Pokemon GO players on Android can now listen to music while hunting

Pokemon GO's latest 0.55.0 patch for Android might not seem too exciting at first glance, but many users have found a new and important update that wasn't mentioned by Niantic in the patch notes. Players are reporting that the latest version of the app no longer interrupts any music that is being played before the game starts, effectively allowing them to listen to their personal choice of tunes.

Previously, the game would pause any media being played before it started, which basically forced users to either endure Pokemon GO's looping sounds and risk getting the melody stuck in their head, or turning the volume down and hunting Pokemon in complete silence. Players on iOS got to enjoy this new feature earlier, which didn't exactly make some Android users too happy.

However, the problem didn't originate with Niantic Labs. The bug that caused the whole thing appears to be in the Unity 3D game engine, which previously worked on the presumption that the app's soundtrack would be the only thing one would like to listen to while playing. Unity Technologies released a fix for this a few weeks ago, but it took Niantic some time before they could incorporate it into a patch. 

Before you go frolicking in your local park to the sound of your favorite song, be advised that the latest update might hide a potential risk for your ears. The game does let you listen to your preferred music while playing, but it also lowers the volume down quite noticeably. If you happen to amplify the sound too much in order to compensate and then close Pokemon GO, the volume will go up to normal levels once more and could possibly cause damage to your eardrums.

source Pokemon GO via SlashGear



1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Dammit PA and your clickbaity thumbnails! XD I thought they had released some headphones!

8. Conkreet908

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

I thought the same thing

2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"basically forced users to either endure Pokemon GO's looping sounds and risk getting the melody stuck in their head, or turning the volume down and hunting Pokemon in complete silence." Really? Do you know anything about the issue? You could always continue your music from the drop down menu while playing the game. Only caveat was that your music player/app had to have the ability to pause/play from the drop down. Nice job researching your article PA!

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was gonna say. It's annoying but it's easily fixed by the drop down music player. It is nice that they fixed it though.

7. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

That is exactly what I though when I read that...

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Uhm, all I had to do was click play again since Pokemon GO paused it upon startup (not when switching between apps).

4. Nopers unregistered

You couldn't do this on Android? I've been doing it on iOS since the game was released.

6. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

After many years of playing pokemon I knew better to mute everthing in the game and keep listening to my music.

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