Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 12:48
Category: iOS, News, security, Software
In the wake of some controversy, Pokemon Go has just received an update for its iOS version that should hopefully calm the waters. The update works to fix the issues that have surfaced after it was revealed that the game holds full access to Google accounts and fixes the scope of this access. Users should also no longer have to re-enter their credentials after they’ve been forcefully logged out, and the some issues with crashes should be resolved as well.
The fixes come in the wake of the game having literally full access to a Google account upon login. Per the dialog, the application could “…see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account”. Today’s update remedies the situation when logging into the application with a Google account. Users are now presented with a view that clearly defines what enabling the account access does. The access requests the ability to know who the user is through their Google account, to view the email address, and nothing else. This should help alleviate some of the security concerns brought up in the past few days.
The new version, numbered “1.0.1”, offers the following fixes and changes:
Users can also use the following steps to downgrade the game’s Google account access without losing any of their game progress:
Step 1: Head to Google’s My Account page
Step 2: Select the Sign-in & Security option
Step 3: Select Connected apps & sites
Step 4: Select Manage Apps in the Apps connected to your account pane
Step 5: Find Pokemon Go Release, and click it
Step 6: Select Remove in the expanded pane to revoke Pokémon GO’s full account access
Step 7: Launch Pokémon GO (You may be presented with a login error message, if that occurs select Login with a different account)
Step 8: Select Google as the account login option
Step 9: Sign back in using your Google account credentials
Step 10: Select Allow on the presented dialog
Step 11: All done!
You can also check the level of account access via the following steps:
Step 1: Find the Pokemon Go Release pane under the Google Connected apps & sites page again, and click it
Step 2: The pane should indicate that Pokémon GO now only has access to your basic account info versus full access
Pokémon Go is available from the iOS App Store for free, with optional in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $99.99.
If you’ve tried the new version of Pokemon Go and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.