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Would you like to play Pokemon GO without turning into one of those zombies who are stumbling around cities the world over these day

Pokemon GO is an augmented reality Augmented vs. Virtual Reality: What's the Difference? Augmented vs. Virtual Reality: What's the Difference? Augmented reality. Virtual reality. Mixed reality. What are all these "realities" and how are they going to impact you over the next few years? Here's everything you need to know. Read More game by Nintendo. Just a few days after its release, some players have gotten in serious trouble by walking into unsafe neighborhoods, discovering dead bodies, or getting robbed. You don’t want to be one of them.

Here’s a way to play Pokemon GO from the comfort and safety of your home. All you need is a Windows computer, a bit of patience, and this guide.

Warning: To play Pokemon GO on your home PC, i.e., without physically moving around, you need to engage a method called GPS spoofing. Strictly speaking, this is a violation of the developer’s Terms of Service and could get you temporarily or permanently banned from the game. Use at your own risk!

What You Need

To set up Pokemon GO on Windows using BlueStacks, you need to set up a bunch of tools in exactly the right order.

Update: One of the apps needed to make this method work is (now?) a paid app. We have added a free alternative using the Nox App Player at the bottom of this article.

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If you’d still like to try the BlueStacks route, go ahead and download all the tools listed below. For everything but BlueStacks — the Android emulator for Windows How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC How to Emulate Android and Run Android Apps on Your PC It's actually pretty easy to get Android apps running on your desktop or laptop! Here, we step you through the best methods. Read More  that we’ll use to install the game –, download the Android APK file.

  • A Windows PC and admin rights to install software.
  • BlueStacks; use this BlueStacks version for Windows 7/8 or when the game crashes with the Windows 10 version.
  • KingRoot, a root tool for Android devices.
  • Lucky Patcher, a tool to modify app permissions.
  • Fake GPS Pro, an app to spoof your location. Unfortunately, the pro version is (now?) $5 on the Google Play store. You can still find the APK file for free, but download at your own risk.
  • Pokemon GO, the game itself. Don’t install or run until it’s time or it won’t work.

We recommend that you put all these files into a single folder, so you can easily find them later. Don’t rush to install any of the apps without knowing what to do! If you carefully follow the order and instructions below, you’ll be playing Pokemon GO much sooner.

Disclaimer: This article is based on the YouTube tutorial by Travis D, with some adjustments for clarity and simplicity.

How to Set It All Up

1. Install BlueStacks

First, install BlueStacks.

Installing BlueStacks

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2. Install and Run KingRoot

To install KingRoot, open BlueStacks, click the APK symbol on the left, open the respective APK file on your computer, and KingRoot will install automatically.

Install KingRoot

Once installed, run KingRoot, scroll to the bottom, click Try it, then click Fix now.

Running KingRoot

When you see your Security Index, click Optimize now, then close KingRoot. We won’t need this app again.

3. Restart BlueStacks

Click the cogwheel in the top-right corner of BlueStacks and select Restart Android Plugin.

Restart Android Plugin

This will restart your BlueStacks app player. Remember this routine, because you’ll need it again later.

4. Copy Files From Windows

Click the folder icon in the BlueStacks sidebar on the left and open FakeGPS. You don’t actually have to complete the action with any app; it should be copied to BlueStacks automatically. You can close the selection window by clicking a random spot in the background.

5. Install and Run Lucky Patcher

The install process works the same as for KingRoot. Just click APK on the lefthand side of the BlueStacks window, select the APK file on your computer, and it will install. When you open Lucky Patcher for the first time, click Allow to grant the app access.

Now, inside Lucky Patcher, go to Rebuild & install in the bottom right, then head to sdcard > Windows > BstSharedFolder. Here, select the APK file for FakeGPS and Install as a System App. Confirm with Yes to install.

Install as a System App

You need to reboot BlueStacks to apply those changes. You can hit Yes or use Restart Android Plugin, as described under step #3.

6. Install Pokemon GO

As for KingRoot and Lucky Patcher before, just install the APK file you downloaded previously. Don’t launch the app at this point because it won’t work yet.

7. Check Your Location Settings

In BlueStacks, click the cogwheel in the top right, select Settings, go to Location, and make sure the Mode is set to High accuracy.

Any Windows GPS service needs to be disabled, because it can mess with BlueStacks. In Windows 10, press Windows key + I to access the Settings app, then head to Privacy > Location and make sure the Location for this device is set to Off.

Windows 10 Location Settings

In other versions of Windows, open the Start Menu, search for location, and ensure the feature, if available, is disabled.

8. Set Up FakeGPS

Head back to Lucky Patcher and you might see FakeGPS in the list of apps. If not, don’t worry.

Fake GPS in Lucky Patcher

To see FakeGPS, go to Search at the bottom, then select Filters in the top right, check System Apps, and click Apply.

Click FakeGPS from the list and select Launch App. A How to operate window will pop up that explains how to use it. Read the instructions carefully and click OK to close the window.

How to operate FakeGPS

Click the three dotted button in the top right, go to Settings, check Expert Mode, read the warning message, and confirm with OK.

