How to stop Pokémon Go from accessing your Google account

While Pokémon Go has taken the gaming and tech industry by storm, there have been concerns over security of your data


While Pokémon Go has taken the gaming and tech industry by storm, there have been concerns over security of your data. It was primarily a concern for iOS users signing in via their Google account. It led to unknowingly giving full access to your account.

Whether you were unaware of this or worried about it, here's a solution. Niantic has released a new 10.1 update to stop the Google account conundrum. Users will have to sign out of the game, before installing the update. With the iPhone connected, users can also install the update through iTunes on the Mac. Once installed, you can sign in using Google account as usual. If you happen to check the Google account for connected apps, you notice the change in what the game can access.

Nintendo and Niantic had acknowledged the problem and released a statement that read:

We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.For more information, please review Niantic’s Privacy. 

CultforMac had pointed out heading to Google Security settings, checking connected apps and sites, and then clicking manage apps. Under Manage apps selecting Pokémon Go release and choosing the 'Remove' option. On removing access to Pokémon Go, one can sign in by creating an account via Pokémon Trainer Club. The problem doesn’t occur for those signed using Pokémon’s Trainer Club account, but the servers are said to be down.

Niantic or Nintendo may not necessarily want to access your  data, but one very well knows that some malicious mind may find a way out to access all information. While the game may have worked wonders for both companies, nothing is above a security concern.