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Pokemon Go will not work on some older Android phones from August 2020

32-bit Android devices will no longer support the game and if you have one of those phones you will not be able to access their accounts at all.

From August 2020, Pokemon Go will stop working on 32-bit Android devices. Players with older phones will not be able to access their accounts on their devices at all.
From August 2020, Pokemon Go will stop working on 32-bit Android devices. Players with older phones will not be able to access their accounts on their devices at all. (Pokemon Go)

Pokemon Go has made a host of changes in-game to allow players to play games while staying at home, which is great for hard-core fans. However, Niantic has some bad news for players with older 32-bit Android phones.

From August 2020, Pokemon Go will stop working on 32-bit Android devices. Players with older phones will not be able to access their accounts on their devices at all. So if you want to play the game post August 2020, you will have to buy a new phone. Most devices that have been launched in and before 2015 will be affected by this change.

While this is not a huge change device-wise, assuming most people have probably upgraded their smartphones over the last five years anyway, the game is very popular and a sizable bunch of players might still be playing on older phones. For them, this is going to be an issue.

Niantic made the announcement on the Pokemon Go Live blog with notes for specific devices. “By removing support for 32-bit Android devices, we will be able to streamline our development process and focus resources on supporting newer operating systems and technologies,” Niantic said.

Players on iOS devices and those with Android 64-bit phones will not be affected. 

Here are some 32-bit Android devices on which Pokemon Go will stop working post August 2020 -

- Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, J3

- Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

- Motorola Moto G (1st generation)

One the update rolls out, Trainers will not be able to access their PokeCoins or items in their bags. So if you have plans to upgrade to a new device to continue playing, you need to get hold of the new device and log in now or make sure you have your account details saved so as you can log in on the new device.

You can check out the whole list of phones that will no longer be supported here.