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How to Take Snapshots in Pokemon Go

If you've ever wanted to take snapshots in Niantic's mobile smash hit Pokemon Go, here's how you can go about doing so.


Pokemon Go is a mobile game that requires all manner of interactions with a variety of different Pokemon. Ever since debuting in 2016, it's amassed millions of players and grossed over $6 billion in revenue over the years. During that time, there have been several new features added as well.

One such addition is the ability to take snapshots. That means you can take photos of Pokemon in the real world to earn points that go toward Research tasks. It isn't immediately obvious, however, how to take a snapshot. That's why we're here. Here's how you can take a snapshot in Pokemon Go.

How to take a snapshot in Pokemon Go

Pikachu hangs out with photos and a camera.Source: Niantic

You have two options when it comes to taking a snapshot in Pokemon Go. The first is the easiest. All you need to do is head to the menu, then choose the Pokemon you want to take a picture of. Then tap the camera icon at the top right of the Pokemon's individual menu. You'll find the snapshot option here, and you can take a photo whenever you're ready by pressing the camera button.

Move your phone or mobile device around to position the Pokemon of your choice around on the screen. If you don't have AR+ enabled, you don't have to worry about this part. Otherwise, wait for the Pokemon to settle into a pose that you like before taking the photo. This is about as easy as it gets.

A shot of a camera from Pokemon Go.Source: Niantic

Your other option is to instead go to the Items menu. Find your Camera here and choose that item. You'll see a different menu pop up that you can select the Pokemon of your choice from. Find the Pokemon that the current Research task asks you to work with.

You can scroll through the list or use the Search function. Once you've selected the Pokemon you want, just tap on its name. You'll load the Pokemon automatically. From there, use the camera button and tap it to take photos with your chosen Pokemon.

It doesn't matter which option you choose. It really all comes down to what feels the most convenient and simple for you. Having two options means it's doubly accessible, after all.

That's it! Now get out there and start shooting some sweet Pokemon shots!


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