How to download and install Pokémon GO on Android and iPhone

Update: Pokémon GO is now also officially available for download on the App Store for iPhone and the Play Store on Android smartphones!

Be sure to read our Pokémon Go tips to become a real Pokémon master!

Do you really want to be the best of all and are you willing to do anything for it? Then read our article about Pokémon GO cheats.

Original message: The augmented reality game Pokémon GO has been available in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States for a while. However, due to the enormous success of the app, the servers have been overloaded, which has postponed the European release of the game indefinitely. But don’t worry, dear aspiring trainer, because there are ways to install the game on your Android smartphone or iPhone. We will tell you exactly how.

First and foremost, we would like to point out that you follow the next steps at your own risk.

Rumors have it that anyone who installs the Pokémon GO in a country it has not yet officially cleared could be banned. This means that your smartphone has been blacklisted by Niantic Inc. makes your device unable to play Pokémon GO. So think carefully whether you want to take that risk. After all, a warned trainer is worth two!

Android smartphones

Installing Pokémon GO on an Android device is quite easy. First you have to enable the option ‘Unknown sources’ in the security settings of your smartphone. After that, you need the game’s APK file. The Pokémon GO APK file can be downloaded here with your smartphone.

Once the download of the APK file is complete, click on ‘Install’. If your device asks if you want to run a file from an unknown source, click ‘Yes’. The game will then be installed like a normal app. You’re ready to go Pokémon hunting!


Since an iPhone does not allow you to install unknown files, you must download Pokémon from the App Store. But how do you do that if the game isn’t out in Europe yet? Well, you need access to the App Store of a country where the app is already available.

So you create an American or Australian iOS account. With that you log in to the respective App Store. You will then see Pokémon GO listed in the games list. Just download and install, and you’re done. Hopefully you’ve already polished your trainer shoes!

Tip: a power bank is not a superfluous luxury for long playing sessions. This allows you to charge your smartphone several times without returning home.