Pococha

UPDATES (8/28/18)

ANDROID:

  • Users can now log in using their Facebook account, in addition to Twitter.
  • If your favorite streamer keeps an archive of his past streams, you can check them out by going to his/her profile and look for the word アーカイブ. 1
  • You can now share your streamer’s link to any social media platform besides Twitter. You also now have the option of writing your own custom message along with the shared link instead of the defaulted みんなで見よう! 2
  • No, you still can’t stream on an Android device if you do plan on doing your own livestreams.

iOS:

  • Same as above except for the second item, as the iOS already had the Archives section added from the beginning. 3

RELATED UPDATES:

  • If you would like to meet Shin on livestream or if you just happen to be a Shin-biased Axcel, you got no choice but to download, install, and set up Pococha. That’s why this Pococha guide exists in the first place.
  • If you are a Kazuki and/or a Yuki-biased Axcel, you’ll have to use the other 4 livestream app, 17. 17 is a lot easier to download and set up because it’s available to everyone around the world. Just download from the App Store or Google Play, install it, and everything else is straightforward. 5
  • I have the iOS version of Pococha as I also own an iPad, but I don’t use it for obvious reasons. 6

 

Pococha… what?

Pococha Live

If you happen to stumble across this page, then I will assume one thing about you: You are an Axcel. 7 To be more specific… 8

Welcome to my (eventually updating) guide and tutorial to this rather mysterious mobile app that some of you may be wondering why you need to have this app as an Axcel. For any Axcel, this app is essential, but that all depends on the type of fan you want to be. This is a guide to a live streaming app called Pococha Live. As of 6/2018, the members switched live stream platforms from 17 to this relatively new one. The reasons why will remain unknown, but we do know that it’s not the members’ decision 9 for this sudden switch.

If you are a brand-new Axcel who’s never used a single live streaming mobile app before, you’ve come to the right place. If you are a 17 regular and have known the MADKID members for quite some time, 10 Pococha would be considered the “lighter” version of 17. It has the same basic features as 17, but without the extras, like a streamer’s guardian title, a streamer’s ARMY, etc.

And so, welcome to my little Pococha Live tutorial! 😊

Why do you have this tutorial in the first place?

When we received word that MADKID members Shin 11 will be switching live stream app platforms, a few of us took a look at this new Pococha app. There are two problems that we’ve encountered that made many of us worry:

  1. Pococha Live is not available globally, meaning it will not be available for download in the App Store or Google Play based on your home country. It’s only available in Japan.
  2. Because Pococha is only available to Japanese users, everything is in Japanese. Don’t expect an English version of the app. Not yet as of this writing anyway.

After two weeks of figuring out the possible ways of installing Pococha in our mobile devices without corrupting our devices’ default internal systems, we finally figured out an easy way to accomplish this as a non-Japan resident user, starting with Android. From there, we figured out a pattern on how we would normally install and operate third-party apps without any form of “cracking” (for iOS devices, the term is jailbreaking), and like any logical engineer, we went through trial and error.

Before you start downloading and installing Pococha, you have one little requirement: You must have a Twitter or a Facebook account! Many Japanese mobile users have Twitter as their #1 social media platform, therefore it’s only normal that Pococha will only require a Twitter account to log in. 12 If you don’t have a Twitter account, sign up for an account right now.

Got your Twitter ready to go? Let’s get Pococha installed in your device!

Android

Getting the Android version of Pococha is rather easy. If you’re familiar with the Android system, you can install 3rd party apps by obtaining the executable file (.apk).

You also want to be sure that your device is set to allow files from unknown sources in order to make this work: Settings > Security > Unknown Sources

  1. Click on this URL (APK Pure) and download the .apk file. Make sure you download it on the location in which you can easily find it. Usually, it will be in the Downloads folder in your File Manager.
  2. You’ll see a file with the size of 36.10 MB or something close to that file size with a file name that says Unconfirmed... in the beginning. Double-click on the file.
  3. The file will install as normal and you will get the icon that looks like the logo up above. Double-click on it and you should see the title screen. You will see a black button below that has the word Twitter and Facebook on it. Depending on which account you use, click on either one of the two.

    Pococha - Android version login page
    Android phone version of the login
  4. For this example, we will be logging in using Twitter.

    Pococha will ask you for a confirmation to let Pococha access your Twitter account (just like any app would do if it asks or requires your Twitter in it).

    Twitter confirmation
    iPad version, but still the same…
  5. Once you log in, you will see the screen below.

 

A few sidenotes regarding this version…

  • The link provided came from the APK Pure site and if we were to update the app, we would have to do it manually. It’s probably better to download the APK Pure client in your device to do the regular updates, however, for now, this will do.
  • This Android version (or rather maybe it’s just my cheap HTC phone) does not have the Stream/Media button found anywhere. Therefore, if you plan on live streaming using this app on your Android device and you see the screenshot above, you won’t be able to. This could possibly be that I may be using an outdated version of the app, but it’s not like I plan to live stream anyway. 😅 13
  • This will not work on Amazon Kindle devices, as Pococha requires Google Play (regardless of the country) in order to work properly. Unfortunately, Kindle OS doesn’t support Google Play.
  • If you feel generous to the streamer, you can contribute some gift points to show your support. You earn gift points by logging in daily or you can purchase them (cheap prices) in point bundles. Unfortunately for global iOS users, they won’t be able to purchase any as it requires a Japanese credit card. 14 For Android users, the payment system is universal, and you can use your credit card or your PayPal to purchase them regardless of what country you’re located at.

