3 Ways to Safely Play Pokemon GO

Tina Sieber 29-07-2016

Pokemon GO, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game that requires players to venture out into the real world 4 Ways Playing Pokemon GO Can Improve Your Life You're likely one of the many people obsessed with Pokemon Go. Did you know the game can have positive effects on your life and the world around you? Here's how! Read More to play, has courted many catastrophes. In search of rare Pokemon, players have stumbled into dangerous neighborhoods, fallen off ocean bluffs, and been robbed; all because they were completely immersed in the game. If not used carefully, Pokemon GO can be dangerous.


The developers were even aware of the game’s risks. On every startup, the app reminds users to stay alert and pay attention to their surroundings.

Pokemon Stay Alert

Once immersed in the game, however, such warnings are quickly forgotten. To avoid becoming a victim of the game, you’d better plan ahead. We show you how you can safely play Pokemon GO by carefully choosing how and where you play.

As a Public Transport or Car Passenger

If you spend many hours a month on buses, trains, or as a car passenger, here’s an excellent opportunity to make this time more enjoyable.

Public transport often passes through highly populated areas, which increases the number of Pokestops and your chance of spotting a Pokemon. Big stations usually have at least one Pokestop and as your train or bus stops, you have enough time to collect items and catch a Pokemon. Remember that the game requires an Internet connection 10 Essential Offline Android Apps for People Without Mobile Data or Wi-Fi Here are the best Android apps that work offline, whether you don't have a data plan or are in an area with no service. Read More , which is a challenge if the subway runs underground or if you’re on a high-speed train without Wi-Fi.


If public transport isn’t an option, look for opportunities to catch a ride with friends or family. Does your mom need someone to help her with grocery shopping? Could you join a friend while they are running errands across town? The drawback here is that you’ll be a pretty dull companion while staring at your phone, playing the game.

Remember that playing Pokemon GO is a distraction and shouldn’t be done if you’re the driver. The same is true for riding your bike, a scooter, or a skateboard: Don’t play and drive at the same time!

Tips for Playing in Moving Vehicles

To collect goods from an approaching Pokestop between vehicle stops, i.e. as you’re driving by, open the Pokestop well in advance, wait until you see the rings opening up, quickly spin the center to make it drop its content, and hit the X to leave the Pokestop, which will automatically collect all dropped items.


Pokemon Driveby

You can even pick up Pokemon on the go, given you spot and click them quick enough. Once you’re in catch-mode, a moving vehicle won’t make you lose that Pokemon, provided you actually do capture it.

Should your Internet connection drop, go into your inventory, study your Pokemon’s powers, decide which ones to trade in, and see if you collected enough candy to develop one.

Stationary Near a Popular Landmark

You don’t have to move to enjoy the game. You could park yourself close to a Pokestop and occasionally harvest items, work on your inventory, or practice your fighting moves at a friendly gym.


A known-to-be-safe popular landmark is a good choice because it likely features many Pokestops, gyms, and passing Pokemon. This could be in a park, outside a museum, or close to a famous statue. If lots of people head to this place to play the game, you might even find a Pokestop with an attached Lure Module, which will attract Pokemon to the location.

Pokemon Lure Module

Tips for Stationary Gameplay

Find a safe location with many Pokestops and a gym, all close enough to be accessed from one single spot or with minimal movement. Maybe there’s a bench, a parking lot, or a coffee shop that works. The added benefit of the latter could be free Wi-Fi, which will cut the cost of mobile Internet.

Once you’ve found a spot you can hang out at for a while, it’s great time to use Incense or attach a Lure Module to a close-enough Pokestop, both of which will make Pokemon come to your location.


Pokemon Incense

Note that an active Lure Module will also attract other players. Using an Incense is the safer option because it’s private, but it requires you to move around at least a little bit.

On Your Windows Desktop

The safest place to play Pokemon GO is from your own home. However, residential and indoor areas rarely have Pokestops or attract Pokemon. A workaround is to play Pokemon GO from your Windows desktop, which enables you to physically stay home, but virtually pick a popular location to move around in.

We recommend the Nox App Player, which is easy to set up because it comes with Pokemon GO pre-installed. That way you also don’t have to worry about downloading Pokemon GO Malware.

Pokemon in Nox

Playing the game on your computer is a great option if you can’t leave your house or live in a remote area with few Pokestops. It also works if Pokemon GO isn’t available for your phone or hasn’t launched in your country yet.

The drawback of this method is that it relies on providing fake location data (GPS spoofing), which violates Pokemon GO‘s Terms of Service. If caught, this could get you soft-banned for 30 minutes or several hours.

Tips for Playing on Your PC

To conceal that you’re faking your location, make realistic moves. If you use BlueStacks to run Pokemon GO, jump from one place to the next in small installments or let sufficient time pass between your moves. The Nox App Player actually enables you to move around in the game and your speed shouldn’t be an issue. In both players, stay on roads or paths and avoid walkig on water or across other unlikely landscapes.

Explore Carefully

Next time you leave the house to play Pokemon GO, be prepared. Go with friends and choose a safe location, like a well-maintained park or a public space. Don’t venture off into back alleys or parts of town you’re not familiar with. Your health and well-being are more important than capturing a rare Pokemon. It’s just a game and it’s a good opportunity to practice patience.

