Pokémon GO' Is Getting Rid of Rooted And Jailbroken Devices To Prevent Cheaters From The Game


Any rooted smartphone devices will soon be out from the game. This move is an attempt to further reduce cheating in the game, as jailbroken/rooted phones can somewhat easily install GPS spoofers to warp players around the world, leveling up quickly, planting themselves in ironclad gyms, and so on.

Here's Niantic statement:

“We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download Pokémon GO from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.”

The next update, version 0.37.0, essentially blocks out rooted users. If you have a rooted device, this is the screen you will encounter if you try to login:



According to XDA Developers Niantic is actually using the SafetyNet checks to check for root. XDA Senior Member MaaarZ found the SafetyNetService being called in the game code.

Niantic Lab is really making users jump through the whole nine yards, as this is the same method employed by Android Pay. This means that if you do need to run Pokémon GO on a rooted device, you need to go through the whole Magisk and systemless root way. Or stop playing completely, because that is what Niantic wants you to do.


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