New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 14, 2020) follows:

Two weeks ago, Pokemon Go received a new feature called GO Battle League. But the newly added feature was plagued with bugs and many players were experiencing lags and freezes. Many players are also facing delays while battling which results in the losing of matches.

Earlier, Niantic released a new update with version number 0.165.2 to fix the GO Battle League issues. Still, many issues with GBL didn’t not got fixed and Niantic addressed all of them on their official blog with it’s status.


Today, Niantic has released a new update for the game with version 0.167.0 which has further addressed GO Battle League issues. But with the latest update, many players are facing login issues and they have not been able to login into the game.


Players have taken the route of Twitter and forums to express this ongoing issue. Well, the issue is popping up mostly to Samsung owners. However, some other device owners are also getting the authentication error. Have a look at a few complaints down below.

Pokemon Go 0.167.0

Pokemon Go 0.167.0 update

Niantic is currently aware of this issue and they have acknowledged this on their official blog. Niantic has confirmed that they are currently investigating the issue. We are keeping a close watch on this issue and will update you with more information whenever a fix arrives. You can check below the official issue description & status from Niantic.

Pokemon Go Lunar Year Event 2020

Players are unable to log into Pokémon GO

Issue description: We are investigating reports of players experiencing an “Unable to authenticate” error when trying to open the Pokémon GO app.

Issue status: Investigating

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From a quick refresher, Pokemon Go is one of the best-augmented reality games that are currently available on the market. The game was launched in 2016 & since then it has been running strong. Pokemon Go generated revenue of $1.4 billion for Niantic in 2019.

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Update 1 (June 1, 2022)

05:42 pm (IST): Many Pokemon Go players are again reporting (1, 2) issues with login. Moreover, they are getting network error.

Fortunately, Niantic support has acknowledged this issue and said that they are currently investigating it. However, they did not provide any ETA for the fix

Sorry for the inconvenience, Trainer! We are aware of and looking into similar issues causing login and other gameplay-related errors. Please stay tuned to our official channels for updates. We appreciate your patience and understanding! ^SC (Source)

Update 2 (June 2, 2022)

01:25 pm (IST): Niantic support has confirmed that they have fixed the issues causing login and gameplay-related errors.

Sorry for the trouble, Clyde. We are aware, and our team has fixed the recent server issues causing login and gameplay-related errors. If you haven’t yet, please reload your app and check if you can log in to the app. (Source)

Update 3 (July 6, 2022)

05:42 pm (IST): Many Pokemon Go players are once again experiencing login issues that prevent them from accessing the game. Niantic team is already working on a fix, but there is no ETA for it yet.


Update 4 (December 27, 2022)

10:34 am (IST): Some Pokemon Go players are now reporting (1, 2, 3) that they cannot login or sign in as they get ‘Unable to authenticate error’. Luckily, Niantic support has acknowledged the issue and shared that they’re investigating.

Hi Tommy, thanks for sharing! We’re investigating similar reports at the moment. Meanwhile, if you have a different login method linked to Pokémon GO, you can use it to sign in to the app. Also, we’ve reached out to you via DM requesting some info, please take a look! ^SF (Source)

05:07 pm (IST): If you are facing issues signing in to Pokemon Go, then here’s a potential workaround shared by Niantic support. You can check it out below.

Thanks for sharing, Trainer! We’re aware that some users are having trouble signing in to Pokémon GO using the PTC login method. Meanwhile, you may use the backup login method (if connected any) to access the app. We appreciate your patience while we work on a fix! ^SF (Source)

Update 5 (March 16, 2023)

01:10 pm (IST): Some Pokemon go players are again reporting (1, 2) issues with login. And even though Niantic support confirmed that the problem is resolved, gamers continue to complain about it.

Moreover, the support team has suggested some troubleshooting steps to fix the error players get while logging in.

Update 6 (July 11, 2023)

12:37 pm (IST): Some Pokemon Go players are currently unable to access the game due to login issues (1, 2, 3, 4).

05:45 pm (IST): The server issues seem to have been fixed, so Pokemon Go is accessible again.

Update 7 (July 19, 2023)

05:55 pm (IST): A recent update is causing multiple players to be unable to log in due to a ‘black screen’. The bug is affecting both Android (1, 2) and iOS (1, 2) users.

The Niantic team is already aware of the issue and investigating, with no ETA for a fix yet.

Hi Trainer! Thanks for flagging! We’ve received similar reports about this issue, and our team is investigating them. Meanwhile, could you please reply to our DM with the requested details to help us with our investigation? We’ll keep an eye out for your response! ^SF

Update 8 (July 20, 2023)

09:00 am (IST): The ‘black screen’ issue on the login screen has finally been resolved.

Update 9 (September 12, 2023)

06:34 pm (IST): According to recent reports (1,2,3), multiple Pokemon players are once again experiencing difficulties while trying to login.

Fortunately, the Niantic support team has acknowledged this problem and is currently working on fixing it.

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