It appears as though the recent 0.55.0/1.25.0 update for Pokémon Go is causing severe issues for some users. If your game is crashing after downloading the latest patch you're not alone.
Reports from Pokémon Go players about game crashes following the most recent update are appearing on The Silph Road. If you don't push updates automatically to Pokémon Go and are running a version of the game earlier than 0.55.0, do yourself a favor and don't download the update just yet.
Pokémon Go Update: 0.55.0 patch for Android reportedly causing freezes and crashes
It would be one thing if only a single error that leads to a game freeze was being reported, but Pokémon Go players on Android devices are reporting that clicking on your trainer profile, catching a Pokémon, using the Nearby feature or evolving a Pokemon could all cause the game to crash. Reddit user OKakaroto is one of the players experiencing this crashing issue. Here's how they described what happened:
The same thing happened to me after the update. The game crashed every single time I tried to catch a Pokémon. Immediately after I clicked on it, it crashed and I got the "stopped working'" message and the "report" option. At first I was shocked, really thought it was a ban or something. I was at home, during the night. I really panicked and didn't understand why [it had happened].
In the morning I went out. The Pokéstops were working, the gyms were working, the Pokémon Go Plus was working ... I tried everything, even re-installing the game. Nothing worked. I was forced to go back to 0.53. Now I'm dreading being forced to update.
OKakaroto's story is typical of the growing number of reports of problems following the most recent Android update to Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go Update: Performance issues not affecting everyone
Reports of errors following the upload of version 0.55.0 are not unanimous.
"For me, the app is running better than ever before [on my Sony Xperia Z1 Compact,]" wrote Trac3rTong. "Much less [closing and restarting the app now]. Also, I don't get white screens anymore when starting the app."
It's not only Android players that are reporting errors, however. Some Pokémon Go players on iOS devices are raising their eyebrows about update 1.25.0, the iOS counterpart to Android update 0.55.0.
"On iPhone 6 Plus," wrote Thematt3r. "Crashed every time I tried to open [Pokémon Go] while Spotify was playing. Crashed every other time when no other apps were running in the back ground. Before update, it would freeze upon opening so I'm not sure which is more annoying."
"You're not alone," wrote saggyfire. "1.25.0 is probably the least-stable version I've used on iOS in quite some time. Until a few weeks ago I hadn't even experienced an actual in-game crash almost since launch — now, it's becoming a common occurrence."
Again, if you don't push updates to Pokémon Go automatically, perhaps it's best to avoid update 0.55.0/1.25.0 until either these reports are proven false or a new patch is announced. Stick with the older version and keep catching Pokémon while you wait.
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