As Pokémon Go continues its massive surge of international popularity in gaming industry, there has been many attempts to trick Niantic systems by spoofing locations or using Joysticks. Pokemon GO hack for Android, tricks, cheats and secrets have been flooding the internet since the launch of the augmented reality (AR) mobile game.
Even we published Pokemon GO hacks for rooted Android devices. But with hardware specs bumping up in latest Flagships and budget smartphones, Android rooting has become less popular. No one wants to void their smartphone’s warranty for a game.
In this article, we’ll cover working Pokemon GO Joystick Hack along with best GPS Spoofing/Hacking Apps of 2019. Now you might ask, why would you ruin the joy of game by doing so? Well, if in case you’re tired, not feeling well or its raining outside & you can’t go out. Why miss the adventure? Enjoy it from your home, and you can still catch ‘em all. During regular days you can enjoy the original game. Sounds amazing, isn’t it? Let’s jump to the procedure.
If you follow all the steps as provided, you’ll get the GPS location spoofing, Joystick and Teleport feature which will allow you to catch Pokemon from anywhere in the world. If you’re an iOS user, you can check our Pokemon GO iOS Hack which is pretty simple as compared to Android.
The hack was pretty easy but due to latest Google Play Services and Android security patches, there has been many issues in the working. Also, Pokemon GO detects if you have installed any GPS spoofing app on your Android. But it isn’t the same with all Android versions. We have found different ways to still use the hack depending on your device & Android version. In order to find which method works for your phone, you need to know the Android version of your device & the security patch which is installed.
Pokemon GO Hack for Android (2019)
Before starting with the tutorial, make sure you have installed the original game from PlayStore. You can choose any of the spoofing apps from below.
Currently this three are the only app that tends to work with all the security updates & allows you to change your location using arrow keys. You can try the free ones as it has worked for Galaxy S9’s latest security patch without any issue, but if that doesn’t work, you need to buy the 3rd app.
I know it’s a paid app now, but it’s better to spend few bucks rather than getting your Pokemon GO account banned. You can also try Fly GPS, but it does not have automated altitude and it rubber-bands a lot more, so it is prone to softbans.
Using Pokemon GO GPS Spoofing on a Non-Rooted Android device doesn’t allow you use the app to its full potential, due to which you will face Rubber Banding effect (You can avoid Rubber Banding effect by covering your phone in an Aluminium foil. This blocks the original GPS to track your current location) also you might face “GPS Signal not found” issue, but I have added solution for everything at the bottom of this article. Please try to read everything before asking any question.
1. Pokemon GO Location Spoofer Free
2. FGL Pro
3. Pokemon GO Fake GPS Joystick & Routes Go
What is Pokemon GO Joystick Hack (Fake GPS Spoofing)?
Pokemon GO App is created using Google Maps’ API. It traces your location with your device’s GPS & shows the type of Pokemon as per the region shown in Google maps. This app (Pokemon GO hack Joystick) makes the GPS believe that you are changing locations which in turn moves you in the game. The app offers control buttons (similar to a joystick arrow keys) to move in any direction you want. You can also adjust your moving/running speed. The joystick appears as an overlay.
- Boomerang feature: Jumping to desired location – Just tap on any location & you’ll be there! A useful feature if you want to catch water Pokemon in big lakes, bakes or finding grass Pokemon in dense forest.
- Settings – change update interval, speed, altitude, accuracy, spoofing and much more
- Tap on any point on screen to move in that direction – Option to hide joystick in this mode.
- Clear mock location history – restore original location
- Automated movement around location in a radius
- Search for a location in map
- Store favourite locations as bookmarks and load them quickly!
- Choose starting location in map – Now you can enter latitude and longitude
- Use the persistent notification use toggle joystick on/off on the fly!
- Root support for mock location disabled
Now you can catch ’em all like a boss!
Should you Root for Spoofing?
