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Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm and quite frankly, we don’t understand the hype behind it. Granted the game takes a relatively new approach with the mix of fantasy and augmented reality amidst much fanfare – we feel there isn’t much substance to it after the dust settles.
Regardless, Pokemon Go is not available in all regions as of yet and if you’re trying to find it on the Play Store to no avail, it’s probably because it’s not available in your country.
However, there is a way around it, by downloading the Pokemon Go Apk file and installing it directly onto your Android device.
If you don’t know how to install APK files on your Android, you may want to check out our guide here. You can also just follow the steps below to get Pokemon Go up and running on your device.
#1. Visit this link via the browser on your Android phone/tablet
#2. Scroll down and click on the red ‘Download Apk’ button to start the download.
#3. Meanwhile go your phone’s settings, security and enable installation from unknown sources
#4. After the download is complete, tap the Apk file and follow the prompts to install it
#5. After installation, ensure you have internet connectivity and run the game from your app drawer
The game does work on most Android phones and tablets, but one main issue we encountered on two different devices was the inability of the game to render Pokemon animations in the AR or augmented reality mode.
When you turn on the AR mode, the Pokemon just vanishes and can’t be seen. However, you see the Pokemon just fine if you turn off AR.
This issue was not present on the Sony Xperia Z we tested with, but was encountered on two mid-range Huawei phones.
As for how the game itself works, it’s pretty simple and requires an internet connection. It uses the GPS on your device to track your location and then presents you with indications of Pokemons around you that you can then go near to catch.
Catching a Pokemon is simple and the whole game revolves around finding them. If you’re a fan of the long-standing cartoon series, this may be your chance to enjoy the franchise using today’s tech.
If this Apk works for you, do let us know about your experience by commenting below.