If you've tried to change your browser location you might have noticed no matter what guide or tutorial you follow the website or web app detects your real location.
Looking up on google with the question “how to change your browser location” points you to this article. When you follow this article your browser will do exactly what it mentions it would do. But there's a catch. This data is just a simple sensor data.
Web developers and security scripts know how easy it is to change sensor data using this basic trick. What you need to do instead is to get a good quality residential proxy and evasion browser that can hide your browser fingerprint. You can then use this same evasion browser to change the location before you even launch the browser escaping most known ways of location detection.
Setting everything up
You'a gonna need a few things to make sure you can plug all the leaks where ever you find them. Lets go over all the tools before we begin spoofing our location for real.
Get a Evasion Browser
This is a crucial step. Normal web browsers emit a lot of personal data which can be used to fingerprint you and get your location. Check out this article and pick an evasion browser that suits you the best Gologin Vs Multilogin Vs Incognition. For the purpose of this article i'll go with Incognition. For harder platforms or systems you might have to write your own evasion browser or go with something like multilogin tool.
Picking the right proxy
Even if you spoof your geolocation the server can just look up your IP location figure out you're spoofing your location. This is a huge red flag. In most cases you would be instantly banned, put under a watchlist or shadow banned. This problem persists even if you get a proxy but that proxy is low quality.
What I mean by low quality is data center proxy. Gone are the days when you could just buy a cheap data center proxy for two bucks slap it on a portable FireFox browser and call it a day. It might still work in select cases but those days are numbered. You need to buy a virgin residential proxy or a 4G mobile proxy from a reputed vendor. These can range anywhere from $5 to $35 for 4G mobile.
Making sure everything aligns
Start your evasion browser and change the settings to align with the location of your proxy. Right when you create the Incognition profile enter the residential proxy and follow these steps.
Timezone: Fill based on IP
Normally people set geolocation to request a Prompt. We will do just that and Fill based on IP again or select the exact geo you want to target within the country of your residential IP.
This one is a bit complicated and depends on many variables. But usually as long as you set it to en_US you will be fine. When not sure just select Fill language based on IP.
Now simply start the browser and you should have successfully spoofed your location without many annoying detections. You can now successfully engage in competitor analysis, market research or just have fun exploring a completely undetected access to the network from a different location.
From detection through ip to complete fingerprinting of the device, the methods of detection have advanced a lot over time. Detection is evolving and so does the spoofing techniques – keeping a check on the advancements is the key to survive in this cat and mice game.