Niantic is turning Pokemon GO into Pokemon STOP for those with a rooted phone

Niantic is turning Pokemon GO into Pokemon STOP for those with a rooted phone
If you have root access on your Android phone, don't expect to be able to continue with your second job as a Pokemon trainer. Game developer Niantic recently disseminated an update to v.0.115.2 of the still popular Pokemon GO mobile game. Among the changes, the app can now go through your phone's internal storage and look for any files related to rooting. If one is found, you will not be able to access the game.

As you might imagine, this has created a stir on Reddit where some are saying that Niantic is abusing the storage read permission to scan for any signs of rooting. Niantic is concerned that those with root access will cheat. This same Redditor (who goes by the handle of .NetRoller 3D on the XDA forum) says that he was able to start playing again after he found the option to repackage the manager app in the settings, and deleted its directory on his phone's native storage. He also removed other flashable .zip files and was able to continue the quest to "Catch 'em all."

The interesting thing, which could end up biting Niantic on the back side, is that some Pokemon trainers who haven't rooted their phones are also being cut off. One such Pokemon GO player said that his phone had an empty Magisk Manager folder. He unsuccessfully tried rooting once, and never got around to installing the mods manager on his device. Yet, Niantic treats him as though his phone is rooted.

Niantic obviously is concerned with the integrity of its game, which you can't blame it for. However, the assumptions that the developer is making (some say that even an unlocked bootloader triggers the ban) have made it look bad. As a result, many of the players who cannot sign-in to Pokemon GO say that they are just dropping the game.

source: Reddit, XDA via AndroidPolice



1. civicsr2cool

Posts: 278; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Still no fix for jailbroken phones either. POGO is dead.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

To play this dystopian thing, or to enjoy enhanced audio and system tweaks? Gee, what a tough choice!

3. thedizzle

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

This doesnt help at all, this just pisses people off that actually want to root their phone for the benefits rooting gives. Theres a bunch of apps that work without root to cheat on this game. Dumb.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Sometimes it just isn't worth updating an app... especially if it's working properly to begin with. Beware updates that give shady/no reasons as to what the update involves (ahem: Google).

6. Brewski

Posts: 730; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

People still play this game?

10. MoonlitTear

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2008 June 2018. You have no idea how popular this game still is.

8. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Do I smell class action suite.

9. Qbsoon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

:O Rooted phones were blocked a long time ago. I had rooted phone and I couldn't play Pokemon GO more than year ago.

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