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Install Pokémon Go on iOS

Create a US iTunes account and sign in on your iPhone.

To download Pokémon Go on an iPhone, you will need a US-based iTunes account.

Select the United States as your region when you create an account.

Once you have your US account, go to the iTunes section of Settings and sign out of your normal account.

After you have logged into your US account and downloaded the game, you can switch back to a non-US iTunes account.


Install Pokémon Go on Android

Get the installer from APKMirror.

Tricking Google into believing you are from the United States is a little more difficult.

Users can side-load the APK for Pokémon Go, but Proofpoint has warned it has spotted malware called DroidJack in unofficial versions of the Pokémon Go app.

It is a reminder that installing software from third-party sources is always a risk.

According to APKMirror, the version of the app it has for download is verified as safe to install, as it has been signed by Niantic.


Official Download Links

When Pokémon Go officially launches in South Africa, you can follow these links to download it:

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Once you have downloaded Pokemon Go in South Africa

...your Android phone may potentially let you down, making you a bit krabby. ;)

It could be the case that Google Play is refusing to let you download it. Certain features of the game (like the cool augmented-reality view) might not be working.

Do you need to buy a new smartphone?

Augmented Reality Requires a Gyroscope, dowloading Pokemon Go may be a bit of a let down when you realize that augmented reality (AR) feature is not available on your device.

How do you know if your phone has a gyroscope or not? One app will answer this question conclusively. It’s called Sensor Kinetics, and it’s free from the Google Play Store. It’s a pretty simple app, showing diagnostic information about the phone’s on-board three-dimensional sensors.

If you don’t know if your phone has a built-in gyroscope, this app will tell you. Unfortunately, it’s not guaranteed. Many manufacturers have removed them in order to reduce costs.

While Pokemon Go is playable without the AR mode, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I was missing out on something special.

RAM: Pokemon Go Needs at Least 2GB

To find out how much RAM your device has, tap System, then About Phone, and scroll down to see what it says under RAM. Alternatively, the full specifications of your phone should be listed on GSMArena.

Battery Life: Pokemon Go is proper good at draining your battery.

Thankfully, Pokémon Go comes with a battery-saver feature that, when enabled, lessens the impact. You can find this by tapping Settings, and then scrolling down until you can see Battery Saver. You should get an extra couple of hours of play time.

You can extend your play-time even further by switching off sound effects, music, and vibration.

In addition, you might want to get yourself a power bank. These have fallen in price over the past few years, and now you can get your hands on one for less than $20.

If your phone has a user-replaceable battery, and you don’t fancy being constantly tethered to a power brick, you might want to consider purchasing a second battery.

It is important to consider the power needs of Pokemon Go when it comes to replacing your handset. At the high-end of the market is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which has a excellent battery. For those with lesser budgets, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is a solid option. 

Processor: Only KitKat and Above (Android)

This is unavoidable. Pokemon Go only works on Android 4.4 KitKat and newer, including 5.0/5.1 Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, that covers most phones released in the past two years. You can find your Android version by entering About Phone, and scrolling down to see what it says under Android Version.

Realistically, though, if your phone is running a three-year old version of Android, chances are high that it won’t have the hardware required to run Pokemon Go smoothly. At this point, I’d be seriously contemplating an upgrade.

There are phones that were released last month that cannot run Pokémon Go. 

Here is a summary of devices TechTrader has which support Pokemon Go:

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