Niantic dropping Apple Watch support for Pokemon Go

Niantic was a big part of Apple’s 2016 event when they announced Pokemon Go was coming to the Apple Watch. Now three years later and Niantic has confirmed that Pokémon GO is officially ending support for Apple Watch devices.
“Trainers using Apple Watch will no longer be able to connect their Apple Watch to Pokémon GO after July 1, 2019.”

Why this change?

“Because Adventure Sync allows Trainers the option of tracking their steps, earning Buddy Candy, and hatching Eggs in one mobile device rather than 2 separate devices, we want to focus on building Adventure Sync so that Trainers will no longer have to split their gameplay between 2 devices.”

How can I continue to track my distance?

“Trainers can use Adventure Sync to track their distance by syncing their fitness apps in their phones which does not require devices such as Apple Watches. For more information on how Adventure Sync works, please see our article here.”

What is Adventure Sync?

Adventure Sync is an optional mode that will allow you to record your kilometers traveled even when the Pokémon GO app isn’t open. 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.