I still need to explore, so this section will eventually be updated when I find more features to be noted.

iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Pococha will not work on a Mac, as it has its own separate operating system (Mac OS). Naturally, Pococha is a mobile app, therefore you’ll have to use your iPhone or iPad. Luckily, I recently got a cheap-ish old refurbished iPad that works wonders like new. Unlike the Android OS, iOS is very much Apple-proprietary, meaning they’re not open source and they have plenty of restrictions within the apps they accept on the App Store, as well as restrictions on the regional standards of all apps as well. Apple keeps their iOS system very well-guarded. Fortunately, there is a workaround without screwing up your entire system (known as “jailbreaking”) that is guaranteed safe, but not exactly perfect.

The steps will involve logging off of your iTunes on your iPhone/iPad and switch to the Japanese App Store and create a brand-new Apple ID for that particular store. There are other different ways to install Pococha, but this one is the safest way.

  1. Follow the instructions here (VPN Date) to obtain a Japanese Apple ID. After you are finished, sign in using your new Japanese Apple ID in your device settings.
  2. Head over to the Pococha website and click on the first button. It should prompt you to open the App Store and it will directly take you there.15
  3. Download and install Pococha from the Japanese App Store like you would do with a standard iOS app.
  4. Like above (Android), you will see the login page and require you to use your Twitter account to log in and also confirm your Twitter account.
  5. After you log in, you’ll see a similar interface with a few little differences.

    Pococha main page - iPad
    You can press the “Stream” (blue circle) button at the bottom if you would like to do your own livestream.

A few sidenotes regarding this version…

  • After checking in with a friend (who owns an iPhone), it seems that you can only stream on an iOS device. But you’re not the one streaming, you’re the one watching and commenting a streamer, right? So, no need to bother with that button. Still, I wish Pococha would be more consistent with both versions of their app.
  • You have to keep your iOS device on the Japanese Apple ID in order to gain automatic updates.
  • If you plan on contributing gift points to your streamer, you won’t be able to purchase gift points because you don’t have a Japanese credit card recorded in your Japanese Apple ID profile. However, Pococha does give you a few free points when you log in daily, so you can use those to give a little to your streamer when you can. 😊

Like the Android version, I still need to explore the iOS version, though I think everything still remains the same.

Profile Setup

When you log in to Pococha for the first time, all of your Twitter info will be automatically populated in your new Pococha profile. Luckily, you get to edit your profile if you prefer a swanky one instead of that two-bit one you had on your Twitter. 😁

Once again, I’m using screenshots from my iPad here, only because they’re easier to take screenshots and my cheap Android phone sucks at screenshots. 😪 Awrighty, here we go.

  1. Click on your Profile button at the bottom. It’s the one with your profile pic on it. You’ll see this page (iPhone/iPad only):

    If you have the Android version, you will not be able to see the Diamonds icon shown above. Either way, not an important feature if you’re only having Pococha to hang out with MADKID online. This is the bottom portion of my profile. I have a long profile bio, so I had to screenshot the bottom too:

    Profile page bottom
    On the Android version, you won’t be seeing that “Streamer Report” link, as Android users can’t do their own livestreams. Lame…
  2. You see that top gear icon? That’s the Settings and others. Go click on it.
  3. You’ll see the following options. I placed translations on them, Click on the first item on the screenshot above. You’ll see the page below. Edit as much as you want.Settings pageDon’t forget to press the Save link at the upper right corner. 😊

The Streaming Session

At long last, you are now ready to join in a live stream, especially with your favorite MADKID member. I’ll be mentioning about the members at a later time. 😄

Before you enter someone’s streaming session, some of the streamers would prompt you to follow them first before you enter. Some streamers would leave their streaming open and just join in.

During my first time using Pococha, my second favorite member, KAZUKI, was the one online. I had to follow him first before I had to enter. Once after I follow him, I’m already in the streaming sessions, ready to go and say hi.

Unlike with 17 (for those who have been on 17 with the guys before), Pococha will alert the streamer that you have just entered the stream. I think this is a good feature because the auto-notification of your entry will quickly alert the streamer before you could even comment. I had to re-introduce myself to Kazuki because he was used to seeing my username on 17, and I showed up with my real name because of my Twitter account. That’s why sometimes, it’s a good thing to edit your Pococha profile when you can so that it doesn’t confuse the streamer of your identity.

