This is a family or grouped-centered location sharing communication, chat and driving safety tool that is designed primarily with the purpose to:
- Provide users with peace of mind regarding the whereabouts of their family members and loved ones.
Today we will be showing you how to fake your location in Life360, isn’t that cool? It is! That’s not it! You will be shown to do all of this without anyone knowing or finding out later. Just like magic.
An iPhone client is there for iOS 14 and up as well as an Android application for android 6+. The app’s basic organizing principle is the circle; a group of users who tend to share information and accountability.
Once it gets installed you can invite other users into the circle using their telephone number, email address, or WhatsApp user name. Every user installs it and creates their account.
As people get in the same circle they can see the area of one another in the application on an updated real-time basis. A common use is:
- Parents can get to know where their children are.
Other uses include:
- Workgroups at large, remote job sites and placed were at-risk challenged adults have some movement in the community but still need to be supported by a caregiver.
Over time this has become a very popular tracking app. Till now it has more than million downloads on Android and more than 4 lakh downloads on iPhone.
Within the app, you can see the spot of other users of the circle on a scrolling map of the area.
Life360 App Features
- It provides notifications known as Place Alerts when users arrive or leave a designated place. Like you can notification to inform you when your kid gets to school or when a worker returns to the warehouse.
- Help alerts can be sent out if there is an emergency, sending out a distress message to their emergency contact.
- Check-in can also be conducted; this allows sending the circle an alert informing them of their exact spot.
- The application provides an option to view the position history of other members showing where they have been in the past.
- Another is an in-app chat feature; this allows text conversations between all the members of the circle.
Many tiers of service are available with this. The basic one explained above comes in free. Whenever an account holder upgrades to a higher tier in the circle then all users get its benefits.
Life360 plus – The real deal
This is the next step up from a basic level. This costs around $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year. With this, you can set an unlimited number of place alerts and also expands the history feature from 2 to 30 days.
This one provides users with:
- Access to premium customer support.
- Access to crime reports feature; this is a database of crime incidents in the user’s area which updates on daily basis with all the new police reports. Moreover, it also provides to relatively check the safety of any given neighbourhood that member of a circle may be planning to visit.
Driver Protect Tier
This is the highest tier which costs around $7.99 per month or $69.99 per year in the US (users other than the US qualify for a lower rate). This one is used to add driver support services to the circle providing alerts whenever:
- The driver is speeding up.
- Using his phone while at it.
- Accelerating rapidly.
- Using the brakes heavily.
This is a driving tattletale which is very useful for all parents of teenagers who might not be safety-minded yet like mom and dad would.
It comes with a crash detection feature that uses the phone’s sensor to detect a crash. If there is any sort of accident, members shall be informed and automatically all the emergency services would be called. This is best and reassuring for all the concerned parents out there.
Privacy Concerns with Life360 – Privacy is inevitable
The main reason is that it has an invasion of privacy. For instance, the husband can monitor the movement of the wife just like parents can watch over their kid’s travel.
If a user says that he is coming straight home from work then the app will make it clear that he instead of making a stop at McElroy’s Tavern and higher service tier shall even keep his history of debauchery on the file for an entire month.
Is there any way to work around all these privacy concerns? The answer is YES!
If you are somehow concerned about your privacy then you might be interested in learning how to fake your location on it. This:
- Helps to take control of your privacy and feel much more secure.
Spoofing your location is not that difficult, it’s an easy process. Follow through to know how it can be done.
Common Question: Do users get notified of turned-off location settings?
One of the simplest ways to avoid tracking is to turn the application off. This is an opt-in app; which cannot be installed on the phone in a way that it runs always.
Users can log out from it any time they want, it can be uninstalled and can interfere with all the features of their phone to avoid being tracked.
If you log out or lose the data signal then the previous place shall show on the map along with an alert flag which indicates that you are off the grid, it disappears once you get your service restored or log back into it.
Ways that keep your travels private are:
- Placing the phone in airplane mode.
- Turning location tracking off in settings.
- Disabling app.
Doing all this is quite obvious to the circle owner but it is foremost the easiest way to keep others from following you.
This can be a battery hog, refreshing your location many times a day. Turning off background app refresh or disabling it can be an effective explanation for all the options listed above.
How to turn off your location without anyone knowing (Working)
The best way to provide incorrect information to it without looking like you are evading the tracking feature is to:
- Get a second phone device which is known as a burner phone and install the application on it under the same account as the primary phone.
You need to log out from the main phone and then log on to the other one quickly, leave this one in a secured place so that you are where you are supposed to be.
With this strategy there are some potential issues:
- To start with it has a built-in chat function and if that is used by people In your circle to talk to you are both you and your phone are not in the same place then you shall not see messages and chats from it. This could however raise suspicions.
- Keeping track of the secret home is quite difficult to securely manage if you are being detected in your activities.
This method, however, is easy to implement and reliable in execution.
Faking Your Location in Life360 Android App – Be anywhere in the world
If you want to save yourself from the hassle of having a new phone then spoof your location.
Let’ see how this is done:
GPS location on your phone works by receiving signals from a satellite that is revolving around the earth. Every smartphone device carries this feature with it and allows the phone to know your place to a fine degree of accuracy.
Note: A basic phone GPS can place itself generally within 15 feet of its actual place on the map.
It is not possible to fool the GPS satellite network as your phone knows where it is and there is nothing you can do about it, but the android phone they are highly configurable devices and you can instruct its software to ignore all the information that it is getting from the sensors and in spite add information that is provided by an application.
Setting all this up is a multi-stage process, it is a bit involved but easy.
- First things first, get a fake GPS location application there from the play store, many would-be there select any you want but this has been tested and is quite solid. It though has a dated interface but is quite reliable and glitch-free, installs it.
- Then you need to enable developer settings on your phone. This is a menu option that tells the phone you are running experimental software or hardware. It lowers down some security settings so that you can run tricky programs just like this one. We are providing steps for the phone running 8.1 Oreo but the steps are the same for any android phone.
- Open the settings menu from a phone.
- Click on software information.
- Click on the build number quickly for 7 times; you shall see a countdown to the developer option at the bottom.
- Go back to settings, scroll to the bottom for its options.
You can use the search icon there on the top right-hand corner, type in build number to find the option quickly as some versions differ.
- Now you have access to the settings page under settings > system > developer options.
- Turn this on if it did not automatically and you are ready to go.
- Then install the app if not done yet.
- After this tell your phone to use the app as its GPS device.
To do this:
- Open settings.
- Click on “systems”.
- Select “Developer options”.
- Go down to choose a mock location and hit select it.
Setting all this is very easy, just open the app and navigate where you want to be. Click the green play button and the phone shall believe you to be wherever you have placed on the map.
Major update: Life360 is suspected to be in talks to buy Tile, this comes as a big backslash as they were accused of sharing users’ live location data. Many have taken to Twitter to subject this saying they will now look at alternatives such as AirTags and ditch tile because of their new owners.
This post holds a wealth of information about how you can fake your GPS location on Life360 and turn it off without anyone finding out! Privacy is priceless and is the new gold of this century.