If you’re just starting out, don’t miss Justin’s article on Pokemon GO tips every beginner needs to know. And always remember to bring a power bank The Best Pokemon Go Power Banks Pokemon Go beats the heck out of a phone's battery. Squeezing a bit more Pokemon-catching juice out of your phone requires a power bank. But what's the best battery out there? Read More because the game is very draining.

Have you had any Pokemon GO accidents? What else can you recommend to stay safe while playing the game? Please share with us in the comments!

Image Credits:Using cellphone outdoors by AstroStar via Shutterstock

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  1. tom
    August 10, 2016 at 2:11 am

    ill make shore to remember what i just read

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

      Which parts did you consider noteworthy? You could also bookmark or annotate the article for yourself.

  2. Anonymous
    August 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Just keep it safe & sane.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 5, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Common sense is so hard. :)

  3. Mbada Khoury
    August 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    tips for "FAKE GPSING":

    short version:
    1) dont ever teleport out of your city

    2)find a spot that has 2 or more pokestops that are lured in your city (usually found in big parks)

    3)wait 30-60 seconds before attempting to catch a pokemon after teleporting 10KM or more away from your current location.
    4)never try power farm a specific kind of pokemon, means that dont go on a teleporting spree after 1 kind of pokemon, this isnt effective because you would be wasting time waiting for that 30-60 seconds to pass before you try to catch that pokemon, instead in a 3 pokestops lured location, you would catch 5 extra pokemon.

    later on a friend told me about another Android emulator, its called NOX, it comes fake gps and pokemon already installed.
    also, this software supports 2 extra awesome features
    -you can use WASD to move!
    -A script recorder (MACRO RECORDER)

    for more explanation and expanded guide.. read whats below.

    first i would like to say that i always been that kinda person who tries to break into anything, trying to figure out the ins and outs of anything i touch, so as usual i really wanted to know how pokemon go works..
    also, note that pokemon go hasnt been officially launched in my country, yet we still have lots of pokemon, pokestops and gyms.

    so, after the official release, i downloaded BLUESTACKS, an amazing android emulator for pc. downloaded the apk and installed the game. then i rooted and installed fake gps on bluestacks, i followed the steps of this video that is detailed and really helpful.
    so first i was teleporting randomly inside my small city, untill i found a spot that reaches 3 pokestops and a gym (LURE IS ALWAYS USED ON ALL 3 POKESTOPS).
    so because the game needs a lot of grinding.. i found myself sitting there for hours collecting all the random different pokemon that spawned because of the lures.
    a week or so after that, pokevision was released, for those who arent familiar, its basically google maps + live exact and timered pokemon locations.
    i started to teleport way more often to collect certain pokemon that i was interested in for grinding EXP, i also teleported to ANY rare pokemon location to try to get it, what i discovered was:

    1) if you teleport roughly 10KM or more away from your current location, youre gonna get some kind of a ban, (or a bug, arguably).
    what happens is that after teleporting youre not gonna be able to catch any pokemon, collect a nearby pokestop or fight a gym, for the next 30-60 seconds after the teleport, if you try to catch the pokemon, after the first attempt, the pokemon will break free and then flee. and if you try to take out a gym, it crashes right before the word "GO" appears and kick you out of the gym arena, if you try to collect loot from a pokestop, the sign will spin but do nothing, stay blue, and do nothing but spin for no reason. that bug/ban will stop after 30-60 seconds. it happened 3 times when i teleported to a dragonite that was in my city, and when i tried to catch it, it ran away after the first catching attempt (not the throw).

    2)the second thing that i discovered was that: due to that bug, its way more effective for you to sit in that 3 lured pokestops location than to try to catch 50 pidgies in a row or to grind fast for that 400 magikarp candy. everytime you teleport more than 10km away, youre gonna have to wait 1 minute before you can catch a pokemon, meanwhile in a 3 lured pokestops your fear would be a certain pokemon despawning before you even have a chance to catch it because youre actually busy trying to catch another pokemon thats nearby.. RARE AND POWERFUL POKEMON WILL APPEAR MORE OFTEN THAT WHAT YOU WOULD THINK.. more than trying to track them all over the city map.

    3)hatching eggs:
    Off course as a fake gps user i found it hard to hatch eggs with all these jumps.. so i had to be creative..
    what i did was: i mannually saved 13 locations inside a nearby university campus, all of which have 2 or more pokestops instantly available to collect, and because they all are relatively close to one another, my character didnt teleport to them, instead he walked to them, so i numbered them from 1 to 13, and ran from 1 to 13 collecting all the pokestops and hatching a lot of eggs, also taking gyms that crossed my path.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thank you for all the great tips!

      I covered the Nox App Player in a previous article on how to play Pokemon on Windows and also recommend it above. In the beginning I found it performed worse than BlueStacks, but eventually I came to appreciate the ability to move in-game. So much better!

  4. Andre Cownil
    July 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    That's why you should be armed at all time. There is no reason for taking unnecessary risks.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      You must be from the US.

  5. Alan Wade
    July 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Try looking for a job rather than an imaginary furry thing....