Alrighty, here’s a screenshot of Kazuki along with some quick translations and captions on what each icon stands for. Because we’re still figuring out how to install Pococha on the iOS then, I’m using my cheap Android phone for this one:

Kazuki - Pococha Streaming

 

  • Share – Share his stream on Twitter (where MADKID members and most of the Japanese and global MADKID fans are active). Just Twitter.
  • Fan Rankings – Like with 17, this will take you to the list of fans and commenters who have contributed the most gift points to the streamer, categorized by today, this month, and overall. More on the gift points later.
  • Write Comment – This is where you write your comments to the streamer.
  • Like – Just like with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, there’s always a Like icon. Pretty straightforward.
  • Gift – This is where you can contribute some gift points to the streamer, represented by cute icons and are priced a certain number of gift points. When the streamer receives gift points/icons, it generates revenue for the streamer. The bigger the gift may be (based on a number of gift points needed to exchange), the bigger the revenue generates. When you do give gift points, you are added to the streamer’s Top Fan Rankings list, which means, more recognition by the streamer and everyone else in your session. The Gift Contributors Ranking above will show the profile pics of the commenters who contributed gifts for that session. I’m at 2nd place for today’s streaming session. You can get gift points by doing the following:
    • Log in Pococha daily! You get some free gift points from Pococha just by logging in daily.
    • Purchase gift points! You can purchase gift points at cheap prices in bundles. However, in the case of the poor overseas fan, only Android users are able to purchase gift points. 16

MAJOR NOTE!

If you have Pococha installed in more than one device, you must only log in your Twitter or Facebook account in only one of those devices. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get automatic notifications from the streamers you follow when they do come online. I had to learn this the hard way when I was logged in Pococha on my iPad when I wanted to use my cheap Android phone to communicate.

Streamer Archives

What are streamer archives?

The streamer archives is a section in the streamer’s profile that records and stores their current and past livestream sessions for replay. This is very helpful for users who missed their favorite streamer’s streaming session and would like to catch up. 17

The streamer archives only exist if the streamer turns the feature on. So in other words, not all your favorite streamers will keep an archive section for everyone to watch their past streams. Lucky for all the Shin-biased Axcels, he does have an archive section on his past and current streams. Well, most of his past streams anyway. 18

To find the archives section, just look for this in the streamer’s profile. In this case, you have to go to Shin’s profile and look for the section just below his bio:

Shin Profile Archives
iPad version, but still the same.

When I first opened this section, I purposely did not include this section about the archives because the Android version did not have it. In addition to that, Kazuki (the first member to use Pococha at the start) did not have his archives section on, therefore I couldn’t provide any good examples. However, when Shin started using Pococha, I was surprised that an archives section actually exists, but that all depends on the streamer.

As of this update (8/29/18), the latest updates finally gave us Android users the chance to view his past streams without worrying about having an iPhone or an iPad to watch them.

This is how it looks like when you start watching the replays:

Shin Archives
Android version, but still the same

I’ve already placed all the translations on this screenshot, so everything should be straightforward.

Conclusion

There’s still more to learn about Pococha but I think I’ve covered the essentials. Once I’ve gotten used to Pococha and if I see other tidbits that you need to be aware of, I’ll be sure to update it on this section or probably in a blog entry.

If you need any help with anything, feel free to contact me.

However, don’t just stop here and don’t ignore the previous 17 livestream app if you were a previous 17 user. Please read about it!

In the meantime, enjoy your time at the streams, Axcels~! 🏎💨💨💨

Some sidenotes...

  1. Read as “Archive.”
  2. “Everyone, let’s watch!”
  3. Take note that not all streamers leave archives of their past streams.
  4. more stable in my opinion…
  5. Just be sure you choose English as your default language when you are installing and setting up.
  6. I can’t purchase points because I don’t have a Japanese credit card, however, I can purchase points on the Android version because it uses PayPal.
  7. Self-proclaimed MADKID fan… regardless of how new, casual, low key, or hardcore you may be…
  8. Shin happens to be your favorite MADKID member… or you just want to meet him if your favorite member is anyone else other than him…
  9. most likely it’s the agency/management who’s behind this…
  10. well, three of them at least…
  11. As of late July 2018, Kazuki and Yuki returned to 17. Shin, however, decided to continue streaming using Pococha. Please don’t ask me to ask him if he ever plans to stream on 17 again because he won’t.
  12. It’s a lot easier and faster anyway…
  13. After using Pococha for a while now, I noticed that the Android version is features- behind the iOS version. This means that the initial release of the app was out for iOS devices first. Then some months later, the Android version came out. It’s ideal for mobile devs to update both versions constantly, but in this case, that’s not happening.
  14. You can (probably) use a Japanese iTunes gift card. You can purchase some at an online store mentioned in the Exits section.
  15. It’s a lot easier this way, because when you try searching for it on the App Store, it will not appear in your search results for some reason.
  16. Android users can’t do their own livestreams, while non-Japanese iOS users can’t purchase gift points. Please be consistent on your next update, Pococha-san!
  17. … and since we’re MADKID fans with Shin being our favorite member, we get to take screenshots or even record video clips to share…
  18. Not all of his streams are stored there, as he also checks them himself and deletes the ones he didn’t want to be stored. Don’t ask why…