According to Niantic, “We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO.” We have to say that this is a bit of a pity since there are probably many gamers who run jailbroken or rooted devices for other reasons, and not necessarily to cheat at the game, but we guess Niantic can’t take that risk.
Now the good news is that there might be a solution to this problem. In a post on Reddit, user TheJakeGaming has discovered a way around this problem, although it seems that it is only for Android users. “I was browsing over XDA and found this flashable zip, Magisk. If you didn’t know, Pokémon Go uses a method called safety net to check for root which is the same thing android pay does. A recognized developer on XDA, TopJohnWu has developed a program to get around that safety net enabling you to play Pokemon Go while rooted.”
So far it seems that there have been quite a fair number of successes with this method so you can go ahead and check it out if you’re so inclined. We’re not sure if Niantic will be banning accounts that found a workaround, so proceed at your own risk!