The recent release of Pokemon Go as a mobile-exclusive reality game has had a lot of different effects on its players. The game has been hailed for getting people out and physically moving around their towns and cities, but it has also been derided for causing players to encounter some serious trouble, such as discovering dead bodies and walking into traffic.
If you are interested in playing Pokemon Go from the safety and comfort of your own home, you can set up your PC to run the game. Be warned, however, that playing the game without moving requires a method known as GPS spoofing. Faking GPS movement is technically a violation of the game’s Terms of Service, and if you are caught, you could be banned from the game.
Gather Your Files and Apps
One of the easiest ways to play Pokemon Go is to use BlueStacks, an emulator that takes the Android Pokemon Go file and allows it to play through Windows 10. You will need to get BlueStacks, in addition to these other technological requirements:
• administrative rights on a Windows PC to install the necessary software
• KingRoot, an Adroid root tool
• Lucky Patcher, another tool used to modify app permissions
• FakeGPS Pro ($5 fee) or Nox App Player (free for now), both apps that spoof your location
• Pokemon Go, but do not install it until this guide indicates that you should or it will not work
It is a good idea to keep all of these apps and file programs in a Pokemon folder so that you can find them later. However, make sure that you do not install any of them before this guide indicates that you should, or you run the risk of ruining the set-up of the spoof.
Set Up the Program
As you get ready to play the PC-version of Pokemon, you need to follow these instructions. FakeGPS Pro is used here.
1. Install Blue Stacks, following the instructions in the program. Make sure that you save the file somewhere recognizable, such as in that Pokemon Go folder.
2. Set up a Google account. If you already have one, you can use it, or you may want an account specifically for your game play.
3. Install KingRoot. You will need to open BlueStacks to do this. On the left side of the screen, you will see an APK symbol. Use this to open the appropriate APK file located on your computer. Once you have selected the file, it will install automatically.
4. After it is successfully installed, run the KingRoot program. You will need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Try it” option, followed by “Fix now.”
5. Next, you will see your Security Index for this app. There is an “Optimize now” choice; select this, then close the KingRoot app. You are finished using KingRoot unless you need to reinstall the game.
6. You need to go back to BlueStacks. In the upper right corner, you will see a cogwheel like those typically used to indicate the settings of a program. When you click on this cogwheel, you will see several options. Choose “Restart Android Plugin” from these choices, and BlueStacks will restart. You will need to remember this method for restarting BlueStacks; you will be doing it again during the process.
7. Once BlueStacks has restarted, look at the left sidebar of the app. There is a folder icon that includes an “Open FakeGPS” option. You will not actually be doing this action, but the option should now be automatically copied to BlueStacks. Find any place in the background to close this selection window and cancel the action.
8. Next you need to install and run Lucky Patcher, following the same basic process as you did with KingRoot. On the left side of your screen is that same APK symbol, and download the APK file to your Pokemon Go folder. This will automatically install the program.
9. The first time you open Lucky Patcher, make sure that you click the “Allow” option to give the app access to your computer and files.
10. Inside of Lucky Patcher app, look in the bottom right side, and choose “Rebuild & Install.” Next, you will need to look under “sdcard,” then “Windows” and finally “BstSharedFolder.”
11. Inside this location, you will see the APK file created for FakeGPS. Select this file, followed by “Install as a System App.” When the app asks you, make sure that you choose “Yes” to install the program.
12. Go back to BlueStacks and restart the app once again, just as you did in Step 6.
13. Finally, you are ready to install the Pokemon Go game itself. Go back to that APK symbol on the left side of your screen, and download the APK file again. Make sure that you do not open Pokemon Go yet.
14. Go back to BlueStacks, and click on the cogwheel in the upper right side. Choose “Settings,” then “Location,” and finally double-check the Mode to make sure that it is set to “High accuracy.”
15. Check your Windows GPS. If it is on, you need to disable it before it interferes with your new fake GPS location.
16. Go to Luck Patcher again. You may see FakeGPS already in the list of apps, but if it is not there, you can add it by going to “Search” at the bottom of the screen. Choose “Filters,” followed by “System Apps,” and finally click “Apply.” The list should now include FakeGPS. Choose it, and then select the “Launch App” option. Make sure that you read the "How to Operate" instructions that will pop up.
17. In the upper right of the screen, click on the three dotted button, then choose “Settings” and finally “Expert Mode.” There will be a warning message that you should read before choosing “OK.”
18. Choose your preferred location on the map. It can be close to your real location, or more ideally, in a large metropolitan area that would hide many Pokemon. Click your choice, select “Save,” and you are ready to select the orange “Play” button.
19. Launch Pokemon Go, and set it up just as you would on a typical Android or Apple device. Use your Google account to log in.
20. Be careful about changing map spots to locations far apart; large distance jumps can trigger the game to catch your GPS spoofing.
You are now playing Pokemon Go from your own living room. Get ready to catch them all!
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