With HTML5, websites can determine your location, if you allow them to. But with Google Chrome’s developer tools, it is possible to fake your location by entering custom location coordinates.
This feature is actually for developers to test their applications, but if you want to play with your browser and trick any website, here is how you can do it.
But before that, how does this location tracking work on your browser? Here is how:
Earlier, websites would use the IP address to determine your approximate location but with the HTML5 Geolocation API, web browsers can more accurately detect your location using data from GPS, Wi-Fi networks, cell towers, Bluetooth and the computer’s IP address. If you agree to share your location, the browser will send these details to Google Location Services for estimating your location which is then shared with the requesting website.
How to Fake Your Location on Chrome
- Open Chrome’s developer tools (Ctrl + Shift + I)
- Click the settings (gear) icon on the bottom right corner
- Go to the overrides tab
- Check Override Geolocation
- Enter any custom Latitude and Longitude
- Refresh the webpage