Pokémon Sleep: here's everything we know so far

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You're likely no stranger to having Pokémon on your phone after the success of Pokémon Go in 2016, but now you may be able to have your own collection of pocket monsters influence your sleep too.

Announced in May 2019, Pokémon Sleep is an upcoming app from The Pokémon Company that wants to "turn sleep into entertainment". Exactly when you'll be able to use the app is still unclear though.

We don't know everything about the experience yet, but below you can read through all of the details we know so far about Pokémon Sleep.

Pokémon Sleep release date and price

Pokémon Sleep

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We only know that the app will be released at some stage in 2020. The Pokémon Company has yet to share the exact release date for the app, and when it was unveiled in May 2019 we were given the wide window of 2020.

It's also uncertain whether you'll have to pay to be able to use Pokémon Sleep. Pokémon Go was free on your phone and featured micro transactions, so the company may go for a similar idea for Pokemon Sleep too.

The app is confirmed to be coming to both iOS and Android devices, but it may be that one of those services gets the title first. We're hoping Pokémon Sleep comes to both at the same time, but only time will tell.

What is Pokemon Sleep?

Pokémon Sleep is a mobile app developed by Select Button, in tandem with Niantic which created the mobile AR game Pokémon Go

It isn't being referred to as a game so much as an app, and we take that to mean this is much closer to a sleep tracking app than a full-blown mobile Pokémon game.

The app's official description describes a few elements that are interesting. It reads, "Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player's time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay."

Not much else is known about the app at this stage, and The Pokémon Company has said it will reveal more details about it at a later date.

We can take from its description that the app will track your nightly sleep and give you a score depending on certain sleep targets, such as the duration and regularity of your sleep schedule – but whether we'll be punished or rewarded for sleeping in for a few hours is anyone's guess.

You'll also be able to make use of the Pokémon Go Plus+, the latest version of the Plus tracker used in tandem with Pokémon Go. We're told it will now be able to help track your sleep as well as track Pokémon, and send relevant "sleep information to your smartphone via Bluetooth."

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It's currently uncertain if you'll need this device to be able to use the app on your phone. We'd expect that's not the case, but will be sure to update you when we know for sure.

We've yet to learn much more about the Pokémon Sleep experience since it was initially unveiled in May 2019, so we're hoping to learn more about it in the coming months.

James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.