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

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.

Basically, Pokémon Go has been too successful for its own good.

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Over on iOS it's relatively easy to sidestep this restriction — Pokémon trainers on iPhone and iPad can simply switch to the U.S. App Store and be on their merry way.

Since there's no equivalent on Android — in fact, the Play Store is smart enough that it's not even fooled by using a VPN — you're left having to track down an APK file from other places. That's not something we recommend, as installing APKs from sketchy sites — and enabling Android's "unknown sources" option — is a great way to end up with malware. The bad guys are ready and waiting to take advantage of the intense interest around Pokémon Go, with remote access malware having been found lurking in at least one hacked APK.

In the absence of any 100 percent safe way around the region lock, the best thing to do might be to wait it out the game officially launches in more countries. After all, there've been plenty of teething problems already — partly due servers struggling to cope, partly due to the inevitable bugs that accompany the first public release of an app.

There's also no guarantee the app will actually work if you're outside an officially supported area — though this issue seems mostly isolated to parts of Asia and South America.

Downloading APKs from places that aren't Google Play is a great way to end up with malware.

It's far from ideal, but at least this way you'll be guaranteed a smoother, malware-free Pokémon-training experience when the rollout expands. In the meantime, be sure to hit our Pokémon Go forums and vent your frustrations. And if you're not sure what all the fuss is about, Michael Fisher (a.k.a. MrMobile) has a great Pokémon primer video.

Happy hunting, and stay safe out there!

MORE: Vent in our Pokémon Go forums!

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex is global Executive Editor for Android Central, and is usually found in the UK. He has been blogging since before it was called that, and currently most of his time is spent leading video for AC, which involves pointing a camera at phones and speaking words at a microphone. He would just love to hear your thoughts at, or on the social things at @alexdobie.

  • Welcome to Pokémon lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's annoying
  • ROFL
  • Please Nintendo.. Release it in India Posted via the Android Central App
  • Downloaded the apk for use In the UK. All good so far. Well the kids like it at least.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you for real guys? 4 articles in a row? One more pokemon and bye bye AC for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What about Porn related article haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Porn is cool as long as there are no pokemons Posted via the Android Central App
  • so because you like porn it's OK if AC posted news with porn-related articles 4 times in a row?
    the idea is easy; if you don't like certain articles/news/content. One do not click nor comment.
  • Sorry grandpa, this game is best of all time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry I'm not a 15 year old virgin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • .....sigh* kids these day :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Neither are a majority who GREW UP with Pokemon. This happens all the time something is released that is popular whether it be new phones or tablets. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • No, sounds more like you're a 30 old year virgin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I probably would be if I played this retarded game. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Look at me, I don't play pokemon cuz I'm cool and mature." Stop being a special snowflake you ****.
  • You a straight up ***** Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • OK... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know right
  • Good luck finding lots of pokestops if you live in the suburbs or rural areas. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Luckily there's half a dozen within five minutes of me. Yay city living! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Suburbs here. Tons of PokeStops #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Yeah... this is above no one will follow, here in the UK everyone is playing it. It'd be a better idea pointing people to more reliable apk mirrors (though AC probably isn't allowed to do that). It's niantic and game freak who are to blame. You can't do these BS regional launched anymore, that's simply not the world we live in. Even back in the 90s it wasn't exactly difficult for me to obtain a US version of Pokémon red, do they really think the scary tick box will stop people? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm also guessing that it's not available for the x86 Android either right? Can't test it but would like to know before it releases.
  • It said in one of the other articles no Intel, sorry. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No its basically power pc now Posted from my cracked Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Can you guys start reporting on the better app Chinpokomon Go? I am trying to become Royal Crown Chinpoko Master! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will place roostor into this sack, where it will thrive or perish depending on fate oooooohhh. One of their best episodes, the commercials were amazing Did you know chinpokomon loosely translates to tiny penis? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I live in the us and it said "not available in your country" until yesterday.
  • So Nintendo is not the one behind Pokemon Go? How is that possible? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nintendo is handling the liscencing and publishing of the Pokémon characters. Niantic are the ones creating the game itself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah! Now that makes sense!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google Play Store can be fooled by using a VPN actually
    I've had the US Play Store on all my devices for quite a long time by using a VPN Posted via the Android Central App
  • Start your VPN and Fake GPS, then clear data of Google Play. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm heartbroken! Ahh, no, I'm not. They can keep it outside of Canada. It won't bother me!
  • No it should come to canada Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • This game kinda freaks me out lol I saw a story on YouTube about a girl who was playing this game and led her to a dead body. And just the other day some dude walked up to me and my friend allegedly saying he was collecting a pokemon lol weird! Posted via Samsung's beast S7
  • The uk has it fine loada of my mates have it haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Canada needs this! Please come soon!!! Huge Pokémon fan :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for posting this article, it was really helpful. Any idea when the approximate release date will be for Canada?
  • I downloaded and played it, but just like ingress, I didn't like it at all. It seemed really dumb. What's really sad is you can't go to the store without seeing dozens of people walking around staring at their phones making the signature swiping to throw balls. Posted via the Android Central app on my Nexus 5X with Project Fi
  • Doesn't even load up on my 6p I am assuming because I am on the preview build. Can a home confirm this? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yea know more Pokemon this **** came out when I was 17 or 18 back in the day so I had no desire to play it back then and none whatsoever today. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hello all, First the author is wrong ! it's possible to install the Android version via VPN.
    I'm in Canada and was able to install from the US play store. I connected via VPN with my computer to a US proxy, opened Internet Explorer, browse to play store, search for 'Pokemon Go', signed in with my id, selected the device I wanted, clicked on install and 5 minutes later I had it on my phone.
    If you have the opportunity you can also RDP to a PC in USA or Australia and follow the same procedure...
    Did not have time to really test it yet, just caught my first Pokémon, but I can see a Pokémon Stop about 500m from my house...
  • Be careful... Posted via Android Central
  • Yea i wouldn't use it. People are getting robbed when they go to the locations pokeman go takes you to... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is just me or you are just abusing of those "Pokemon Posts"...there are more than 10 of them...really annoying...
  • How does the playstore works for chznging location then ?
  • I really like how they said it's available for Europe and UK. Brexit Embrace!!
  • Nothing funnier than grown ass people raging over Pokemon. Lol
  • i never get used to that uk and europe are mentioned separately xd Posted via the Android Central App
  • *erase
  • I've gotten a new phone which is compatible to download the app and I'm currently in Portugal (It's been released here) and it says that i's not available in my country.
    Does anyone know why this might be occurring?