Pokémon GO glitches have been common during this first month of play. The problem is exacerbated by some outside vendors cashing in on the Pokemon craze. In addition, Nintendo’s Pokémon servers have been crashing due to a tremendous volume not even they anticipated.
While Pokémon GO servers are not within the control of users, many other glitches can be resolved by the individual player. If a player is unsure whether the problem is with the server or their individual gameplay, they can check the status on the Pokémon GO server status page here. UK users may also check the Downdetector in the UK here. These pages can also be used to report problems.
Some glitches can be avoided with a little preparation. Before users start game play, they should make sure Wi-Fi connections are on and that they stay on while playing the game. This applies even when using a data connection.
There are also some minor software conflicts that can cause glitches. It is helpful to turn off ad and pop-up blockers. These can cause problems with gameplay and are pointless since GO does not have any pop-up ads.
Pokémon GO, as with any other video game, has system requirements. For iPhone users, this Nintendo game requires an iPhone 5 or later and must run on at least iOS 8 or above. Android users need a 4.4 KitKat or later, and the display resolution must be at least 1,280 x 720 according to Trusted Reviews.
GPS signal not found glitches are quite common. The best fix for Android users is to swipe down from top to bottom until the notification shade appears then swipe again to bring up the quick settings menu. Check the locations icon. If it is grayed out, tap to turn it on, and then allow the phone to find a GPS signal. Users can also turn the GPS off and then back on using the settings menu. That should reset the GPS.
When the Pokémon GO spinning ball just keeps spinning, it can mean that the internet connection is lost or the server is down. It can also mean that information being transferred is just taking an exceptionally long time to load. This can happen when there is a lot of information to transfer, when servers are overloaded, or when the internet connection is slowing down.
If the spinning Pokeball persists more than a few minutes, check the link above to see if the server is down. If not, players should switch their data connection on and off or try switching to Wi-Fi if it is available. If this gets no results, try a reboot, either of the game or the phone itself. This should preserve the game’s most recent actions, at least most of the time. There are no guarantees, but it beats watching the ball spin for hours.
Real Pokémon frustration is when scores reset to zero and all progress seems lost. Don’t despair prematurely, it’s probably just another of many glitches. Try this fix offered on the Telegraph. They found it on Twitter.
“Log out of Google in Safari on iOS and then log in again in Pokémon app. This will fix it.”
Pokémon GO has some huge real life glitches. Accidents in the physical world have increased due to players focused on their phones and not the world around them. Players need to remember to watch out for real life. Trucks, trains, and cars are still real and so are bodies of water. Don’t take chances. Pokémon just isn’t worth getting hurt over.
Pokémon GO players should play safe and not get too upset over recent glitches. Just keep looking for fixes online and remember not to get in dangerous situations.
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