[Fix] Pokemon GO Freezing At Launch? Here’s How To Fix

Pokemon Go users are now facing a weird issue. It has never happened before. The latest version update is causing strange glitches – the app freezes every time it’s opened. That’s right. The app just stops responding every time you close and open it. If you have already been experiencing this issue and don’t know how to fix it, we’ll show you how! Read on.

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[Fix] Pokemon Go App Freezes When Opened

The latest version – 0.51.0 for Android and 1.21.0 for iPhone – seems to have caused the problem. Many users have complained that after the initial loading screen showing Pikachu putting up Christmas lights, the app all of a sudden stops responding and freezes altogether. The trainer avatar gets stuck and refuses to move no matter how much you move around. Users have also complained about several issues related to the glitch. There are cases where the trainer loads properly but the graphics around the trainer simply do not load.

How To Fix The Annoying Pokemon App Freeze Problem

There are three ways to fix this problem. The first one is pretty simple. The second one has been suggested by a Reddit user N4Y4R. And the final solution – which should be your last resort – includes downgrading to a previous version. Let’s take a look at the possible solutions.

Solution 1: Force quit the app

On Android phones, you can force quit the Pokemon Go app by heading to Settings -> Apps -> Running -> Pokemon Go. Select Force Quit. This closes the app instantly. On iPhones, you will have to tap the home button and swipe up to force quit the app. You can now re-open the app and check if the problem persists.

Solution 1 didn’t work? Pokemon Go still freezing? Try Solution 2.

Solution 2: Disable and enable GPS

This solution, suggested by a Reddit user N4Y4R, seems to be working for a lot of users. Go ahead and give these steps a try –

  • Disable GPS before launching Pokemon Go app. You can disable GPS on Android phones by heading to Settings -> Location. Turn Location Off.
  • Launch Pokemon Go app. Wait until the loading screen appears and the app freezes.
  • When you see the character stuck and not responding, enable GPS.

This should fix the problem for most of the users. Users have seen this problem getting fixed with this solution on Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia X, Redmi Note 3, One Plus 2, HTC M8, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Moto G4, Moto X Pure Edition. It turns out that the solution may not work on some of the select phones – HTC One M9, LG G4, and LG V10.

Solution 3: Downgrade to the previous version

Sometimes, downgrading to the last working version turns out to be the best option to fix bugs encountered with the latest version. For iPhone users, downgrading to the previous version of the app requires you to restore your phone to a saved backup. The backup should have been taken prior to upgrading the app. For Android users, things are much simpler. All you have to do is to download the previous version of the APK and replace it.

Have you been facing this issue after the latest update? Did these solutions help fix the problem? Let us know in the comments section.