Can You Change Pokemon Go Version and Bypass Update Requirement?

Can You Change Pokemon Go Version and Bypass Update Requirement?

The thing with server sided games is that they usually force players to get the latest update.

If you ever played Clash of Clans or Clash Royale before, you will know what I’m talking about. Whenever Supercell releases an update to their games, users will be prompted with a popup.

Same thing with Niantic and specifically Pokemon Go.


Forcing players to update their game is a great way for game developers to reduce the amount of cheating. In this case, there are tons of hacks and mods out there for Pokemon Go.

Someone recently saw a message that says

A new version of Pokemon GO is available. Would you like to update now?

…and they asked me whether it’s possible to bypass update requirement in Pokemon Go or not. And sadly, the answer is NO. If this wasn’t a multiplayer/online game, then no problem.

My experiments


There are two things I did before making this post. First I tried to change the app’s version via iFile. You can learn more about it from here.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work. So I had to switch over to App Admin. This tweak is more efficient but still didn’t work out as expected.

So I came to the conclusion that in order to continue playing Pokemon Go, you will have to update it. Now, if you’re worried about some hacks you got not working. Don’t worry; Poke Go++ is still functioning fine for me.

I’m sure after a few days, there will be an update to the hack that you’re using as well.

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