Niantic has shut down popular 3rd party Pokemon trackers and maps available for the viral augmented reality game Pokemon Go. It has become harder to find working Pokemon finder tools. Find below a list of available Pokemon Go tracker, maps and finder for web, mobile, smartwatch and desktop.
Niantic is testing an in-app Pokemon tracker with select users in the latest Pokemon Go app release. Most of the over 100 million trainers do not have access to the nearby Pokemon feature yet. Niantic has with a two pronged strategy shut down the most popular 3rd party Pokemon trackers including Pokevision.
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The company used legal threats and a change in the Pokemon Go server communication to shut down the most popular Pokemon finders. The remaining Pokemon Go trackers can be classified in two types: trackers that use data scrapped from Pokemon Go servers and trackers based on user submitted Pokemon locations. The first type have been heavily targeted by Niantic as they caused a huge amount of load, preventing the further roll out to other regions.
Tools such as Poke Radar and Go Radar use community reported location data of Pokemon. These two trackers work reasonably well as their user base is large enough. The quality is though highly depending of how many users of tracker are in your area. These tools do not help trainers in rural areas, but there are anyway not many Pokemon. Seems they do not like the simple farm life. They are urban creatures. This is something Niantic needs to address going forward.
Niantic has so far not bothered to shut down user based Pokemon Go trackers. As long as the in-app Pokemon tracker is not finished, Niantic will leave them alone to not raise a shit storm from trainers. Once the in-app tracking is live, it could mean the end also for community tracking services. Niantic has already got Google to not allow Android clients of the most popular community based Pokemon trackers in the Google Play store.
The Android version was supposed to be available in the Google Play Store again on August 9, but the app is unavailable again. Niantic has strong ties with Google. The company is a spin-off from Google and has lots of contacts there. If Poke Radar's app continues to be blocked, it is a clear sign that Niantic will go after these type of trackers as well. Android app developers say that Google is not approving any apps that in any form infringe on the Pokemon trademark including the use of the word "Poke." We will keep the list of Pokemon Go trackers below updated in case Poke Radar appears in Google Play.
There is though an APK file for Poke Radar version 1.6. APK files circumvent the Google Play store and can be installed on Android phones directly. There is a security risk in installing APK files as they could be manipulated. Use at own risk. Poke Radar is available on a web site and as iOS app.
Go Radar is available as iOS app and as Android APK. There are several smaller Pokemon Go finder tools that work with the new unofficial Pokemon Go API that supports the digital signatures Niantic has introduced last week. None of these real-time trackers are available as an app through Google Play or iTunes. These apps are banned.
The real-time Pokemon Go trackers are available as APK and some advanced tracker are only working on jailbroken phones. Some are available as web service. Advanced users can find tracking code on Github to compile their own executable for PCs.
All Pokemon tracker, maps and finders based on real-time data from Niantic's servers can stop working any minute. Niantic just needs to change something in their already quite complex digital signature system and the 3rd party developers have to go back and spend time again to upgrade the unofficial Pokemon Go middleware.
Users of real-time tracking apps complain about the extra need of battery power. It is basically like running two Pokemon Go apps at the same time. A power bank is advisable.
Beware of fake Pokemon Go tracker apps listed in the Google Play store and elsewhere. Read the reviews to make sure you download the genuine version. Many of these fake apps use similar names as the popular trackers.
Find below the most popular and currently active Pokemon Go tracker. Trackers using Pokemon Go server data are marked with "real-time."
Update 08/12/16: There are signs that Niantic is now going to issue permanent bans to Pokemon Go trainers using third party software. Most affected are GPS spoofers, including the use of PC based Nox, and Pokemon Go bot users. Running Pokemon Go map apps could though also be considered to be a reason for a permanent ban. Read about the Pokemon Go Permanent Ban issue and who get rid of a ban.
Update: 08/13/16: An iOS app that uses the unofficial Pokemon Go API for tracking Pokemon has managed to get passed the Apple app Store approval. The PokeSensor app is available for free on iTunes now. Pokesensor supports a scan radius of up to 500m. How long the PokeSensor app will be available in the iTunes store remains to be seen. PokeSensor joins PokeAlert, which also uses real-time data. Both apps are not available in the Google Play store for Android.
Update: 08/21/16: The Apple iTunes store is still approving new 3rd party Pokemon Go apps, despite these apps violating the Pokemon Go ToS and trademarks. A new entry is the PokeDetector tracker, which runs in the background and notifies users when a Pokemon they want is nearby.
