How can I get Pokemon GO on my iPhone in the UK? When will Pokemon GO be released in the UK? What is Pokemon GO?
Pokemon has always been hugely popular, from the original games and TV show back in the 90s to the ultra-modern Pokemon Sun and Moon due out later this year for the Nintendo 3DS. However, it’s Pokemon GO which is causing the most hype at the moment, allowing users to explore the real world and capture Pokemon themselves, a dream for many budding Pokemon trainers. Though it’s not officially out in the UK just yet, here we show you how to get Pokemon GO on iPhone in the UK right now.
Update 14/07/2016: Following a week of beta testing in the US, Australia and New Zealand, Pokemon GO is now available to download in the UK. iOS users can download Pokemon GO from the App Store, while Android fans can access the game via Google Play.
What is Pokemon GO?
So before we go full steam ahead and explain how to get Pokemon GO on iPhone in the UK right now, we’d better explain a little bit about the app itself. Pokemon GO is, essentially, a game that requires players to head out into the physical world to catch Pokemon and, obviously, be the very best like no one ever was. The game uses your smartphone GPS to pinpoint your location, encouraging users to explore more than they usually would. Nintendo are pretty smart too, placing grass Pokemon near parks and open land, water Pokemon near rivers and beaches, etc.
Pokemon GO uses landmarks, shops and more as ‘Pokestops’ which provide players with random supplies, from much-needed Pokeballs to eggs that need to be incubated. Big landmarks like train stations, police stations and tourist attractions act as Pokemon Gyms, but players must be a certain level before heading into one of the gyms.
When you do eventually spot a Pokemon you want to catch, you can change to Augmented Reality mode which uses your smartphone camera to view the Pokemon standing in front of you, in your physical environment. It’s a pretty cool feature, although you do look like you’re trying to take photos of strangers when really, you’re trying to catch a Zubat.
The game is slowly rolling out around the world right now, and is already available in Australia, the US and New Zealand – but what about those of us in the UK? While the game should be out in the coming days, we’ve got a workaround that’ll let you download and play the game right now. Read on to find out more.
What is Pokemon GO? How to get Pokemon GO on iPhone in the UK
So, if it’s not out in the UK yet, how can you get your hands on Pokemon GO in the UK? Although it’s not as straight forward as simply searching for the app on the App Store, it won’t take more than five minutes to download. How? You simply need to use an Apple ID registered to either Australia, New Zealand or the US. We show you how to do that below:
1) Log out of your current Apple ID on your iPhone. This can be done in one of two ways – simply open the App Store, head to the Featured tab, scroll to the bottom of the page, tap your Apple ID and tap ‘Sign out’, or head to Settings > Apple ID and sign out there.
2) Once you’ve logged out of your existing Apple ID account, open the Settings app and go to General > Language & Region. Once on the menu, simply change the Region to the US, New Zealand or Australia and close the app.
3) Now head back to the App Store and search for Pokemon GO – it should appear, but don’t worry if it doesn’t. Simply try to download any free app (this is very important) and select ‘Create new Apple ID’ when prompted to log in.
4) Follow the setup instructions, making sure to select ‘None’ in the Billing menu (this only appears if you’ve tried to buy a free app and are creating a new account, not adding details to an existing one) and adding a US/Aus/NZ-based address.
5) Once you’ve set up your new Apple ID, head back to the App Store, search for Pokemon GO and download it. You’re set! You can now log out of your new Apple ID and log in with your normal one. Once Pokemon GO is officially released, simply delete the app from your iPhone and re-download it via your normal Apple ID – don’t worry, if you sign up to Pokemon GO your data will be backed up and synced.
How to get Pokemon GO in the UK: Top Pokemon GO tips for starters
The world of Pokemon GO can be tough, but we’ve been playing for a while now and here are our top tips for those just starting out:
Transfer weaker Pokemon to Professor Oak
There’s no point in keeping all those weak Zubats and Rattatas, as they’ll just take up uneccesary space and contribute to you hitting your maximum number of Pokemon (which is 250 unless you upgrade using those illusive Gold Coins). Transferring a Pokemon to Professor Oak will permanently remove the Pokemon from your list, and in return you’ll recieve a candy specific to that Pokemon, which can be used to both power up and evolve that Pokemon.
To transfer your Pokemon simply tap the Pokeball, tap ‘Pokemon’, select the Pokemon you want to transfer (be sure to note the Combat Power, as you’ll want to keep the Pokemon with higher CP), scroll to the bottom of the listing and tap ‘Transfer’. The Pokemon will be removed from your roster, and you’ll gain a Pokemon candy in return. Happy days!
Use Lures at Pokestops for shared Poke-action
PokeStops can be great for stocking up on all your Pokemon GO accessories, from Pokeballs to Pokemon Eggs, Revivers and even Great Balls – but that’s not all they’re good for. When near a PokeStop, Pokemon trainers can assign a ‘Lure Module’ to the Pokestop, which when active will attract Pokemon from the local area to that spot. The best part? It’s a shared experience, meaning any near-by trainers will be swarmed with Pokemon for a limited time.
This also means that you can team up with friends and share Lures, making catching Pokemon in groups a little bit easier and more fun.
Power up Pokemon before evolving them
While evolving Pokemon is a thrilling part of the Pokemon GO experience, you shouldn’t rush it. Powering up Pokemon BEFORE an evolution makes them a lot stronger than evolving before powering up, as there’s only a certain amount of powering up a Pokemon can do at any stage during its evolution. That means filling up before evolution provides users with a stronger Pokemon when fully evolved, a key part of winning Pokemon battles at enemy gyms.
Simply tap on the Pokeball, tap Pokemon, select the Pokemon you want to power up and tap the ‘Power Up’ button.
Keep checking nearby Pokemon
It’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on the ‘Nearby Pokemon’ feature in the bottom-right hand corner of the app, as this shows you all the Pokemon in your area. Don’t be disheartened if all you can find are common Pokemon like Spearow or Rattata, as the selection of Pokemon changes throughout the day. For example, Squirtle can be caught in our local park but only at very specific times of day. It’s worth checking periodically, especially at different times of day i.e. morning, lunch time, dusk and night.
Turn on Battery Saver mode
Pokemon GO requires the app to be open at all times in order to discover Pokemon, which can be a battery life killer – especially those of us without battery cases. The good news is that Nintendo included a Battery Saving mode built-in, which when enabled will turn off the display (but keep the game running) when it detects the phone being put in your pocket. It’s probably best to keep the sound on though, as you’ll need to be alerted when a nearby Pokemon pops up!
To access the Battery Saver mode, simply tap the Pokeball, then tap the Settings icon in the top right hand corner and toggle the Battery Saver mode on.