Expert Mode

Click the back arrow in the top left to get back to the map. Now select your preferred location, either somewhere close to your real location or your favorite and, ideally, highly populated place on the planet. For me that would be downtown Vancouver.

FakeGPS Map

Click the entry and select Save to add that location to your favorites. Click the organge Play button in the bottom right to engage the fake location.

9. Play Pokemon GO

Finally, we’re ready to play the game! If the Pokemon GO app takes a while to launch, that’s okay. You’ll set Pokemon GO up exactly like you would on a regular Android or iOS device. You can log in with Google and the app will automatically load your previously set up Pokemon GO account, should you have attached one to your Google account.

When the game finally launches, you should find yourself in the fake location you engaged earlier. If the game doesn’t immediately detect your location, go back to FakeGPS (inside Lucky Launcher), pick a spot on the map, and engage a fake location again. We had to restart BlueStacks (see step #3) and fake a location we had actually visited in real life.

Every time you want to move to a different spot, you have to go back to FakeGPS and engage a new fake location. That’s why it’s handy to set a few favorites, which will help you to go back and forth between Poke Stops, for example. Avoid long-distance map jumps, as this can reveal GPS spoofing.

Pokemon BlueStacks

Note that you don’t have to turn off your camera. When the first Pokemon is detected and your camera doesn’t work, the app will ask you whether you want to turn off AR mode (AR = augmented reality). Just confirm with Yes and you can catch the Pokemon in the virtual environment.

If you have a touch screen, you can use it to interact with the app and throw your Poke Balls.

Troubleshooting Tips

Setting up this game in BlueStacks isn’t easy and you can easily miss a couple of things along the way. Here are some tips in case the game fails to detect GPS or your location How to Use GPS Location to Make Your House Welcome You Home How to Use GPS Location to Make Your House Welcome You Home Setting up your GPS technologies to welcome you home is a great way to save time on lots of things, from turning on the air conditioning to starting dinner. Read More .

  • In Windows, make sure the Location for this device is Off.
  • In FakeGPS, double-check that Expert Mode is enabled.
  • In BlueStacks’ location settings, confirm that Google Location History is Off and Mode is set to High accuracy.
  • Launch FakeGPS and engage a new fake location.
  • Use a location you have visited in reality on your Android or iOS device.
  • Restart BlueStacks and try again.

Alternative Solution: Nox App Player

An easier way to play Pokemon GO on Windows is using the Nox App Player. This emulator even comes with Pokemon GO pre-installed and you can navigate inside the game using your keyboard. Another welcome feature is that the emulator window automatically minimizes to the dimensions of the game.

Pokemon in Nox

For us, this emulator was generally slower than BlueStacks, both when starting up and inside the game, which made it harder to catch Pokemons. Moreover, we couldn’t get the location switching feature to work. Overall, however, it’s a smoother experience.

If you also see a white map and can’t leave the default location (Sydney, NSW), close Nox App Player and manually add your preferred coordinates (right click a spot on Google Maps > What’s here?) under C:\\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Nox\conf.ini. Fortunately, you don’t have to switch your location a lot because you can walk around using keyboard navigation.

Pokemon Ready, Set, GO!

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Unfortunately, it’s not available on the Windows Store. This triggered some disgruntled users to start a Change.org petition to convince Nintendo to develop an app for Windows 10. The petition has gathered close to 25k votes, but Nintendo isn’t impressed Miitomo, My Nintendo, and More: What's New with Nintendo Miitomo, My Nintendo, and More: What's New with Nintendo Nintendo had a huge day at the end of March. Let's take a look at everything they showed us! Read More  yet.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for Nintendo to make Pokemon GO available on Windows. While this solution might not be perfect (or legal), it does work and may give those living in rural areas or unable to leave the house an opportunity to safely participate in the hype.

How do you like playing Pokemon Go on Windows? Have you found any major downsides? What prevents you from playing it outdoors?

  1. hayabusa
    September 27, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I, now the current pokemonGO
    PC position the virtual is, can I use? Also, can you pokemonnGO over start-up has been version UP? Thank you very much.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

      It sounds like you used a translator to translate your question. I'm afraid I don't understand what you're trying to ask.

  2. crunchyxx
    August 29, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Nox app not working, cant seem to start it up?

  3. fazwan
    August 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    i cant get the Fake GPS apk.. please someone give me link to dll..

    • fazwan again
      August 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      now i have solve the problem.. but, when i trying to enable my AR, its stuck..someone pls help me

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Are you trying to enable or disable AR?

      For most people, the game crashes when they try to disable AR. If that's your problem also, just keep it enabled.

  4. clark
    August 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I followed all the steps above regarding to not finding the location and i still cant find any. My p go map is all empty... Any advice?

  5. rey
    August 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    My Bluestacks is stuck on "Android" tab for hours/days already. It never load.

    • rey
      August 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      i downloaded all other kinds of bluestacks and still same thing. i'm stuck in loading 'android'

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

      That sucks. From what I've heard (not much), BlueStacks is known for issues like this. You might find help on a dedicated BlueStacks support forum.

