As Niantic Labs is busy in rolling out the new Buddy feature for Pokémon Go, know that the update is also blocking all rooted devices.
“We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO,” reads the accompanying patch notes. “Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download [the game] from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.”
We’ve already seen Niantic Labs take quite a stern stance against third-party apps, much to the anger and disappointment of thousands of players. With the new update, the developer pretty much intends to end any hope for third-party apps to weasel their way into the game.
With the new update, a rooted device is no longer going to be able to run the game. Trying to do so will have the following message greet you: “This device, OS, or software is not compatible with Pokémon Go.”
It’s not uncommon to see users root/jailbreak their smart devices. They do so to gain added advantage in terms of performance boosts, customization, and more. However, it’s also true that every Pokémon Go cheat released so far makes use of simple rooting, such as the Xposed framework on Android.
By banning all rooted devices from playing the insanely popular title, Niantic has assumingly curbed its cheating issue. Unfortunately, rooting has little to do with cheating in Pokémon Go. There are undoubtedly going to be millions of users who never tried any third-party hack for the game but are also using rooted/jailbroken devices.
Niantic Labs has currently offered no explanation for what I can only term as collateral damage. Meanwhile, several users on the web have begun posting guides about fooling Pokémon Go into believing your’re not accessing it from a rooted device. Where there is a will, there is a way!
In other news, the Pokémon Go craze is seemingly subsiding with each week. The mobile game has already lost over 10 million daily players, leaving the developer with the challenge of providing new content and convincing them to return.