Before starting of with anything, let me clear everything about the above image. Earlier we used to install the Fake GPS app and enable the Mock location option, and we were all set to begin spoofing. But now, whenever the mock locations checkbox is enabled, Niantic detects that you are spoofing. In order to avoid this, you need to install the Pokemon GO Android hack App either by Downgrading your phone or by Rooting and converting the App into System App or you don’t need to do anything depending on the Android version of your device.
While some might think downgrading and rooting are pretty much same, Downgrading and rooting are two separate things. You do not need to root to downgrade your version of Android. Downgrading your version of OS would not void the warranty of your phone; as long as you use official firmware. Converting a joystick to a system app usually requires root privileges. You can convert a joystick to a system app without rooting your device, but you need to unlock the Bootloader to perform system level modifications.
We need to unlock the Bootloader, install TWRP and root your Android device, to install the spoofing app as the System App. After this, you don’t need to enable the mock location setting. But before jumping on whether you should root or not, let’s check if you really need to root your Android device.
1. For Android 6.0 and above with Security patch before March 2017
You can use the Traditional method to enable the Mock location option. If you still face the “Failed to detect location” error, This error is unlikely in the above configuration if your spoofing app is using the proper spoofing techniques. Just change the app you are using to an app without this error message, or change the spoofing app settings until this error message is gone. All spoofing apps phrase their configuration settings differently: some call it “no root” mode, others “indirect mocking”, “network spoofing” and so on. Just look in your fake gps app settings.
2. For Android 6.0 and above with Security patch after March 2018
You need to install the Spoofing app as System app to use the Joystick and gps spoofing. To install the app as system app, you will need an unlocked bootloader and TWRP while root is optional. To do that, you can head to check our guide of Pokemon GO Hack by using Spoofing App as System App.
In this guide, we’ll not talk about downgrading as who wants to use the old security patch or old Android version. We’ll discuss the most simplest and fastest way to push the Joystick App to your System folder without rooting your phone or installing TWRP (We’ll just use TWRP to boot it once & not install it).
This guide is not for Samsung phones, as far as our test goes, Samsung phone doesn’t require any rooting to use the Fake GPS app. You can see the Fake GPS working perfectly in Galaxy S9 with June 2018 Patch without rooting.
How to setup Pokemon GO Fake GPS App on Android
Step 1. Download and install both the required Apps mentioned above.
Step 2. Go to Settings App > About Phone > Tap on build number 7 times (Until it says, you’re now a developer) to activate Developer options in your device.
Step 3. (For Android 6.0 and above with Security patch before March 2017) Go to Settings > Developer options. Locate “Select mock location app” & select Fake GPS Route.
Step 4. Again go to Settings > Location & set GPS mode to High accuracy (Use GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth or mobile data) to allow the Fake GPS app to function properly.
Step 5. Now launch Fake GPS Routes and enable your device’s GPS.
Step 6. Go to Fake GPS App’s Settings > Enable “Non-Root Mode”. Scroll below and also enable “Joystick”. (Avoid using the arrow keys if you don’t want too many “GPS Signal not found”.
Step 7. Point the red dot to any desired location and click on the “Play” button to enable the Fake GPS.
Step 8.To ensure that everything is working, check your notification Panel, you’ll find a Fake GPS notification. (The notification also has the option to Enable/Disable Arrow keys on the go). Open Google Maps and check if your location is being shown as your selected location.
Step 7. Now, once you start the Pokemon GO App, you’ll find yourself at the desired location. In this case, I would consider you have not enabled Joystick (Recommended), to move forward, you can switch to Fake GPS App, move the pointer to the desired point and hit “Play” button. Switch to Pokemon GO, and you’ll see your character running to the location.
Installing Spoofing App inside System
Step 1. Follow the ADB guide to install adb files and launch the adb.exe file from the adb folder. Move the downloaded TWRP file for your device into the ADB folder. (Change the TWRP file name to twrp.img)
Step 2. Connect your device with your computer using the USB cable provided with the device.
Step 3. Make sure to enable USB debugging and allow adb access (Everything is mentioned in the ADB guide)
Step 4. Type the following command in adb command window to check if everything is working perfectly.
