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Pokémon GO developer Niantic seemed to be on a roll lately, having recently announced the addition of Mega Evolution into the game and offering players three Remote Raid Passes for a single PokéCoin. Sadly, it seems Mega September is kicking off with some bad news for those playing on older phones.

The official Pokémon GO account has announced that the game will be ending support for “Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.”



This isn’t the first time Pokémon GO has outgrown older devices; the game also abandoned a number of Android and iOS devices in 2018, the Apple Watch the following year, and most recently, it dropped support for 32-bit Android phones in June 2020. As always, it’s very unfortunate for avid Pokémon Trainers with older devices, especially for young players who don’t have the luxury of upgrading without a sufficient income.


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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!