Laziest Pokemon Go hack helps you hatch eggs without walking

Don't call it cheating, call it a pro-tip.

Justin Yu
Justin Yu Associate Editor / Reviews - Printers and peripherals
Justin Yu covered headphones and peripherals for CNET.

Even though I'm the only fool in the world not playing Pokemon Go right now, I can still appreciate the fitness benefits the game offers by pushing players to walk around and find eggs at Pokestops.

But even the greatest Pokemasters have to battle laziness, so I also appreciate this clever trick for hatching eggs at home with the help of a turntable.

All you have to do is open the game, put your phone on the turntable with a little bit hanging off the edge (make sure it doesn't swing around and hit the tonearm), and start it up using the fastest rotation speed available (bonus points if you have a 78rpm setting).

The spinning platter will produce enough movement to trick your phone into thinking that it's actually in motion, which is why the same principle could also work if you tape your phone to a ceiling fan or wedge it inside the spokes of a bicycle wheel.

You might have to leave your phone spinning around on the table for awhile to reach the 2, 5 or 10 km distances required to hatch your eggs, but it'll get the job done eventually and should come in handy the next time it's raining outside, or you just can't gather the energy to get out and play.