Step 5. Reboot your phone into bootloader mode. Some phones will bring you to download mode instead of bootloader mode. Usually you should be able to get into bootloader mode from download mode. To boot into bootloader/fastboot mode, type the following command:
adb reboot fastboot
Step 6. Boot the device into TWRP mode, by typing following command:
fastboot boot twrp.img
Wait a few seconds and your phone will reboot into the TWRP custom recovery. Now watch the following video and do as explained:
After moving the Pokemon GO joystick app into the “/system/priv-app” folder, you should be able to restart your phone normally. Open your joystick app and make sure that either “system mode” or “root mode” is enabled.
For Android Oreo (Version 8+) and higher
If you’re running on Android Nougat/ 7 or lower you can skip this step. Or if expert mode is available after moving the app to system/priv-app without changing the permissions, don’t change xml files. After the device has booted back up, go to your root file manage of choice, grant it root permissions and then browse to “/etc/permissions/”
Step 1. Edit the file that corresponds to “privapp-permissions-DEVICE_NAME.xml” Where DEVICE_NAME corresponds to the code/model name of your device or edit “privapp-permissions-platform.xml” if it exists.
Step 2. Copy and paste the following into the bottom of the file (second to last line, press ENTER a few times if you need to):
<privapp-permissions package="com.incorporateapps.fakegps_route"><permission name="android.permission.INSTALL_LOCATION_PROVIDER"/> <permission name="android.permission.UPDATE_APP_OPS_STATS"/> <permission name="android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS"/> <permission name="android.permission.CHANGE_COMPONENT_ENABLED_STATE"/> <permission name="android.permission.ACCESS_MOCK_LOCATION"/> </privapp-permissions>
Step 3. Make sure that beneath the lines pasted is the “</permissions>” tag and not above it. If you do not have the “</permissions>” tag as the very last line and it appears in the file ONLY ONCE, you’re gonna break things. Please be EXACT about this.
Step 4. Save your changes and exit the file.
If you want to use TWRP again, you have to repeat this process. The TWRP recovery was not actually installed or flashed on your device. You can use our Pokemon GO PC using Xcode if you want to avoid the hassle of rooting or performing all the complex procedures. But the PC hack is only for iOS devices.
How to Hide Root on Android
If you have rooted your device, Niantic won’t allow you to play Pokemon GO on that rooted device. As rooted devices are considered home to spoofers and other hacks. If you have rooted your device to enjoy other root benefits and don’t want to unroot just for Pokemon GO, follow the below steps to hide the root from Pokemon GO App.
Step 1. Install Magisk Manager from here and follow the guide to install Magisk Installer via Magisk Manager App.
Step 2. Once you have installed Magisk in your device, you need to hide root from Pokemon GO so that the app can’t detect if your device is rooted.
Step 3. Open Magisk manager, click on “Magisk Hide” and enable it. Now you can tap on it to view all the apps installed in your device.
Step 4. Find Pokemon GO in the list and check it to hide root from Pokemon GO.
Step 3. Now restart your device and launch Pokemon GO. To install the GPS Spoofing app, you can refer to the above “How to install Pokemon GO Fake GPS as System App” from step 6 if you have TWRP recovery.
Spoofing Tips & FAQs
Precautions while changing location
With all of the hype around the three strikes rule, there are a lot of spoofers that are getting nervous. If you use the hack mentioned below properly, there are very less chances of getting banned.
- When moving form v1.x to 2.x, Clear data before launching the updated app. Make sure you ‘Allow mock locations‘ or Select this app in ‘Select mock location app’ (Marshmallow) before launching the module
- Set location mode to ‘Device only‘ in case you are troubled when fighting/capturing.
- Set speed to slow/slower if you want to search for Pokemons. Running faster may not give adequate time for a Pokemon to spawn in that location.
- Don’t start at far off locations. You might get banned.
- Don’t change locations too frequently (Like every 2-3 secs).
- If you’re using Joystick, whenever you get “GPS Signal not found”, just move the arrow keys frame & it the warning would disappear.
- If you keep getting “GPS Signal not found”, just close Pokemon GO and relaunch it.
