How To Use The Appraise Feature In Pokèmon Go

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Pokèmon Go has received an update on both iOS and Android and a new feature called 'Appraise' has been added. Appraisals tell you if the Pokèmon you've caught are any good or not. The Appraisals come from your Team Leaders and tell you if a Pokèmon has noteworthy stats, if it's good for battle or attack, whether its stats are good, and if its size is of any significance. To use the Appraisal feature, you must have upgraded the Pokèmon Go app to version 1.5.0 on iOS and 0.35.0 on Android. With that done, here's how to get an appraisal for your Pokèmon and understand what it means. Read More

How To Drop A Lure On A Pokèstop In Pokèmon Go

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Lures in Pokèmon are like incense, except they're better. A lure is an in-game device that is dropped, or more precisely, attached to a Pokèstop. It causes Pokèmon to spawn around the Pokèstop so that anyone who can access it can catch the Pokèmon spawning around it. Where incense works only for the player who has used it, the lure is for everyone. You can buy lures using the in-game currency or you can get them when you reach certain levels. Attaching a lure to a Pokèstop isn't the same as dropping incense. In fact, it's quite different and not really something you can really figure out by just tapping on your screen. Here's how to attach a lure to a Pokèstop. Read More

Find The Best Pokèmon To Evolve Using IV Stats In Pokèmon Go [Guide]

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Evolving Pokèmon in Pokèmon Go takes a long time for most of them. There are very few Pokèmon that can be evolved with a small number of candies. The only way to get candies is of course to catch the same Pokèmon again and again. Once you have the required number of candies you are ready to evolve your Pokèmon. The question is, with so many of the same Pokèmon, which one do you evolve? If you're not one for fighting battles and helping to take over gyms, then it won't matter but if you plan to evolve a Pokèmon  so that it lasts well in a fight, you need to figure out which is the best one to evolve. To do so, you need to figure out which Pokèmon of all the ones you've caught has the best defense, attack, and stamina stats. There is a science, a proper formula to this. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Use The Nearby Bar To Track Pokèmon In Pokèmon Go

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Pokèmon Go has just received an update;  it's second one in just the last two weeks. The previous update was devastating for players, especially those who live in rural areas. It removed the 'three paw print' tracking feature in the nearby bar. Players long knew that it wasn't accurate but it gave you a hint to the approximate location of a Pokèmon. With it gone and Niantic cracking down on tracking maps, it became hard to find Pokèmon. With this update, Niantic is bringing back tracking for certain beta testers. Most players will not have access to this new feature just yet but this update also has something major which can help you track Pokèmon. The list of nearby Pokèmon now updates very regularly. This has opened up a whole new way to track the Pokèmon. Here's how it works. Read More

What Happens To The Pokèmon In A Gym When It Is Taken Over

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When you join a gym, you have to pledge one of your own Pokèmon to help defend it. It's a good idea to give up a stronger one so that anyone looking to take over or challenge your gym has tougher opponents to defeat. That doesn't mean someone can't ever take over your gym. Regardless if you've joined a gym or you're the leader of one, someone will eventually come alone and try and take it from you. In the event that they're successful you're probably wondering what happens to the Pokèmon pledged to it. The answer is; nothing. Your Pokèmon cannot be taken from you regardless if you lose a battle or an entire gym. If you want more details, read ahead. Read More

Control Video Playback On Your VR Headset With Hand Gestures

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Google Cardboard is the cheapest virtual reality headset available in the market today. It's not very durable but it is incredibly affordable. The slightly more durable headsets that are available often weigh more and lack an 'action' button or the magnetic selection button that Google Cardboard comes with. In the absence of this button, you have to open the headset whenever you want to navigate a VR app. The only work-around to this has to be provided by app manufacturers in the form of head-gesture controls and focus to select actions. If your VR needs a limited to watching videos i.e. 3D movies, then VR Gesture Player is a pretty awesome app that can play videos and lets you control it using nothing more than hand gestures. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Play Pokèmon Go With Your Screen Off [Android]

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Pokèmon Go is a game you have to go outside to play. The game not only needs to be kept running at all times, it also needs an active internet connection. When you're outside, this internet connection is going to be your data plan and consuming it will impact your phone's battery life. Keeping the game running, and your screen on at all times will also impact battery life in addition to the app's constant need to access your location via GPS. The point is, as fun as this game is, it's a major battery drain. Players can preserve battery life and data by downloading a map of your city offline but Android users can actually play the game with the screen turned Off thanks to a little app called Battery Extender Go. Read More

