The latest version of the Pokémon GO app is NOW available in Google Play (ver 0.37.0) and App Store (ver 1.7.0). You  may now download the latest updates below:

Download on the App Store


With the newest update,  you can now choose your Buddy Pokémon to “walk” with you, and earn candy rewards.


Pokémon GO - Buddy Option
Buddy option at the Trainer screen

To choose your buddy follow these steps:

  1. On the lower left side of the screen, tap on the photo of your Trainer avatar
  2. Then on the lower right, tap on the Menu button 
  3. Tap on the Buddy option found between Journal and Customize
  4. Tap on the Pokémon you choose as your buddy
  5. Tada! you now have a buddy
Buddy Pokémon - Distance required for the Candy Reward
Buddy Pokémon – Distance required for the Candy Reward

Distance needed to gain candy rewards for your buddy Pokémon varies per Pokémon. Best to choose a buddy Pokémon which is rare, or a Pokémon which you need to get more candies for Evolution or Power up. May we suggest Magikarp, so you can finally collect candies to evolve it to the mighty Gyrados!  (Tip: Magikarp only needs 1KM to earn a candy).


Pokémon GO Buddy - Candy Chart (Source: Silph Road -
Pokémon GO Buddy – Candy Chart (Source: Silph Road –

For a Buddy Pokémon, SilphRoad have a created this Pokémon GO Buddy – Candy reward chart which displays the distance needed to earn a candy reward for your ‘Buddy’ Pokemon. The list is being updated, to see full list visit this site.

Also fair warning for those who are using a rooted or jailbroken device, the app will more likely to stop working after the update. We tried the update with a rooted Nexus 5 running CyanogenMod 13, and the screen displayed this:


Pokémon GO - Rooted Device
Screen display of the Pokémon GO app 0.37.0 on a rooted device (Courtesy of E. Mabunga)


Seems Niantic Labs is dead serious on their fight against bots and scrappers from scrapers from Pokémon GO. If you use a rooted or jailbroken device, we recommend not to update your app, so you can continue playing the game. This however will make some features might not work smoothly.

Know more about the latest update, visit this article

Pokémon GO Update! New Buddy Pokémon System and more (9-11-16)!


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