Pokémon Go Protip for “Free” Steps: Get a Turntable, Apparently

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Pokémon Go has been a boon to a lot of players who are now finding a pretty fun excuse to go outside and enjoy their neighborhoods for a while. But for the select few folks who don’t want to go outside because, well, there are people out there, then musician Rusty Cage is here for you with a bit of an interesting “hack” to get you those essential Poké-steps. According to Cage, the best way to secure those steps is to just put your phone onto a turntable and let it spin. The app will view that as your character just walking in circles, which apparently totally counts when it comes to both hatching eggs and getting medals for distance walking.

Easy, no? What’s funny is that Cage originally tried putting his phone into the spokes of his bicycle, but that was apparently too much effort, as he had to move his arm to get things going. Thus, the turntable technique was born. Of course, it’s not very effective… as Cage points out in the video, you get about 0.15 km (or a little less than a tenth of a mile) in “a couple of minutes.” The average person takes about 2000 steps in a mile, so here, you’re looking at ~200 steps in a few minutes. Probably not the most efficient method to get steps, but then again, we’re looking for the lowest effort—or, in this particular case, no effort at all.

But what are you to do if you don’t have a turntable? Easy. Strap your phone to a freaking ceiling fan. Yeah. That’s safe.

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