Beginner's guide: How to play Pokémon Go! [Updated]

Everyone's heard of Pokémon Go by now — it's pretty much the most popular mobile game ever — where Nintendo and Niantic Labs have teamed up to let you catch Pokémon in the very world we live in. That's thanks to a combination of GPS, augmented reality, and dorky-cute graphics. If you haven't played yet, it's incredibly fun, and here's everything you need to know to get started!

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This is Pokémon Go. It's an iPhone and Android game that's quickly swept the world, and we've got all the tips, tricks, and cheats you need to catch 'em all.

What the heck is Pokémon Go?

If you've been living under a rock or otherwise have kept yourself off the internet this weekend, you may have missed the official launch of Niantic and Nintendo's already-ridiculously-popular new game, Pokémon Go.

It retains the basics of Pokémon games past — catching Pokémon, battling at Gyms, using items, evolving your creatures — with a crazy twist: You're doing it all in the real world. That means instead of tapping or using a D-pad to tell your virtual avatar where to go to find Pokémon, you're actually walking. In the real world. Crazy, we know.

You may have stumbled onto this page knowing nothing about Pokémon. That's okay. You don't have to be a fan of the previous games or even know the lore to have fun with this game: While it may overtly promote itself as a game about catching Pokémon and battling, the real joy is exploring the real world with your friends, giggling while you check in at historical monuments disguised as PokéStops, and making new connections in your neighborhood with other would-be Pokétrainers.

Pokémon Go 101

Before you dive in to Pokémon Go, you'll want to get the hang of how the game works. That means knowing the world, its mechanics, and how to access your Pokédex, Items, and more.

To sign up for the game, you'll need to use your Google account or sign up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account. Pokémon Go stores all your information on its servers, so you'll need to use one of these two methods to link your Pokémon data to your device.

How to sign up for Pokémon Go

After signing up, you'll want to customize your digital avatar. You can choose your gender, eye color, hair color, shirt, hat, pants, shoes, and the style of your backpack. Don't worry about it too much: If you change your mind later, you can go back and re-customize it.

How to re-customize your Pokémon Go trainer

Once you've done so, you'll enter the main area of the game: The Pokémon Go map.

Essentially, the main area of the game is a brightly-animated version of Google Maps. You'll see (unmarked) roads, rustling grass (marking Pokémon in the area), and local landmarks disguised as PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms. As you move in the real world, your avatar does too. Pokémon will pop up on the map with a small vibration as you walk along, and if you tap on them, you can try to capture them.

  • Player icon: Your player icon is at the bottom left corner of the screen. Tap on this to view your character's information, as well as a list of in-game achievements.
  • Backpack: This is where all the items you pick up on your journey are stored.
  • Pokédex: Your index of Pokémon, complete with information on all the species you've already caught.
  • Pokémon: Here, you can see all the Pokémon that are in your possession.
  • Sightings Screen: Tap on the grey box in the bottom right corner of the screen to see which Pokémon are nearby.

What you need to know about Pokémon

Whether you've never caught a Pokémon before or you've been collecting these creatures since childhood, you'll quickly get introduced to the Pokémon of this world after starting the game. (Heck, the very first screen you see after logging in is of a giant Gyarados menacing an unaware player, as a warning to stay alert while playing.)

At the start, you'll only be able to catch Nintendo's original lineup of Pokémon — those found in the Red, Blue, and Yellow titles — though we expect expansions to appear as the game grows and works out the bugs.

Pokémon come in variety of types, shapes, and sizes: Of the over 100 Pokémon available for capture, you'll find creatures of the Fairy, Psychic, Electric, Grass, Water, Ghost, Bug, Rock, Ground, Poison, Flying, and Normal type. We haven't spotted any Legendary Pokémon quite yet, but that doesn't mean they aren't out there hiding.

Where to find rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Each geographical area has a specific Pokémon type, and some creatures are more difficult to find than others. If you keep running into the same group of Pidgey and Caterpie, don't lose hope: You need to travel around your area to find all the Pokémon. You can head to local lakes, ponds, or beaches to find Water-type Pokémon, for example, or wait until the evening to have a better chance at grabbing a Fairy type.

It isn't a bad thing to catch a lot of the same type of Pokémon. You'll soon learn that there are a whole lot of Pidgey and Rattata. You'll earn what's called a "Catch Bonus" for catching more of a specific type of Pokémon. So, don't feel bad if you have 50 Pidgey in your Pokédex. Those things are good for something, after all.

How to catch your first Pokémon

As with all Pokémon games, when a trainer begins their first journey, they're given a choice of which Pokémon to start with. After you've finished customizing your avatar, three Pokémon will appear in front of you. You can choose from Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle (Gen 1), Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile (Gen 2); after capturing one, the other two will disappear.

But wait: There's more. If you walk away from the original three Pokémon four times, you'll get a fourth starter Pokémon option: Pikachu.

