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 2020. 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. Also, you can play it on your PC using the methods mentioned in our article on How To Play Pokemon GO On PC Using Arrow Keys
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 Android Hack (2020)
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 S10’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 you can fix it by using this guide on Pokemon GO GPS Signal Not Found error fix.
3. Pokemon Go Fake GPS Joystick & Routes Go
What is Pokemon GO Joystick Hack (Fake GPS Spoofing)?
Features of Spoofing
- 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
- Not enough people to do a legendary raid in your area? Spoof
- Can’t hatch a shiny regional? Spoof
- Working during your local raid dinner hour or Community Day? Spoof
- Homeowners suing Niantic because people are trespassing? Spoof
Pokemon GO App is created using Google Maps’ API. It tracks your location with your phone’s GPS & shows different types of Pokemon as per assigned by Niantic based on location. Pokemon GO joystick apps 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 (PIP) in the Pokemon GO game so you can watch your character move live.
We don’t mean to ruin a game which was meant to make people walk and explore places around. But do you want to go everytime? During a pandemic like this, roaming outside can cost you your life. It’s for situations like this, this cheat can help you play and be safe at the same time.
Should you Root your Android for Spoofing?
Earlier in 2019, 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. 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 to Android 8.0 (Not 8.1)
If your device is not yet updated past Android 8.0, this method will work. If you get an update notification, ignore it and don’t update your phone if you want to spoof using this method.
Tip: If you have updated your phone to latest version of Android, you can always downgrade it using flashing tools like Odin for Samsung, Qualcomm flasher or SP Flash Tool for Mediatek
This method still works and will always continue to work, as long as you can downgrade the Google Play Services to 12.6.x or below. Remember, Google Play Services is only there to connect other apps to Google services like “Sign in with Google”, Synching and Google Maps. Downgrading it won’t change any feature or slow down any of your apps.
Once you have decided to downgrade your Google Play Services, follow the steps to install FakeGPS App then head on to “Downgrade Google Play Services“.
2. For Android 8.1 Oreo and Above
For Android 6.0 to Android 8.0, we downgraded Google Play services to use spoofing apps. But Google disabled the downgrade option soon after Android 8.1. So if your phone is running on Android 8.1 or above, you can’t downgrade your Google Play Services app. Now the only option is to install spoofing app in system by rooting your device.
To install the gps spoofing app in system, you will need an unlocked bootloader and TWRP while root is optional. You can refer our guide to unlock bootloader and install TWRP in almost all phones.
Once you have unlocked your bootloader and installed TWRP, it’s time to install the Spoofing App as System App. Niantic can’t find the spoofing if it’s installed inside the system folder with a different name.
Note: 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).
How to Setup Pokemon GO Fake GPS App – 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. You can search any location or Point the pointer to any spot you want to spawn.
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 9. 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.
Also Read: Pokemon GO Bonus & Rewards List
How to Downgrade Google Play Services
Downgrading Google Play Services is restricted by Google by avoid old protocols used by devices. Since it’s restricted, there’s no 1 click go method to disable updates and downgrade to the version we want. Follow the method to downgrade the app. Remember, some Google Apps might not work once you have downgraded. You will have to do this steps again if you update the Google Play Services app by mistake.
Downgrading Google Play Services for Android 6.0 to Android 8.0
Step 1. Once you have opened the download page, you’ll find many APK files. In order to find the right one, first download Droid Info app and check under “System” tab. Check the value of “Instruction Sets” (It would like something like arm64-v8a, armeabi-v7a, x86, x86 + x86_64).
Step 2. After checking the instruction sets value, depending on your device’s Android version (6,7 or 8), go into that part of downloads. For ex: My device runs on Android 8.0 so I’ll go to the part shown in the image below.
Step 3. Check for your Instruction sets value in the table. In my case, it’s arm64-v8a. There are 3 files of arm64-v8a. If you’re sure about your device’s DPI, you can download that or else download the nodpi one.
Installing Magisk for Spoofing (Requires Root)
If you’re running Android 8.1 and above, you can’t downgrade your Google Play services app. Only solution is to root your device and install Magisk.
We can’t use the spoofing apps directly as Niantic detects any 3rd party apps with spoofing or joystick in their name. If you keep spoofing without putting the app in system, you might get banned. I would suggest you to perform rooting and all this steps only if you’re using Pokemon GO on your secondary device. Rooting your device can cause instability with payment apps.
