Unfortunate news comes to trainers with older devices. An update to Pokémon GO coming in October will not be supported on certain iOS and Android devices.
According to an announcement on the Pokémon GO Live Blog, the following devices will lose support for the game once the update goes live
- Devices using the Android 5 operating system
- Devices using the iOS 10 operating system
- Devices using the iOS 11 operating system
- The iPhone 5S
- The iPhone 6
If the device you’re using does not fall under these categories, then you have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, if your device IS listed above, then you have until the launch of Version 0.189 in mid October to upgrade. Otherwise, you will no longer be able to play Pokémon GO. We encourage that anyone in this situation refreshes themselves to their login account and password so that they can log in on a new device when next able.
Niantic does note that it is possible that users in those categories might be able to install and play the update. But they specify that in such a case, they will not be able to provide any technical support for the game on such devices.
Hearing that certain technology will not be supported by one’s favorite game is always unfortunate. But to keep the game fresh and lively, it needs constant support and updates, often which don’t get along with older technology. It’s sad, but it’s understandable too. We hope not too many folks are affected by this change.