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Five things you should do first in Pokémon Go

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Yeah, yeah, we get it. Gotta catch 'em all! Hold on a sec, though. Do these things first.

Jumping headfirst into a game like Pokémon Go is a fantastic way to miss some of the things early on that are going to make your later experience in the game go a lot more smoothly. The beginning tutorial is great, especially if you're a fan of watching images of Professor Willow slide in and out of frame, but it turns out there's a lot more to this game than tossing Poké Balls and walking around your town. Here are some quick starter tips for anyone looking to get the most out of their Pokémon Go experience!

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1 week ago

Did you manually install Pokémon Go? Re-enable this important Android security setting

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We don't recommend installing APKs from outside the Play Store — but if you do, it's worth unchecking 'unknown sources' afterwards.

Maybe you wanted to play Pokémon Go in a country where it's not officially available yet. Maybe you installed an APK from somewhere that's not the Google Play Store to do that. We're not gonna judge you.

In order to install your illicit Pokémon APK, you'll have had to enable the "Unknown sources" toggle under Security settings. That's the switch which is disabled by default on all Android phones and prevents apps from being installed from places other than the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

How to use a Razz Berry in Pokemon Go

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What do I do with all these Pokemon berries I have?

One of the items in Pokemon Go that doesn't get explained quite as well as it probably should have is the Razz Berry. In the Nintendo games, Razz Berries are used quite differently from how you're going to use them in Pokemon Go. The good news is it's actually easier to use Razz Berries in Pokemon Go, and when used correctly can make things a lot easier for you in the game. Here's what you need to know!

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1 week ago

Getting 'GPS signal not found' error in Pokémon Go? Here's how to fix it!

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Don't let GPS errors stop you from playing Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's great for Android gamers around the world (or at least in the countries the game has launched). But if you're getting a "GPS signal not found" error when you launch the game, here's how to fix it!

GPS errors? Make sure it is enabled!

Many Android phones come with their GPS radios turned off by default in order to save battery life, since the technology is very battery-intensive. Here's how to turn it on.

Note: This example was done on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, but these steps should apply to most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

  1. Tap on your phone's Settings icon or access Settings through Quick Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Privacy and safety. Tap on it.
  3. Tap on Location.

  4. Make sure Location toggle is in the on position.
  5. Tap on Locating method. This may also be called Location mode.
  6. Tap GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks. This may also be called High accuracy.

Pokémon Go uses both local Wi-Fi (also known as Assistive GPS), your closest mobile network tower, and GPS satellites to accurately place you in the game world. Turning on just Wi-Fi and mobile network-based location tracking will make your character jump around and less likely to be placed close to Pokémon.

Still getting an error even with GPS enabled?

GPS satellites are finicky things. While the radios inside Android phones have improved significantly over the last few years, they're still not perfect, and may sometimes have trouble locating you, especially indoors.

If you're still getting GPS errors even after turning everything on, take a step outside and hold your phone steady for around 30 seconds. That should allow the GPS satellites to lock onto your phone and get things back to normal.

Can you still play the game without GPS?

Yes! If you don't have a phone with GPS, or are using a Wi-Fi tablet that doesn't have a GPS radio, it's still possible to play Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, the experience won't be as good, since you'll need to be in areas that have strong Wi-Fi signals, such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other businesses, that you can connect to. Since Pokémon Go relies on having an internet connection, it will be able to locate you with just a Wi-Fi signal — just don't expect to compete on the same level as your Android phone-wielding friends.

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1 week ago

Modified Gear 360 Manager app works with non-Samsung phones

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One enterprising developer has built a modified version of Samsung's Gear 360 Manager app that works with non-Samsung phones, as well as older Galaxy handsets. It allows those phones to control Samsung's Gear 360 camera without the need for one of the latest Galaxy devices.

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1 week ago

The best way to use a Lucky Egg in Pokemon Go!

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Gain an extra level or two in a hurry with your Lucky Egg!

As you start to reach Level 9 or higher in Pokemon Go, you'll start to see a Lucky Egg or two in your Items list. These can also be bought from the Shop, but no matter how you get one you need to use them to their fullest possible extent. A Lucky Egg will double all of the XP you get for 30 minutes, so you want to spend that time wisely. There are a couple of strategies floating around for getting the most out of Lucky Egg, but this one seems to work best so far.

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1 week ago

Use a Galaxy S7 edge for the best Pokemon Go experience

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Ready to upgrade your phone for a better Pokemon Go experience? Look no further than the Galaxy S7 edge!

There's no doubt that Pokemon Go has had an explosively popular start. The game is being played by folks of every age, and that means there are a lot of users who were perfectly happy with their phone but are now starting to see the need to upgrade. Maybe your battery doesn't last long enough for a full Pokemon Go session, or you're struggling to see the game in sunlight because your display is a little on the old side.

