31 Bugs In Pokémon GO With Quick Fixes / Workarounds But 1 May Get You Banned

It is known that Pokémon GO is not a perfect game by any means, there are still plenty of bugs awaited to be fixed by Niantic developers. Meanwhile, some bugs can be easily avoided, if not, fixed temporary by using the below listed turnarounds.

Do watch out with the “may get you banned” workarounds as you certainly don’t want to break the law of Pokémon GO and get banned! ​

#

Bug

Cause

Workaround

1

Gym ERROR

GPS Drift

Turn off GPS after selecting attacker
but before starting battle (may get you banned), use a GPS locker (this may
get you banned, thx/u/zeratoz), use “Device Only” or “GPS
Only” on Android devices. (thx/u/zeratoz)

2

Gym ERROR

Pokémon placed in a lower slot while battling

Wait until all empty slots filled
before battling

3

Gym ERROR

Pokémon removed from lower slot while battling

No good workaround. Wait 10 min before
interacting with that gym if you error. Interacting with gym again could
restart clock on gym error ban

4

Gym ERROR

Network connectivity

No good workaround. Wait 10 min before
interacting with that gym if you error. Interacting with gym again could
restart clock on gym error ban

5

Gym ERROR (thx/u/iamfrankfrank)

Pokémon dies during a group battle or you run or disconnect during a group battle fight

No good workaround. Wait 10 min before
interacting with that gym if you error. Interacting with gym again could
restart clock on gym error ban

6

Gym ERROR (the/u/zzmmrmn)

Specific gyms will create a gym error
if you try to battle it

No good workaround, need to restart Pokémon Go and/or clear Pokémon Go cache to remove softban. (thx /u/JamesBroER)

7

Gym battle Insta-death

Join a battle after another player has
initiated the battle

Start battle with “sacrificial” Pokémon, then switch to fighter

8

Gym battle “fake” damage

Successfully dodge an attack but get
hit with full damage temporarily

No good workaround, sometimes may
cause a Gym ERROR for 10 min (thx /u/gakushan)

9

Gym battle “invisible” Pokémon (thx/u/StellaRose2)

Receive Gym battle “fake” damage and have your Pokémon HP restored

Keep playing like normal. The Pokémon is still there, but it’s invisible and can’t be switched out. If you try, you will create a Gym ERROR

10

Gym battle charge move animation or
text box does not show

Can sometimes occur when enemy uses 2
charge moves in a row

No good workaround

11

Prestige enemy gym

While you prestige a gym, the enemy takes it down and adds their Pokémon, and you end up prestiging their gym

No good workaround

12

Invisible Pokémon spawn

Game not properly loading sprite

Download all game sprites by scrolling through Pokédex

13

Pokémon disappears while selecting (thx/u/Kasuha)

Unknown

No good workaround

14

Log in error

Unknown

No good workaround

15

Audio cutting out

Another app (e.g. Whatsapp) plays a sound over Pokémon Go

Set dnd on your phone
(thx /u/FireLucid), restart app if it occurs

16

First Pokéball flies into space

Sometimes occurs when throwing a Pokéball during a Pokémon animation (e.g. jumping, attacking Pokéball, etc.)

Wait until first animation completes before throwing Pokéball. (thx/u/Sever4ever,/u/bubba4114)

17

Loss of too many items when throwing
away (thx /u/ohbearly)

Throw away items, see no change in
inventory, throw away items again, see too many items thrown away in
inventory

If you throw away items and don’t see
a change in inventory, close and restart the app. Or only throw away items
when connection is good.

18

Pokémon Go completely unresponsive (thx/u/ohbearly)

If you send too many inputs in a row, like rapid taps when healing a Pokémon

Patiently wait for a response to last
input before sending a subsequent input. Close and restart app when it
becomes unresponsive.

19

Pokémon Go UI unresponsive (thx/u/mrflarp)

Unknown

Close and restart app

20

Pokéstop has label “Try again later” (thx/u/kjhf1273)

Spin Pokéstop and exit spinning screen before the Pokéstop changes color

Pokéstop was successfully spun and items are in your inventory. To get Pokéstop to turn purple, stop the app and restart.

21

Pokéstop has label “THIS POKESTOP IS TOO FAR AWAY” when in range (thx/u/kjhf1273)

Unknown

Ignore message and spin Pokéstop as normal.

22

Distance not tracking correctly for
eggs or buddy

Unknown

Travel in straight lines only
(impractical for most)

23

Selecting Pokémon causes it to disappear with “Error” message

Pokémon has despawned but still shows up on your screen

No good workaround

24

Pokémon randomly appear and disappear (different from spawning and despawning)

Unknown

No good workaround

25

Selecting a Pokémon provides “This Pokémon is too far away” (thx/u/saggyfire)

Unknown

Not a problem. Select Pokémon like normal and catch.

26

“No connection” message while catching Pokémon (thx/u/foxtrot709)

Connection to Niantic servers is
interrupted

On iOS (may work on Android, needs testing), minimize application and wait until internet connection is stable (could be on client side or server side), return to application and resume catching Pokémon. VERY important if you’re catching a rare and Pokémon already despawned.

27

Pokédex button brings up tips instead of Pokédex (thx/u/Saint_Hacker)

Use a device, such as an iPad, that is not optimized for the Pokémon Go UI size

Hit bottom half of Pokédex button

28

White screen freezes
(thx /u/yuvi3000)

Sometimes caused by a glitched 3D
sprite, but can occur even without glitched 3D sprite.

No good workaround. Restart app and
try not to select that triggering sprite until glitch is fixed

29

Unresponsive UI (e.g. Pokéstop says “try again later,” no Sightings, glitched gym UI) (thx /u/sovietfunk)

Unknown

Restart app or sometimes will fix
itself after connection to Niantic server restores itself after waiting for
white ball of death to stop spinning

30

Distance to Pokéstops, and possibly Pokémon, not calculating correctly (thx /u/djfoo000)

Occurs close to the equator, Niantic
math is wrong

No good workaround. Run around Pokéstop or Pokémon spawn area until interaction can occur.

31

Error when transferring Pokémon (thx/u/lordbtm)

Unknown

Restart app to confirm whether or not Pokémon was transferred

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