If you have an Android device, you don’t have to wait for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to announce an official release date of Pokemon Go in your region. The game is out now in the US and Germany in addition to Australia and New Zealand. But if you don’t live in these countries, the game’s APK file is available for download, and it works on Android devices outside of the territories the game is available officially in right now.
“The game is unavailable in my region Brazil, but I could download it with apk pure, just set the region to Australia,” claimed one Reddit user.
“I got it working in Canada on a Galaxy S6! I too caught a Bulbasaur in my living room,” said another.
- On your phone go to Settings.
- Tap on Security (also labelled as Privacy on some devices).
- Go to Unknown sources.
- Tap Allow for the installation of apps from unknown sources. This will allow you to install Pokemon Go.
- On your phone, download Pokemon Go from here.
- Now simply go to the Downloads folder on your phone and install it.
You can now play Pokemon Go on Android.
Keep in mind that Pokemon Go sports some in-app purchases as reported earlier.
Initially the game was discovered on Australia and New Zealand app stores. Usually, most developers use these markets to test out certain aspects of the game such as micro-transaction prices and certain design elements. We’ve seen that with titles from other big name publishers like Rovio and EA. Chances are, the same applies here. The US launch seems like a knee-jerk reaction. With an event slated for sometime next month, called Pokemon Outbreak we won’t be surprised to see a formal announcement around that time if not earlier.
Nonetheless, we’ve got the game working, look out for our impressions shortly.