Pokemon Go Phone Requirements: Will It Work on Your Phone?

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Pokemon Go has been launched recently in a few select locations, with a worldwide launch being expected as soon as possible. However, until that happens, you might be wondering what are the phone requirements for Pokemon Go and, most importantly, if it will work on your current phone or not. We are here to help you answer that questions and tell you how to upgrade if necessarily.

So let’s find out everything there is to know about the Pokemon Go phone requirements, which are pretty low, actually. The data comes from the game’s developers:

For iPhone owners, you need:

  • iPhone 5 model or higher
  • iOS 8 or higher
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported

Pokemon Go Android phone requirements

  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N is not supported at the moment of writing)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Intel CPUs are not supported

As you see, the requirements are not bad at all. The only problem might be for Android owners who have an Intel processor (like the Asus brand uses on some models – sorry, Zenfone owners!) and some Dell tablets. Also, Android N will be supported after it is officially launched by Google, later this year.

When it comes to iPhones, things are even easier: if you have an iPhone 5 or a newer model, just make sure that you have at least iOS 8 installed and you’ll run the game without problems.

With Android phones, the entire thing is a bit more nuanced because there are so many devices out there that’s impossible to say if the game will work flawlessly or not. However, as long as you meet the minimum requirements listed above, you should be fine. Usually, any recent phones and even older models that have GPS and location services should work just fine. Of course, the game’s performance improves if the other specifications are better (like processor power and RAM), but fortunately the game is not one that requires a ton of processing power, so everybody should be safe as long as the requirements are met.

If your phone doesn’t meet the requirements, there is still hope for you and you don’t have to spend a fortune. We’ve found a list of cheap phones for Pokemon Go here and you can definitely check it out if you are on a budget, but still want to get a phone that plays Pokemon Go. But chances are that if you own a smartphone, it will run the game!


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