You Can Play Pokemon Go On Your PC

Pokemon Go may be a mobile game but there is a way to play it on your Windows PC. Here’s what you need to know.

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The global rollout of Pokemon Go has stalled as Niantic shifts its focus to improve the quality of the game for existing players. Pokemon Go servers have been struggling to keep up with the sheer number of people who are playing the game, which resulted in an outage yesterday.

For those who are in regions that are still waiting for Pokemon Go to consume their lives hit their shores, there is a way for you to play the game if you have a Windows PC handy. Similar to the iPhone and Android hack that we highlighted last week, you can run an Android emulator and load the Pokemon Go APK onto it.

Pokemon Go relies on your phones GPS to track your location to let you interact with wild Pokemon and Poke Stops in your vicinity. You can’t do that with your PC so you’ll have to fake your GPS location in the Android emulator with a GPS spoofing app.

YouTube user Travis D has created an extensive video guide on how to do all this using the Bluestacks app player, along with lengthy instructions:

This hack can obviously be used by people who want to cheat in Pokemon Go. We strongly advise against doing that. Not only does it violate Niantic’s terms of use for the game, but you’ll also ruin the experience for legitimate players. As mentioned in our previous Pokemon Go article, these kinds of tricks are useful for people who either can’t get the game in their region, or are stuck indoors (say, if you’re trapped at work) and/or incapacitated. Bottom line: Don’t cheat.

You can visit Travis D’s YouTube channel for the full instructions on how to play Pokemon Go on your PC. The details are all in the description and he even lists out the apps you’ll need to download to get everything working.

Bear in mind that you have to be careful where you download APKs as they can be a minefield for malware and viruses. Always exercise caution when downloading APKs from sources you are unfamiliar with.

[Via YouTube]

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