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How to Replace the Battery in Your Pokémon Go Plus

Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

Detective Pikachu can't recharge his Pokemon Go Plus's battery with his electricity. He'll need to replace the battery like everyone else.

Detective Pikachu can't recharge his Pokemon Go Plus's battery with his electricity. He'll need to replace the battery like everyone else.

Your Pokémon Go Plus Won’t Power On. Now What?

Niantic has recently released some major updates that enable increased player interactivity to the popular augmented reality mobile game, Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go players now have the ability to add friends and send or receive gifts. Players can also trade with nearby friends. These small improvements have reignited players' hopes for a more robust trading feature that allows players to trade with faraway friends over the internet. Because of this major update, many Pokémon fans who had grown bored of Pokémon Go are returning to the game in droves.

If you are like me, you were probably excited to dust off your old Pokémon Go Plus device to venture outside and begin collecting gifts, only to find that the device’s battery has died since the last time you played. Fear not! It is super easy to replace the battery in your Pokémon Go Plus. You just have to have the right replacement battery and a screwdriver at hand.

What You Will Need

  • 1 Pokémon Go Plus device with a dead battery
  • 1 CR2032 lithium button cell battery (also known as a watch battery or coin cell battery) - any brand will do
  • 1 #0 Phillips-head screwdriver
All you need to replace the battery in your Pokémon Go Plus is the device itself, a replacement CR2032 battery, and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

All you need to replace the battery in your Pokémon Go Plus is the device itself, a replacement CR2032 battery, and a Phillips-head screwdriver.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Gather up your Pokémon Go Plus, replacement CR2032 battery, and Phillips-head screwdriver. Verify that the Pokémon Go Plus is, indeed, dead by pressing on the button. If nothing happens, proceed to the second step to begin replacing the battery.

There is only one small screw holding the back battery cover onto the device. It is very easy to remove.

There is only one small screw holding the back battery cover onto the device. It is very easy to remove.

Step 2: Remove the Back Cover

Turn your Pokémon Go Plus over in your hand and begin loosening the screw at the bottom of the back clip cover (or bracelet cover) with the #0 Phillips-head screwdriver. You don’t have to unscrew the screw all the way out. Loosen the screw just enough that you can pull the back off of the Pokémon Go Plus device so that you don’t lose or misplace the tiny screw while replacing the battery.

Once the back cover is removed, set it aside for later. Be careful not to lose the screw.

Once the back cover is removed, set it aside for later. Be careful not to lose the screw.

Step 3: Set the Back Cover Aside

Set the back clip cover (or bracelet, if you had the bracelet attached instead of the clip) aside while you switch out the dead battery for the new battery. Be careful not to lose the cover or the screw that holds the cover to the main part of the Pokémon Go Plus.

The old battery comes out of the battery compartment quite easily.

The old battery comes out of the battery compartment quite easily.

Step 4: Remove the Old Battery

Pick up the Pokémon Go Plus and gently pry the dead battery out of the device with your fingernail. If you can’t get it out with your fingernail or don’t want to damage your nail, you can also use a flat-head screwdriver, letter opener, key, or any other stiff, relatively flat object. Set the old battery aside to dispose of later.

Once you remove the new battery from the packaging, check for a sticker like this on the back. If it has one, remove it before placing the new battery into the device.

Once you remove the new battery from the packaging, check for a sticker like this on the back. If it has one, remove it before placing the new battery into the device.

Step 5: Remove the New Battery From Its Packaging

Take your new CR2032 battery out of the package. If it has a warning sticker covering the back, remove the sticker before inserting it into your Pokémon Go Plus device.

The new battery should slide into the Pokemon Go Plus easily. Be sure that the side with a + sign is facing up.

The new battery should slide into the Pokemon Go Plus easily. Be sure that the side with a + sign is facing up.

Step 6: Replace the Battery

Carefully place the new battery into the Pokémon Go Plus device’s battery compartment. The side of the battery with the + sign and the brand logo or text should be facing up.

You are now ready to replace the back cover. Slide it onto the main part of the Pokemon Go Plus from the top to snap it back together before tightening the screw.

You are now ready to replace the back cover. Slide it onto the main part of the Pokemon Go Plus from the top to snap it back together before tightening the screw.

Step 7: Reattach the Back Cover

Place the back clip cover or bracelet cover back onto the Pokémon Go Plus. Make sure to gently slide the back cover on starting from the top of the device because there is a small lip on the cover to help hold it in place. Snap the back cover onto the main part of the Pokémon Go Plus and then tighten the screw securely. Be careful not to over-tighten.

Press the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to make sure the new battery works.

Press the button on the Pokemon Go Plus to make sure the new battery works.

Step 8: Test the Pokémon Go Plus Device

Test the Pokémon Go Plus to make sure the new battery is in proper working order. Press the center button. The LED light in the button should light up. If everything works, you can then pair the Pokémon Go Plus to your phone.

Open the "Pokémon Go" app to pair the Pokémon Go Plus to your phone once more.

Open the "Pokémon Go" app to pair the Pokémon Go Plus to your phone once more.

Step 9: Pair the Pokémon Go Plus to Your Phone

The device should be ready to connect with your game now. Open the Pokémon Go game on your phone. Press the Pokémon Go Plus icon on the right side of the screen. Press the button on the Pokémon Go Plus and press “Pair” on your phone when a “Bluetooth Pairing Request” message appears on the screen.

You are now ready to continue your Pokémon journey!

You are now ready to continue your Pokémon journey!

You Are Ready to (Pokémon) Go!

Congratulations! You are now ready to continue your journey to become a Pokémon master in the real world! Get out there, catch as many Pokémon as you can and collect items and gifts to send to your friends from PokéStops!

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer to be able to trade Pokémon more easily via the internet and battle against other players. Until then, take your Pokémon Go Plus outside and catch Pokémon, hatch eggs, and visit PokéStops!

Questions & Answers

Question: Can the Pokemon Go Plus be used with the new Nintendo Switch Pokemon games, Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee?

Answer: The Pokemon Go Plus is an accessory that was made specifically for use with the Pokemon Go mobile game. It can only be connected to a Bluetooth enabled smartphone and only works with the Pokemon Go mobile game.

Nintendo has announced a similar peripheral for Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee, however. A special controller called the Poke Ball Plus will be released alongside these new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch. The Poke Ball plus will be available in a special edition bundle with either game, or separately.

The Poke Ball plus can be used to capture Pokemon in the new Switch games, to carry Pokemon around with you in the real world while not playing on your Switch. It will also be able to connect to Pokemon Go to allow you to capture Kanto region Pokemon from Pokemon Go to transfer directly to Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee.

The Poke Ball Plus is a similar device to the Pokemon Go Plus, but with additional features and can be used with the upcoming Nintendo Switch games. It also allows connectivity between the Nintendo Switch games and the mobile game.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber