You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Pokémon Go by now. It’s only been live in select countries for a couple weeks and it’s already racked up tens of millions of downloads in the Play Store alone! Here, we’ll walk you through the process of how to create a Pokémon Go account through two different methods, and introduce you to the basics of this hot new mobile game.
Create Pokémon Go Account
How to create a Pokémon Go account: First method
When you first download and install the Pokémon Go application to your mobile device, you’ll be prompted to log in with your account information. There are actually two different accounts you can use as your Pokémon Go account.
The first method that most people use is also the simplest: simply log in with a valid Google account. If you have an Android device, you most likely already have one of these. If not, it’s as simple as heading over to Gmail.com and creating a Gmail account. Once your new email is set up, you can use it and its associated password to sign into Pokémon Go.
How to create a Pokémon Go account: Second method
The second method is a little less convenient for most people, but it has the benefit of generally being able to connect to the game servers more easily and consistently (according to anecdotal evidence, anyway). You can set up a Pokémon Trainer Club account and use it to play Pokémon Go, plus get all the standard features that come with being in the Trainer Club.
To create a Pokémon Trainer Club account, start by going to the sign up page at https://club.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-trainer-club/sign-up/, or just Google “Pokémon Trainer Club”. On the first page, you’ll have to enter your date of birth and select your country. After you hit “continue”, it’s time to enter the contact info for your Trainer Club/Pokémon Go account and choose a username and password.
Something important about this sign up page: there are two different fields for “username” and “screen name”. The username you choose will not be displayed publicly, and is only used to log into your account. The screen name is how other Trainer Club members will see you if you make your profile public. They both have to be unique, so you’ll probably have to click the “check availability” button several times before you find a winner. If you choose not to make your profile public, you don’t have to pick a screen name.
Playing Pokémon Go
You can now use your Google or Trainer Club account information to sign into Pokémon Go. Keep in mind that if you log in initially with Google and then later decide you want to use Trainer Club instead, this will create a whole new account and new game from zero.
Professor Willow will give you a tutorial on catching Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Once you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to head outside, explore and find wild Pokémon to catch and train. You’ll have to have Wi-Fi or mobile data on at all times, as well as GPS. Keep your eyes peeled for Pokéstops and Gyms – you’ll be needing them later when you’re a bit more advanced.