Love playing Pokemon GO on your smartphone? Wait till you play it on a PC. The larger screen takes the gameplay to a whole new level. Plus, it puts an end to the batter drainage issue that affects your experience as you explore Pokestops and gyms around your locality.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an emulator to play Pokemon GO on PC. In this post, we’ll share the steps to run it on your computer without relying on an emulator like BlueStacks. Let’s see how you can experience the game on your computer!
Is Pokemon GO Available on PC?
No, not at least officially. Pokemon GO is a game that you can either play on your Android phone or iPhone. Niantic – the developer of Pokemon GO - designed the game to take advantage of the mobile functionalities of smartphones such as GPS location and camera.
This is why Pokemon GO was never released for computers. Regardless, many players still use emulators to enjoy the game on their PCs.
But you don’t have to take that route because setting up emulators can be a huge drag, especially if you’re not that tech-savvy.
Fortunately, there are easier solutions to getting access to Pokemon GO on PC. And these methods don’t require an emulator at all.
How to Play Pokemon GO on PC without Emulator for iOS
Setting up emulation software (such as Bluestacks) for Pokemon GO is usually a complicated process that many will find off-putting. Even if you do everything right, there's a good chance that this solution still might not work for you. That's just one of the vagaries of emulator apps.
A much more reliable option is to play the game by simply simulating your movement. For this, MockGo is a tried-and-tested tool that is easier to set up and far less time-consuming than configuring Bluestacks.
What MockGo does is it helps you simulate GPS movement on your computer to let you construct a movement path for your Pokemon GO character, so it will be as if you’re playing the game through your PC.
To use MockGo for location-spoofing Pokemon GO through your PC, follow these steps:
Note: MockGo supports Mac and Windows PCs, but you’ll need to hook up an iPhone with your PC. Android is not supported at present.
Mode 1: Linear Movement between two Points
Step 1. Download the MockGo on your computer. After installation, launch it.
Step 2. Use a lightning cable to connect your computer with your iPhone and click on "Start" button.
Step 3. A map will appear on the next screen. Click the first icon on the top-right of the map to enter the "One-Stop Mode".
Step 4. Select a spot on the map where you want to move virtually. Once you've dropped a pin to mark the spot on the map, adjust the slider at the bottom of the screen to control the speed of movement. A popup will appear with a button saying "Move Here". Click on this button.
Step 5. Another dialog box will pop up, asking you the number of times you want to move between your current location and the spot you dropped on the map earlier. Click on "Start" to commence movement.
Your location will now start to move along your selected path, allowing you to use your PC to play Pokemon GO.
Mode 2: Simulate Multi-stop movement
To select a path consisting of multiple drop points, follow the instructions until step 3 above.
Step 1. This time, click on the second icon on the top-right of the map screen to enter "Multi-stop" mode.
Step 2. Select multiple points that you want to simulate movement through on the map and choose a movement speed. Now click on "Move Here" button.
Step 3. In the next popup box, choose the number of times you wish to move through this multi-stop path and then click on "Start".
Step 4. The movement simulation will now begin through the path you've constructed.
Enjoy Pokemon GO on PC through location simulation without using an emulator.
How to Play Pokemon GO on PC without Emulator for Android
If you don't want to go through the trouble of using an emulator like Bluestacks, then Teamviewer serves as an excellent alternative.
For this method, you'll need to install Teamviewer on both your Android device as well as your computer. You'll also need a GPS-faking app to move your character when playing Pokemon GO on a PC.
Follow the steps below to play Pokemon GO on PC without an emulator:
Step 1. Download TeamViewer onto your Windows and Android device
- Download and install TeamViewer on your Windows PC.
- Similarly, download and install TeamViewer QuickSupport on your Android.
- Once downloaded, launch TeamViewer on your Android and install the Quick Support add-on when prompted.
- Wait for an ID code to appear.
- Note down the ID code and run TeamViewer on your PC.
- Find the "Partner ID" field in the TeamViewer main menu and enter the ID code you received on your Android Phone.
- On your phone, allow the remote connection request. This will let your computer access your Android remotely.
Step 2. Download and set Fake GPS Go on your Android
- Now download and install Fake GPS Location on your Android. You'll need it to control your Pokemon GO character.
- Go to Settings > About Phone > Software > Build number. Tap the build number option about seven times to enter Developer Options.
- Scroll down to find "Mock locations". Tap on it to select Fake GPS Go as your device's Mock location app.
- Launch the Fake GPS Go app. You will see a map view once inside the app.
- Drop pins on the map to make a route between two points.
- Click the "Start route" button and minimize the app. This will pop up a joystick.
Step 3. Start to play Pokemon GO on PC
- Now start the Pokemon GO app and use the joystick now appearing on your computer's TeamViewer window (which is remotely controlling your Android) to control the movement of your character.
- Enjoy Pokemon GO on PC without an emulator!
Pokemon GO emulators drive away many players due to the difficult setup process and poor success ratio. However, third-party apps such as MockGo present an easy way of playing Pokemon GO on PC without an emulator.
Not only is this method easier to implement, but it's also more reliable. MockGo Users typically don't face the technical obstacles and software bugs associated with emulators.
TeamViewer's remote access functionality is another working solution to playing Pokemon GO on PC, but it is a little more drawn-out than using MockGo.
Give these methods a try and let us know which approach works the best for you in the comments below.