Until now, if you wanted to change your name onyou needed to plead with Niantic’s customer support.
The review process could take weeks and there was no guarantee customer support would let you change it.
Pokemon Go players were furious when Niantic ruined their gaming experience a little over a week ago by releasing an update for Android and iPhone that removed the nearby Pokemon tracking feature, but also by making Pokemon catching a lot harder than before.
Niantic explained why it removed the tracker and why it killed third-party Pokemon mapping support, and promised to fix the Pokemon catching bug. On Monday night, they followed through.
Pokemon Go for iPhone (version 1.3.0) and Android (version 0.33) are available to download right away, bringing several important fixes to the game.
As you’ll see in the following changelog, Niantic will now warn you not to play while driving. Bugs related to Poke Ball throw and experience awards have also been fixed, and the battery-saver mode is back and working. You can also change you Trainer’s name, but only once, so choose wisely. Here’s the full changelog:
Now, you can change your nickname in-game. Here’s how:
- Tap on the Pokeball button at the bottom of the map screen
- Tap on Settings at the upper left-hand corner of the screen
- Scroll down to Change Nickname and select it
- Tap Yes
- Type in your new nickname
- Tap Ok, then Yes a couple more times
- On the pop-up that says “You are now known as (your new nickname)” tap Ok
That’s all there is to it, but make sure you absolutely love your new nickname. The game only lets you change your nickname once. After you change it, there’s no going back.
Interestingly, the changelog also indicates that a variation of the tracker is in testing, but only a select few Trainers will see it in their game.