How To Fight Gym Battles In Pokèmon Go

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Battling Pokèmon in  Pokèmon Go earns you XP if you win a battle. At present, battles can only be held at gyms and not with random players. The game just isn't that sophisticated yet. With gym battles, if you defeat all  Pokèmon in a gym that is controlled by a different team you gain control over it. Likewise, if you challenge a gym that is under the control of the same team as yours, and you win all your battles, you effectively become the gym leader. Finding gyms is easy enough but just how to battle  Pokèmon isn't explained very well. Most players end up tapping their screen frantically and hope to face Pokèmon that have a lower CP than their own. Here's a comprehensive guide to battling  Pokèmon. This guide covers how to use special and normal attacks, knowing which  Pokèmon to pit against your rivals, and how to find out which  Pokèmon you will be up against when you challenge a gym. Read More

How To Use Revive And Potion In Pokèmon Go

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When you visit Pokèstops, you receive among other things revive and potions. Potions is the purplish spray bottle thing, and Revive is the yellow three dimensional tetrahedron.  Once you level up, you will almost always get one of the two from a Pokèstop. In our personal experience a 'Revive' is dropped far less often than a 'Potion'. Tapping these items inside your inventory doesn't do much so you might be wondering what they are for. Both in-game items are useful for players who enter battles. The Potion and Revive are meant to help defeated Pokèmon restore their health and regain consciousness. Here's how to use both. Read More

How To Cast Your Android Screen To Windows 10 PC

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The Chromecast has made Android phones exceptionally more powerful. If your Android device has built in support for casting its screen then a Chromecast will work wonders with it. The Chromecast is great if you want to project your phone's screen to a monitor or TV but if you're looking to project it to the desktop, you have very clunky options available in most cases. There is of course a much easier way to do it and it's built into all Android devices with the Cast option. All you need is Windows 10 with the anniversary update or a preview build of the update. The anniversary update includes a new app called Connect which will let you cast your Android, and Windows Phone screen to your desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize Your Trainer Avatar In Pokèmon Go

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When Pokèmon Go was released, it had limited features. The app was built well enough so you could play the game easily but there were quite a few other things left wanting. The trainer avatar, for example, couldn't be customized once you created it at the very start of the game. You had to either pay attention to how your avatar looked the first time around, or just resign yourself to however it turned out because you couldn't be bothered investing the time to make it. As of a recent update to the Pokèmon Go app, version 1.1.0 for iOS and version 0.31 for Android, you can now customize your trainer avatar any time you want. Here's how. Read More

How To Scan Your WiFi Network For All Connected Devices From Your Phone

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Your router's administrative panel will show you lots of information about your WiFi network. It's where you can change the password, block access to a domain of your choice, change which channel you connect to, and more. It's also where you can see a list of all devices that are currently connected to the network. To access this information though, you often need to access the administrative panel from your desktop. If you only need to access the panel for something specific i.e., how many devices are currently connected to the network, you might want a quicker way to do it. Home Wifi Alert-Wifi Analyzer is a free app for iOS and Android than can scan your WiFI network and list all devices currently connected to it. You can ping a device and name it if it is one you recognize. Read More

How To Hatch An Egg In Pokèmon Go

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Hunting Pokèmon in the wild isn't the only way to catch them all. You can actually hatch your very own Pokèmon from an egg. Of course rearing Pokèmon isn't something you're taught in school so you probably have questions as to how to get an egg, how to care for it, and how to actually get it to hatch. The process is simple but it is time consuming. As with most things in the game, you need to walk in order to hatch an egg but you also need an incubator as well as an egg. We've detailed below how to get an egg and hatch it. We should point out that this post contains no cheats or shortcuts to hatching the egg. We're detailing the plain, simple, and legit method for hatching eggs in Pokèmon Go. Read More

How To Join A Gym In Pokèmon Go

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Once you catch your first few Pokèmon, you feel compelled to explore other aspects of the game. It isn't all about catching Pokèmon; players can also join teams and gyms, level their Pokèmon up, and of course, do battle with other trainers. Joining a team doesn't have much of a benefit unless you eventually join a gym. You can join a team without joining a gym if you want to do it for the sake of it but the real benefit comes into play only if you join a gym. If you're looking to join a gym, here's how to do just that. Read More

