The Pokémon GO Plus arrives at retail this week after a lengthy delay, but there's still an awful lot of confusion about what this diminutive device actually does, what it's limitations are and how it can be used to improve your Pokémon GO experience.

Fear not however, because we've compiled this handy one-stop guide to the device which explains exactly what's involved and why you need one in your life. Ready? Let's get started.

The Basics

The Pokémon GO Plus costs £34.99 / $34.99 and comes with a plastic clip and wrist strap, which can be switched by removing the back panel with a screwdriver. It's powered by a single CR2032 battery which needs to be replaced once exhausted.


You'll need to make sure your phone can connect to the GO Plus before buying one - here are the important details:


Compatible OS versions: iOS 8 - 9
Compatible with: iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s / SE / 6 / 6s / 6 Plus / 6s Plus / 7 / 7 Plus


Compatible OS versions: Android 4.4 - 6.0
Compatible with: Android 4.4 or higher that have Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth v4.0 or higher) capability and 2GB RAM or more.

Connecting the Pokémon GO Plus to your phone


The process of linking the GO Plus to your handset is all handled within the Pokémon GO app itself. First, make sure you're running the latest version of the app and then navigate to the settings menu. You'll see "Pokémon GO Plus" as an option - select this and you can pair the device with your phone by pressing the GO Plus button to establish a link. If you have issues connecting or the app doesn't seem to be able to find your GO Plus, try toggling the phone's Bluetooth connection.

If your GO Plus has previously been paired with another device, hold down the button until the blue light appears, release, then hold it down another five more seconds to reset it.

Capturing Pokémon with the Pokémon GO Plus

When you're out and about the GO Plus can be used to capture Pokémon without the need to remove your phone from your pocket. When a nearby Pokémon is in range, the GO Plus will vibrate once and the light will pulse green (note - while "lured" Pokémon at Pokéstops will trigger notifications on the GO Plus, those attracted by the Incense item will not - you'll need to use your phone to see and capture those).

Pressing the button on the GO Plus will attempt a capture. If you are successful, the GO Plus LED will pulse white with three vibrations, followed by multicolor lights and vibrations. However, if you're unsuccessful in your attempt, you'll get the same pulsing white light and vibrations but with three short vibrations and a red LED.

If you decide to remove your phone from your pocket and attempt a capture that way, the GO Plus connection will be severed and you'll have to reconnect by tapping the GO Plus icon on the main screen of the app. Again, if you have problems connecting at this stage try turning your phone's Bluetooth connection off and on again.

When using the GO Plus to capture Pokémon you are limited to normal Pokéballs and cannot offer Razz Berries to pacify the monster. If you run out of normal Pokéballs the GO Plus will blink red during capture.

Pokémon that aren't in your Pokédex can still be captured with the device - the LED will flash yellow in these cases.

Getting items from Pokéstops with the Pokémon GO Plus


When you pass a Pokéstops the GO Plus will vibrate twice along with a blue light pulse. Pressing the button will collect the items on offer, and afterwards you'll receive notification of how many items you have gained. For example, three vibrations means three items have been collected. Should your bag be full, you'll get a single vibration alert along with a white light.

Hatching eggs and earning candy with the Pokémon GO Plus

While Nintendo previously insisted that the GO Plus would not track your distance when in use, that's not actually the case. Distance is still counted making it possible to hatch eggs and earn candies with your buddy Pokémon, even when your phone is in your pocket with its screen asleep. However, you will not be notified of hatched eggs or candies gained until you next look at the app itself.

Has this guide answered your burning questions about the Pokémon GO Plus? Let us know if we've missed anything out, or if you'd like any other quries answered.