Overbearing parents tracking my phone, need a way to fake my location (I'm 21)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by haleycooper, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. haleycooper macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2018
    Hi there! So I'm 21 years old and my very controlling parents track my phone religiously, so I have virtually no freedom. For example, I was just asked why I was out until 2am last night by my father and I live halfway across the country from them. Unfortunately, I am still financially dependent on my parents as I am still in school, so I don't have much room to not listen to them, and they require me to be on their family sharing and have my location shared with them at all times. Does anyone know a way that I can set my phone to show at a certain location? Thanks!
  2. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    Leave the phone home before going out. It’s not physically attached to you is it? I know it would be weird, but believe it or not, people used to get around without phones.

    Either that or buy a cheap phone on your own.

    If you are dependent on other people, you are unfortunately forced to play by their rules.

    If there was spoofing software widely available, there would be a huge demand by criminals.
  3. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
  4. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    If you have another Apple device you can change which device your location is shared from (i.e. share your location from the iPad that you leave at home while you go out and do whatever with your iPhone). The better option would be to have a sit down with your parents and discuss your issues with their constant supervision.
  5. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    What model of iPhone and what version of iOS? There are jailbreak tweaks to do just what you need.
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    One answer is above - select a different device from which to share location.

    Second answer, as I also found out, if you turn off location services, the find my friends app will report your last-known location for a while. So turn off location services before you go out, turn it back on when you get back.

    The best answer is to have an adult conversation with your parents about boundaries, trust, and respect. That said, I don't know your history, but to prevail in such a conversation you better have the right history to have earned said trust and respect.
  7. EEMAN13 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2013
    I'm also curious to know why you were out until 2am.
  8. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Get a part time job and purchase your own phone and plan would be my choice. While the parents may be a bit overbearing as you say because you are 21, as long as they pay your bill you have to be willing to compromise some. At 21 you should be able to pay your own cell bill. Not the answer you seek, but another choice still.
  9. Krayzkat Suspended

    Apr 22, 2011
    I agree.

    Why exactly were you hanging about where the hookers are, at 2am?
  10. shamashu macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2014
    so what is the answer on the big question "where and why on earth is he still outside at 2am?"
    enough reason to be controlled
  11. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
  12. Landslide macrumors newbie


    Dec 3, 2018
    I have the same problem but I don’t live with my dad and I don’t depend on him
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    I’m thinking of getting a prepaid phone cause all I need is my music
  13. Strider64 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2015
    Suburb of Detroit
    I glad I had pretty relax parents who trusted me. I once remember partying all night and walking in at 4:30 am just as my father was walking out the door to his job. All he said to me was "You work today?". I said "yes" while still feeling pretty buzz. All he said was "Have a nice day at work" and the way he said it was you better go to work or else. I had a good paying job and could had afford to be on my own. However, I still lived at home for rent was cheap and I could save money. Though I still laugh at that confrontation. My advice live by all of their rules if you can't afford to live on your own or try to work out some kind of agreement if you can afford to live on your own. I still lived by a a lot their rules while living with my parents with the exception of having no curfew and a few minor other things, but my parents saw that I could be responsible financially and that I would help around the house with the chores.
  14. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2016
    Edomx, MX
    This. As someone that was out of the house at 17 and asking for nothing I have little sympathy.
  15. Plett macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
    You’re an adult. Do that thing we adults do. Adult.
  16. nieks macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2016
    The Netherlands
    Just don't do adultery ;)
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    Buying your own phone is something different. Don't freeload of your parents if you are 21. Work for money, buy a phone and pay for a plan.
  17. upandown, Dec 8, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018

    upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
    What 21 year old isn’t out until 2am? Squares?

    In many countries it’s customary to start eating dinner at 8-10pm and go out for drinks and be with friends ‘starting’ after midnight-1am.
  18. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    Strap the phone to your neighbors dog?

    Pay someone to carry your phone around all day when you dont want to be tracked?
  19. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2016
    Edomx, MX

    Squares? You a really old beatnick?

    Seriously, ones that work? Go to school? Still to lazy to get off mommy and daddy’s dime expect to be told what to do....at any age.

    Either way I have been to a lot of countries (about 16 and I’m not from a tiny country durrounded bu a lot of other countries) and didn’t see any where everyone is working the next morning still drunk.
  20. IdentityCrisis Suspended

    Sep 9, 2018
    As long as I was paying for my kids school, room and board better know why you were out at 2am and not studying. Sorry, you maybe 21 but if your parents are paying for your stuff still you have no leg to stand on.
  21. mmomega macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Same, out at 14 and bought my first cell phone from a pawn shop and pre-paid 30 minute phone cards until I could get my own cell phone plan.

    So to the OP, organize your priorities.
    Privacy or cell phone, which is higher on the list of importance? Your choice to make.
    And until you can pave your own way completely you fall somewhat under someone else's limitations.
    One day you may see it as something to be grateful for, that you have parents that even care where you are. It isn't something that means much until later in life or to those that have never experienced that.
  22. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Actually if they use Find My iPhone rather than Find My Friends, this won't work. All devices can be seen there.
  23. MacDonaldTrump macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2018
    Brisbane Australia
    Listen to your parents they are like siri only real, they will always be there for you and listen.
  24. josephd macrumors member


    Feb 20, 2013
    I was own my own at 18, which meant I was also responsible for my own bills. Not to sound condescending. But if your parents are “controlling” maybe it’s time to start paying your own phone bill.
    I am a stickler for communication, so I would suggest sitting down with your parents and having this conversation with them. Good luck
  25. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2016
    Edomx, MX
    Heh, I was out long before cell phones so didn’t have to worry about that......

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