Pokémon GO Plus Not Connecting? How to Fix

by Aaron Roussey Updated On Oct 26, 2023 Published On Nov 24, 2021 Tips

Love using Pokémon GO Plus? Well, who doesn't? It's a great accessory for capturing new characters on the fly. But sometimes, the Pokémon GO Plus can have connection issues that can result in a bad experience.

But don't you worry: in this article, we'll tell you how to address the Pokémon GO Plus connection issue so you can get back on the field to collect some rare Pokemons. 

Pokemon Go Plus

What Is Pokémon GO Plus?

Pokémon GO Plus is an essential accessory for avid Pokémon GO players, enhancing the gameplay experience by allowing you to catch Pokémon and spin PokéStops with a simple click.

You can take it anywhere as it's highly compact and portable. For the connection, the wearable relies on your phone's Bluetooth to let you perform the actions within the game.

If the Pokemon encountered is a new Pokemon that you've not captured before, the device will flash a yellow light.

However, frustration can set in when your Pokémon GO Plus refuses to pair with your smartphone. If you're facing Pokémon GO Plus not connecting issue, don't worry – there are steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.

Pokémon GO Plus not connecting

#1. Check System Requirements

Pokémon GO Plus is a great game accessory, but it is not supported with all smartphones. Before diving into troubleshooting, ensure that your smartphone meets the Pokémon GO Plus system requirements.

Your phone must support Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) and have Bluetooth enabled.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Android OS should be above 4.4
  2. You would require a strong mobile data connection (preferably 3G or 4G)
  3. GPS and Location Services should be enabled
  4. Bluetooth 4.0+ is needed
  5. The resolution of the device should be a minimum of 720 x 1280 pixels
  6. It does not work on rooted devices

If your device doesn't meet these criteria, pairing issues may arise.

#2. Location Matters

If the device doesn't connect or doesn't even show up on your screen, try moving to another location and repeat steps 1–5. Sometimes, signal interference or low Bluetooth range can affect the pairing process.

#3. Refresh Pokémon GO Plus

Sometimes, a simple restart can work wonders. Relaunch the Pokémon GO app, and then refresh Pokémon GO Plus. This can help clear any temporary glitches that might be hindering the pairing process.

Here are the steps:

  1. Press and hold the Go+ button until the blue light stops blinking.
  2. Keep holding the Go+ button until the blue light turns solid.
  3. Release the button and hold it again until the device starts to vibrate.
  4. Press the Go+ button until the white light starts to blink.
  5. Connect your phone with the Pokémon GO plus.

This method is pretty straightforward and works well for many players.

#4. Unpair and Repair the Pokémon Go Plus

To play Pokémon GO with Pokémon GO Plus, you would have to pair the gaming accessory with your smartphone. So, if the wearable fails to connect, consider unpairing it and pairing it again after a while.

Unpairing the Pokémon Go Plus for Android

  1. Go to Settings and open Bluetooth
  2. If paired, tap on Pokémon GO. If it's not paired, then you will see it in the list of available devices.
  3. Unpair the Pokémon GO Plus and then tap again to pair it.
  4. Open the Pokémon GO game and select settings.
  5. Tap on the Pokémon GO Plus and attach the available device to the game.

Unpairing the Pokémon Go Plus for iPhone

  1. Press the Pokémon GO Plus Function button. If the blue light flashes, then it means the gaming accessory is paired.
  2. Keep holding the button until the light stops blinking.
  3. Press and keep holding down the Function button for 5 seconds. The light will turn to solid blue.
  4. Now let go of the function button.
  5. Press and hold the Function button again for 5 seconds. The Pokémon GO Plus is going to vibrate. It means that the device has been successfully unpaired from the iPhone.
  6. Then repair it using the iPhone's Bluetooth settings

This method works most of the time.

#5. Restart Your Phone

If you're still having trouble with connecting the Pokémon GO Plus device to your smartphone, try restarting your handset.

