There are so many bonuses, discounts and rebates available with apps like foursquare but the problem is you often need to actually be near the location in order to ‘check-in’ to get the reward – right? – WRONG!
Even though the native foursquare phone app uses GPS and cell tower triangulation to restrict you from a check-in outside a certain radius of your actual location, you can spoof you location quite easily using your desktop computer or a standalone app on your phone. Basically, you can make it ‘appear’ as if you are in a certain location i.e. any location, even a different country. You can then ‘check-in’ to the spoofed location with foursquare to collect the reward. I currently use this hack to check-in with foursquare at an airport every day to collect 50 miles per check-in.
How to spoof your location so you can check-in to any location
1.) On your PC or MAC or phone you can first download Tweetdeck. Add your foursquare account and choose any location to check-in from or schedule a future check-in.
The limitation here is you can only add one foursquare account to Tweetdeck but it is so fast and simple to spoof your location this way.
2.) You can use the mobile version of foursquare on your computer or phone. Then choose the option to change your location. Follow the prompts and check-in to any location. It takes a few more steps than Tweetdeck but it still works.
3.) Phone Apps can be faster. For Android phones you can google ‘Location Spoofer for Android’ or ‘Fake GPS Location for Android’ and follow the instructions to install the app. For iOS you need to jailbreak your iPhone first then install an app like ‘LocationHolic’ from Cydia.
I use this method as it’s the fastest way to spoof your location for multiple foursquare accounts. I have 4 foursquare accounts setup specifically to collect a 50 mile per day check-in bonus at an airport (even though I’m not close enough to an airport). Do the math 4 x 50 x 365 = 73,000 FREE miles per year! (more to follow on that in the next blog post)
Do you spoof your location to collect rewards and if so how?
UPDATE: YOU CAN NOW AUTO CHECK-IN on FOURSQUARE
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