Pokémon Go Plus FAQ
- Can the Pokémon Go Plus track distance while my phone is locked?
Yes! Contrary to initial statements by Nintendo, once the app is running and the Plus is connected, you can use other apps or even lock your phone, and Pokémon Go will continue to track kilometers walked for both the "Buddy Pokémon" system and egg incubators.
- Does the Pokémon Go Plus have its own GPS?
No. The Plus is essentially a remote control for the Pokémon Go app. Even when using the Plus, Pokémon Go relies on your phone's GPS and location services to track your position. Therefore, those with non-GPS-equipped phones or tablets are still out of luck (and your plan of sticking the Plus on your cat's collar to rack up kilometers is not going to work).
- Does the Pokémon Go Plus contain a pedometer?
No. Despite early rumors, the Pokémon Go Plus does not include any sensor hardware for step counting. See above.
- Can I catch Pokémon not already in my Pokédex?
Yes! Originally, the official answer was no, but Niantic has now confirmed that you can.
The button on the Plus will flash green on encountering a Pokémon you've already caught before, and yellow for one you haven't.
- If the Plus alerts me to a Pokémon, do I have to use the button to attempt to capture it?
No. You can always open the app and attempt to capture the Pokémon "by hand". The app will show a marker indicating where the Pokémon was encountered, as seen here. Walk towards the mark and the Pokémon should spawn in the app once it is within your circle.
- Will the Pokémon Go Plus save my phone's battery power?
Currently people are reporting that it does help, but the difference is not as dramatic as one might hope. It's possible that this will improve with future software updates.
- How long does the Pokémon Go Plus's battery last?
This one's still a little unclear. The included user manual gives a spec of "approx. 100 days", but we would expect battery life to vary significantly based on your usage pattern. There are some early reports of highly active players wearing out the battery in under 2 weeks.
- Is the battery rechargeable?
No, the Pokémon Go Plus uses a non-rechargeable CR2032 lithium battery. Fortunately these are fairly cheap and easy to find.
So far (as far as we know) nobody has been brave enough to try an LR2032 lithium-ion rechargeable...