  6. Psych0
    August 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    it dosent allow me to catch pokemon on either they run away after 1 pokeball

    • wkwkwk
      August 28, 2016 at 3:07 am

      me too

    • Shaktimaan
      August 31, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Thats because you're Soft-banned

  7. Breeze Ng
    August 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I downloaded nox and pokemon go is nowhere to be found. It is not on the home screen at all.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Did you download it via this link: http://en.bignox.com/pokemongo/

      Looks like the site removed the name of game, Pokemon GO, with "location based / AR game". Interesting. Probably still contains Pokemon GO though. Do let us know!

      • Moon
        August 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        Not available anymore for NOX, I try to download from playstore: "Your device isn't compatible with this version"

        • Tina Sieber
          August 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

          With the old version, Pokemon GO came pre-installed with the Nox Player, which made it so convenient. Maybe Niantics forced them to take down this installer. Sorry!

  8. Greg
    August 19, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Cant spin pokestop

    • Greg
      August 19, 2016 at 5:14 am

      On nox app player

    • Tina Sieber
      August 19, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Did you just install the Nox App Player? Can you move?

      Readers previously commented that they needed to reboot and that the issue disappeared after a short time. It could also be that you were soft banned for a few hours. Reboot and try again.

  9. TD
    August 18, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    im stuck at how to install fake gps inside lucky patcher. I cant seem to download it to any folder after I paid 2.99. it wants to download to my old phone.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

      You won't be able to download the APK. But you should be able to install it through the Google Play Store on BlueStacks. Did you try that?

  10. Brian
    August 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    You should note that Nox tries to install a ton of malware on your system and will not install unless you select to install some of those apps. I attempted to deselect everything and it doesn't install at all.

    • Brian
      August 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      NM. It looks like the link I got it from was a different source. All better.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 17, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thank you for the update, Brian! Glad to hear Nox is still a good alternative.

  11. Cindy
    August 16, 2016 at 1:33 am

    So Niantic has recently stated any players who are found using spoofers or falsifying their gps location will be banned forever. How can we be sure using bluestacks like this won't get our accounts banned?

    • Cindy
      August 16, 2016 at 1:34 am

      I know you wrote use at your own risk, so I've never used it where I would change my location so quickly to be inhumanly possible. Are there any tips to not getting banned??

    • Tina Sieber
      August 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I'm afraid I'm not aware of any additional or new tips to avoid getting banned, Cindy. I'd closely watch related discussions on Reddit for experiences of other players.

      Meanwhile, if you have to use emulators, move slowly. I'd use the Nox App Player because it allows you to move using your keyboard, rather than picking a new location each time you want to move.

  12. Ritayan
    August 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

    it's showing "failed to detect location"

    • Tina Sieber
      August 14, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Try to restart the game, restart the computer, and if it still doesn't work, wait. If it doesn't work after a day, try another solution, e.g. Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks.

  13. PY
    August 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Pokemon GO doesnt show up on my homescreen on NOX or let me download from the play store did something happen is it not available anymore?

  14. ath3n1a
    August 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    my person doesnt stop moving ???

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Ever? Did you try to restart the game? Are your keys stuck?

  15. martin
    August 13, 2016 at 1:08 am

    ok i finished everything it says.. but when i load the game my character doesnt move.. pls help

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Several people have reported that it worked after some time. Reboot and try again. You might also have been soft-banned immediately, which could take several hours or up to a day to expire.

  16. KY
    August 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    install lucky patcher and got to rebuild and install and find fake gps but it don't show install as system apps

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Did you find a fix for this?

  17. Tom
    August 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

    If I was to buy the fake gps spoofer, how would I add it to bluestacks on my computer like he did in the video?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 11, 2016 at 11:31 am

      You buy it, you download it via the Google Play Store installed on BlueStacks, and proceed the way described above.

      Before you do that, I'd recommend saving the money and trying the Nox App Player (described above) or another emulator.

  18. Alexsch
    August 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Any idea on how to disable location on windows 7 home premium?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Go to Start, search for sensor and open the respective result, select "Enable location and other sensors", disable the respective sensor/s from the list, and click Apply.

      • Alexsch
        August 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

        It says activated and I cant turn it off somehow :-/

        • Tina Sieber
          August 9, 2016 at 8:03 am

          I've got no idea what else you could try. :-/ Sorry!

  19. Lina
    August 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I didn't get why you should play Pokemon Go on PC. I thought that its main peculiarity is that you can play and live your everyday life, isn't it? For example, going for a walk with your dog and catch these pokemons on your way? or shopping.. What's the point of playing it at home?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 8, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Yes, Pokemon GO is great in that it encourages people to go out side and move physically. However, that's not always safe.

      If you play from your home / PC, you don't get into accidents (if you get distracted easily), you don't have to walk around an insecure neighborhood (if you live in one), and you can play the game even if you live in a remote place with few Pokestops or if you are disabled and can't leave your house in the first place.

