Niantic is releasing a new update that will allow Pokemon Go players to receive catch bonuses and train up to six Pokemon at friendly gyms. But when will the update hit Apple and Android stores and how can you get it?
Here’s what you need to know.
Niantic announced the update on the evening of Monday, October 10. Typically when Niantic announces an update, it means that the update is still being reviewed by Apple and Google Android. For example, when Niantic announced the big Pokemon Go Buddy update on September 10, the update had just started propagating on Android and was still being reviewed by Apple. The update was announced around noon on a Saturday, but many people using Android didn’t see it until Sunday, and many people on iOS didn’t see it until that Tuesday. That’s how long it can take for an update to reach all Pokemon Go players.
To get the update, check in your Android or iOS app store for the latest update to Pokemon Go. The update will be version 0.41.2 for Android and it will be version 1.11.2 for iOS devices. If you don’t have your phone set to get updates automatically, then go to your Google or Apple store page and see if the new update is listed yet. If it is, just download the update and you’re ready to go.
Don’t worry if the update’s not showing up yet for you, even if you see that other people already have the update. The update for Android is released in stages, meaning that some areas will get the Android update before others. (You can read more about staged rollouts of updates on Android here.) Some players have observed that the updates tend to arrive on the West Coast of the U.S. first, and the midwest gets the updates a little later, sometimes as much as 12 hours after the West Coast. If some people already have the update, it may be because they downloaded an APK version to get the update early.
The update was also submitted to Apple, but sometimes Apple can take up to two days to review and get their updates out or longer.
The announcement first came from Pokemon Go’s Facebook account:
This new update will let trainers earn a catch bonus for Pokemon and it will let them bring up to six Pokemon to battle at friendly gyms. Pokemons’ CP while battling may be temporarily adjusted lower. Egg and incubator screens will periodically update the distance walked without your having to close and reopen the screen. A few audio issues have been fixed and the evolution animation time has been decreased. Niantic’s also fixing some minor bugs in the game.