How to start the game with Pikachu

How to catch other Pokémon

Once you've gotten started with the game and captured your first Pokémon, it's time to go hunting for some others.

You can find wild Pokémon by physically walking around your area. Stick to populated areas: Pokémon appear most often near PokéStops. The more PokéStops nearby, the more creatures should appear. Try visiting locations with a lot of public art; tourist spots or malls are great starting points.

How to use Nearby and Sighting

As you walk around in the real world, your avatar moves along the map using GPS. When a Pokémon is close enough to capture, it pops up on your screen. Since walking around with your eyes glued to your phone is a bit of a safety hazard, the game is designed to allow you to keep your eyes free while you wander. You can keep your phone at your side while you walk; when you are near a Pokémon, you'll get a notification in the form of a vibration and (if your sound is turned on) the Pokémon's unique call.

You can then move to a safe location (if you were walking along a road, for instance), and tap the visible Pokémon to capture it. Tapping zooms in on your avatar and launches an augmented reality experience with the Pokémon dancing around amidst your surroundings. If you don't see it on the screen immediately in front of you, move your device around until it appears. (There are arrows on the side of the screen to guide you in the right direction.)

If AR makes you nauseous or you don't want your battery drained, you can always turn the feature off in the upper right corner.

Once you've found the Pokémon, it's time to throw a Poké Ball to try and capture it. You "throw" in game by tapping and holding on your Poké Ball; a glowing, shrinking ring appears then around the Pokémon. When the ring gets to its smallest, you want to flick your Poké Ball directly toward the creature (with the aim of bopping it on the head) and release your finger; if successful, you'll capture the Pokémon inside.

How to catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Not all Pokémon enjoy being inside itty bitty areas, however, and some may jump out of your Poké Ball after one or two shakes. If this happens, you'll want to throw another Poké Ball to try and recapture it — or, if you're running low on supplies, run away.

As you progress in the game, you'll encounter stronger Pokémon that require a more powerful Poké Ball (or Razz Berries, which lull the Pokémon to complacency). If the ring surrounding the Pokémon is green, you should have no problem capturing it; if it's yellow, you have a fifty-fifty chance; when you see a red ring, you'll need to use multiple Poké Balls, more powerful Poké Balls, or Razz Berries to have a remote chance of catching it.

More than one player can catch the same Pokémon; if you and your friend see the same Pokémon on the street, you can both grab it for your separate collections.

You can also use special items to attract Pokémon to your location: You can use incense to lure Pokémon to you personally for 30 minutes, or — if you're at a PokéStop — use a Lure Module. This will bring Pokémon to the stop; every player there can catch them for the next 30 minutes.

How to get cool items from PokéStops (and explore the world around you, too)

PokéStops are important or iconic places around your area: They may be special benches with dedication plaques, permanent art installations, or historic landmarks. They'll never be something as mundane as a stop sign, nor will they be in a location that is not accessible to the public — like something inside a private building, or beyond a locked gate.

PokéStops are an easy way to collect items, experience, and Poké Eggs (which hatch into Pokémon with the help of incubators, which we'll talk about later).

They're indicated on your map by tall poles with blue cube atop them: You can tap one even if you're not in range to find out which landmark they're associated with, but you won't be able to trigger in until you're close to the PokéStop.

When a PokéStop is within range, the blue cube will transform into a spinning disc, which you can tap on to visit. Inside, you'll see the PokéStop symbol with a disc in the middle that displays the location's photo; you may also get some historical information about the monument, if you're into that sort of thing.

Swipe the disc to spin it, and you'll be rewarded with a variety of items. Items can include Poké Eggs, Poké Balls, healing potions, and more. As you increase in levels, you unlock new items to collect.

After you visit a PokéStop, the blue pole will change to purple, and you'll be unable to trigger it again for at least 5 minutes.

How to use items in Pokémon Go

Items are a must-have in this game: You need Poké Balls to capture Pokémon, Incense to lure them, and potions and revives to heal them after Gym battles.

Like many games of this era, you can purchase many of these items with real-world currency as transformed into PokéCoins — but you don't have to. You can stock up on most items just by visiting PokéStops. (About the only things you can't find at stops are the Bag and Pokémon Storage upgrade.)

You never know what you're going to come across at a PokéStop, but it's almost always helpful. Each item has a specific use in the game; most fall into either the "capture" or "recovery" category, helping you capture new Pokémon or aiding your current Pokémon in healing after Gym battles.

You can also find incense, which lures Pokémon to you; Lucky Eggs, which grant you double experience for 30 minutes; Lure Patches, which draw Pokémon to a PokéStop; Razz Berries, which make it easier to catch the Pokémon; Nanab Berries, which calm the Pokémon, making it less jumpy and erratic; Pinap Berries, which double the amount of candy you get when you catch the Pokémon; Evolution Stones, which are used to evolve certain Pokémon; and Poké Eggs, which can hatch into new Pokémon.

