Today I started having the following issues in Pokémon GO:

  • I can't spin pokéStops and get rewards
  • When I catch pokémon, even the lowest CP ones, they escape every time. I've tried using razz berries, that doesn't work. Neither does using great balls.

I do have Internet. I'm not on wifi. I can send messages and browse Internet.

NOTE: I did try to modify my gps location and I was unsuccessful. I only got a pokémon or two and deleted them immediately. I do apologize for trying to hack it but I'm now fully legit.

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    Keep in mind that we are not Niantic support, so apologizing to us for spoofing your GPS and trying to cheat the game will not un-ban you. There have also been rampant server issues in the past week, so the games functionality has been screwy at times. You're definitely soft-banned though. Jul 18, 2016 at 15:02
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    Can we not close questions as a dup to a closed question?
    – Dragonrage
    Jul 22, 2016 at 23:16

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You're just softbanned for a bit. Wait for 30 minutes to a few hours and you should be able to start capturing pokemon again.


  • It's perm or not? I need to know because I'm at the beach and wanna catch some pokemons. More information please Jul 18, 2016 at 14:50
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    Aside from the fact that I literally said wait for 30 minutes to a few hours? And I posted an article where I got my source from?
    – Kevin Tian
    Jul 18, 2016 at 14:52

This is how they suspend accounts who break the rules, such as GPS Spoofing. You will still be able to access the game, but unable to collect from pokestops and everything will escape. I've heard it only lasts an hour or two right now, but can't confirm from experience. Down the road punishments may get more severe so I would highly recommend playing the game legit.

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