How to download and play Pokemon Go right now

Jump the queue

Pokémon Go is Nintendo's first foray into augmented reality apps for Apple and Android devices, and it has already proved to be incredibly popular, with Pokémon players around the world downloading the app and hunting for pocket monsters.

Although most of the world can't wait to catch Pokémon on their smartphones, Pokémon Go is now officially out for those in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and Japan, although some other countries around the world are still having to wait. Thankfully new regions are officially getting Pokémon Go at a consistent rate.

From December 14 Pokémon Go will also officially launch in India, so if you live there, you should be able to download the game from the Google Play or Apple App Store and see what all the fuss is about!

Pokémon Go is now also available to download for Apple Watch, which is the perfect fit for the game, letting you play Pokémon Go without having to look at your smartphone screen. With Pokémon Go on Apple Watch you can enjoy your walks while capturing Pokémon, and giving you alerts when you approach PokeStops, or when Pokémon are ready to hatch.

How to download and play Pokemon Go right now

Niantic, Inc, the company that developed Pokémon Go, have released a number of updates for the game, though a recent update, 0.31.0, has been controversial due to removing the footsteps tracker and other handy elements of the game. Some users also report that their progress has been reset.

If you're encountering any problems while playing, head over to our how to fix Pokemon Go problems guide, which should help you get Pokémon Go up and running.

Once you've downloaded Pokémon Go, make sure you check out our guide to the best Pokémon Go tips and tricks to help you catch all the best Pokémon! This guide to downloading Pokémon Go includes a new link to the latest version of the game - so you can safely download it without worrying.

If you're completely new to the world of Pokémon, then check out Pokemon Go: A complete beginner's guide, which will show you how to get started.

Pokémon Go is proving to be hugely popular, so if you're unable to connect to the server, check out the Pokémon Go Server Status page to make sure the server is online. If it's not, that may be why you cannot connect to Pokémon Go.

How to download and play Pokemon Go right now

The good news is that if you're in the US, UK or Australia you can now officially download Pokémon Go for Android devices and for Apple iOS devices as well.

However, there is a way for you to play Pokémon Go right now without having to wait for it to launch in your location, and we show you how to download Pokémon Go for both Android and iOS devices. Once you've downloaded it, make sure you check out our guide on how to save the battery life of your phone when playing Pokémon Go, so you don't miss out on any rare Pokémon thanks to a dead battery.

Read on to find out how to get Pokémon Go without having to wait.

How to download Pokémon Go for Android

If you want to play Pokémon Go on your Android device, and you're not in a country that has made Pokémon Go available through the Google Play store, then the following instructions will show you how to download it from a third-party website.

Download the Pokémon Go APK file

First you need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you turn on this setting, as you'll want to make sure you only download apps you know are safe and reliable.

To make sure you are completely safe with this guide, make sure you check out our how to avoid Pokemon Go malware tutorial.


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