How to play Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is everywhere, and that's no accident! It's a fun, free game that's accessible to anyone, in any city. But getting started with the game takes a bit of setup, so here's what you need to know.

How to download and install Pokémon Go from the Play Store

Downloading Pokémon Go is easy! Some Android phones may see different login options or icon placements depending on the type of device, but these instructions should apply to most people.

Note: If you're on a computer, you can skip steps 1-3 by downloading Pokémon Go directly from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) in your browser.

  1. Tap on Play Store icon. This will be on your home page or in your app drawer.
  2. Tap the search bar. Type pokemon go.
  3. Tap Install button.

How to download and install Pokémon Go

  1. Once download, tap Pokémon Go icon on home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap accept on four permissions (Android 6.0+ only).
  3. Tap Sign up with Google. If there is more than one account, choose primary account.
  4. Enter birth date (if applicable).

How to download and install Pokémon Go

  1. Accept terms and conditions.
  2. Proceed through style selection.

How to download and install Pokémon Go

How to get started playing

Once you've chosen your character and style, you have to choose your first Pokémon! There are three choices: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, or Charmander (or Pikachu, if you're deft).

  1. Tap on your starter Pokémon.
  2. Enable camera for AR.
  3. Flick PokéBall towards Pokémon.
  4. Capture Pokemon. Celebrate!

How to download and install Pokémon Go

That's it! Now you're ready to start walking around and levelling up your character.

Daniel Bader

Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central. 

15 Comments
  • Have you heard any more news on the canadian release? I can not find much in the way of release window even. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just download the APK from APK mirror there's no reason to wait.
  • How to write an article about anything OTHER than Pokémon GO:
  • You are seriously going to do a post about how to basically download a app from the play store? Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • They probably are just screwing with you since all you do is comment all day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously that guy comments almost as much as the anime chick
  • Who? Retinella? Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • Diehardtolive
  • I dont know why....but I have a gut instinct that tells me diehardtolive is actually male. Also, that guys not the only one complaining about the flurry of Articles about Pokemon go, because some of them are absolutely idiotic. "Samsung galaxy s7 is best at playing Pokemon go" Jesus Christ. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Think after the past few days I am going to jump ship from this site. Talk about going over board with one subject. There are far better things to write about. This has really made this site a joke. All the comments reflect this and still article after article about Pokémon keeps being published. Posted via the Android Central App
  • All the never ending stories on Pokémon and now you post "How to Start". Shouldn't that have been the first post? Not that I give a damn. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Way too many Pokemon go articles Posted via the Android Central App
  • downloading Pokémon Go directly from the Google Play Store think this only works in country's it's released in for example will not work
    Where it's not been released yet
  • I suggested this a few posts ago. This is straight up trolling. Never thought I'd see the day any media site of any sort is getting off trolling their readers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If Pokemon Go is not yet released in your country, then you can either install it from a mirror or change your store country and install the official version. Guide: http://techzog.com/mobile/download-play-pokemon-go-country/