What's the deal with eggs and incubators?

As you move through the world collecting items from PokéStops, you might just luck out and pick up an Poké Egg. These eggs will eventually become Pokémon in their own right, but they need a little bit of incubation — and a lot of steps — to make that happen.

When you pick up an egg, you need to place it in an incubator to get the hatching process going. You start the game with a single, unlimited-use incubator, but you can purchase more if you want to hatch several eggs at once.

Once the egg is incubated, you'll need to physically travel a certain distance before the egg will hatch. Depending on the rarity of the Poké Egg you've found, that could be as little as 2 kilometers, or up to 10 kilometers.

What's more, you can't move more than 10.5 km/h for Pokémon Go to register all your movement. Any faster and it will flag you as driving (or riding a bicycle too fast). The game also determines your movement over a straight line from point A to point B and then calculating the distance, so you can't put your device on a record player or tape it to a ceiling fan.

There's a lot more to it than that, of course, and there are a few ways to hatch faster...

Best ways to hatch Pokémon Go eggs faster

How to level up and evolve your Pokémon

Evolution doesn't work the same way in Pokémon Go as it does in the classic games: Pokémon don't evolve or level up after battles with other Pokémon trainers.

Instead, you must catch duplicates of the same Pokémon, which drop Candy and Stardust. You can also send unwanted Pokémon to the Professor for a single candy, but be careful. Once a Pokémon is sent to the Professor, you can never get that specific one back.

Once you have gathered enough of a single type of Pokémon, you'll be able to use the Candies to evolve it. Candy is Pokémon-specific, and can be used to level up any Pokémon in that evolutionary chain. For example, you can use Candy that Charmander has dropped to evolve a Chameleon.

Best Pokémon to level up and evolve to attack or defend Gyms

In addition to giving you the next evolutionary stage of a Pokémon, evolving will raise a Pokémon's CP and HP. CP represents how strong a Pokémon's attacks are while HP represents how much damage a Pokémon can take. Stats may also be increased by combining Candy and Stardust.

How to get more candies and stardust in Pokémon go

How to join a Gym team and battle other players

When you reach level five and visit a Gym, you'll be asked to join one of three color-coded teams: Instinct (Yellow), Mystic (Blue), or Valor (Red). They're color-coded based on the original U.S. titles – Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition.

How to win gym battles and earn coins

Unlike Nintendo's games, the team you choose doesn't affect the type of Pokémon you come across in the wild, but it does matter for Gym battles. After picking a team, you'll join millions of other players around the world; each team will work together to become the most successful. As with Niantic's previous title, Ingress, teams can turn Pokémon Go from a single-player experience to a group sport.

Teams are how you join up with your friends to make a dent on the world. You and your team will take over and level up Gyms; when you possess a gym, you get Pokécoins and Stardust, which can help you level up and evolve your Pokémon.

Much like PokéStops, Gyms are actual landmarks out in the world, and they are where all Pokémon battles happen. You can claim them for your team, or help level up a Gym already claimed for your team to build up its prestige. Trainers can take over an unoccupied Gym and claim it for the Instinct, Mystic, or Valor team. If your team's color is in control of a Gym, you can train your Pokémon inside, one at a time. If a Gym is held by an opposing team, you'll need to battle the Pokémon standing guard to lower its prestige and have a chance of taking it over.

Gyms earn prestige when you train your Pokémon in one that your team controls, and lose prestige when opposing teams win battles against the Pokémon left there. Your team's Gym will earn experience points to gain prestige, which will amount to leveling up the Gym. As its levels increase, so do the number of Gym Leaders. For example, if your Gym has reached level three, you can have three Gym Leaders in it, which makes it harder for opposing teams to overthrow.

Entering a Gym triggers a fun mini-game wherein you attack the opposing Pokémon, and dodge their attacks. While battling, you have three options: You can tap the screen to attack, press and hold the screen to initiate a special attack, or swipe left or right to dodge an opponent's attack. Just as with traditional Pokémon games, the goal is to reduce your opponent's Pokémon to zero hit points.

To steal control of a Gym that is already occupied by an opposing team, you must win in battle against all of the Gym Leaders' Pokémon in it. Beating leaders in the Gym will lower its prestige, but it will take multiple battles against the same Pokémon in order to occupy it for your team.

When you occupy a gym, you not only help your team — but you earn PokéCoins, too! Every 20 hours, you can visit the Shop and redeem your coins, based on how many gyms you currently occupy.

How to level up as a trainer

Pokémon Go isn't just about taking care of and leveling your Pokémon — it's about your experience, too. You can gain levels as a trainer by catching Pokémon, exploring PokéStops, and battling at Gyms.

As you hit higher levels, you'll be able to fight at gyms, gain access to higher-quality PokéBalls and other items, and help strengthen your Pokémon.

