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Pokémon Go: mobile app user guides
  1. Nash Anderson1,
  2. James Steele2,
  3. Lise-Ann O'Neill3,4,
  4. Lesley A Harden1
  1. 1Farnham Chiropractic Wellness, Farnham, UK
  2. 2School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK
  3. 3Department of Physiotherapy, Shelbourne WFC, Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise Medicine, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Nash Anderson, Farnham Chiropractic Wellness Centre, 1A Victoria Road, Farnham Gu97RB, UK; nash.anderson{at}

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Name of the mobile application

Pokémon Go.

Category of the mobile application



Requires iOS 6.0 or later or Android 4.4 and later.


Free with additional purchasing options.

About the app

Pokémon Go is a smart phone game created by Niantic featuring the original creatures from Nintendo/GAMEFREAK/Creatures. The goal is to catch and level up Pocket monsters or Pokémon and your avatar through various tasks and by visiting various physical locations (figure 1).

Figure 1

Screenshot—Pokémon Go (screenshot from Pokémon Go. Android V.0.29.0. July 2016 Niantic 2016 Pokémon. 1985–2016 Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK). Attempting to catch a Pokémon of breed ‘Spearow’. The augmented reality transposes catchable Pokémon onto real-life locations such as this treatment couch.

It is an example of exergaming, ‘technology-driven physical activities, such as video game play, that requires participants to be physically active or exercise in order to play the …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.