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Pokemon Go is about to stop working on millions of phones forever – are you safe?

FANS of Pokémon Go may lose access to the game – as millions of handsets get cut off.

The smash-hit game’s creators have decided to end support for older iPhones and Android devices.

Pokémon Go will stop working on some older phones

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Pokémon Go will stop working on some older phonesCredit: Niantic

That means you’ll no longer be able to play the game once the next update arrives.

That’s happening in the middle of October, at which point your app will stop working.

Of course, if you upgrade your phone then you’ll be able to log back in – and enjoy all the same perks.

Your account won’t be deleted, and your progress will still be retained.

If you're an affected Pokémon Go fan, it might be time to upgrade your mobile

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If you’re an affected Pokémon Go fan, it might be time to upgrade your mobileCredit: Niantic

If you’re using an iPhone 5s, an iPhone 6, or anything older, Pokémon Go won’t work for you.

The same is true for anyone running iOS 10 or iOS 11 on an iPhone.

And if you’re using an Android phone or tablet on Android 5.0 Lollipop or earlier, you’re being cut off too.

The reasoning is that these devices are so old that developers can’t keep supporting them, because it holds back the game for everyone else.

“iPhone 5s and 6 have just 1GB of RAM, and we don’t want to hold back development and implementation of features for the vast majority of players who have more robust phones,” said Pokémon Go creator Niantic, in a statement sent to The Verge.

The change affects millions of phones, but Niantic says it will only impact a small percentage of existing Pokémon Go players.

Pokémon Go is a hit augmented reality mobile game that launched back in 2016.

The title quickly became a smash-hit, and saw legions of fans roaming the streets to capture virtual critters.

Players were rewarded with new and rare Pokémon for trekking huge distances on foot.

The game was fairly unique in using smartphone GPS to locate and capture Pokémon.

Better still, the game was (and is) entirely free to play, although there are in-app purchases available too.

It was downloaded more than 500million times globally by the end of 2016.

And critics praised the game for promoting physical activity, as well as giving a boost to local businesses benefitting from increased footfall.

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In other news, you can get four free Xbox games this month.

You check check your Xbox addiction over the past 10 years with the new ‘My Decade on Xbox’ tool.

And here’s some early Xbox Series X footage.


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