Pokemon Go could be accidentally banning Xiaomi users following recent update


Launched in 2016, Pokemon Go has captured the hearts of millions of players worldwide over the last three years thanks to its unique gameplay style and strong global Pokemon fanbase. Unfortunately for certain Xiaomi smartphone users, Niantic's brainchild seems to be banning users based on their choice of phone following their recent 10.3.2 update. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 in particular, seems to be most affected by the suspensions, and the culprit might be the update itself or their Game Booster feature.

This might be due to Niantic's strict stance on cheating, namely location spoofing and using modified versions of the app. The Game Booster feature; while designed for speeding game performance, could be causing the app to flag it as a game exploit. But even before the update, users have reported problems with the game with the feature disabled.


At this point of time, there's no official response from either the game's developers nor Xiaomi on the issue, however, a Google Spreadsheet has been created to track the affected users in hopes it will force both Niantic and Xiaomi to do something about it, and the number has already crawled to almost 500 entries. 

Our own Xiaomi Mi 9T did not have any such issues, but again most of the reported devices were for the Redmi 5. Or it could be region specific, but how about you guys? Any Malaysian Pokemon Go players on a Redmi 5 having such issues? Let us know on our Facebook page and stay tuned to TechNave.com.