Steps to install 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 8.0 and above
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.
Hide Root after installing Magisk
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 5. 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 using VMOS (Parallel OS)
To play Pokemon Go on Android 10, you need to download an app called VMOS. It’s a software based on Virtual Machine (VM). The VMOS system can activate the root in a single click without actually rooting your main Android. It can be regarded as a virtual box for Android. VMOS can be installed in the form of a normal app in Android. It is an emulator and also a one click App cloner, moreover, VMOS is not controlled by the host system. (Android On The Phone).
VMOS APK: Download
VMOS creates a virtual Android environment and runs on Android 5.1.1 with a working Google play store and network connectivity. You can sign in with your Gmail account and access the full play store and download new apps as well. VMOS allows to use two Android systems on one phone; so, you can use it to run duplicate apps with different accounts. VMOS can also be used to separate your work account from your personal accounts.
How to Spoof in Pokemon GO using VMOS
Apps/Files you Need To Play Pokemon Go With VMOS
Steps to Play Pokemon GO on VMOS
- Start VMOS.
- Go to the settings of the Virtual android using VMOS > about phone > enable developer mode by clicking on the build number 5-7 times.
- Go to developer option > Disable Mock Locations > Turn on Root.
- Restart VMOS.
- Open Import Manager > Find pokemon GO.apk, Fake GPS.apk and ES File Explorer.apk or install the apps from the playstore while using VMOS. Press on the file you want to import and install it
- Open ES Explorer > Enable root explorer oprion in the menu > Cut Fake GPS from data/app/com.incorporateapps.fakegps_route-1 > Paste Fake GPS to system.priv-app/com.incorpoateapps.fakegps_route
- Open fake gps > go to settings > Enable Expert Mode > Go To developer settings and make sure that mock location is disabled.
- Delete system/xbin.
- Go to settings > developer options > Disable Root.
- Create You Pokemon Go Account on the primary OS before you play it on VMOS.
- Open Pokemon Go on the primary OS and then open it in VMOS. Close pokemon Go on Primary OS.
- Go and find your very own mewtwo.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Spoofing Updates (2020)
A recent update, Jan 2020, 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?
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
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?
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
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
You can use the VMOS method to spoof in Pokemon GO without downgrading.
6. Pokemon not showing, Soft ban?
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?
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 2020, 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
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 character keeps teleporting between locations.
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.
10. I get authentication error whenever I try to Sign into Pokemon Go
Make Sure you have removed the Xbin file and disabled root. Once done, restart your phone.
11. My GPS is rubberbanding in VMOS
Make sure your GPS has been turned off in the primary OS. If its on, your GPS will keep getting rubber banded.
12. Is VMOS safe For My Phone? And once rooted can I go back to my phone with no-root?
Yes, VMOS Is safe as you are only rooting the app not your phone.
13. How to use gpx with this app?
Go to routes and press the import Icon.
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.
Real-time Pokemon GO Maps
Real-time PokeMaps List
Pokemon + Raid + Quest + Team Rocket Stops filters:
- https://sgpokemap.com — Singapore (whole country)
- https://nycpokemap.com — New York City only in USA
- https://sydneypogomap.com — Sydney, Australia
- https://vanpokemap.com — Vancouver city only in Canada
- https://www.tricitiespokemap.com/map/ — Three areas East of Vancouver in Canada
- https://pokemapthe.world — Philadelphia and New Jersey in USA
- https://valleymap.xyz — Melbourne, Australia
- https://shadowmon.net/ — Adelaide, Australia
- https://pogopapel.com — Milano, Italy
- https://pogogt.ddnss.de/launion/ — Unión, Chile
- https://candymap.rocks — Wein, Austria *Non-English
- https://9db.jp/pokemongo/map — Tokyo, Japan *Non-English
- https://twpkinfo.com/ipoke.aspx — Taipei, Taiwan *Non-English
- https://elmapa.com.ar — Buenos Aires, Argentina *Non-English
- https://pghrmaps.com/livemap.html — Worldwide
Nests, Gym, and Raid only:
- https://iplateau.ca — Toronto, Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough areas in Canada
- https://solentpokemap.com — Portsmouth, UK.
Pokestops & Gym only:
- https://www.pogomap.info/ — Worldwide (Used to be called PokemonGoMap)
- https://pokeinven.com/ — Seoul, Korea
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.