I have Samsung galaxy core2 with android 4.4.2 and the the Pokemon Go app doesn't show in my playstore. I tried finding the app from pc, adding it to wishlist and the going to mobile again, but it says that my device is incompatible. Is it, or do I have to do something else to make it work.

p.s. I had just make a format to the phone but I restarted it several times. I don't know if it has something to do with it not working. The app has been released in my country (Greece)

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    What country are you located in? It may not be available to you yet, or it could be just like it says: Your device is incompatible – Taegost Jul 19 '16 at 19:46
  • im in Greece and it has been released. i also say that in p.s. :P – Goldy Jul 19 '16 at 19:49

It could be that your phone really isn't compatible.

From the list of compatible devices located here:


  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N will not supported until the official Android release)
  • Preferred resolution of 720x1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Intel CPUs are not supported


  • iPhone 5+
  • iOS 8+
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported

With that being said, if this is your phone then its resolution of 480 x 800 pixels doesn't meet the minimum specifications

  • My S3 is on Android 4.4 but isn't compatible with GO, I just had to use a newer phone in the end. So beware: Android version isn't a hard guarantee that it will be compatible, just that it might be. – JonK Jul 19 '16 at 19:54
  • Yeah, I'm actually a bit disappointed that they didn't include better information on their site regarding compatible devices – Taegost Jul 19 '16 at 19:56
  • well , i guess that i will need a new phone (again) i just exchanged it with my sister...some days ago was saying that it is compatible.. thanks guys u were helpfull! :) – Goldy Jul 19 '16 at 19:59
  • @Goldy You're welcome, sorry it wasn't the information you wanted. Don't forget to mark it as an answer :) – Taegost Jul 19 '16 at 20:00

If Google says your device is not compatible, you will be unable to install Pokemon Go, even if you download the apk (the installation will fail with some sort of error).

However, there might still be a way for you to play Pokemon Go, but it is complicated and full of risks. In order to get it working, you would need to root your phone, install a newer version of Android on your phone (either the default one or a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod), install Google Apps (Gapps) on it if they aren't shipped, and finally install the Pokemon Go apk from an external source like Apkmirror or Aptoide, because Google won't let you download it even with a more up to date OS. But with the new OS you will be able to install it.

It works (I couldn't have run Pokemon Go on my device either because the system was too old and no updates were provided), but be aware that a rooted phone loses ots warranty and always do a full backup before doing/flashing anything risky!

If you can go this way also depends on if there are ROMs available for your device - if there is none, you can forget the idea.

Edit: You said in a comment you'd buy a new phone - if you would do that if it doesn't work anyways, its definetely worth a try, because rooted phones have many more advantages than just a new OS! You will also be able to highly cudtomize everything on your phone and using things like Xposed and XPrivacy (lets you restrict any unwanted permissions from any app) you'll have a great time! S3 smartphones should even have the newest official CyanogenMod ROM available... Go for it, there's nothing you could loose!


People you don't need no root or jailbreak,all you have to do is install apptoide,and then install Pokemon GO.You can delete apptoide afterwards.

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    Well, you might be able to get the APK, but when the phone isn't compatible I highly doubt you can install/start GO. – 5pike Jul 26 '16 at 8:41

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