How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android

 
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How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android

Highlights

  • You can play Pokemon Go right now on an Android phone
  • It works on Android devices the world over
  • Expect an official launch soon

Pokemon Go's India release has finally happened on iOS and Android. You can now download and play Pokemon Go officially in India.

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.

(Also see:  Pokemon Go Officially Launched in India, Here’s How to Get Started)

"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.

 

(Also see: Pokemon Go Has Full Access to Your Google Account, Here's How to Fix It)

"I got it working in Canada on a Galaxy S6! I too caught a Bulbasaur in my living room," said another.

How to download Pokemon Go on Android:

  1. On your phone go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Security (also labelled as Privacy on some devices).
  3. Go to Unknown sources.
  4. Tap Allow for the installation of apps from unknown sources. This will allow you to install Pokemon Go.
  5. On your phone, download Pokemon Go from here.
  6. Now simply go to the Downloads folder on your phone and install it.

You can now play Pokemon Go on Android.

(Also see: Pokemon Go International Release Date Soon: Report)

Keep in mind that Pokemon Go sports some in-app purchases as reported earlier.

 

These steps will allow you to download Pokemon Go in India as well. We've downloaded the game on our Android phones and it has been working fine in Mumbai and Delhi.

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.

(Also see: How to Install Pokemon Go on iPhone and iPad)

Nonetheless, we've got the game working, look out for our impressions shortly.

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Rishi Alwani

Rishi writes about video games and tech. Legend has it he bleeds pixels.

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