How To Fix Pokemon Go Person Not Moving/Walking


Jon Torres

Writer and Storywriter


Millions of people still play enjoy Pokemon Go, the mobile augmented-reality game that allows players to wander the actual world, looking for rare Pokemon to capture and do battle with. If you’ve played the game, you may have encountered an issue where the Pokemon Go character is not walking. There are several different reasons that the character may lock up and not move on your smartphone. In this article I will present a couple of simple methods to try and fix this issue.

How To Fix Pokemon Go Person Not Moving/Walking

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The first thing to check is whether the spinning white Pokeball in the upper left corner of your screen is moving. If the ball is moving, that means that you have a connection to the Pokemon Go servers, and the servers are up and running. If your screen is frozen but the ball is still spinning, that indicates that the Pokemon Go app is trying to reconnect to the server.
If your screen is live but your buttons don’t do anything, this could mean that you’ve lost your connection to the Pokemon Go servers and you need to reboot the game to get it working again. This is a simple fix.

Leave the app and come back

A quick fix that generally solves the issue with your Pokemon Go character not moving is to close the app and then reopening it again. This will reconnect to Niantic’s servers and get back to the game.

  1. Press the Home button.
  2. Open a new app.
  3. Then Double-press the Home button to view the multitasking screen.
  4. Change to the Pokémon Go card.
  5. Select the Pokémon Go card to reenter the app.

Reboot and file a bug report

If your Pokemon Go character keeps freezing and not moving side to side and you keep having to reload Pokemon Go over and over again, this could mean that there’s a bug or issue with the app. I suggest that you report the bug to Niantic, so they can solve the issue and stop it from happening in the future. Below we’ll explain how you can report the bug happening on Pokemon Go.

  1. Press the Home button.
  2. Open the multitasking screen by Double-pressing the Home button.
  3. Change to the Pokémon Go card, then swipe up on the card to force quit the app.
  4. Relaunch Pokémon Go.
  5. Visit the Pokémon Go bug report page and let Niantic know about your issue.

Do you have any other tips on fixing issues with Pokemon Go? Share them with us in the comments if you do!

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