While Pokemon GO started in the early days of release & the hacks remained the same while the App got updated many times with fixes to catch spoofers. One might think spoofing would get their account banned; some players have been spoofing for months & jumping around different regions without any problem.
Earlier players in different communities concluded that Pokemon GO servers ban player by analyzing their behavior, i.e. Behavioral analysis. As per this, the servers keep track of your location and open the alert flag if you have been jumping to a different location in a short time span. While this sounded sensible, many players have been spoofing randomly & have never faced any ban. So this Analysis theory was discarded.
My understanding is that no permanent bans were handed out for spoofing, just botting. Many players stopped spoofing and went legit, others continued spoofing through the warnings because almost no bans were being handed out, and many others changed their setups in hopes of getting unshadow banned/remove notice (some were successful, and some were not, but I did not see a significant consensus on what spoofing methods worked better than others).
Some players mentioned that they have multiple accounts and spoof using the same phone. All they do is fighting one raid within their city (within 1-hour actual driving distance) which probably take 5 to 15 mins a day. And they log in one account after another to fight the same gym RAID.
When you are under a softban you will not be able to see nearby mons, the mons will flee, the pokestops will not give you goodies, and in some cases, nothing will load on the map.
Teleportation cooldown chart
To avoid soft bans respect the teleportation cooldown chart. Some of the accounts received a warning, and some didn’t since Niantic is giving out RED warning. Pretty much the only explanation is either they don’t monitor all accounts around the same time (still use behavioral analysis). It is also possible that few of those accounts take longer to fight raid because of the need to wait for people. So the accounts that spend more time spoofing were able to get more GPS data for analysis. Either case, this has something to do with behavioral analysis.
If you think about it, for people that spoof around the world to snip, it may only take a few seconds to a min to catch one pokemon, and there is not enough data to analysis. But if you spoof few miles around locally, but you spoof for more than 15 to 30 mins, they probably get enough of your GPS data to analyze your behavior.
Spoofing Updates (2019)
A recent update, Jan 2019, of the hidden service called Google play services, which is a separate app and not the same as the Google Play Store (the Android equivalent to the App Store), is causing issues with these modes. So far the best method is to uninstall updates.
- Go to Android Settings – Device admin apps (use the settings search) and uncheck “Find My Device” (you can check it again after you are done). Do the same for Google Pay if it is available and selected.
- Uninstall updates via the Play services info (Update) app. Open the app and navigate to the App Info page and press the menu (3 dots at top right) and choose uninstall updates.
- Services will go back to an older date. You will have to repeat the process each time the services app updates itself.
- If the Google play services uninstalls to a very old version find a newer version from May 2018 and install it over the default one (use “adb install -r” command)
- Clear all data from the services app afterwards and verify the date of your Google play services using this helper app.(“STORAGE” -> “MANAGE SPACE” -> “CLEAR ALL DATA”)
Unfortunately, moving forward, the only effective way to work around these limitations will be to enable Expert mode which involves either rooting with Magisk and hiding root or using twrp custom recovery – modify the app to be a system/priv-app.
1. What is Spoofing?
A. Spoofing is when you use a GPS relocation app or service to make your phone think you are somewhere else other than where you are. You can catch Pokémon from all around the world and participate in events and features that are not available in your area by setting your location to any area you wish.
2. Error while Entering Raid battles:
A. Enter the Gym and click on Battle. Select your Pokemon and let the timer reach start. As soon as the timer reaches ten secs (Before starting the match), switch to the Hack, Click on the “Stop” icon and again click “Start.” This should fix the issue quickly.
3. Will it work with my device with latest Android Security Patch as of now, its Aug 2017 patch?
A. Yes! This hack works with all the security updates. Just avoid using the arrow keys to move if you don’t want to get banned. Jump to different locations from the hack.
4. I’m still not able to play, I don’t want to buy this App or I want a easier method:
A. If you’re still not able to play or annoyed by this procedure, it’s better to downgrade your device to below March Security 2017 update. This will allow you to use Spoofing apps without any problem.
