Dodge the driving lockouts

Pokémon Go does everything it can to prevent people from playing while driving, and that’s a very good thing. Unfortunately, it also prevents people from playing while being passengers in cars, buses, trains, and other forms of transportation.

There are different levels of lockout. The first is the 10 KM/H limit for egg hatching and Buddy candy walking. Go over that limit, and Pokémon Go radically lowers the amount of distance it logs. The second is the 35 KM/H limit for spinning PokéStops, seeing Nearby and Sightings on your radar and triggering spawns in your vicinity. Go over that limit, and you log almost no distance, can’t spin any stops, and can’t see or spawn any Pokémon.

It’s all absolutely for the best, but there are also a couple of ways around it. They don’t always work, but when they do, you’ll rack up mega mileage and sometimes still get in a few spins and spawns.

  1. Go to the egg screen on Pokémon Go.
  2. Hit the Home button, so you return to the Home screen. Don’t launch any other apps, but don’t let the screen go off either.
  3. Drive a short distance, something under 10 minutes.
  4. When you Pokémon Go again, you might see some amazing distance gains.

Another method involved using an Apple Watch:

  1. Using your Apple Watch, start a Pokémon Go workout.
  2. Next, find some form of slow transportation. Whether that’s an Uber/taxi or bus in traffic or a ferry, it doesn’t matter. Slower the better, though.
  3. While the workout is running, pat your watch hand lightly up and down while you’re moving. You should get decent results, depending on your speed.

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