Pokmon Go, the location-based free-to-play game that has taken the iOS and Android app stores by storm, allows players to capture, train and battle the original Pokmon in real-world locations.
It’s created by Niantic, the team behind Ingress, and makes clever use of Google Maps data to turn real points of interest such as parks, shops and churches into real world gyms. Despite the seemingly straightforward premise, there’s a lot to the game that’s hidden, unexplained or not as obvious as it first appears – so here’s a guide to making the most out of finding and catching Pokmon, hatching eggs, leveling up creatures and much more.
On this page:
Pokmon Go – battery drain, data usage and release date
How to download the game in the UK and use the battery saver feature.
Pokmon Go – How to catch Pokemon, find Pokmon, and hatch eggs
How to locate Pokemon near you, catch them effectively.
Pokmon Go – how to evolve, level up, get candy and gain experience
The fastest ways to gain experience and upgrade your Pokmon.
Pokmon Go battery saver and server issues
During its launch period Pokmon Go has experienced a few issues, from lagging servers to users unable sign up to a Pokmon Trainer Club account. This is likely due to the game’s popularity at launch, so hopefully with time these issues will clear up.
Another issue reported by many users is battery drain on phones, possibly due to the extensive use of GPS during play, and having to keep the app open in order to encounter Pokmon.
Developer Niantic is aware of the issue, but in the meantime, there is ‘Battery Saver’ option. It’s within Settings, and off by default; select it, and your screen will automatically dim when the phone is down by your side. Note that if you’re logged out of the app (such as when the server goes down) you need to reselect this, and other options in the Settings, when you log back in.
Pokmon Go UK release date, apk and bans
Pokmon Go is now available in the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand on both the iOS and Android stores, and requires a Google or Pokmon Trainer Club account to access.
It’s currently unavailable in the UK due to server demand – though is set to release in the coming days – but is possible to download in the right now with a workaround on Android. However, this has caused a bit of a scare with some fans, with a rumour that Nintendo, The Pokmon Company or developer Niantic would be banning Pokemon Go accounts for anyone doing this – though there’s zero evidence this has actually taken place.