  1. Shut off your WiFi.
  2. Disable both WiFi and Bluetooth scanning. Open Settings -> Location -> Tap on the three dots -> Scanning and then deselect the WiFi and Bluetooth Scanning.
  3. Now, restart your phone.
  4. Open the Pokémon GO app and open the settings.
  5. Keep the Pokémon GO Plus around 6 feet.
  6. Press the Go+ button and check if it appears on the menu.
  7. If the Go+ sign is greyed out on the map screen, then tap it again. Android device will successfully connect the Go plus gaming accessory.

#6. Compatibility Test

If all else fails, it's possible that there's a compatibility issue between your smartphone and Pokémon GO Plus. Test this by trying the device on another smartphone. If it pairs successfully on another device, there may be compatibility problems with your original phone.

Remember, Pokémon GO Plus needs to be reset every time it's paired with a new device or after your phone undergoes a software update. This ensures a clean connection. By following these steps, you can increase the chances of resolving the "won't pair" issue and get back to enjoying your Pokémon GO adventures with this nifty accessory.

Hopefully, one of the above methods will solve your problem of the Pokémon GO Plus not connecting to your smartphone.

Pokémon GO Plus connected

If the Issue Remains, Try the Following:

If the previously mentioned steps do not resolve the pairing issues between your Pokémon GO Plus and your smartphone, here are some additional troubleshooting steps you can try:

Uninstall and Reinstall the Pokémon GO App

Uninstall the Pokémon GO app from your smartphone and then reinstall it. This can help ensure that you have the latest version of the app and that any potential app-related issues are resolved.

Clear List of Connected Devices

Clear the list of connected devices from your phone. This ensures there are no lingering connections that might be interfering with the pairing process.

Factory Reset the Pokémon GO Plus

If none of the above steps work, it may be time to perform a factory reset on your Pokémon GO Plus device. Here's how to do it:

For Pokémon GO Plus:

  1. Press and hold the Main Button for 5 seconds. The indicator light will glow blue.
  2. Press and hold the Main Button again for 5 seconds. The device will vibrate.

For Pokémon GO Plus+:

  1. Press and hold the black side button.
  2. While holding the black side button, use something to press and hold the black indented button on the back.
  3. While holding, wait for a short vibration and then a longer one to indicate the device has been reset.
  4. Performing a factory reset can clear any persistent issues and ensure a fresh start for the pairing process. After the reset, follow the initial pairing steps to reconnect your Pokémon GO Plus with your smartphone.
  5. Following these comprehensive troubleshooting steps'll increase your chances of successfully pairing your Pokémon GO Plus device with your smartphone and returning to your Pokémon GO adventures.

Get More Fun By Changing GPS for Pokémon GO

Want to change your Pokémon GO location? MockGo is the perfect tool. The tool is 100% safe to use and is free to download. But Android smartphones do not support MockGo at this time.

To use the MockGo software to fake the location for Pokémon GO, you need to download and install it on your PC first. Then, follow these steps to spoof your Location in Pokémon GO:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone with your computer. Launch the MockGo software and then click on the start button from the main menu window.

connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 2. You can now see your current Location on the map. Tap on the Teleport button, which is the first icon on the upper right corner of MockGo.

choose teleport mode

Step 3. Type the location you want to travel to in the search field and then click on the Go button.

 search for a location

Step 4. The map will show the searched location that you entered in the search bar. To teleport, click on the Move Here button, and the MockGo tool will change the Location.

click Move Here to teleport the GPS

location teleported

It is that simple to use the MockGo tool to fake a GPS location in Pokémon GO on iOS. You can repeat the steps to go anywhere and catch new Pokemons to grow your collection.


Playing Pokémon GO by using the Pokémon GO Plus gaming accessory can be fun. But it can be frustrating if the device stops working or the connection is interrupted.

If you follow the methods mentioned in this article, you can easily restore the connection and start using the accessory again.

Aaron Roussey
Meet Aaron, the tech-savvy and team member who has touched more grass than all of us combined because he cannot miss a Legendary raid in Pokémon GO. And when he's not trying to catch them all, you can find him on his computer writing all you need to know about phones, games, computers, and everything tech!
Learn more
Foneazy uses cookies to personalize your experience on our website. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our privacy policy. OK