      I wrote more about it here: 3 Ways to Safely Play Pokemon GO

  20. hello
    August 2, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I tried Bluestacks, Andy, and Nox but I had issues with all of them. LeapDroid is the only emulator that seems to work for me. Bummer... I actually enjoyed using Andy.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Thanks for letting us know about LeapDroid. Here's a link for anyone interested: http://www.leapdroid.com/

  21. Oblivion
    August 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Hey guys, I tried both BlueStacks and Nox App Player on my computer. They work really well when I make a new account, but when I try to play my original account, I get a background of water, my avatar doesn't show up at all. I can still see my pokemon and items, but I can't move and I'm nowhere near a city. Anyone know why this is happening/how to fix it?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Did you try to switch location? It could be a temporary ban. Others have experienced similar issues and later reported that after some time, it just worked again.

  22. Jessica
    August 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Hi, when I play on NOX app player, pokemon go just doesn't load anything, not even my user or anything on the map, im just spawning on the sea, nothing else, HELPPPP :(

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Try to teleport to a popular place, then wait. This could be a soft ban or a matter of things falling into place.

  23. LordTech
    July 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    It just don't work I'm even putting my own location or disabling the FakeGPS app and do with my own GPS and it just show me the ocean without showing my avatar or anything else.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Have you tried another emulator?

  24. OldStylz
    July 31, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    After using the bluestaks app on pc i got a soft banned so i go out and now i open pokemon on my phone and the screen appears like im on the ocean and my avatar wont come out .. i only see the shadow on the top of the ocean nothing else .. it pass like 9 hours since i got soft-banned.. Anyone can help?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Guess you'll have to wait a little longer. Sorry! Hope it won't be too long.

  25. Matthew
    July 31, 2016 at 3:49 am

    i cant not move around in my game i got everythign to work and load just am unable to move my player

    • Matthew
      July 31, 2016 at 4:27 am

      disregard my comment i just read deeper into the comments and found i just drag my gps on the map to move...i wish there was a more efficient way but i am not one to complain this is freaking awesome

    • Tina Sieber
      July 31, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks for the update, Matthew! Yes, it's too bad that BlueStacks only allows moving with the map. If you want to move using the keyboard, you should try the Nox App Player, also mentioned in the article above.

      • emmklo
        August 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

        so how exactly i can ove my user around ?? O.o

        • Tina Sieber
          August 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

          Setting a new location with FakeGPS as described in the article above.

  26. matt
    July 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    bluestacks won't root, and i can't activate the expert mode option .

    • Tina Sieber
      July 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Any error messages?

  27. OMNiiCRON
    July 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I cannot do anything. It says get pro version. all I can do :/

    • OMNiiCRON
      July 29, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      No matter. I reinstalled and it works. :D

      • Tina Sieber
        July 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        What did you reinstall? FakeGPS?

  28. Cykotik
    July 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    My game crashes everytime I try to turn the ar off. Game just freezes and stays stuck there forcing me to restart bluestacks in its entirety. Can you help with this?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Just leave the AR enabled, it will still work.

      • T1kka
        August 2, 2016 at 7:33 am

        But you cant play with ar mode on

  29. christopher
    July 29, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    i can not find the fake gps data in the lucky patcher :c
    cant go on in the installationprocess

    • Tina Sieber
      July 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Which version of FakeGPS did you install?

      Just try the Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks. It's much easier to set up too as it comes with Pokemon GO pre-installed and all settings ready to go.

      • Christopher
        July 30, 2016 at 6:00 am

        i tried nox before and i had a bug which some people got. it has to be fixed by the noxdeveloppers. now i wanted to test bluestacks. i didnt installed a fake gps because it was aleready in bluestacks included :c

  30. Cindy
    July 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    So this works method for anyone, not just android users? Iphone users can also, as we're actually using the computer, not our cellphones anymore? The bluestacks shows up as android and I'm not sure if that holds any significance or not...

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Do you have a Windows computer? Then you can install BlueStacks (or the Nox App Player) and install Pokemon GO on it. This has nothing to do with your iPhone.

      • Cindy
        July 28, 2016 at 11:57 pm

        Ok good! Thank you :) I have another question. I recently opened my app in Az, but I want to be in Central Park with the gps. Will that get me softbanned though? Its only been 2 hours since I've played in Az. Will they notice that I've suddenly moved across the states in record time...?

        • Tina Sieber
          July 29, 2016 at 12:03 am

          Well, either you wait until tonight or you get soft-banned for a few hours and will have to wait until tonight until you can play again. Chances are, they won't immediately take note.

  31. Gil
    July 28, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    work good (nox)
    but i have 2 problems .
    first is that when i go into pokestop , i roll it and nothing happend .
    the second is that when im trying to catch a pokemon , when i hit a ball , the pokemon is getting away everytime and runs away , no matter what pokemon .

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Sounds like you might have a weak internet connection or maybe the game demands too many system resources and you experience lag. Do you even get to throw the ball or do they dash before that?

    • Robert
      July 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      you have been banned because you jumped between two far points in a short time...but don't worry it's a soft ban it will take time then the game will be back to normal.

      here is a list of how long the ban lasts

      https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/4u0av6/soft_ban_research/

    • Alex
      July 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

      You've been softbanned for traveling over too many distances. They found out you're using a spoof... Wait a couple hours and it should work again from what I've heard.

  32. Barath
    July 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    WASD is not working in bluestacks ...Give me some solution Tina.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Never claimed it did. You have to use the FakeGPS map to switch locations.

