigate.
I still play Pokemon Go, but the thought of being able to use a VPN to spoof my location and potentially catch some location-specific Pokemon, it was too tempting to not try.
The article in question is here, titled How to spoof your location for Pokémon GO on Android.
The crux of the article is that by installing the application, enabling developer settings and then choosing SurfShark as being able to mock your GPS location miraculously gets you into other countries. On my Galaxy Note 10+, it didn’t work.
I received an error in the game, “12: Failed to Detect Location” — it doesn’t take a genius to tell you that using SurfShark clearly does not work. Fortunately, I only used the trial and cancelled as soon as I realised this would not work.
It looks to me like Tomsguide is engaging in trickery to get people to click their SurfShark referral link. I manually looked up the app myself and didn’t click on their link. I won’t reward dishonesty.