If you have a higher trainer level than the players at a rival Gym, you've got a better chance of taking it over. This is especially true when it comes to fighting multiple trainers to take over a single Gym.

When you train at a Gym, you'll be able to bring six Pokémon with you into the battle. If your Pokémon are lower level than your friendly opponent, its' combat points will be temporarily be reduced so you have a fairer competition and can actually earn some Prestige Points for your Gym.

Do you need the Pokémon Go Plus wearable?

If you decide to go all-in and invest in the $30 Pokémon Go Plus wearable, you can play the game without having to take your phone out of your pocket. The device comes with a detachable band and a clip, so you can wear it on your wrist or lapel, or backpack, or wherever.

When worn, the Pokémon Go Plus acts as a notification device, alerting you when a PokéStop or Pokémon is nearby. You will receive a different vibration, depending on what you are near. You can then use the Pokémon Go Plus to activate a PokéStop or even catch a Pokémon without having to look at your phone at all. To activate a PokéStop or catch a Pokémon, you will press the wearable device in a specific pattern.

But do you need the wearable to enjoy the game? Not particularly. Your device still needs to be running Pokémon Go in the foreground, so you're not saving much battery life, and you'll get those vibrations from your iPhone or Android device, anyway.

Troubleshooting Pokémon Go

Running into crashes, problems with battery life, or glitches? We've collected some of the most common Pokémon Go problems (and their solutions) in our troubleshooting guide.

Other questions?

Have other thoughts, questions, or comments about Pokémon Go? Let us know below!

Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

  • This game IS a multigenerational game
    If the bugs get worked out it will be freat, if not.... Its going to be forgotten... And quuckly!
    Get this together, quick!!!
  • what name should i use as nickname trainer i cant find a name to call me pls help?
  • I just started playing an haven't got a clue how? Can you help an o,ll help you
  • How about IUSTAM ASILE
  • You guys have 15 articles about Pokemon on your first page. Really more articles that iOS 10 or how to do ....common
  • On weekends they usually cover games or lighter stories. Besides, it's probably time for you to go sit on your porch and yell at the kids to get off your lawn.
  • We always do game guides on weekends. Pokemon Go got more articles because it's an exceedingly popular game. We'll return to your regularly-scheduled iOS and Mac coverage tomorrow.
  • I love imore but the Pokemon stuff really drives me away. Can you have a pokemon free URL so I don't have to see the update on all think pokemon.
  • The world is captivated by it - I'm doing it, it's fun - you should lighten up and have a go too, or really, just chill out and click on things that interest you...
  • I can't figure how to play I started last night!??? Help
  • Come on get real can anybody help me?
  • Walk around, tap on Pokemon, throw your pokeball and catch them
  • Thank You!!! What the F$#% already???
    Makes me not even want to visit; Android Central speaks more on the iPhone 7 than iMore
  • Im so happy to see I'm not alone on this one , I keep complaining about this
  • The site must be for 10-year-olds today. Sent from the iMore App
  • 100,000 ten year olds can't be wrong.
  • Oh, yes they can... Sent from the iMore App
  • Good answer.
  • Third time ansrwng!
    No reply yet!?
  • Great work! Thank you so much!
  • When I see a Pokemon...
  • You commented on the battery drain, which was useful, but I'm also curious how much of the shared data my kids will chew through on this game. Do you have any ideas? I know that Waze and Apple Maps don't use much when I'm on long drives. Wondered if this is comparable as it sounds like it uses Google Maps underneath?
  • It's hard to say, but you're right it uses Google Maps underneath. Google Maps uses vector lines for displaying the roads which are really small to download that's why it doesn't use much data
  • I haven't seen a huge rise in data consumption — I've been playing it almost non-stop for the week, and only used 163MB of cellular data.
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  • Not sure if anyone has said this before, but I noticed a few things while reading that I've seen different at different places or from experience. 1. Pokéstops seem to respawn after around 5 minutes, not at least 10 minutes like the article says. (Just checked it again and it's 5 minutes) 2. I don't believe that hitting the pokémon on the head with a smaller circle matters. I do though believe that if you hit inside of a smaller circle, Great, you have a better chance of catching the pokémon and you get 50xp bonus. I believe a bigger circle, Good, is a 25xp bonus and a large circle, Nice, is a 10xp bonus. (Don't quote me on those xp bonuses. I pulled 25xp and 10xp from the depths of my memory and not sure if those are correct numbers.) I'll keep reading and add more as I see it. 3. Lure Module's last for 30 minutes, not 15 minutes.
  • Thanks! Those were numbers from the beta, which I've updated.
  • your welcome
  • Not only that but I also noticed she said driving won't work. It actually does. I drive around 25-35 mph and it does give me the registered km. It was made for people on speed bikes but it may be a little glitch to include cars going slow speeds. In most places around me the speed limit is 25 - towns or citied - so its pretty much perfect for me.
  • You're right. I was playing on the on the bus and it worked all the way, not to mention when you tap on a Pokemon you can still catch it even if you've continued moving. Playing on the bus made it ridiculously easy to play, kept going past Pokestops and plenty of Pokemon
  • Any plans for Windows 10 mobile?
  • You must be joking…
  • To start off I decided I isn't want to walk to find many Pokemon people so I hopped on my golf cart and rode around, the game registered it as walking. Just a little tip...
  • Isn't- I meant *Didn't*
  • Re Data usage - it's very light. I have had the game since Friday, have been using it quite heavily and have only used 45mb of data. So no worries with that. I have to say, before people refer to it as being for kids, remember, the first Pokemon games came out twenty years ago - Pokemon Go, at the moment contains effectively the first batch of Pokemon - It very much appeals to adults as well as younger people. I was into Pokemon games and cards when I was around 11/12 years old, I'm now 28 and it's great to be able to rekindle with something from your childhood. Give it a go, you might even like it. Sent from the iMore App
  • This game is dangerous!! People have been constantly coming on private property to receive PRETEND Pokemon balls!
    Last night a group of teenagers came speeding through the church parking lot almost hitting one of the member's children with their car!
    Other Pokemon players have made physical threats towards church members when they politely asked them to leave the property.
    Another one of these Pokemon players went to the extent to vandalized church property.
    This all happened from numerous people pulling in and out of a privately owned church from some app that listed our church on their game. The app creators of "Pokemon Go" never called the church or asked permission to use their property for their personal use.
    Now members who try to meet God with their families are having their lives in danger. Peoples safety is ask risk all because of the creators of this virtual game. Sent from the iMore App
  • Here is a guide to requesting Niantic Labs to remove a Gym or PokéStop from the game. How to request removal of a Gym or PokéStop in Pokémon Go
  • Maybe you could embrace this opportunity for unlikely individuals that are visiting your church that may not other wise be there. You could use it as an opportunity to outreach and show them the love of Jesus in a practical way.
  • Pushing your religion onto other people isn't good. Let people decide for themselves
  • Members who try to meet God? They have as much chance meeting God as they do catching a real Pokemon...
  • +1
  • Not true! As unlikely as they seem, there is actually a better chance Pokemon exist than god....
  • The game is not dangerous, it is those players acting fools. Pokemon go is based off the game ingress (which I have played since beta). Again it is the people that are fools, rude etc. Not the game nor the makers.
    "The app creators of "Pokemon Go" never called the church or asked permission to use their property for their personal use." Portals, pokestops/gyms are based off the following: High-quality Portal candidates are those that help Agents discover and enjoy their community, such as:. A LOCATION WITH A COOL STORY, A PLACE IN HISTORY OR EDUCATIONAL VALUE
