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Here's How To Get 'Pokémon Go' In The UK On IPhone And Android — Even Though It's Not Out Here Yet

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Pokémon Go is proving wildly popular — so popular that its developers, Niantic, have "paused" its global roll-out as the company struggles to cope with demand.

The app has sent Nintendo's stock soaring, is already more popular by some metrics than Tinder in the US, and has even helped a teenager stumble onto a dead body as she searched for new pokémon.

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Although a UK launch is planned for the future, the app is not currently available in Britain — officially. However, resourceful Pokémon fans have found ways to get the game running in the UK, on both iPhones (and iPads) and Android smartphones.

Here's how.

This guide starts with instruction on how to install "Pokémon Go" on the iPhone. For Android instructions, keep going.

First, on iOS. Here's what the top of the free apps in the UK App Store looks like right now. A fake version of "Pokémon Go" is in the number one spot.

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First, on iOS. Here's what the top of the free apps in the UK App Store looks like right now. A fake version of "Pokémon Go" is in the number one spot.

Head to the "Featured" tab in the App Store and scroll down to your Apple ID.

Head to the "Featured" tab in the App Store and scroll down to your Apple ID.

Hit "Sign Out."

Hit "Sign Out."

Now head to your "Settings" app.

Now head to your "Settings" app.

Go to "General."

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Go to "General."

Now you want to go to "Language & Region."

Now you want to go to "Language & Region."

This is the bit you want to change, not the language.

This is the bit you want to change, not the language.

Tap on "United States."

Tap on "United States."

Yes, you do want Pokémon. Hit "Continue." Your phone screen will go black for a few seconds as it changes region.

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Yes, you do want Pokémon. Hit "Continue." Your phone screen will go black for a few seconds as it changes region.

Now head back to the App Store. Navigate around for a bit until it changes to the US version. Pokémon and NBA — it looks like we're on the right version.

Now head back to the App Store. Navigate around for a bit until it changes to the US version. Pokémon and NBA — it looks like we're on the right version.

You need to try to download "Pokémon Go" by hitting "Get." The App Store will ask you to sign in. Instead, you want to create a new Apple ID.

You need to try to download "Pokémon Go" by hitting "Get." The App Store will ask you to sign in. Instead, you want to create a new Apple ID.

Make sure you register a US account.

Make sure you register a US account.

Sign up for a new Apple ID. When it asks you for your billing information, you can just choose "None."

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Sign up for a new Apple ID. When it asks you for your billing information, you can just choose "None."

Once you're all signed up, try to download "Pokémon Go" again — it will start downloading onto your phone.

Once you're all signed up, try to download "Pokémon Go" again — it will start downloading onto your phone.

 All images credit: Business Insider/James Cook

 

To begin with, you need to change your settings so your phone can run side-loaded apps. Find the "Security" section of "Settings," and flick the switch "Allow installation of apps from unknown sources."

To begin with, you need to change your settings so your phone can run side-loaded apps. Find the "Security" section of "Settings," and flick the switch "Allow installation of apps from unknown sources."

Now, you need to get the app itself. You can download it from third-party sites like APKMirror as an "APK" file.

Now, you need to get the app itself. You can download it from third-party sites like APKMirror as an "APK" file.

(Here's a link to the page on APKMirror.)

Next up, you need to get the game onto your phone. Use a desktop app like "Android File Transfer" (on OS X), then load up the APK file on your Android phone to install it.

Next up, you need to get the game onto your phone. Use a desktop app like "Android File Transfer" (on OS X), then load up the APK file on your Android phone to install it.

A note on security: Allowing app installs from unknown sources makes your phone more vulnerable to malware, so you may want to turn the setting off again once the game is installed. And there are some malicious versions of the app circulating that contain malware, so make sure the version you are installing is legitimate.

A note on security: Allowing app installs from unknown sources makes your phone more vulnerable to malware, so you may want to turn the setting off again once the game is installed. And there are some malicious versions of the app circulating that contain malware, so make sure the version you are installing is legitimate.

And that's it.
Load up "Pokémon Go" on your chosen device, and get stuck right in. Happy hunting!
 
AND THAT'S IT. Load up "Pokémon Go" on your chosen device, and get stuck right in. Happy hunting!
Pokémon Go is launching in the UK this summerThe Pokémon Company

 


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