Pokémon Go is Nintendo’s first foray into augmented reality apps for Apple and Android devices, and although most of the world can’t wait to catch Pokémon on their smartphones, for the moment Pokémon Go has only officially released in Australia and New Zealand, with Pokémon fans in the UK, Japan and the rest of the world having to wait.
The good news is that if you’re in the US you can now officially download Pokémon Go for Android devices, though it still hasn’t appeared on the Apple App store for iOS devices.
However, there is a way for you to play Pokémon Go right now without having to wait for it to launch in your location, although at the moment this will only work for people with Android devices. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to wait.
Read on to find out how to get Pokémon Go without having to wait.
Download the Pokémon Go APK file
First you need to allow your Android device to install and run apps downloaded from other places. Be cautious when you turn on this setting, as you’ll want to make sure you only download apps you know are safe and reliable.
Open up Settings and go to Security. Scroll down and next to where it says ‘Unknown sources’, tap the toggle to turn this setting on.
Now you need to download the Pokémon Go APK file. On your Android device go to the Pokémon Go APK webpage and tap on ‘Download APK’. Select ‘OK’ when the warning message appears and Pokémon Go will download.
Once it’s downloaded, swipe your finger down from the top of your Android device to see the notification area and select the Pokémon Go file, then select ‘Install’.
Pokémon Go will now install, letting you play right now. Happy hunting!