  33. Kirito
    July 28, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hi, I do anything you write and when game load I can't move and anything else and bump a message "Failed to detect location"

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      For other people this problem went away eventually. Make sure you restart BlueStacks and -- if that doesn't help -- reboot your machine. This assumes you turned off Windows' internal location detection.

  34. Ricky
    July 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Hi Tina, it work perfectly.
    But recently I heard we can move using cursor in map so we dont need to set another position on map to "jump".
    It is called (what I heard) Xposed. Can it work here (using bluestack) and how?

    Thanks!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Afraid I can't comment because I haven't tried Xposed. The WASD keys never worked for me in BlueStacks. Works fine with the Nox App Player and it's also easy to assign different keys, like the up / down / left / right keys.

  35. faisal
    July 28, 2016 at 3:30 am

    why all apk i install, no in bluestack

    • Tina Sieber
      July 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Sorry, I don't understand your question, Faisal.

    • Farheen
      July 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I don't think you installed those apk's in Bluestack itself. First, download the apk file (make sure you know the location). Second, Open Bluestacks, on the left hand corner there is a button that says "APK", click that, open your apk file and it will be installed in bluestacks. I hope that answers your question

      • Tina Sieber
        July 31, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        Thank you so much for helping out, Farheen!

  36. Rishit
    July 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    An update: it is working perfectly. Just one issue, when I catch a Pokemon, the app crashes and closes down.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 27, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Ooops, didn't see your latest comment. Thank you for the update, Rishit!

      Many people have the issue with BlueStacks crashing when catching a Pokemon or even when spinning a Pokestop. This also could just take some time to fix itself. Restart both the application and your computer and give it some time. Alternatively, and if you haven't done so yet, try the Nox App Player.

  37. Rishit
    July 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi.
    I am using BlueStacks. I'm able to move around using the GPS Spoof app but I don't see any Pokestops, gyms or Pokemon on the map. Just empty streets.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Did you try to jump to an urban center?

      • Alastor
        July 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

        i got the same problem, and it's in urban center

        • Tina Sieber
          July 31, 2016 at 5:17 pm

          Other users have reported that it eventually just worked. A reboot might help.

  38. Steve
    July 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    It was working fine with bluestacks the first time i launched it. But then bluestacks frooze during the game (1.5hr play). I restarted, everything works, turn around on the map, pokestops, open gym, catch pokemon, but my trainer does not want to move anymore... :(

    • Tina Sieber
      July 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      You're using the map to move? Or are you trying to move in-game?

  39. Kunwan
    July 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Tina I've got a big problem, all you've said worked for me except that i can't move. I can use pokestops, but moving is not possible
    Could you help me ?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      How do you try to move? Are you switching your location on the map?

      • Kunwan
        July 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        i move with wasd keys i've tried to move to some differnet locations to see if the location was the problem but it is not.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

          The WASD keys never worked for me in BlueStacks, hence I didn't comment on it above. Works fine with the Nox App Player though. In BlueStacks, you have to switch location by using the FakeGPS map, as described in the article above.

  40. richard
    July 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    there are no sign up with google account on my nox, do i need to create new account or what ? thanks :D

    • Tina Sieber
      July 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      You can use your existing Google account. I don't remember where I logged in, but I signed in with my account. So all I can say is that it's possible. Sorry!

  41. Ripred
    July 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

    It doesn't move me when my location is too close to my current one

    • Tina Sieber
      July 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Did you try a location that was a little further away then? You can jump a mile or a few kilometers, as long as you don't do it every other minute.

      • Ripred
        July 27, 2016 at 5:55 am

        Yeah, got it working! Thanks

  42. Vero
    July 26, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I'm trying to play using Nox, I can see my avatar in Pokemon Go, but the map around me won't load. It says "GPS signal not found", even though I did enter a location and click "OK"... :(

    • Vero
      July 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Nevermind! I fixed it :)

      • Steve
        July 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        yes how???

    • Tina Sieber
      July 26, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      How did you fix it?

      • Steve
        July 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm

        Ok, I solved it at my side...
        In the settings- personal - location - location services >
        The Google app location requests were deactivated. I reactivated it and the game worked... Even much better and faster than with Bluestacks

        • Tina Sieber
          July 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm

          Thank you for sharing your fix, Steve!

  43. HOLLOWED
    July 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    This trick works flawlessly at home, when I installed this on the work's PC I can't open Expert mode, it's grayed out... what to do?

  44. Jo
    July 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Anyone else experiencing "Failed to detect location" as of july 24? I tried the the tips to fix but i believe they patched the current spoofing methods

    • Tina Sieber
      July 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Which fixes have you tried? Still working fine here using the Nox App Player. Did you try to choose a location in which Pokemon GO has officially launched (USA, Canada, Germany, etc.)?

  45. fbian
    July 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Everything works except i cannot move! Anyone got a solution? Great tut btw!

  46. blaxkmoshi
    July 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    it says failed detect location and it dosent show any pokestops/ gyms
    fyi jst started the game nd took charmander as 1st poke.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Try the alternative method using Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks. Works great for me.

