The Pokemon Go Plus bracelet is by now in the hands of millions of Pokemon Go trainers. Here is a guide to what the colors mean of the blinking light on the Pokemon Go Plus.
The Pokemon Go Plus Bluetooth device is on sale since Friday, September 16 and many of the 500 million who have downloaded the Pokemon Go app have purchased the $34.99 Pokemon Go Plus. The Nintendo-made Pokemon Go wearable is sold out at GameStop, Amazon and Walmart. These three stores have offered the device at some point on Friday according to the Pokemon Go Plus buying guide.
What the Pokemon Go Plus can do was initially not completely clear. Nintendo and Niantic did not communicate all of its features and only after the first series of user reviews surfaced the full range of features became clear.
Niantic has followed up on Saturday with a series of Tweets to confirm the reported functionality. One of the main indicator of the Pokemon Go Plus is the color LED in the center. Here is what the different colors means.
Pokemon Go Plus Blinking Color Meanings
Blue: The Pokemon Go Plus will blink blue when you encounter a PokeStop. It will flash blue without vibration if the Pokemon Go Plus is not connected to your smartphone.
Green: The Pokemon Go Plus flashes green when you encounter a Pokemon that is registered in your Pokedex.
Yellow: The Pokemon Go Plus will blink yellow if you encounter a Pokemon that is not currently registered in your Pokedex.
Red: You ran out of Pokeballs. Pokemon Go Plus is only throwing standard Pokeballs and is not using your Great and Ultra Balls. Red Flashes mean the Pokemon fled.
White: The Pokemon Go Plus flashes white, when a Pokemon is inside a Pokeball. A white flash without vibration means you Pokemon Go Plus is not paired.
Multi-Color: The LED light on the Plus Go shows multiple colors after successfully catching a Pokémon or visiting a PokéStop.
The distinction between green and yellow is important to increase your capture chances. If you just push the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to throw a standard Pokeball on a Pokemon not in your Pokedex your chances are slim to capture it. The color yellow means you should pull out your smartphone and use a better ball and maybe even a raspberry, depending how rare the Pokemon is you are facing.
Besides using color light for notifications, the Pokemon Go Plus also vibrates. Right now there is no option to disable vibration. The Bluetooth bracelet will vibrate when in sync with the LED light flashes when a Pokemon or PokeStop is here. Once you receive the items after pushing the button, the Go Plus will vibrate and the LED shows multiple colors. It also will vibrate along multi-color light flashes when you caught a Pokemon.
A red pulse and vibration means that a Pokemon fled. An important indicator to check if your Pokemon Go Plus is connected to your smartphone. A blue flash without vibration means that the Pokemon Go Plus is paired but not connected.
In case your Pokemon Go Plus flashes white, it is not even paired yet. To check if your Pokemon Go Plus is connected, push the button. If it vibrates and there is no light after pressing, it is connected.
A solid red light means that you either ran out of Poke Balls, you have moved out of range of the Pokemon or PokeStop or your Item storage or Pokemon storage may be full.
If the LED light on your Pokemon Go Plus is not lighting up at all you need to check the battery. Make sure it is installed properly. Removing the battery for 30 seconds will reset the Pokemon Go Plus. If that does not help, get a new battery. The Pokemon Go Plus battery is a CR2032 battery. A pack of four Energizer CR2032 sell for $5.44 on Amazon. The Pokemon Go Plus is according to the manual running up to 100 days (3 months) on single CR2032 battery.
Below is the Pokemon Go Plus Quick Start Guide published by Niantic.
Niantic also confirms that the Pokemon Go Plus can track distance walked for Eggs and Buddy Pokemon. This feature was a big surprise and has not been mentioned in the product descriptions ahead of the launch. This capability is the most controversial. Trainers are confused about why they have to buy the Pokemon Go Plus to enable the Pokemon Go app to track walking distance when their smartphone is locked and Pokemon Go app is running in the background. A technical clarification from Niantic is needed here.
If there is a technical reason for this, than this is fine. If it is a software problem than Niantic needs to fix their app to make it track distance in pocket mode.
Niantic released hours after the Pokemon Go Plus went on sale an updated Pokemon Go app addressing issues using the Pokemon Go Plus. It is highly recommended to update to Pokemon Go 1.7.1 on iOS and 0.37.1 on Android.
The Pokemon Go Plus device was rather easy to buy on Friday. Our live launch day coverage help many trainers to secure a Pokemon Go Plus. First GameStop stores offered it. You even could reserve a store pick up in the early hours of Friday. Then the GameStop online store started to sell Pokemon Go Plus Online at around noon ET. Later Amazon offered the device as well, pushing it into the bestselling video game products. Pokemon Go Plus is ranked second overall.
On Saturday Pokemon Go Plus has become a hard to find item. Walmart joined the retailers that offer the Pokemon Go Plus, but is sold out since Friday like Amazon and GameStop. Find out how to find and buy Pokemon Go Plus.
The Pokemon Go App has been downloaded over 500 million times. The AR game is far from dead and will be around for years. At least this is what Niantic CEO John Hanke is planning on. There will be soon real world social events that glue the trainer community together. At these events new generations of Pokemon come to live. The journey of Pokemon Go has just begun. More Pokemon Go News.