How to Setup and use Pokemon GO's new GO Plus accessory on Android and IOS

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Jascha Luca
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30.10.2016
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After being delayed several months Niantic have finally got the Pokemon GO Plus accessory on the market. But is it worth investing in to make your Pokemon adventure better?  Anyone not familiar with the Pokemon Go Plus accessory, the device was invented to make playing Pokemon GO easier and much more convenient, taking away the need to have your phone held in front of your face 24/7. Surprisingly you can do just about everything, with exception of battling and training at pokemon gyms. The biggest hope of anyone purchasing the device is the potential for it to save battery life.. Something which will however, probably cancel itself out, as the screen being off is substituted by bluetooth being switched on.

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Anyone who is considering purchasing this device or who already has, this guide will give you a quick reference on how to set it up, use it, and what it actually does in game . Pokemon Go plus can be worn either on the provided bracelet band (as a watch look alike), or as a pin on your clothes, as our all time favourite Ash Ketchum would carry his gym badges.

Setting up Pokemon GO Plus on android and IOS devices.

Setting up Pokemon GO Plus is quick, really quick actually. Firstly and obviously, let's turn on the "GO plus watch". Secondly you will need to enable bluetooth on your Smartphone or tablet. Found in the settings menu on your phone or tablet. The next step is setting up Go Plus. Touch the function button on the Pokémon GO Plus to make the accessory discoverable. Then Touch “Pokémon GO Plus” from the list of available devices in your bluetooth menu on your phone. After some short flashing both devices will be paired to eachother. Now in the Pokemon GO app, find settings, and turn on Pokemon GO Plus (bottom of the page) It will now appear in-game. That simple. The best part about this little Pokemon watch is you can now play pokemon with your phone locked and in your pocket, so long as you have left the app running before doing so.  

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How to catch Pokemon.

This is the number one reason for getting a Pokemon Go plus device. However, at the moment it does have a few frustrating issues, we'll get to those in a second though. Firstly, the capturing. When a Pokemon is nearby, your Pokemon GO Plus will vibrate, lighting up green at the same time. To initiate the capture, press the button in the center of the device, Pokeplus will try to catch whatever wild Pokemon is within range. If luck is on your side and the catch is successful, GO Plus watch will flash you rainbow colours. As expected though if the Pokemon gets away,  it will flash red.  Now for the frustrations! Using the device instead of your phone or tablet to make captures, at least for now ,only uses regular Pokeballs. Great Balls and Ultra Balls are only available in the app itself. The next and probably the worst feature, is that a player will only have one chance for the capture. If it escapes from the Pokeball, it's on the run again. With future updates though this is something that will surely be fixed. It is also important to note that you will have no idea which pokemon you are capturing until you have checked the app.  So it is possible one of the escapees could be a "Dragonite" at least you'll never know.

Using PokeStops.

Pokemon GO Plus can also be used to collect items from PokeStops. The device will respond in the same way as it does when a pokemon is nearby, vibrating and flashing, however the lights will now be blue. Raiding the stop for all its goodies is same, also by simply tapping the center button.

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Hatching eggs and the Pokemon buddy system.

It was rumored that the device would not be able to track distances walked accurately, hindering the hatching of eggs and gathering of Poke Candy with the buddy system. Which in the new halloween patch has finally been lowered from the absurd 3km per candy to a more reasonable .75km. Hopefully they decide to keep it at .75km after the special event has concluded. So far though since launch it has been reported that the device is working about the same as the app does for tracking distance. Which is a welcome sign.

Lastly to replace the Pokémon Go Plus battery you'll need a small, crosshead (star head, philips head) You will again need the same screwdriver to change the wristband also. Supply is also quite short so if you can get your hands on one, you are doing very well.

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