  47. Someone
    July 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I think they tackled the gps spoofing method... I can't get pokemon either, nor can i get anything from the pokestops. Outside however, the fair way, i have no issues.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      BlueStacks has been causing me trouble too -- it's simply not loading anymore --, but everything still works fine when using the Nox App Player.

  48. Anonymous
    July 23, 2016 at 5:41 am

    fake gps not opening

    • Tina Sieber
      July 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Try the alternative method using the Nox App Player, rather than BlueStacks. It's easier to set up too.

      • Kaelyn Y
        July 25, 2016 at 1:47 am

        Nox App continuously says "stopped working" I've deleted and redownloaded the file, even turned off my antivirus, nothing is working.

  49. A.H
    July 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    In Bluestacks I do not have the entire left bar, so I cannot find the APK button.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Have you tried to restart BlueStacks?

  50. belinda
    July 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Please help how do i catch the pokemon using my keyboard

    • Tina Sieber
      July 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      You need at least a touchpad or a mouse to catch a Pokemon.

  51. Christian Klokmose Hundevadt
    July 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    my pokemon stop working when i swicth location.. i can't take any pokestops and can't catch pokemons, they get in the ball rolls 2 times and then they get out and run away instend
    pls help me

    • Grant
      July 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      You have been soft banned. Pokemon GO figured out you were cheating, so they soft banned you for a while. This means you can't catch pokemon, get pokestops (it just keeps spinning), or do gym battles.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      To expand on what Grant writes...
      The softban can last for several hours.

      In future, make smaller jumps when you switch location.

      Alternatively, use Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks (easier to set up) and you won't have to jump locations, you can just move around in the game using your keyboard. You can find links for Nox towards the end of my article.

      • Anon
        July 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm

        Alternatively, when you make big jumps ensure that you have 24+ hours of not playing in between so that it is plausible that you took the plane and travelled.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 24, 2016 at 1:25 am

          That's a great tip too!

  52. David
    July 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Not sure what i'm doing wrong, but I load into the game everything works, except I can't collect at stop and everytime I try to catch a pokemon, it runs away.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 24, 2016 at 1:25 am

      You could have been soft-banned or your system / internet connection is too slow. Did you try the Nox App Player rather than BlueStacks?

  53. adil44
    July 21, 2016 at 2:49 am

    hi , i can move and collect items from pokestops but i cant catch pokemon they apper on the radar but in the map all i see is its shadow and circels around it ... also there is no image of any pokemon in the gyms

    • Tina Sieber
      July 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Not sure why this is happening. Have you tried to restart BlueStacks? You could also try to get it running on the Nox App Player; it's a lot easier to set up too. Maybe it's just a temporary server issue and will go away eventually. Do let us know!

    • Sewagefarmer
      July 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

      hey guys.. me and a friend had the same problem! Just try to restart bluestacks 5-10 times and it will work to close the ar. once u made it it will stay non-ar (worked for us) its annoying but it worked here...sry for bad english ;-)

      • Tina Sieber
        July 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

        Thank you for sharing your trick!

  54. Federico
    July 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

    When i click to disable ar mode in bluestacks pokemon freezes. What can i do?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      You could just leave AR turned on and see whether that works. Good luck!

  55. IwanCL
    July 20, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Hi, I cant turn off the AR every time y try it crashes blue stacks :( everything else works perfecetly.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Try leaving AR turned on. Doesn't look as nice, but if it works, why bother.

      • Ash
        July 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        Or use regedit to disable the camera.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm

          Good one, Ash!

        • tasha
          July 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm

          how do i use regedit to disable ar? i have been having this issue since yesterday

  56. alexander gerndt
    July 20, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Hi.
    I got a bit of a problem.
    Game loads up fine and i can move around. but evertime i trow a pokeball at a pokemon it just shuts down the app.
    any fix for this?
    thanks

    • Marco
      July 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Same problem

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Is this on Windows 10? Have you tried the Windows 7 / 8.1 version of BlueStacks?

      Otherwise, try the Nox App Player, see article for a link.

      It could be that the emulator running the game just requires too many system resources.

  57. Rjf38
    July 20, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Hello, I have been fiddling with bluestacks (3 different versions) for hours now. I can get the fake location up and running and all set to go but then, I install the pokemon go app, open it up and it crashes right after the white intro screen. Am I doing something wrong everytime?? weird. (Ive tried being logged into my google account as well as having no google account installed at all). Thank you!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      You could check the Windows Reliability Monitor, a native Windows application, to see whether it recorded anything about the BlueStacks crash, then continue your troubleshooting from there.

      Or just try the Nox App Player instead, see alternative solution described in my article.

  58. 6pentagon
    July 20, 2016 at 1:41 am

    so, if i dont have touch screen i cant interact with poke stop and catch pokemon?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 3:05 am

      It also works with the mouse. I have a touchscreen, but I've successfully been using the mouse on Poke stops.

  59. kobi
    July 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    what i can do if i have win 10?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      What do you mean? The article was written using a Windows 10 Insider Preview and the setup worked fine.

