Fix Error 2 on Pokémon GO – Network Error

Tim Vickers

If you are a Pokémon GO player, you are likely to have encountered Error 2 when playing the game. For most players, Pokémon GO error 2 occurs when they are trying to interact with Gyms.

It is an issue that affects millions of players around the globe. When it happens, a message will display on your screen as “Network Error (2).”

When you interact with Gyms, the game brings a loading circle on your screen, and then it displays the network error message. The app will freeze and force you to restart. That means you cannot access Gyms you have recently raided or even check the status of your raids. For most players, error 2 in gym battle can be inconvenient for them.

Steps to fix error 2 on Pokémon GO

If you have encountered it, consider the following fixes.

  1. Don’t Optimize Battery Power

Pokémon GO is an app that makes lots of network requests. That can drain the battery because the app will turn on Wi-Fi or mobile radios, which tend to use more power. Beyond the ideal power necessary for sending and receiving packets, the radios expend more power when they turn on and stay awake.

So, when playing Pokémon GO and you raid the Gyms, the application will make a simple network request that can keep the device’s mobile radio on and use up lots of battery power. If you optimize battery power, those requests may not go through because the device is saving battery power.

But since that power is necessary to complete a network request, this will cause an error. The solution is to ignore battery optimization when playing Pokémon GO. To do this:

  • Go to Settings on Android
  • Select Power Saving Management
  • Tap Usage of Electric Quantity
  • Tap the three dots on the top right corner of your screen
  • Tap Battery Optimization
  • Select Not Optimized from the dropdown menu
  • Locate and tap on Pokémon GO
  • Select Don’t Optimize
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When you don’t optimize battery for Pokémon GO, it will allow the app to sync and access the network and Wi-Fi to continue scanning. If this didn’t solve the problem, proceed to the next solution.

  1. Force-close the app

Force-closing the app is necessary if it freezes all the time. But it has a different step when playing Pokémon GO. Here is how to do it.

  • Open the app and enter the Gym
  • Pick your team
  • When the error appears, force-close the app by double-tapping the Home Button and then swiping up (iOS)
  • You should then open the app again
  • Select the Gym and then enter the battle immediately
  • Do not pick a team
  • When the battle starts, the game will switch to the previous Pokémon you had picked

At this point, you will not have enough time to defeat the Pokémon. But when you kill it, select Battle and continue killing more Pokémon.

  1. Check your device network

You should check your device network to ensure there are no glitches on your end. First, enable Data Services on your phone and try again. Second, call your ISP to determine whether they have a problem on their end.  This should help you to know the right fix for the network problem.

The network error 2 on Pokémon GO occurs during your interaction with the Gym. You can correct the error by checking your network settings and ignoring battery optimization for the app. However, network error can also occur on the developer’s side. That means you should wait until Niantic corrects the problem.

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