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Pokémon GO 0.39.0 Update, Capture Locations, GO Plus Improved; Here’s How to Download

One of the most popular mobile games of all time and most downloaded also, but the fact is that this there is a decline in the popularity of the game, the game is dropping in users everyday. The Pokémon GO team has already noticed this and is adding a few features that were previously announced – Buddy Pokémon, blocks rooted devices and Pokémon GO Plus support. However, with updates they are just disappointing users. We do at least get the capture locations back, but they aren’t as good as before. Those of you with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory will be able to use it a little more often too.

Pokémon capture location was available in the past with a neat little map in the Pokémon info screen. That was dropped a while back (it was broken anyway). Now locations are back… sort of. The info screen tells you where you captured something, but it’s just a line of text with the city and state.

Pokemon Go Buddy Update
Pika.. Pika.. Yes Pikachu is my buddy.

Earlier Pokémon GO Plus support was added and now in this update some tweaks are done with the GO Plus (see changelog below). This wearable accessory, which will assist players in finding Pokéstops and Pokémon, was revealed in June and will be available in most countries on September 16th. Other changes include an easier selection of more minute Pokémon, a fix for Eggs hatching without animations, and better performance when devices switch between Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

In earlier version, the biggest piece of news was that rooted devices were blocked. This little paragraph was included underneath the Pokémon GO team’s 0.37.0 version changelog:

“We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download Pokémon GO from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.”

Pokemon Go Buddy Update

We used the latest update on rooted Yu Yutopia smartphone running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (with no mock GPS or Xposed hacks installed), we were was able to confirm that blocking rooted devices update is correct. While 0.35.0 (the previous version) worked perfectly fine, updating to 0.37.0 made the game refuse to even log in. When we uninstalled 0.35.0 and reinstalled 0.37.0, authentication error starts showing. Meanwhile, both 0.35.0 and 0.37.0 loaded up fine on Yu Yutopia. It is unclear how long 0.35.0 will continue to work for rooted devices.

Pokemon Go Rooted Device Error
Left: from a clean install of 0.37.0 | Right: what people with rooted devices are seeing (Photo Source: Android Police)

We understand Pokémon Go Developers logic; hacks could really only be done with root access. GPS spoofing and some Xposed modules made cheating quite easy. However, we would imagine that even though a large portion of people with rooted phones didn’t cheat, they’re now being blocked from playing the game. That isn’t exactly fair.

So, this update is not big as earlier update but being updated is always good. Capture locations might be good, some die-hard fans will love the update just because of Pokémon GO Plus support is more optimized.


Here’s the full list of updates (Changelog):

  1. Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  2. Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
  3. Minor bug fixes.

How to update to latest version:

  1. For Android:
    The latest version of the Pokémon GO APK is rolling out in stages on the Play Store, and it seems to be doing so slowly.. which tends to happen when you have hundreds of millions of players. If you’re impatient, the latest version of the game can be downloaded from APK Mirror.
  2. For iOS:
    For android it is easy but for iOS it is complex, if the game is available in your country, directly head to Apple App Store and update the game. But the major issue comes when it is not available on your country, then you need to switch to your US account and update the game. For more details about US account and how to update for iOS visit here.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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