How To (Potentially) Fix Pokemon Go Server Issues

How to connect to pokemon go

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.

Image: Lifehacker

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:

This morning, Pokemon players around the world, including Australia, were greeted with this message:

How to connect to pokemon go

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:

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.


    Just worked for me! Thank you!!

    Really worked thanks guys!!

    Worked for me in Brisbane, but it seems to lock up every time I catch a new Pokemon. If I exit the app and log in again it seems fine.

    Also, I just noticed a new Gym appeared today at The Gasworks. Pretty sure it wasn't there yesterday. So maybe they're rolling out new POI's?

    EDIT: Actually, I just got booted and can no longer get in :( Lost 15 mins of incense

    Last edited 12/07/16 1:12 pm

    When i tried this with the account I've got it wouldn't work, but I tried setting up a new account doing this (which also previously didn't work with location on) and that worked, however it crashed as soon as I turned on location.

    use vpn or work for me, indonesia

    It didn't work the first and second time but the third time did

    Worked for me in uk

    Worked for me in uk

    yeah it worked here on the sunshine coast, but it picked up my first account i created for some reason... lol

    Tried the GPS thing before, didnt work.

    If I am on my 4G and I drop and cant get back in, I start my wifi and find a public access point (coffee shop, maccas, council wifi) and then restart it and then I usually get in. May have to do with the wifi-location being known by google, maybe just the 4G cant push data through the authentication / loading sequence.

    IT WORKS!!!!

    Didn't work. I lost my account when servers went down. Tryed to log back in. It's starting me over new. So now I'm out my gold pack I bought ? WTF.

    Worked for me in saudi arabia
    But after I close the app it wouldn't work again

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