Tools: Spoofing your location to simulate testing from a different location

Nov 16, 2016
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Some projects that we work on require us to use some tricks to verify certain pieces of functionality. One of our clients built a website with multilingual support that should default to a language based on the user’s location. Although it would be fun to travel around the world to test the language defaults, that wasn’t really in the budget for this project. So, we used Private Internet Access to spoof our location. It only costs $6.95 / month to use and it is an extremely simple program. After downloading the app to my Mac, I was able to click the Private Internet Access icon in the status bar and connect to a location almost anywhere in the world. There are lots of default options for different locations in the US as well as Canada, countries in Europe, Asia, South America, etc.

At Boulder QA, we have lots of tricks up our sleeve to verify hard to test functionality!