If you have an older device and play Pokemon Go, you may be forced to upgrade to continue to play the popular game. This October, Polemon Go will no longer be supported on several different aging platforms.
Pokemon Go announced on Twitter that it will end to support for devices that run Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11 sometime in October 2020. So, if the device you use to play Pokemon Go runs one of those operating systems, then you will need to install a newer OS. If you don’t, you will no longer be able to play the game. The problem, here, is that the overwhelming majority of devices that ran outdated operating systems are because more recent versions of the system software simply aren’t available.
Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 are among the many phones and tablets that will lose the ability to play Pokemon Go in October. We don’t exactly when this change will take place, but expect a mandatory update to kill the game on these devices sometime before November.
In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO in October, we will end support for Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 devices. Trainers with devices not specifically listed here will not be affected and don’t need to take any action.— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 31, 2020
It makes sense for this to happen, though. Developers are not free and the market upgrades to newer OSes pretty quickly these days. So, it’s basically costing Pokemon Go’s creators a lot of many to keep a tiny portion of its userbase happy.