Since Nougat update I can't catch Pokemon anymore

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Same problem, trading and catching. Hope it’ll get fixed soon.

Well, there is no reason to hope this will be resolved soon, or any time at all.

Building smartphones must be more complicated than many can imagine, everyone at fairphone included. Nice idea, but the brutal reality is that the fairphone is barely usable. The lack of official communication for almost two months on this product being unable to run one of the more popular apps out there doesn’t help the cause. I’m ready to get a bog-standard, off-the-shelf smartphone, lovingly created with child labor and fuelling some distant war over the resources used to build it. I don’t care enough about saving the planet to put up with the ridicule people give me over using the piece of crap that the fairphone unfortunately still is.

Ah, well, I could understand this rant if we were talking about a vital functionality of the phone. Instead we are talking about the luxury to spend spare time that other people don’t have on satisfying a play instinct while there are children who don’t even have time for basic games because they are working in mines for you.
Sorry, I can understand that the FP2 misses many, many functions that other phones have and we’ll probably never get them. But none of them is so vital that I would switch to an off-the-shelf smartphone as you describe - not for that reason.


Hi there,
now I’ve also walked into the Android Nougat OpenGL desaster and after reading that thread (thx for that lots of information! thumbsup) decided to go back to android 6.
So I downloaded and extracted Fairphone OS 18.04.1 (, put my FP into bootloader (Volume down + Power on) and connected it to the PC. Then I doubleclicked ‘flash-for-windows.bat’.

Problem 1: The script didn’t recognize my phone. It couldn’t, because my PC hadn’t installed the “android” hardware driver properly. On Win7 it also failed to automatically update the driver. :confused: On Win10 it fortunately downloaded it automatically after clicking update driver software in hardware manager. After that, the script worked and set the phone back to android 6.

Problem 2: The FP booted, optimized apps, booted again and then every time several android processes got terminated (android.process.acore, and after some short time the FP rebooted again, and so on. Dang it.
-> Solution: Factory reset*, i.e. taking out the battery, putting it in again and starting the phone by pushing “volume up” and “power” simultaniously. After that, a “no command” picture appears. Again pushing “volume up” and “power” showed the menu to factory reset the device (selecting by “volume up”, “volume down” and “power” button).

Now everything is fine again, but it was no easy walk through the park and took a lot of time and nerves.

I thought, I summarize that solution and my experiences since one has to look through several links and descriptions and different posts of this thread.

*edit: Please be aware, that a factory reset deletes all user data and installed apps. Your FP will be like freshly taken out of the box and runs the initial assistant to prepare it for first use!

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Or you could follow this guide with the manual installation file for Android 6 instead of a current one …

Fairphone 2 (android 7) crashes when you try to catch a pokemon in pokemon go. The issue is known ( but why is it not solved? Thank you.

I’d say there’s a limited number of SW developers and in the first step they’ve fixed the most upvoted bug.


So, I finally found a solution to this persisting problem:

I got a proper phone.

I won’t advertise any specific brand. But as the fairphone was my first smartphone, this is a real eye-opener. Runs several apps at the same time without any of them crashing, battery easily lasts the day and it doesn’t get hot running PokemonGO. It’s not even a top of the line phone, so if it doesn’t last I can get a new one.

Really, the idea of the fairphone sounded great in theory. But the truth is, such a small company just doesn’t seem to have the resources to properly design a phone. So for anyone out there looking for an ecologically friendly smartphone, the fairphone is not it. As has been written elsewhere, you’ll end up buying another phone soon, and the fairphone still was produced using precious resources.

Yes, this is a harsh view, but also the truth! You had more than three months to show you care, and if you don’t care about your customer’s problems, harsh critique is what you get.

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Are there any changes with the new update? :slight_smile:

I haven’t installed the update yet, but the issue that seems to be the problem has unfortunately not yet been addressed. Annoying!

Just another trainer here, wanted to post so there is a better count of how many people are affected. Oh and I managed to upvote the issue after a few tryes :slight_smile:

I am afraid it is getting worst in the relationships between FP2 and Pokemon Go. Since today, the game crashes right after upload, exactly the same way it does when you catch a Pokemon. I have reinstalled the app, in vain. If this turns to be an enduring problem, it means that it becomes impossible to play Pokemon Go with FP2. Of course, it might also be my personal device. This is the reason why I’d like to know whether other FP2 users/players have experienced the same thing. Tx.

Hey sergentvitamine,
I downloaded the new PokemonGo update too today. On my device it didn’t crash.

What Android version are you using?
I downgraded mine to Android 6 Marshmallow.

Best, Leo

Tx Leole for the comment and the piece of advice. It is true that I am using the latest version of android. Downgrading might be an option.

Maybe Pokemons rather prefer Marshmallows over Nougat, who knows for sure :thinking:

I have the same issue as sergentvitamin. For a few days already, the game crashes whenever I try to open it. I am using the most recent Android version.

The pokemon go update of July 15 definitely prevents any play on Fairphone 2 (on Nougat at least). While the game was so far already amputated of pokemon capture, now, it is squarely unplayable. Fairphone has never reacted over previous bugs. I guess this one will not be corrected either, all the more so that FP2 is not manufactured anymore. Hard time to be ethical/ecological…

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Since LineageOS wasn’t mentioned as a possible solution for a while and quite a lot of Fairphone 2 users use it instead of Fairphone’s own OSes (see #lineageos), I’ll leave this here …

… along with:

The LineageOS community currently supports LineageOS 16.0 on the Fairphone 2, which is Android 9 (Pie).
LineageOS is based on AOSP and in this way receives Android security updates regularly (even more regularly than Fairphone’s own OSes until Fairphone might possibly return to a monthly update schedule).

As Pokemon GO relies on Google services, which LineageOS doesn’t include by default, you would additionally need to install Open GApps (ARM - 9.0 - package of your choice, “pico” is the minimum to get the Play Store).
These are the real Google Apps and services, the “Open” only refers to the packaging of different variants and the easy installation as a ZIP file via the TWRP recovery program.

To be on the safe side … LineageOS is Android, but not an Android OS certified by Google (in contrast to Fairphone’s own OSes).
Google lets you register devices running uncertified Android OSes for the legitimate use of Google services at .

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Many thanks for this other possible way out. How can I install those two things. I see a lineage downloader on google play and an opengapps with chinese characters on the same google play. Are these the right apps to install. Is lineage a full OS. Does it request that I reformat the whole fairphone, like I planned to do to downgrade from nougat to marshmallow, before seeing your message ?