    Interesting story behind the location/object
    Historical significance (apart from just being old)
    Statues, paintings, mosaics, light installations, etc.
    Venues that showcase fine art (e.g., performance art theaters and museums)
    Buildings designed by renowned architects/structures famous specifically for their architecture
    A popular local spot that you would take a friend visiting your community for the first time
    A popular spot where locals gather, but may be lesser-known outside the community
    Tourist spots that showcase local flavor and culture and that make your city/neighborhood unique
    More off-the-beaten-path tourist attractions (i.e., if you weren’t a local, you wouldn’t necessarily know to go here)
    Adventurous tourist attractions - think lookout towers, observatories, signs or markers atop mountain peaks, etc.
    In addition to using the above acceptance criteria, we often add candidates that are a special nod to industries and networks that connect people around the world, just as Ingress connects Agents around the world. These include: PUBLIC LIBRARIES
    A nod to education and discovery, cornerstones of Niantic & Ingress
    Includes little free libraries, provided they are not on private residential property; does not include mobile libraries
    A nod to the other worldly, which is integral to the story of Ingress
    Taking a clear, bright photo for your submission that shows the subject and its surroundings helps us more easily determine if the candidate meets our acceptance criteria and confirm it is physically located in the suggested location. However, candidates do not necessarily have to be visually impressive to meet our acceptance criteria. Similarly, while descriptions are not required, they are highly encouraged, and they often provide context and help us more clearly understand how your candidate meets the acceptance criteria. PLEASE DON’T SUBMIT
    Please refrain from submitting these candidates, as reviewing these submissions slows down the process for everyone. Candidates in locations with NO SAFE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS.
    Candidates of PEOPLE, BODY PARTS, LIVE ANIMALS, etc.; please, just don’t.
    Candidates that are NATURAL FEATURES (Includes pictures of landscapes as well as submissions where the subject is a lake, river, stream, mountain, volcano, waterfall, etc.; does not include man-made points of interest - plaques, signs, etc. - near natural features).
    Candidates that are NOT PERMANENT, including SEASONAL DISPLAYS that are only put up during certain times of the year.
    Candidates submitted with a PHOTO THAT YOU DID NOT TAKE YOURSELF (i.e., pulled from a third-party source); these will be rejected even if the candidate itself meets acceptance criteria or is on the list of things we generally accept.
    Candidates on PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (including farms)
    Candidates that may interfere with the operations of FIRE STATIONS, POLICE STATIONS AND HOSPITALS
    Candidates on the grounds of PRIMARY/SECONDARY SCHOOLS These games are meant to get people out of the house of exercise, explore your local areas/world, and be social. I have played /met people from around the world because of ingress. It didn't matter about race, color, nor creed. @imore: you find more pokemon in parking lots be cause of the xm pools (ingress term) aka mass data pools. Not all ingress portals have been transferred to pokegyms or stops. Viva la Resistance
  • Help help! Our tax free waste of property devoted to meeting and checking out each other's clothes and spouses is in danger from a game because when some people misbehaved we were unable to deal with it like rational people! Why are you laughing? We are rational! Seriously! The magical sky fairy is totally rational! Stop laughing!!!
  • Its not really dangerous unless your phone is going to run out and kill you but the issue is people not thinking before they do something and not paying attention to where they are walking because it even gives you a warning at the beginning of the game to always be aware of your surroundings. now I do feel for the people that getting are getting hurt and killed and whatever else is going on but it's not the game's fault it's people like them not paying attention to what they are doing. I'm 23 years old and I have two children and I take them on walks every night now I am losing weight I am exercising my kids are getting out we're seeing the area we live in to me this game is a good thing and it's just a matter of paying attention in order to not get hurt
  • To be honest, I call total bullshit on your post. First of all, if your "church" is a pokestop within the game, all the players need to do is be within range in order to obtain possible item(s). A group of teenagers came speeding through? I highly doubt that as you need to be virtually STATIONARY in order to properly access a pokestop, and if they were "speeding" like you say they were, they would've been out of range immediately upon trying to communicate with the pokestop. Lastly, if your definition of "polite" is the way you've portrayed yourself via your comment here, I think it's safe to say your "church-goer" acquaintances also suffer from the same ignorance, hence why they were met with verbal remarks after talking to some of those pokemon GO players. In today's world, if you are a jerk, expect for people to treat you the same way (I am sure God would agree that is fair play).
  • You can actually still use Pokestops when moving, I span them whilst I was travelling past them on the bus :)
  • So people are searching for mythical poke balls and upsetting people talking to a mythical being?
    I'd say that was 1 all wouldn't you?
    Pokemon Go is a helluva lot safer than religion!
  • I work in a downtown location, so far I've seen a Dad walking around playing it with his kids and their friends, a guy riding his bike to each spot, a lady walking her dog playing, and a group of kids playing (instead of getting into trouble like most kids do downtown here during summer break,) and it is bringing people downtown learning the history and spending money. How do I get my store as a Poke'Stop?!
  • I was thinking the same thing. A great business opportunity. Imagine email having a coffee shop or ice cream parlour and becoming a gym or pokestop. Even for a small fee. This game is gonna go ballistic when it gets its full authorised worldwide release. And it has legs. Potentially increasing footfall at your business. I am 36 and remember helping my lad to play his pokemon games. I am having the geek instead midlife ever at 36 and I know own others my age older and younger all downloading it. It good fun. To the church. All groups of people have idiots. Pokemon doesn't cause them to behave in this manner. As Godney people you should understand free will. Pokemon go didn't ask people to speed into a car park. Or act like idiots that's a personal choice..........turn the other cheek. Gather them as part of your flock.....or ask to be removed. The future of this type of game is outstanding and exciting. Miss out or join in either way be happy people. :-) I am. Role on level 5 and my trip to the gym :-)
