How to Spoof Geolocation in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge

In this article, we have discussed the ways using which you can fake Geolocation in Mozilla, Chrome, and Edge. Nowadays, the HTML5-compliant browsers, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft’s new Chromium-based browser Edge, come witha built-in geolocation service that allows the browsing sites to detect theprecise location of the individuals. However, the user can easily spoof his geolocation information in the browser if his location rather doesn’t get revealed to the third-party services and sites.

If you enable geolocation on your browser, it would probably help use the mapping services so as to get the relevant search results. It is also used to serve them targeted ads. This could be a serious concern related to privacy. So, today we have shown some of the ways using which you canspoof geolocation onFirefox, Chrome, and Edge.

Spoof Geo-location in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge

Below we have mentioned the methods that you can use to fake your geolocation. All thesemethods that are mentioned below make use of geolocation API of HTML5, letting the websites access a high-level interface that helps them query latitude and longitude-like physical location information. No doubt, access to information at such granular levelsdisclosesan individual’s anonymity, online leading to aserious privacy concern that depends on how the information gets used by these sites.

So, to help individuals maintain online privacy, below are the steps on how users can spoof location in their web browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Edge).

Please be noted that Spoofing geolocation in web browsers is a temporary process. The user is reverted back to his original location once the browser window is closed and reopened again. Below are the ways to make use of the HTML5 Geolocation API.

Google Chrome

We have discussed below two methods to spoof geolocation in Chrome:

Method 1:Manually Entering the Location Coordinates.

For that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. First, you need to make sure that every time when Chromewants to access your location, it asks for your approval. To allow this to happen, you need to open Chrome and tap on the three-dot “Menu” appearing at the right-hand side on the top. Then, click “Settings.”
  2. Further, scroll below to “Privacy & Security” and tap on “Site Settings.”
  3. Now, you will see the “Location” option appearing under “Permissions,” in which you need to click on “Ask before accessing.” If it states“Blocked,”tap on it and turn on the toggle for it.
  4. Then, visit the Developer Options section by pressing together Ctrl+Shift+Ion a Windows machine or Cmd+Option+I on your Mac. Further,tap on the three-dot Menu buttonof the Developer Consoleand click on“More Tools.” Further, click on“Sensors.”
  5. Further, under the new pane that is appearing at the bottom, you need to tap on “Override” to choose from preset options that include London, Tokyo, and more. Alternatively, the precise location can also be set by manually typing your exact latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates.

Method 2:Using an Extension

Users can also spoof their IP with the help of Chrome extensions. It can be accessed from the web store. This will let individuals hide their exact location;however, itmight still give information to the websites about the user’s general location. This will help individuals get access to the best of both worlds, and they will also be able to access the local search results without providing their exact address. All this can also be done manually if the users don’t worry about the accuracy of the search result. Here’s how you do it, either way:

  1. First, add a Location Guard to Chrome. Further, to spoof your location, visit Location Guard “options” and go to Chrome Settings, then click on Extensions, now tap on Location Guard Details and then press Extension Options. Further, change the Default Level to ‘Use Fixed Location.’
  2. Now you can easily drag and drop the blue pin appearing on the map to any location as desired, and that location will get spoofed by your browser. That’s it.
  3. Wait for a couple of seconds to let the changes take place. Meanwhile, you can also clear cache on the server-side. This is amuch-preferred option for general users as it helps disableactual geolocation queries and uses your spoofed location in order to notify sites where you are actually present.

Mozilla Firefox

Method 1: Manual

  1. Changing the location in Firefox is easy.Just type about:configin the address bar of your browser and tap on Enter. Dismiss the warning that gets displayed on your system so that you can access the advanced options.
  2. Further, search for geo.enabled in the search bar ofabout:config. If you want to fake the location, the value should be “True.”However, it should be “False” if you want to turn off the location access completely. You need to do that using the two-way arrow appearing on your screen.
  3. Then,search geo.provider.network.url and tap on the button“Edit” in order to set your desired location’s latitude and longitude with the help of the syntax:data:application/json,{“location”: {“lat”: 27.1750, “lng”: 78.0421}, “accuracy”: 27000.0}. Further, tap onthe blue ‘Tick’ mark.
  4. That’s it. Your location will be changed according to the latitude and longitude you have set.

Method 2: Add-on

Similar to Chrome, the Location Guard Add-on is available and works in a similar manner on Firefox too. It can be downloaded for free from the add-on repository of Mozilla so that you canmodify your location easily in Firefox. Once you have installed it, you can access it using the three-dot Menu and further clicking on Add-ons using any Firefox window you have opened.

Microsoft Edge

Just like Firefox and Chrome, Edge Chromium offers spoofing of the location. It can be done using advanced developer tools. The process is completely identical to the one you followed for Google Chrome. Below are the steps using which you can spoof your geolocation in Edge Chromium:

  1. First, you need to open the Command Menu by pressing togetherControl+Shift+Con Linux and Windows machines or Command+Shift+Pfor macOS. Further, click on the three-dot Menu button appearing in the console ofDevTools and now tap on “More Tools” and then on“Sensors.”
  2. Click on the“Sensors” tab appearing at the bottom of the DevTools window.
  3. Further tap on the option “Override” in order to choose one of the preset cities appearing in the list of geolocation. You can also manually enter the longitude and latitude coordinates.

Please be noted that Microsoft Edge has only one method to change the location as of now.Currently, it doesn’t have a location spoofing extension; however, whilethe new version is Chromium-based, we hope it would arrive soon in the future.

SOURCE: How to Spoof Geolocation in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge

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