How To Create Your Very Own Real Time Pokémon Tracking Map

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Update: The developers have discontinued this app in response to a cease and desist from Niantic. Check out the nearby bar tracking technique instead. Pokémon Go is spawning more than just Pokémon around you, It's resulted in a multitude of different apps, tools, and products being developed to cater to players needs both technical and nostalgic. With regards to the tools and apps that are being developed to support Pokémon Go players, the most popular ones are maps that let you locate where Pokémon are spawning nearby in real time. These maps are great but very unstable for a multitude of reasons. Often, players simply can't use them because they are crippled by the load they face on a daily basis. The only way around this is to create your very own map that shows nearby Pokémon as they spawn. Here's how. Read More

How To Calculate What The CP Of A Pokémon Will Be After Evolution

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Pokémon Go isn't just about catching Pokémon. The game goes well beyond that simple concept and also has players enter battles with other trainers, fight for control of gyms, and even hatch eggs. When it comes to battles in Pokémon Go, the outcome will depend on how strong a Pokémon is. The strength of a Pokémon is determined by its CP i.e., Combat Power. When you first start catching Pokémon, you will encounter ones with very low CP but as your level increases, you will start to see stronger Pokémon evolve around you. You will naturally be very excited when a high CP Pokémon appears but it will be harder to catch. If you can't find a high CP Pokémon, you can evolve your current ones. Evolving a Pokémon not only gives you a lot of XP, but it also increases the Pokémon's CP. The only problem is that evolution demands high resources i.e. lots and lots of candy that is Pokémon specific and the evolution might only result in a very minor increase in the CP. To prevent using resources on Pokémon that aren't going to be worth it in the long run, use Pokémon Evolution Calculator to check how high a Pokémon's CP will go if you evolve it. Read More

How To Find Your Nearest Pokéstop Without Taking A Step

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Pokémon Go requires you  visit Pokéstops regularly to restock essential resources needed to play the game. You can buy these resources but they cost quite a bit. If you live in a large city finding a nearby Pokéstop shouldn't be much of problem but if you live in the suburbs, suddenly find yourself some place new and unfamiliar, or you've just started playing the game and can't find a Pokéstop, there's a simple way to find it without having to take a single exploratory step. It requires installing Ingress, a game by the same developers who made Pokémon Go. The game is exceptionally similar to Pokémon Go and features 'Portals' which translate to Pokéstop in the Pokémon Go world. Read More

How To See Where Pokémon Are Spawning Near You In Real Time

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The Pokémon Go mania isn't dying out as some people predicted/hoped it would. Instead, people are developing tools to help educate players on how to maximize experience gained when evolving a Pokemon, tag locations where they found a particular Pokemon, chat with fellow players, and more. The game continues to expand to other countries, experience server issues, and encourage people to go outside. If you're on the search for a rare Pokemon, it might help to know where other players caught it in your vicinity. Poké Radar does just. If instead of historic data though, you're more interested in real-time data, then Poké Huntr and GeoPoke are apps you need to check out. They let you see all the Pokémon spawning around you without you having to leave your house or access the game. At present, the apps are under a significant amount of stress from so many people accessing them. If you find you're unable to use Pokè Huntr, check their Facebook page for an update. Read More

What To Do When Pokemon Go Gets Stuck At The ‘Caught!’ Screen

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Pokemon Go is being made available in more and more countries. Over the weekend, it was released in Canada and tomorrow, it is set to release in Japan. Niantic is trying to bring the experience to people all over the world but it is still struggling with server problems. What makes it worse is that the company has been targeted in a successful DDOS attack aimed to take down the Pokemon Go servers. What all this adds up to is problems for players. The game freezes at the oddest times because it has lost contact with the server. If this happens when you're catching Pokemon, the screen gets stuck at the 'Caught' screen and players are left wondering what to do in order to retain the Pokemon they caught. Here's how you can minimize the chances of losing a Pokemon from the screen freezing. Read More

Use An Ok Google Command To Have All Your Notifications Read Out Loud

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Ok Google is a very popular Android feature and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. Doing so will let users can invoke the app function with the 'Ok Google' command. OK Google Notifications is a free Android app that makes excellent use of the Ok Google feature and reads out all your notifications to you. The app is very basic at the moment so it has only one command that will read out all notifications but doesn't let you tell the app to read out the last notification only or notifications from a specific app. Read More