There are plenty of reasons Pokemon Go users are considering an upgrade to make playing the game a little more fun, and after testing the game on all of the current Android phones, it's clear Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone to use for Pokemon Go. Here's why!

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1 week ago

Gym Battle freeze in Pokemon Go? Here's how to deal with it!

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That feeling when you realize the last little red sliver of health isn't going away? Yeah, we know those feels.

Is there anything worse than the realization that a Gym Battle has frozen and all of your hard work is now totally wasted? Yes, of course there is, but that's not what we're talking about right now. Niantic is having a lot of trouble keeping up with the demand Pokemon Go users are putting on their servers right now, and when combined with unreliable cellular data connections you get a Gym Battle system that is filled with problems. The most frustrating of those issues is when the health of the Pokemon you are fighting stops going down at 1% remaining, and when the timer for the battle counts down to zero the game just sort of freezes. It's a pain, but there's two things you can do about it right now.

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1 week ago

Are all Androids created equal? Software makes a big difference

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Software is the brains of your phone. And just like brain surgery, fixing it isn't easy.

We've talked about how the hardware inside your phone can make a difference when it comes to the user experience. Now it's time to talk about the software.

Software is the single-most important piece of any computer. Whether we're talking about the small computer you keep in your pocket or the room-sized clusters that do things like manage space missions, without software all of those circuits and wires and chips would do nothing. It even takes software to turn your phone on and start it up before you can see it doing anything. No matter how expensive or new the hardware inside your phone is, it would be useless without all the work that went into programming it to do something.

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1 week ago

The ultimate Pokemon Go trick — score a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon!

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Thanks for nothing, Professor Willow.

It takes about 20 seconds of playing Pokemon Go for your starter capture to become mostly worthless, but that doesn't mean everyone who played the original games didn't think long and hard about choosing between Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur when going through the initial tutorial in Pokemon Go. The decision is of far less consequence than it seems initially, and that's because you have no way of knowing there's a fourth option waiting for you. That's right, if you know what you're doing you can catch a Pikachu as your starter Pokemon instead of the classic three, and this is how you do it!

  1. Create your Pokemon Go account and Log In.
  2. Create your character and outfit
  3. Walk away from the three Pokemon Professor Willow asks you to choose.
  4. Keep walking until you see Pikachu appear beside you, next to the others.
  5. Tap on Pikachu and capture it.

As you walk away from the classic three, your phone will vibrate and those Pokemon will jump to your location. Just keep walking, and they'll keep jumping to your side. After the fourth or fifth time, Pikachu will pop up next to you. This means you'll get a block or two of walking in before that Pikachu shows up, but it's guaranteed to happen and well worth rubbing it in everyone's face when you capture your first Pikachu!

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1 week ago

How to get a curveball bonus in Pokemon Go!

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Squeeze every last drop of XP out of your Pokemon captures!

Capturing Pokemon of every power level and classification in Pokemon Go requires a little bit of finesse, especially as you reach the higher levels. You need to throw the ball when the colored ring is at its smallest to increase your chances of a successful capture, or you're going to be spending a lot of time hitting PokeStops to make sure you don't run out of Pokeballs.

Once you've mastered capturing using the standard flick of the screen, and most of your captures earn you Great or Excellent bonuses, it's time to give curveballs a shot. Curveball captures earn you an extra 10XP per successful capture, and that can add up quickly especially in the early levels. Here's how you nail a successful curveball while trying to capture a Pokemon.

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2 weeks ago

Looking for Pokémon Go outside official launch countries? Beware of fake apps

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Everyone's going nuts about Pokémon Go on Android — but be careful to download the right Android app from the right place.

Update, July 16, 2016: The game has now launched in many new countries, including Canada and the UK!

Pokémon Go, the latest real-world-exploring, monster-catching game from Nintendo and Niantic, has taken the world by storm. That hype machine has been fed in part by the fact that Pokémon Go isn't available in all parts of the world yet, and on Android the only workaround involves tracking down the APK from shadier parts of the Internet.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Between Us, CBC Music, Super Stickman Golf 3 and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go: Track your accidental Pokéxercise with these simple apps

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Loveable animated critters have tricked you into leaving the house. Now it's time to put a number to that coincidental exercise.

Across America (and Australia, and New Zealand, and other places unofficially), gamers are being coaxed into exploring the real world in pursuit of Pokémon. Pokémon Go is relatively unique in that progressing and capturing the eponymous critters (mostly) involves leaving the house and moving around.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go not available in your country? Here's what's going on

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Pokémon Go still isn't officially available in some countries, as devs deal with overwhelming demand in other parts of the world.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the entire world seems to have lost its mind over Pokémon Go. And while the game is now available in many Western countries, some have yet to see an official launch. That's due to developer Niantic's staggered launch for the game, as its servers struggle to hold up to the demands of millions of players around the globe.

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