Pokémon Go has started crashing on Android phones and these crashes are accompanied by this message: “Unfortunately, Pokémon Go has stopped.”
According to Pokémon Go Hub:
This error is a generic error that Android displays when an app crashes for any reason. Usually, at that time, the developers log the error and submit it to their logging server.
But the real question is why is Pokémon GO crashing in the background? Why is it even running in the background? By the looks of it, Pokémon GO does deploy some background hooks for syncing, collecting and exchanging data.
Many Android users have had trouble with Pokémon Go since the beginning and this could be the final straw.
One Reddit user had this to say:
Thought my battery life has been a bit trash lately. Latest update forces background running when I haven’t opened the app in a month? On Android.
I’ll check out PoGo in a year after yall have added needed features, new Pokemon, and actual background running support Niantic. Yall aren’t gonna bug my phone up in the meantime.
Here is how to fix the error according to Pokémon Go Hub:
There are multiple ways on how you can fix the error. Here’s a quick list:
- Uninstall and then reinstall the app – the safest option
- Force stop the app and then clear the app cache – usually works
- Call support and beg for free Google play credit