  • Lol talk about exxagerating much. Also as far as I know people still don't like each other.
  • I don't think he was exaggerating, it's perfectly possible
  • "Learning the history" what history.
  • This history of places they visit? Old architecture, maybe? Why so negative?
  • What in the world is this? I followed your site for updates on iOS. Not updates on Pokemon GO. I know, I know. Some guy in the comments is going to tell me to leave and find a different site, right? Well, I'm doing that. Already unsubscribed to their emails and am google-ing around, looking for a site that ACTUALLY POSTS ONLY IOS TIPS. So don't bother hating on me for my hate comment. But while I'm here, I'd just like to give my feelings on Pokemon GO. First of all, it's just plain stupid. I've seen WAY too many people walking around town, glued to their phone screens. My dad has seen three guys looking at their phones while running from one side of the road to the other - in the middle of traffic, hunting for Pokemons. I can't wait to see how many people are killed while hunting for virtual creatures while hanging out in their own virtual reality. There are real concerns and reports of people going out to find Pokemon, not paying attention to anything, and getting robbed. I mean, if I was a crook, it would be real nice to have a map of likely locations people will visit while they are totally tuned out to real reality. Anybody agree? I understand that video games are fun and addicting. I also understand that it can be fun to have a virtual reality. It is also fun to travel, and it is fun to go on a scavenger hunt of sorts. But not all together at the same time! If you argue that it helps 'get people outside,' then I would like to ask what kind of world we live in today. If we can't get people off of their butts and outside without creating a fake reality for them, what have we come to as a society? It's pretty sad if you ask me. Anyways, unsubscribed, now subscribed to, which has not posted any of this crap about Pokemon GO, and done with my little spiel on one of the stupidest ideas I've ever seen.
  • Hey bud! Hope you have fun at iPhoneHacks, they're good folks. We've never claimed to be an iOS tips site — we cover all aspects of the Apple and iOS universe, games included. We cover what the majority of people want to read about, and this week, that's Pokémon. Today, it's Swift Playgrounds. Next week it might be more about iOS 10. That's the fun of the digital universe: There are lots of exciting things happening every week. But if you only want iOS tips, you're right — we're not a site based solely around that. We're iMore. :)
  • You won't be missed
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  • Lmao. People please. I don't even play the game but think it's cute n funny watching people walk round n get out from gaming stations n exercise. Yesterday I was sitting with bunch friends drinking beers and we saw some older 14-18 year old walking round parking lot n his yard n was worried at first but then I said "look I bet he's playing Pokemon-Go". We don't see this kid out much. Just people have to be smart when playing the game. As a friend to friends with children we have taught our children common sense and safety when they are brought up. I knew not to walk in highway, or someone else's property without asking permission. Most likely this person is just upset cause they was one of the kids who couldn't play games such as Zelda or donkey kong or any other game cause not coordinated. Lol
  • I don't play the game but decided to see what all the fuss was about and came across lots of comments and yours caught my attention most. It is sad that it's takes this type of game to get people "off of their butts" but that is the society today. I am all at wow to watch families getting together to play and exercise. Video games but mostly social media has taken over this generation. When I was a child we went to visit my grandparents for hours, today's children will send a text once in a while and think it's ok. If this so called stupid game is getting families together spending time with one another what took so long ?!?!? If this game bothers people so much well those of you that it does bother ignore it don't play it and don't search sight being nosey just to leave nasty comments. Not everyone likes everything, it would be a perfect world. GOOD DAY
  • Interesting that a child is depicted playing the game despite the fact that it is obviously targeting a much older group. If your 13 Y.O. daughter wants to play it you will first have to purchase a smart phone (in the case of the iPhone shown about AU $800.00) making it the most expensive children's game you are ever likely to buy.
    I do like the Pokemon Go wearable though. It will probably avert hundreds of accidents caused by players walking in front of vehicles, falling down stairs, running into doors, falling down holes, tripping over obstacles etc, etc.
    My take? Anything that requires you to navigate though the real world by staring at a 5" screen with no real details is potentially dangerous. Imagine driving to a location using Google maps as your only visual guide, only looking out the windscreen occasionally. Do you really think you'd get there?
  • Smartphones can get gotten pretty cheap, decent ones that can run this game. And this game isn't forcing people to constantly look at their phone, people do that anyway without this game
  • Is that how you playing is game?!? Maybe take a tip from the smarter 12 year olds and don't do that...
  • I am so genuinely happy that iMore has decided to dedicate space to Pokemon Go. I've loved all of them especially because you've providing information for me, as a mom of a Pokemon obsessed 13 year old, can appreciate. Keep 'em coming. This too shall die down from the front page, so I'm just enjoying it while it's surging. I've been playing it too, with my son, and we've had a blast walking around, trying to catching things, and spending time together enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
  • Glad you're enjoying the coverage and having fun with your son! I love how collaborative the game is — I've been seeing families walking around hunting together all week.
  • Please make it available in Malaysia.. It seems really fun since I moved track here it won't let me play,, so please update it so Malaysia can play
  • I hear a lot of people complaining about others going on to privet property. It is new to a lot. My husband did beta testing on this game and we also play ingress. These two games go hand in hand. But I think it is only because then game is so new and exciting to so many. I have never gotten a complaint from anyone when playing ingress. Even the police leave us alone. I feel when the newness is gone no one will even notice we are still playing. Just please remember, Everyone BE SAFE AND AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!!!!!
