Pokémon Go reached new heights in the gaming world soon after its launch. Since its release, Pokémon Go has been downloaded by more than 50 million users and the count is still rising, and lets not forget that many countries still haven’t got it officially. In just a week of its launch, Pokémon Go sent up Nintendo’s stock through the roof by adding $7.5 billion to the company’s market value. In US on iPhones alone it is making $1.6 million per day, which itself is a record.
However, in spite of signing the petition and having over 50k signatures in support of Pokémon Go for Windows 10 Mobile, it looks like Niantic didn’t even care responding. So Is Pokémon Go gonna be another Snapchat for WM10? Nope! Thanks to ST-Apps and other developers who are contributing to the project on Github, without any support from Niantic. This project beings up a ray of hope and joy for all Windows Mobile users who were waiting to play the game on their Windows Mobile devices.
You can’t download the app directly from the Store as it is still not available, but you can follow the step-by-step tutorial to know how to download Pokémon Go on your Windows 10 Mobile.
- First things first, go here and create a Pokémon Trainer Club Account. We suggest you to give your spare email address, and not your primary email address.
- Login with the new trainer account you just created on the official Pokémon Go app for Android or iOS. If you don’t have an Android or iOS device at home, try using an Android Emulator for Windows.
- Once you Login, select your starting Pokémon and log out of the app. You can’t select your starting Pokémon on the PoGo-UWP client.
- After you have successfully selected your Pokémon, log out from the official app.
- Download these Github files to your PC connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Windows 10 Mobile, or download it directly onto your phone.
- Go to Settings and search “For developers”. Enable Developer mode, Device discovery, and Device Portal on your Mobile. If you’re planning to deploy via your PC, make sure your PC and Windows Mobile is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Note: You can also use a USB cable in case you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.
- To deploy from your PC, at the bottom of the Device Portal settings on your phone, you will see an IP address. Navigate to this IP address via a web browser on the PC.
- To deploy the files straight from your phone without a PC, download the GitHub files to your handset and navigate to http://127.0.0.1/ on Microsoft Edge on Phone.
- Select “Pair” on your phone to receive a code to input into your browser.
- Click on the Apps section on the Device Portal in your PC’s web browser.
- Under Install App you will find Add package, add the file “PokemonGo-UWP_220.127.116.11_ARM_Debug.appx”
- Add the two other files under dependencies.
- Click on Go. Wait until the app is installed on your phone. It takes less than a minute to deploy and install on Phone. As soon as it is installed, login to Trainers club using your email id and password, and start catching Pokémon!
After having played the game on iOS for over 2 weeks, I definitely didn’t like the experience on Windows 10 Mobile. UI is very dull, the character looks very cartoonish, crashes frequently, map doesn’t load or update, and many more. But I would sound very stupid if I go on comparing this version with the official version developed by Niantic. If you have played the official version then you would be aware of the problems the app faced after the launch. One of the most irritating glitch was obviously the part where you’re trying to catch a Pokémon and the game hangs.
However, not talking much about the official version and coming back to PoGo-UWP for Windows 10 Mobile. I think it’s a great start by the developers. It is very much welcomed and appreciated in the Window Mobile community. The app is in the early stages and needs a lot of improvements, but we’re really glad that if not Niantic, then someone else did it. We hope Niantic takes this in a positive way, and stretch their hands to support the developers.
Gotta Catch ’em all!