5. I don’t want to downgrade my phone nor do I want to root my phone:
A. Well, a new guide is on its way. Bookmark this page and check back in a day.
6. Pokemon not showing, Soft ban?
A. The 40-spin for pokestop 40-throw pokeballs has been patched it won’t work anymore. So if you want to snipe, or teleport follow the cool down chart or wait 2 hrs as General Rule. Spinning a Pokestop 40 times to un-ban your account no longer works.
7. Rubber banding, crazy jumps?
A. As per recent findings, Google Play Services latest update is the reason for random rubber-banding effects. If your Google Play Services version is after January 2019, it is most likely causing the issue, so you have to downgrade. To revert to stock Google Play Services unrooted you need to deactivate “find my device” under Android Settings -Security & location and then go to Apps – Google Play services – locate the menu button top right and select “Uninstall updates.” Do not update the Play services if prompted.
8. GPS Signal not found:
A. This is a harmless error. The error means that the game is not able to receive your location. The error is shown to legit users as well. All spoofers will receive this error when their spoofing app loses the ability to spoof. This is a common problem/error on phones without root. When you see this error on unrooted phones reload your spoofing position and the error will go away.
9. “My player keeps teleporting between locations.”
A. Install an app from the Play Store called “DisableService” and allow root (obviously), search for the service “Fused Location” under System tab and disable that service. Then reboot. Doing this trick will disable your real GPS and then no teleporting will be happening. If you want your real GPS back, just enable “Fused Location” again and reboot.
Working Proofs (GPS Joystick)
1. Moto Z Play Android 7.1.1 (Security patch – 1 August 2017)
2. Samsung S8 Android 7.0.1 (Security Patch – August 2017)
3. Samsung Galaxy S8+ Verizon (Security Patch – August 2017)
4. Redmi 3S with Android 6.0.1 (Security patch – April 2017)
5. Samsung S8+/S8 Android 7.0 with April 2017
Let me put this very straight, Spoofing for Android is difficult as compared to spoofing on iOS. In Android, you will get many “GPS Signal Not Found” messages, but it will go away, as soon as you switch to the hack and change your location.
Note: In order to enjoy uninterrupted spoofing without worrying about your getting banned, I would suggest you to perform “temporary root“ & install this App. Everything is explained in our Pokemon GO Hack (Root) article. The advantage of this root is, your warranty won’t be void as we will show you how to restore your device back to normal so that your device remains completely safe!
Real-time Pokemon GO Maps
London PoGO Map: https://londonpogomap.com/#filter NYC PoGO Map: https://nycpokemap.com/ Singapore PoGO Map: https://sgpokemap.com/ Las Vegas PoGO Map: https://vegaspokemap.com/ Seattle PoGO Map: https://seapokemap.com/#filter Portland PoGO Map https://pdxpokemap.com Seoul Korea PoGO Map: https://seoulpokemap.com/ South/Busan Korea PoGO Map: https://busanpokemap.com/ Philadelphia PoGO Map: https://phillypokemap.com/ Houston PoGO Map: https://houstonpokemap.com/ Boston PoGO Map: https://bostonpogomap.com/ Chicago PoGO Map: https://chipokemap.com/ Vancouver PoGO Map: https://vanpokemap.com/ Toronto PoGO Map: https://torpokemap.com/ Montreal PoGO Map: https://montrealpokemap.com/ Sydney PoGO Map: https://sydneypogomap.com/ Brisbane Australia POGO Map: https://brisbanepogomap.com/#filter Melbourne PoGO Map: https://melpogomap.com/ Australia PoGO Map: https://valleymap.xyz/map.php Switzerland PoGO Map: https://pg.festzeit.ch/ South America Region PoGO Map(s): https://beirutescan.com/ Germany PoGo Map: https://gomap.eu/
You can level up easily & faster using this. If you live in a small town or somewhere, where there’s not much Pokemon to catch, this hack could be very beneficial. This hack is for those who don’t want to root their device. Don’t forget; the rooted hack has much more features & advantages over non-rooted Hack. But don’t worry! The app developer may come up with a lot more features in Non-rooted version too.