Niantic, developer of the smash-hit mobile game Pokémon Go, has confirmed that a new update to the game will remove access to the game on older iOS and Android devices.
Announced through the official Pokémon Go Twitter account, the new update will affect smartphones or tablets running Android 5.0, iOS 10 or iOS 11. Users playing on iPhone 5S and 6 devices will also be affected.
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
Niantic has not shared timings on when the update might be available, but we expect them to update users once the date draws near.
Pokémon Go recently saw the addition of Mega Evolutions, a game mechanic previously introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. In the wake of COVID-19, Niantic has made regular updates and changes to the game so users are capable of enjoying it without putting themselves at risk. They’ve recently introduced the ability to play Raids from home, and this year’s Pokémon Go Fest was more accessible, which resulted in it being the biggest Go Fest yet.