Pokémon Go has ended support for Apple Watch devices, as the smartphone app can now log players' distance travelled without needing to have the app constantly open.
The Apple Watch devices used to allow players to track distance and location while playing, without turning on the matched smartphone app.
Travelling by walking is an essential part of the Augmented Reality monster catching game, as the game rewards players with candy used to power up their Pokémon and by hatching eggs containing rare Pokémon.
Game maker Niantic says support was ended on July 1, as it wanted to focus on its Adventure Sync feature on smartphones so players would no longer need to split their gameplay between two devices.
The Adventure Sync feature introduced in late 2018 allows players to track their steps by syncing their fitness apps in their smartphones to the Pokémon Go app, so the distance can be measured passively without turning on the game app.
"You’ll be able to stay active and earn Buddy Candy or hatch Eggs without significantly impacting your device’s battery life. When your Buddy Pokémon has found Candy or when an Egg is about to hatch, you can enable to receive a push notification. As an added bonus, you’ll get weekly fitness reports to track your progress as well as earn rewards for reaching weekly milestones," says Niantic.
To use this feature, players will have to always enable location permissions and connect to either Apple Health or Google Fit. The feature is located in the Pokémon Go app's Settings Menu, where players will have to grant permissions for game to access their Apple Health or Google Fit data.