Pokemon trainers now have the opportunity to be the very best, like no one ever was, no matter where they are thanks to the launch of the new mobile game, Pokemon GO. But like any new game, this one isn't without its fair share of bugs and hiccups.
Pokemon GO finally celebrated its wide release in the United States last night, encouraging gamers across the nation to instantly pick up their phone and start blindly walking around their neighborhoods on the quest to catch a pocket-sized monster.
The game has undergone a lengthy testing phase that's rolled out in several stages but, even so, not all of the kinks have been worked out of the system just yet. The folks over at Niantic Labs recently put together a comprehensive list of all known major issues, which should ease the mind of players who are experiencing issues.
Receive 'You already own this item' error message (Android only):
If your device loses internet connectivity while purchasing PokéCoins from the shop, you may receive the "You already own this item" error message. Please power off and restart your device to resolve this issue.
Trainer progress temporarily resets to Level 1:
You may have inadvertently created two Pokémon GO accounts; one account using Google and one using Pokémon Trainer Club. If you create an account with one login method and later attempt to use the other login method, a second account is created. To resolve this issue, log out of your account via the Settings menu and then log back in with your original login method.
In some situation, music and sound effects within Pokémon GO app may become distorted or delayed. This issue often occurs while connected to Bluetooth audio. The team is actively working on a solution.
Heavy battery use:
Some devices may experience battery drain while playing Pokémon GO for prolonged periods of time. Again, a solution is being worked on.
Your location is incorrect, unavailable, or jitters/drifts:
The team is working to improve GPS accuracy and stability. In general, GPS accuracy largely depends on the device you're using and your signal/connection strength. To improve your device's location, please review the following settings: Pokémon GO has location permissions enabled, internet connectivity is enabled (3G, 4G, Wi-Fi), device location/GPS is enabled, location/GPS set to high-accuracy mode.
Receive 'This item is not available in your country' error when trying to download the app:
Check your Google Wallet settings to ensure your address is based in the proper country. If this doesn't work, you could also try reaching out to the Google Play support team via their Help Center.
And that about wraps it up for all of the major known issues. Have any of you readers experienced anything listed above? If so, did the recommended solutions help out? Let us know in the comments below, as well as your thoughts on the game so far. Is it everything you hoped it would be or are you now more eager than ever for Sun and Moon to get here?