Everyone is talking about Pokémon GO – a game played by millions of people worldwide. The popularity of the game is constantly increasing and the players are eager to find and catch Pokémon and of course, level up. While many of those who are playing this addictive game have a smooth experience, many people seem to be having issues. Here, we are going to talk about Pokémon GO common problems and their solutions. If you are facing issues while trying to find and catch Pokémon, see how you can fix it.
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- To play Pokémon GO on Android, you need Android KitKat 4.4 or later, display resolution 1280×720 or higher, and 2 GB RAM or more.
- To play Pokémon GO on iPhone, you need iPhone 5 or one of the newer models and iOS 8 or later.
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Pokémon GO Common Problems and how to fix them
Pokémon GO crashes or performs slowly
One of the most common problems on both, Android and iPhone are app-related as users are often complaining about crashing issues. Also, an app can perform slowly at times, and when it comes to games, this can be quite annoying.
Many players reported the problem with Pokémon GO, saying the app is often laggy and it occasionally crashes. If you are experiencing the same problem, you need to make sure you have the latest version of Pokémon GO.
If you own an Android device, open Google Play, tap on three horizontal lines located in the top-right corner, and then tap My apps & games. Find Pokémon GO on the list of apps you have installed, and if you see “Update” right next to the name of the app, tap on it and get the latest version.
If you are playing Pokémon GO on your iPhone, open App Store and tap on Updates in the lower-right corner. Tap on Pokémon GO to update it.
The latest version of the app came with stability improvements, thus, the crashes and slow performance should disappear once you update the app.
Tip for Android users: clear Pokémon GO cache. To do that, go to Settings > Apps > Downloaded, find Pokémon GO, and tap on it. Tap Clear cache.
Pokémon GO freezes
The game may become unresponsive and it may happen at the moment when you are trying to catch a Pokémon. You need to close the app first.
- If you are using iPhone, tap on the Home button two times, swipe left or right to find Pokémon GO, and then swipe up to close it.
- On Android, tap on the square icon located in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and you will open Recent apps. Find Pokémon GO and swipe right to close it.
Once you close Pokémon GO, turn the Airplane mode on. Launch the app again, and you will see a “No internet connectivity” message. Turn the Airplane mode off.
Keep in mind an app may freeze when too many applications run in the background. It is advisable to close the ones you don’t use at the moment. You can also restart your smartphone and launch the app again.
What to do if Pokémon GO won’t open?
You are so ready to play the game and Pokémon GO won’t open? Most of the time, the main reason why you can’t open the game is that the servers are not working. Before you try other solutions, make sure the servers are actually working. You can see the current server status on the Pokémon GO Server Status web page. If you can open the app but you see a spinning Pokéball, it means that your smartphone is trying to connect to the server. The spinning ball usually vanishes in a couple of seconds, but if it stays it means the servers are down at the moment.
- Update the app
- Restart your smartphone
- Remove the app from your device and install it again. Data of the game is stored on the cloud meaning once you sign into the game you will be able to start where you left off.
Pokémon GO “GPS signal not found”
GPS must be enabled because it shows the app your movement and tells your current location. You may see a “GPS signal not found” error right after you launch the game, but the error usually disappears after a couple of seconds. On Android, go to Settings > Location, and make sure “Location” is turned on. Also, tap “Location mode” and select the “High accuracy” option.
On Android, go to Settings > Location, and make sure “Location” is turned on. Also, tap “Location mode” and select the “High accuracy” option.
For iPhone, navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure the “Location services” option is enabled. Also, turn the Wi-Fi on even if there are no networks around you can connect to.
If you are playing the game indoors and see “GPS signal not found” go outdoors just for a couple of minutes.
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You updated the app and you are level 1 again
Some people who recently updated Pokémon GO noticed they are level 1 again. If you face the same issue, log out of the app. Tap on the Poké Ball to access the Settings menu, scroll down and tap Sign Out. Sign back in.
Pokémon GO eating the battery
Pokémon GO is a pretty demanding game. Data and GPS must be enabled, the screen is on all the time and you will also use the camera view while playing. So, it is not surprising to see so many people complaining about how Pokémon GO eating the battery. There are a couple of things to do:
- Open Pokémon GO and tap on Poke Ball to access the Settings. Tap Battery Saver.
- If you have many apps that are currently running in the background, and you don’t need them at the moment, close them.
- Turn off music, sound, and other effects. Also, turn the Vibration off.
Pokémon GO trainer isn’t moving
If the trainer is not moving, first try to access the menu by tapping on the Poke Ball, and if the menu can’t open it means the app crashed. You will have to restart the game.
- Android – tap on the Recent apps icon, find the app, and tap on “X” to close the app.
- iPhone – tap on the Home button twice and you will get a preview of the apps you have been using. Swipe left or right and once you find Pokémon, swipe up to close it.
Pokémon eggs won’t hatch
If your egg won’t hatch, you need to make sure that you walked a certain distance (make sure the app is open while you are walking). You may see 3/3km, but once you click on the egg, you may notice 2.99/3km. Walk a bit more, and the egg should hatch.
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You don’t see Pokémon around
If you can’t find Pokémon around, it may be because the app may crash in the background – if that’s the case you won’t see any Pokémon or Pokéstops. Once you restart the app, it should show Pokémon and Pokéstops again.
The other reason why you don’t see Pokémon around may be because you are currently in a quiet area. You will find Pokémon when you move to the busy areas.
To attract more Pokémon you can use Incense and Lure Module. Incense and Lure Modules can be purchased in the shop, but you can also get them as you level up. Incense lasts for half an hour. Lure Module will attract Pokémon to Pokéstops.
Make sure you have the latest version of the app.
Pokémon GO items you’ve purchased do not appear
As you are playing the game you will earn coins that you can use to buy various items. If you don’t see the items you’ve purchased, log out of the game (tap on Poke Ball at the bottom to access the menu, and tap Sign out) and log back in. This should solve the problem. If that does not happen, restart your device.