  • Good info, us older non gamers take longer to learn.
    Notifications on Apple Watch?,,
  • There's no notifications through the game (as far as I know), so it won't work with the Apple Watch. I don't know why they don't make the app use the GPS in the background though like Google Maps does, that way it could give you a notification if a Pokemon was nearby, which would go through to your Watch
  • The links are not opening in the article. Sent from the iMore App
  • If you are over 20 and play this game, you need to get a life. If you are male over the age of 12, and play this game, I weep for your future.
  • you do realize the average age of a gamer is 35, right
  • And based on your name I assume you golf? Speaking of games you should give up by 12...
  • I'm 53 and I love this game,it makes walking fun.
  • First off this game was made for all ages and u are the one who needs to get a life
    igolfbetterthenu ur just a ***** looking to talk **** get over ur self mollions of people play this game everyday and are fans of the series and allways will be
  • Well sorry to inform u igolfbetterthenu this game was made for all ages you are the one who needs to shut up and get over your self because millions of people play this and have been life long fans of the pokemon series sorry not everything in life revolves around u dude people can and will always play when and however they want theres nothing u can do to stop it either
  • Great game
  • Does anyone know how walking for egg hatching is tracked? does it use the accelerometer or GPS? really curious if a treadmill would offer steps for hatching eggs
  • I believe it uses the GPS but I'm not 100% certain. It'd make more sense anyway, it's harder to cheat by using the GPS
  • Can you Release Pokemon Fo for Macedonia ?
  • "You"? I would assume you're talking about Niantic, I'm sure it will get there eventually, it's rolling out around the world
  • Do you have to keep your phone on (which I've been doing) or can you put it to sleep when playing? Like when I'm walking around to hatch an egg, my phone is awake the whole time and I'm wondering if I have to leave it on or can I hit the sleep/wake button to save some battery?
  • You have to keep the phone on, which is annoying but it's just the way they've designed it, probably so people will buy their gimmicky watch thing
  • Has actually become annoying here @ my store . Sure more traffic but more like a zombie apocalypse just there all on there phones generates zero dollars!Before many would see how disconnected kid are these days do to smartphones, social media apps. They've become so socially awkward and now with this Pokemon app it has exacerbated that issue. Sent from the iMore App
  • Just this morning I was listening to the news and for an ice cream shop that was closing its doors the end of September, business has picked up. In all the years it had been in business the past 3 years were so bad they had to make the decision to close, so sad for the 4 generation family business but because of this game the sales for this summer allowed them to continue to stay open. The sales were up 3 times from its best year since the business opened. The game doesn't make people bad people make the game bad.
  • the game is amazing, our full team and our manager are playing, the bad thing is just in case if not level up. if the balls are waste, it will need to buy for continues the games.
  • What's my take? Are u offering help
  • I've just read the comments here, and I think a lot of what I see here is typical of comment sections. I've seen people play this game and many people are acting in extremely dangerous ways while doing it. I think more thought should have been used as to how the game is played. Last night while driving home at dusk a young girl of about 12 was standing in the middle of a residential road totally engrossed in the game. I had to maneuver around her to get by, if I had been less than a vigilant driver I could easily have hit her, not to mention she was giving no clear signs as to which direction she might go as I slowly approached. This game seems targeted at younger people who already have less than actute spacial awareness, I think the developers should put a little more effort into choosing locations that are save, because clearly not all players can be counted on to make wise decisions. By the way the 12 year old was an easy example, I have seen much older people playing in rush hour traffic crossing streets totally oblivious to traffic, lights, and other people.
    Augmented reality has a few kinks to work out.
  • Why does this get reposted every week?
  • Because Pokémon Go is still really popular
  • We repost the game guide when an update occurs or if it launches in a new country. This helps new readers find us via Google!
  • I have a few of my pokemon that have very low HP levels, how can I get that to go up please
  • Power them up with Stardust.
  • How do you get more Stardust?
  • I have a question. I keep getting a message that my bag is full. I have no pokie balls. What am I doing wrong?
  • You have too many potions and revives. Throw some of those in the trash (especially low-level potions) to make room in your bag. Or, upgrade your bag if you really want to horde all the things.
  • How can I give my character nick name?
  • Can you folks do a public service announcement, please? I'd like you to ask DRIVERS to NOT play this **** game while they're driving. (People mount their phones on their dashboards and have the game running WHILE they're driving. THAT is dangerous! (Says the one who got broadsided by a 30-something guy who was too busy with their phone to stop at a red light.)
  • nice one.
  • This app is asom
  • All this site does anymore is repost after repost. Can anyone recommend a GOOD site for Apple news and reviews? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yep, I hear you. Took imore out of my favorites. Unfollowed them. Enough is enough. So much for the promised "more" in imore. If i ever come across someone who needs help turning their iphone on or that unfortunate developer who somehow needs help downloading a beta OS, i know where to send
  • And yet, here you are, still commenting. Wow…
  • Yep, leaving some final feedback. It just boggles the mind. Wow... Perhaps iMore will give you a job if you keep it up. I don't want to disturb you while you're on patrol so carry (I feel dumber already for replying to a troll...thanks man).
  • I'm not a troll, but saying you're going to leave the site is just begging for attention, if you want to leave, just leave without saying anything. If you want to leave feedback, contact iMore directly. It's like how people who say they're going to commit suicide don't, the ones that do are the ones that don't say a word. The former are looking for attention
  • This one is good. The reposts are only done because they're still relevant
  • what is the data consume of the device
  • My take is the iPhone 7
  • I can't get nickname I tried many times
  • It works
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