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How to Fool a Vehicle's GPS Tracking

Updated July 18, 2017

The accuracy and reliability of a GPS unit depends on its ability to receive signals from a number of GPS satellites. The GPS unit must have a clear, unobstructed view of the satellites at all times. If this view is obstructed, a GPS receiver is unable to receive or transmit signals and is essentially disabled. Although it sounds like a crazy, tin foil hat joke, a single layer of consumer metal foil can fool any GPS tracking device.

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  1. Locate your car or tracker's GPS antenna and receiver.

  2. Wrap the antenna, receiver and wires in regular, store-bought aluminium foil. While one layer of standard 0.2mm aluminium foil should be enough to block radio signals, use two layers to be certain.

  3. Wrap a layer of duct tape around the aluminium foil wrapping to keep it in place. If the GPS antenna and receiver are in a place that will see a lot of wind when the car is in motion, secure the wrapping in place by taping it to another, stationary object.

  4. Tip

    For those looking to purchase a commercial solution that is easy to turn on and off, there are a number of GPS jamming systems that plug into cigarette lighters.


    Some state laws ban the tampering with or jamming of GPS tracking systems.

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Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Duct tape

About the Author

Chad Anderson began writing professionally in 2009. He primarily contributes articles on technology and outdoor topics for various websites. His areas of interest include Linux and open-source software along with cycling and other outdoor sports. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Nevada in Reno.

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