Update: 08/23/16: Niantic introduced new Pokemon Go app updates 0.35.0 (Android) and 1.5.0 (iOS). The app release notes list "minor bot fixes." Niantic has introduced a new measure to identify 3rd party software trackers. Users of Pokemon Go trackers that scan for Pokemon in real-time have been banned at a much faster pace. It looks like Niantic changed the app server communication to make it easy to identify 3rd party software as they do not communicate in the way the new Pokemon Go app is.
The take away is to not use any 3rd party scanner that require to use your account. The risk of getting banned just increased by a magnitude.
Update: 08/24/16: The new app version are fully released, but Pokemon Go trackers and maps such as FastPokeMap are still functional. It appears Niantic has not activated the new security measures including Captcha and a changed Unknown6 hashing.
Update: 08/29/16: The Silph Road has launched the Pokemon Go Global Nest Atlas v2.0. Pokemon Go nests are the most exciting places to catch Pokemon. At a nest location you can pick up rare Pokemon in high numbers. Only problem could be low IVs. The Silph Road Nest Atlas maps all known nests and which Pokemon are spawning in them. There have been already two nest migrations that changed the type of Pokemon available at nest locations. The nest atlas is keeping track of the history of each trainer vetted nest.
The Silph Road nest atlas is available online and requires a reddit login to access here.
Update 08/31/16: Niantic has announced to un-ban users of Pokemon Go Add-on apps that unknowingly to users have scraped Pokemon data in the background. Basically Niantic says with this move that its ok to use a real-time Pokemon Go scanner. It is against the ToS, but as long as Niantic does not have its own in-app Pokemon tracker, the developer of Pokemon Go will likely not ban you.
Update 09/15/16: Niantic has still not released the in-app Pokemon Go Nearby Tracker. Only trainers in San Francisco can use the Nearby tracker in the limited beta test of the new tracker from Niantic. 3rd party Pokemon Go tracker are still the only way to finds specific Pokemon. FastPokeMap has released a new update scanning more Pokemon than ever in a 200m scan radius. FastPokeMap has now over 10 million unique users per month.
Update: 09/23/16: OpenPokeMap is an open source, free, and fast map for Pokemon Go tracker. As this tracker is fully open source, you can grab the code and run your own Pokemon tracker service. OpenPokeMap also is available as a service and can be accessed via a just released Android app. An iPhone app is in the review process. The 3rd party developer community is not slowing down and keeps on developing tools around the still popular Pokemon Go game.
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List of Pokemon Go Trackers:
FastPokeMap: Details (real-time, most popular).
OpenPokeMap: Details (real-time, open source).
Silph Road Nest Atlas: web site.
PokeFast: APK File (no-login, real-time).
Pokemap: APK File (real-time).
PokeAlert: iOS app (real-time).
PokeSensor: iOS app (real-time).
PokeDetector: iOS app (real-time).
PokeFind: Web site.
PokeMesh: APK File (real-time).
PokeBliss: APK File (real-time).
PokeEye: Web site (real-time).
PokeFind: Web site.
PokemonGo Map: Desktop, GitHub, DIY (real-time)
PokeScanner: Pokemon Nearby Notification on Smartwatches like Pebble and Android wear. Work in progress, not released yet: video.
Update 08/15/16: Fast Poke Maps is down. The real-time Pokemon tracker got too popular and servers crashed. The developer is currently trying to fix his Pokemon Go map service. This just shows again how badly needed the in-app Pokemon Go tracker is. Unauthorized 3rd party apps are extremely popular tool, because Niantic is not offering anything close. The Pokemon Go nearby tracker is still in testing. Maybe Niantic will be ready to release the feature to all this week, but do not bet on it.
The Egg Gym Glitch increased the chances that Niantic will soon change its digital signature again to try to keep third party tools out of Pokemon Go. While Pokemon Maps are just generating load on the Pokemon Go servers, other tool like bots are cheating the system. The bot use is epidemic in Pokemon Go. We estimate that several million trainers use bot software to automate the game. Niantic has started to issue permanent bans, but the effort is not far reaching enough at the moment.
If you favorite Pokemon Go map or finder is missing from the list above please email us.
Disclaimer: Use any of the links above at your own risk. Be especially aware of the security risks of installing APK files.
How to Install APK files on Android devices:
APK are basically executable files for the Android operating system. After downloading the APK file, making sure it is from a save source, go to Downloads and tap it. Tap yes to install. Your Android device security settings need to allow to install apps from "Unknown Sources." To set this go to settings/security and enable "Unknown sources."