Pokemon GO cheat: How to play without walking

Pokemon Go logo. Photo: Nintendo/Niantic
Pokemon Go logo. Photo: Nintendo/Niantic /

A new trick has surfaced for acquiring more Pokeballs in Pokemon GO.

One of the big selling points of Pokemon GO, the recently-released mobile app, is that users have to actually go outside and explore to find more PokeStops and different Pokemon.

However, it’s the height of summer in the northern hemisphere, and it’s hot outside, discouraging some from going outdoors. Other users aren’t lucky enough to live near plenty of PokeStops or Gyms to get additional Pokeballs and eggs.

A new cheat has surfaced online, however, to work around these problems. According to Yibada, those who download a GPS spoofing app on either iOS or Android phones can use it to trick the game into thinking you’re somewhere else and thus visit different PokeStops and get new Pokemon.

A thread on reddit has a list of different apps and tips on how to do it.

Here’s a word of warning before you hurry to open up the App Store or Google Play. This is flat-out cheating. Niantic’s official Pokemon GO guidelines are pretty clear on this:

"“Don’t do it. Play fair. Pokémon GO is meant to be played on a mobile device and get you outside to explore your world! Methods of cheating, unfortunately, are limited only by cheaters’ imaginations, but include at a minimum the following: using modified or unofficial software; playing with multiple accounts (one account per player, please); sharing accounts; using tools or techniques to alter or falsify your location; or selling/trading accounts.”"

Reports of short periods being banned from the game for GPS spoofing have already surfaced. Currently, Niantic is likely more focused on beefing up its servers for the rest of the world, but once that’s done, crackdowns on GPS spoofing may become frequent.

If you do plan to use this method, keep in mind that it might earn you a ban from Pokemon GO.

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