It appears that a large number of Pokemon Go players in Australia are unable to access the game this morning due to server issues. The problem seems to be affecting other regions around the world as well. If you're a Pokemon Go player currently suffering from withdrawal, don't worry. There is a trick you can use to try and reconnect to the Pokemon Go servers.
Ever since Pokemon Go was launched a week ago, the servers hosting the game have been pounded by the influx of players that have jumped on the bandwagon to "Catch 'em all". As a result, the game had been sporadically crashing and becoming unresponsive for many players. So far, the game has expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.
The problem is so serious that Niantic has actually paused its global rollout of Pokemon Go until the server issues are fixed:
Thank you for your patience. We have been working to fix the server issues. We will continue rolling out #PokemonGO to new countries soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 8, 2016
To ensure all Trainers can experience #PokemonGo, we continue to add new resources to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your patience.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 9, 2016
This morning, Pokemon players around the world, including Australia, were greeted with this message:
Image: Lifehacker Australia
It is likely that Niantic pulled the servers temporarily to make necessary upgrades that will (hopefully) ensure that the gameplay experience is consistent and the service is reliable for new and existing players.
Anything will be an improvement on this:
— Catch Em All (@CatchthemalI) July 11, 2016
But if you are desperate to play Pokemon Go again, one Redditor has apparently found a simple way to reconnect to the servers even when they are down. This isn't a guaranteed fix but, as detailed in the Reddit thread, this method has worked for some players:
- Disable the GPS/Location on your phone (you can do this in the Settings) and attempt to log in.
- Once you're in the game (even if your avatar is standing in the middle of the ocean), enable GPS again and you should be ready to go.
We have tried this at our end but no luck so far (Edit: It worked!). If you do try this trick, let us know how it goes in the comments.