There's no denying about all the hype created by Pokemon GO worldwide. The free-to-play game for Android and iOS  was developed by Niantic Labs and released this early July 2016 for selected countries. Pokemon fans worldwide has long been waiting for a real-life game (or should I say an augmented reality [AR] game) that gives a very interactive experience to mobile players.

Pokemon GO requirements to play the game

While the game is blazingly hot for fans, its time to know more about the smartphone requirements before installing the game or when considering in buying a new smartphone. Incompatible phones will cause a lot of problems and can affect your overall gaming experience. Without further ado, here are the needed requirements as per Niantic:

For Android devices
Android for Pokemon GO

  • Supported OS are Android 4.4 (Kitkat) up to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), or soon Android Nougat will be supported too
  • The preferred screen relolution is 720 x 1280 pixels (the game is not optimized yet for tablets as per Niantic)
  • Strong internet connection (WiFi, 3G , 4G, LTE) - you don't want to miss catching the Pokemons right? Especially when Mewtwo appeared infront of you. Goodluck!
  • Built-in GPS and High Accuracy on Location Services in the Settings
  • Gyroscope is optional if you want to play in AR mode (you can see a Pokemon using the camera)
  • Intel CPUs are not currently supported (sorry for Intel-based ASUS phone owners)

For iOS devices
iphone device for Pokeon GO

  • iPhone 5 and above phones
  • iOS 8 and above operating system
  • Strong internet connection too (WiFi, 3G , 4G, LTE)
  • Built-in GPS and High Accuracy on Location Services in the Settings
  • Fortunately iPhones have built-in Gyroscopes for AR mode
  • Jailbroken Apple devices are not supported or the app may not work well

See Also: Pokemon Go update v0.29.2 now supports Intel x86 Processors, available for download

Tips before Playing
Pokemon player playng the Pokemon GO

Here are some useful tips before you play Pokemon GO:
  • Turn off your background sync for preventing more data consumption and faster internet
  • Always carry an extra battery or a powerbank of course, the game will drain your phone faster than you think, it will use 3G/4G, screen and GPS at the same time. You don't want your battery to die when catching rare Pokemons.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings, chances are you maybe too focused with the game and you may catch or cause accidents.
  • Playing in closed public areas or transportation may turn awkward, you don't want to be publicly humiliated for people thinking your taking a photo of them or think you're crazy.
  • Don't play when the area is not that safe, real-life Team Rockets are way better and can endanger your life. 
  • Take a break after long walks, chances are you are not really into physical activities, get ready for a painful sore leg the next day.
  • Catch em' all! You can exchange duplicate Pokemons to Professor X for a Candy.
  • Never use items when there isn't a need to, the items in the store cost a lot of real life money, you may spend too much when it's not even necessary.
See Also: Pokemon GO Is Now Available For Download In Android & IOS! (Download & Installation)

Hope the information we have provided here will help throughout your game . Now go have fun, enjoy, exercise and catch em' all!

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