      If you're referring to the BlueStacks download, just use the first link. The second link is for Windows 7/8.1, but you can try it if the Windows 10 BlueStacks version crashes for you. If it works with neither of the two BlueStacks versions, you could try the Nox App Player.

  60. Reiki
    July 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    For the writters of this article in regards of having trouble with the performance on Nox. When you select the options on Nox, it's by default set on a 1GB android phone with 1 core, you can change it to 2 or 4 cores and more ram, it will smoooth things out. Also, in order to make Nox work using less processor power and ram, you need to enable virtualization on your BIOS options since Nox uses a virtual box (bluestacks does it too but it doesn't rely that much on it for performance, but you'll still get bluestacks to be lighter by doing that).
    Hope this helps.

  61. muriha
    July 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    ty so much
    but i got "failed detect location"?
    how fix this?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Where do you see this error?

  62. qhizer shareef
    July 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    help me please!! whenever i open this app ( pokemon go) it shows black screen for a while and i can see nothing in this game clearly except roads and closes quickly help me please!!!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Have you tried the Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks?

  63. tata ludi
    July 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    is windows 10 pro i try nex but dont work

    • Tina Sieber
      July 19, 2016 at 1:02 am

      Sorry that it doesn't work, tata ludi. All I can say that it was all working here. If you just can't log in anymore or nothing loads, it could also be that the Pokémon servers are down.

      Just to make sure, did you follow point 7 and turn off "location for this device"?

  64. tata ludi
    July 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    dont can see poke stops what is wrong any hellp

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Did you turn off Windows location services? Which version of Windows are you using?

      You could also try the alternative method using Nox App Player. It's easier to set up.

    • tata ludi
      July 18, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      and i got on scren filed to detect location any can hellp

  65. HELP ME
    July 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Ummm The Expert mode for the Map DOESN'T WORK PLEASE HELP

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Which version of Fake GPS were you using? Turns out the Pro version is needed, which can't be (legally) downloaded for free anymore. Please check the article for an alternative setup using Nox App Player instead of BlueStacks. It's easier and has some benefits.

  66. Celesta
    July 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Hi... I already installed as per your guiding, and I did try twice, but the Pokemon go still failed to detect the location... any idea how to check if this face GPS is really working ?
    One more thing, how I can disable location for win 7, 64 bit ??

    • Celesta
      July 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Finnally I could go into the Pokemon by creating new account, but the message Failed to detect GPS location still there, and I also have the same problem with Jerb, I cannot find any pokestop, while if I play using SmartPhone, on the area that I put on the FakeGPS, there are several PokeStop, but on the Bluestack, nothing...

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      To disable location for Windows 7 (that may well be the problem), open the Start Menu, type sensor, open the respective result, and select Enable location and other sensors. In the list of installed sensors, disable the Geosense Location Sensor by deselecting the (enabled) box next to it, then click Apply.

  67. Joe Telliot
    July 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I can't get items in the Pokestops and when I try to catch Pokemon, they run away after my first ball. Does that mean I'm soft banned? If so, how long does it usually take to get unbanned?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I haven't experienced a soft ban myself, yet. I suspect that you wouldn't even see Pokémons if you were banned. Maybe BlueStacks requires too many resources to run the game smoothly.

      I'd recommend to try the alternative method I added to the article, namely using Nox App Player, rather than BlueStacks. It's easier to set up; the player comes with Pokémon Go pre-installed.

  68. unknown
    July 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Any help. Game freezes every time I try to turn off AR mode? :( can't get it thru

    • Edwin
      July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I had the same issue to avoid this when clicking on a pokemon dont try to switch the AR mode off just try and catch the pokemon even if the screen is blank, click as if you were and then the game will ask you if you wish to turn off the AR mode since it can’t sense your phone’s calibration. After that it has been working for me.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I'd suggest to do what Edwin recommended. Just leave the AR on, it shouldn't make a big difference.

      Thank you for helping out, Edwin!

  69. Some Cat
    July 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Expert mode isn't available in the free version anymore, otherwise this works quite well. So basically it costs you about $2 a little over.

  70. Jerb
    July 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Hey Tina, whatever location i set it to, it doesn't seem to show any pokestops or anything at all. But it does relocate me to the correct matching fake gps locations

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:10 am

      Hey Jerb,

      I had this same problem at first, until I picked a location I had visited physically before.

      You should find Pokéstops almost everywhere, as long as the place has a center or a landmark. Maybe you just have to try around. Try to avoid big jumps though.

      Do let us know if you get it to work. Thank you!

  71. Ben Leverett
    July 18, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Instead of using Bluestacks, wouldn't it be more efficient to use an actual VM, like AMIDuos? Or, here's a novel idea, use an actual Android phone\tablet.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:12 am

      An actual Android device is of course the best option. But in case you only have a Windows PC or would prefer to play on your desktop, an emulator (or VM; virtually the same) is the way to go.

  72. God
    July 17, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    well all works btw everytime i try to disable AR pokemon go crashes so i cant catch any s**t because this version of blue stacks (windows 7/8 linked here) totally suckz

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Can you just leave the AR on?

      If BlueStacks doesn't work for you, try NoxPlayer. It's easier to set up (comes with Pokémon GO pre-installed) and you can move around using the keyboard.

