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Pokemon GO In ‘Region Lock’ Countries: How To Play The Game Before Official Release

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The official Pokemon GO app is now available in 30+ countries. While the fans located in Pokemon GO “region locked” countries are eagerly waiting for the release, there are multiple ways anyone can play this augmented-reality based game from any location.

Pokemon GO?s official release is expected in Asia and Europe in the next couple of days. However, not all the countries will be getting this game and Niantic/Nintendo has not announced the list of countries yet. Singapore and India are being rumored as two of the countries earmarked to get the game officially.

Speaking of platforms, in general, this game is available only for iOS and Android devices, while we are awaiting a version specific to the Windows devices. This game can be downloaded for free. But then, in-app purchases are required to amp up the game.

In any case, Pokemon GO fans across the globe can play this game by switching App Stores on iOS, and also by faking Apple IDs. The truth is that getting this game is quite easier in Android when compared to iOS. We are hearing that switching Apple App Stores doesn?t seem to work well for everyone. There are a lot of complaints.

And, as for Android, the APK files can be downloaded to get the game unofficially. Apart from these, VPNs can also be used. Here, in this post, we are concentrating on Android devices and VPNs.

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Download APK

As a first step,?Pocket Lint says make sure the Android handset has the ability to install apps sourced from outside the Google Play Store. This can be achieved by navigating to the device Settings -> Security -> Now, search for ?Unknown Sources? and switch it “on”.

Following which, fans from Pokemon Go region locked countries should get the APK Mirror via a browser from within the handset to get the latest version of the app. Here is the link to download and install APK: Download APK

Players should however note that it?s never safe to download and install apps sourced from unknown locations/stores. It comes with risk. Hackers can hide malware inside the pirated app.


Using VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) in conjunction with GPS spoofing techniques, you can appear to be genuinely located in the country where Pokemon GO is officially available. This means the official version can be downloaded unofficially.

To get access to the U.S. Google Play store,

  • Choose a VPN service and subscribe.
  • Download and install the VPN app.
  • Follow the instructions very carefully and choose a U.S. based server to connect to the Google Play store.

According to portal?Best 10 VPN, here are the top 5 paid VPN services:

  • Top Guard ($9.99 per month)
  • Express VPN ($12.95 per month)
  • PIA ($6.95 per month)
  • IP Vanish VPN ($9.99 per month)
  • VPN Unlimited ($4.99 per month)

Prior to choosing the VPN, do inquire about the handset compatibility. Free VPNs are also available online. But then, there is no guarantee that your data will be safe with them. Therefore, it?s advisable to use the paid service.

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