Get Pokémon Go Alerts On Your Phone So You Can Walk Around Like A Human Being

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I own a smartwatch. It’s...somewhere around here, gathering dust, because it’s useless when I’ve already got my phone in my pocket. That said, if anything in July 2016 is going to convince me to try using it again, it’s Pokémon Go.

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There’s an app on the Play Store called PokeDetector, which pairs an Android Wear smartwatch with the game to give you a heads-up when you’re near a Pokémon.

Basically, it’s a casual alert system which means you can keep the game running in your pocket and be notified on your wrist, instead of walking around the streets with your face buried in your phone screen.

Note that the app uses unofficial Pokémon Go code, so there’s a chance your account could get banned if it’s ever picked up. To get around this, the developer recommends you sign into PokeDetector using a dummy/secondary account while playing the game itself on your primary one; you’ll get the same Pokémon spawning around you anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

It’s also got a map mode if you want to see what’s outside your immediate zone.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

angelofwoe
Angel

A large part of the reason I have very little time spent playing this game is because of the moronic way it is currently played: Walking around with the screen on all the time. Until they fix that, I don’t really see any reason to play it more at all.

The other problem being that it doesn’t work more than half of the time anyway, so why bother?