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How to Fix “Unsupported device Buddy AR is currently unavailable” in Pokemon Go

You can select a Pokemon as your buddy and choose them to join you on your adventures.

By doing so, you can develop a relationship with them and get special perks.

When you interact with your buddy, you’ll get Affection hearts and improve your buddy’s mood.

You’ll also increase your buddy’s level and get special perks for the bond you’ve forged.

For the best experience, you need to enable AR+ in your settings menu.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix the “Unsupported device Buddy AR is currently unavailable” error in Pokemon Go.

How to Fix “Unsupported device Buddy AR is currently unavailable” in Pokemon Go

Fix 1: Update Pokemon GO

  • For Android: Open the Google Play Store > Search for “Pokemon GO” > Update.
  • For iPhone: Open the App Store > Search for “Pokemon GO” > Update.

Note: If you’ve installed Pokemon GO from a third-party site, uninstall it, and install it from the official App Store or Google Play Store.

Fix 2: Update your device

  • For Android: Open the Settings app > System update/Software update > Update.
  • For iPhone: Open the Settings app > General > Software update > Update.

Note: Pokemon GO does not support iOS 14 or older and Android 7 or older, so you need to update your device if it’s outdated.

Fix 3: Install ARCore (for Android)

  1. Open the Google Play Store and search for “ARCore”.
  2. Download “Google Play Services for AR”.
  3. Open the app and set it up.

Fix 4: Wait for Niantic to fix the issue

  1. Niantic is aware that players are facing an error message for unsupported devices.
  2. After updating the app to version 0.305, devices that don’t support AR and attempting to use AR mode will see an error message.
  3. The issue status is that Niantic is currently working on a fix.

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