    • Edwin
      July 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      I had the same issue to avoid this when clicking on a pokemon dont try to switch the AR mode off just try and catch the pokemon even if the screen is blank, click as if you were and then the game will ask you if you wish to turn off the AR mode since it can't sense your phone's calibration. After that it has been working for me.

  73. Jesus
    July 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    all working perfectly till... found a poke went to catch screen n it was all black... then pushed the button up in right to set off camera and... pokemon go app gets blocked.... closed all tryed to restart bluestacks n now stucks at loading screen.. this program suckz really

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Sorry for the trouble. BlueStacks is pretty resource intensive.

      You could also try NoxPlayer, which is easier to set up.

    • Edwin
      July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I had the same issue to avoid this when clicking on a pokemon dont try to switch the AR mode off just try and catch the pokemon even if the screen is blank, click as if you were and then the game will ask you if you wish to turn off the AR mode since it can’t sense your phone’s calibration. After that it has been working for me.

      • Tina Sieber
        July 18, 2016 at 10:27 pm

        Thank you for helping out, Edwin!

  74. Nika B
    July 17, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I can't check the Expert mode in Fake GPS Location app (I used the updated link) - you have to download Pro version to unlock all the settings, so this doesn't work. :(
    Thanks for instruction :)

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:19 am

      Sorry, Nika! I did use the Pro version to set everything up and couldn't test it with the free version. You could alternatively try NoxPlayer, which comes with Pokémon GO pre-installed and is easier to set up.

  75. veritas
    July 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for tutorial. However I am not able to use Expert mode in fake GPS even so it root checker tells me it is rooted correctly. In kingoroot I have to request of fake GPS app for root authent. Any suggestions`?

    • Kevin
      July 17, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      Same problem. Help us Tina :P

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:22 am

      I'm afraid the $5 Pro version is needed. I've updated the article accordingly.

      You could instead try NoxPlayer, which is free, easier to set up, and comes with Pokémon GO pre-installed.

      • veritas
        July 18, 2016 at 10:39 pm

        so 3€ was not working but NoxPlayer worked with the following fix... http://en.bignox.com/blog/?p=49 so now hyper-V has to run on the server ;). <3 thanks for info

  76. ben
    July 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    hey tina, for some reason I cant turn on the expert mode on fakegps. what might be the issue?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:23 am

      Hey Ben, apparently the $5 Pro version is needed to get access to this feature. My article originally linked to this version, until the free download expired. I've updated the article again.

      Another free solution is NoxPlayer, which comes with Pokémon GO pre-installed and is easier to set up.

  77. Macca
    July 17, 2016 at 9:33 am

    i have followed all steps and done all troubleshooting and it cannot detect my location. im in my own home and it wont work

  78. Aa
    July 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    i got everything working with one exception. the pokestops don't drop items when i spin them. is there anybody who can tell me what setting i need to change to make them work?

    • Max Chiu
      July 17, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      You have been soft banned
      you need to wait before you can lay again

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      It could be as Max wrote, but also keep in mind that not all Pokéstops will drop items. I come across "empty" ones outdoors all the time. Keep trying and do go back to a stop you visited in the real world before.

  79. Josh
    July 17, 2016 at 2:05 am

    King root is full chinese and does it work with iphone?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      This article is written for a Windows application called BlueStacks, an Android emulator. You don't need King Root to run Pokémon GO on your iPhone.

      The game will be available on the app store once it rolls out in your country. On Android you can sideload the app (without rooting) before that's the case. I don't think that's possible (without jailbreaking) on an iPhone.

  80. toni
    July 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    That FakeGPS that you have there to download doesn't work, it's paid...

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      They must have seized the moment. I downloaded the APK for free when writing this article. Sorry!

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      I've updated the article with download links for the free Fake GPS app, which is also free on Google Play. Hope this works.

  81. Daniel Meier
    July 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    always when i press yes to turn of AR it crashes any fixes?

    • Tina Sieber
      July 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      I didn't have this issue. Can you just leave the AR on?

  82. Jimmy Foster
    July 16, 2016 at 3:58 am

    It's dickbags like you that clog up the servers and crash them for the rest of us.

  83. MajorSpacecase
    July 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Kinda convoluted. bignox.com's new version of their NoxPlayer App will let you download an installer of their program with Pokemon Go already installed and ready to play.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you for sharing! Here's the link for anyone wondering: http://en.bignox.com/blog/?p=424

      • Max Chiu
        July 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

        Hey Tina, The download for the Fake GPS Location needs money to download. How do you get the app file?
        Thanks :)

        • Tina Sieber
          July 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

          It was free when I wrote the article, but looks like they couldn't resist now that everyone is using it to run Pokémon GO. I think I found a free version and will update the article.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

      Meanwhile, I've tried NoxPlayer. It works and was much easier to set up, but for me it's much slower than BlueStacks.

      Also, changing location inside the app doesn't work (Windows 10). Have tried to fix that, but to no avail. Manually changing location coordinates in some .ini file works though.

      The one big advantage of this setup is that you can move around in the game using the keyboard.

      Thank you for sharing again!

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