How to keep the Pokémon Go Plus from disconnecting from your Android phone

If you're one of the many people out there who recently decided to dive deeper into the world of Pokémon Go by picking up a Pokémon Go Plus for your wrist, you may have noticed it plays by slightly different rules than the rest of the game. You can use it without the screen on your phone even being on, and through it you can catch Pokemon, check in to Pokéstops, and gain all the steps necessary for egg hatching and candy earning. It's a fun little accessory, right until it disconnects from your phone and you realize the last mile you walked didn't count towards anything.

You aren't along in being frustrated by this. The Pokémon Go Plus is a simple accessory, and disconnects aren't always easy to immediately detect. Here's how you can tell you're disconnected, and what you can do to avoid future disconnections during gameplay.

How to tell you've been disconnected

Pokemon Go Plus

For the most part, Pokémon Go Plus is pretty good about letting you know when it has disconnected from the phone. The wristband will vibrate and flash red as soon as it is disconnected from your phone. This is east to detect if you're walking and feel the vibration or see the LED, but if you're doing something important and can't stop to look at your wrist or you just plain didn't feel the vibration you may not know right away. This disconnection notification only happens once, so your window is limited.

The other way to know you've been disconnected is by tapping the LED button in the center of the watch and looking for a slow pulsing blue light. That pulsing blue light is the Pokémon Go Plus trying to connect to your phone, which naturally means it has been disconnected. If you tap this button and feel a single quick vibration pulse, it means you're connected to your phone and everything is fine. If you see the slow blue pulse, it means you've been disconnected.

Why did my Pokémon Go Plus disconnect?

Pokemon Go Plus

There are a couple of reasons why your Pokémon Go Plus would disconnect from your phone. For starters, the watch is designed to disconnect when you are actively using the Pokémon Go app on your phone to play the game. If you're busy playing the game, you don't need a separate reminder on your wrist that Pokémon are showing up around you. It's also possible you've walked too far away from your phone, in which case the Bluetooth connection between your wrist and your phone will have been interrupted.

Your Pokémon Go Plus may have also disconnected if your GPS loses track of where you are. Pokémon Go needs the GPS in your phone to function, and when connected to your Pokémon Go Plus the phone has a constant connection to GPS services. If that connection fails, your watch will disconnect until you reconnect it.

Finally, several users have found issues with specific Android phones that don't currently have a resolution. Some phones by OnePlus and Motorola, for example, disconnect from Bluetooth a little more easily than other. This means the Bluetooth Low Energy connection between your phone and Pokémon Go Plus may disconnect easily with interference. To deal with these problem, disable Wi-Fi on your phone and make sure Bluetooth Scanning is disabled.

How to reconnect to Pokémon Go Plus

Pokemon Go Plus

Being disconnected is a bummer, but reconnecting is easy.

  1. Open Pokémon Go on your phone
  2. Tap the dark Pokemon Go Plus icon in the top left
  3. Tap the LED button on your Pokemon Go Plus

You'll feel a vibration on your wrist and see a notification in Pokémon Go when the two are connected. From here you can close the app and go back to using your phone as you see fit. You will also see a notification icon in your tray letting you know you are connected to Pokemon Go, which will tell you about the last thing you did in the game as you continue to play.

Enjoy!

Still having problems?

Are you still struggling to get your Pokémon Go Plus accessory to connect to your Android phone? Let us know in the comments below!

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

12 Comments
  • Up next I expect articles on Angry Birds...
  • This accessory doesn't work on Angry Birds, silly.
  • Sarcasm. It flew right over your head, Russell...;P
  • People actually buy these things??
  • Yes, we do. They're sold out, too, indicating just how many people are.
  • Yes. Works great while driving too.
  • Any idea when more will be in stock? Crazy that they all sold out in one day.
  • Supposedly end of October for the next batch, but no one knows for sure.
  • I've seen them show up one and two at a time in my local Gamestop. They just sort of trickle in.
  • How do you get that small G icon on your screen...please let me know...i want for my 1+3...
  • Search for "Pixel Launcher" apk. Or maybe wait until Oct 4, it'll probably show up in the Play Store that day.
  • Dosen't work...