Play Pokémon Go on your Windows PC using this free software

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Pokémon Go was one of the most awaited games in 2016 for mobile devices, and when it finally came on August 2, Android and iOS users were in the seventh heaven. This made envious Windows PC users, who would have wanted to catch adorable Pokémon creatures.

The thing is that this game requires a device’s GPS to detect its location and to place the player on the map, which he/she will follow to find Pokémon. Since desktop computers are placed on a desk, they are not moving, therefore, players are unable to take them outside and wander the streets in search of monsters. But, there’s a way that allows PC users to play Pokémon Go, and this involves installing the BlueStacks Player, which simulated an Android smartphone on a Windows PC.

Before downloading BlueStacks App Player, you must know that Ninatic, the developer of this game, is blocking cheaters (temporarily or permanently), which means that there are high chances that you’ll be caught while playing on your desktop. However, if you don’t make in-app purchases, you’ll be fine.

So, install BlueStacks and give it access to the Google Play Store, as it will use a tool that will spoof your location using Google Maps. Now, click the location icon from the left-hand menu, look for a postcode and mark a point on the map by double clicking on it. Then, click the Play button from the bottom right and click the Android tab from the top and you should see Pokémon Go under Trending Apps. If not, you will manually search for it.

The application will load and you will log in/create a new account and customize your avatar. Set your location and you’re ready to hunt Pokémon. Use the WASD keys to navigate and hold the Shift key to run. By clicking your mouse, you will “tap” the screen and since you won’t need the camera to explore outside, it’s better to turn it off, because when opening it, the application freezes.

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