I'm planning to get a new android smartphone and have eyes on the Moto G4 Plus. I took a look at the specifications and noticed that there is no compass sensor. I would like to play Pokemon Go but the hardware requirements says it needs a GPS.

Edit: There's a website that says a camera, compass and a gyro is necessary for AR (augmented reality). That means i'm able to play, right?

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    According to reviews on Amazon, the Moto G 4th Gen and Moto G4 Plus work very well with Pokemon Go, including AR. BTW, GPS and Compass are two different things, the Moto G 4 has GPS
    – acejavelin
    Jul 16, 2016 at 20:46

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I had a similar issue- but do not worry! Your device can grab your location using your mobile data/Wi-Fi. Its less accurate than the GPS, but it certainly works.

  • Is it impact full on the game or not? Thanks for the answer by the way.
    – Acrylic
    Jul 16, 2016 at 20:38
  • @Acrylic It has very, very little effect on the game. You may find your avatar wondering around your approximate location, but never wondering around further than a metre or two.
    – Dan Brown
    Jul 16, 2016 at 20:40
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    It will also make playing the game easier. It is much more difficult to play the game with powerful phone, having the video of environment, turn/rotations, ... Aug 25, 2016 at 17:04

Yes, without compass, your experience is incomplete, you needed it for know the way to follow the pokemon, but AR works fine.


I use the HTC Desire 626, which also lacks a magnetic sensor. You can load up Pokémon GO, create a character, and get your starter, but you are unable to load any additional pokémon, any pokéstops, or gyms.

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