How to Take a Snapshot in Pokemon GO

There are several benefits to knowing how to take a snapshot in Pokemon GO.
There are several benefits to knowing how to take a snapshot in Pokemon GO. / Niantic Labs

There are several benefits to knowing how to take a snapshot in Pokemon GO.

Ever since Niantic Labs implemented its snapshot feature, trainers all over the globe have been using it to share their favorite experiences with their Pokemon. Whether it's their buddy, best battler, or simply their favorite, trainers certainly aren't shy showing off their adventures. What's more: taking snapshots may even reward an encounter with unique Pokemon like Smeargle.

Want to get in on the fun? Here's how to take a snapshot in Pokemon GO.

How to Take a Snapshot in Pokemon GO

The steps are quite simple and can all be accomplished inside the app. To take a snapshot of any Pokemon in their current inventory, trainers need to:

  1. Open Pokemon GO.
  2. Open the main menu via the PokeBall icon and navigate to your Pokemon tab.
  3. Find and tap the Pokemon you want to take a snapshot with.
  4. Once on their profile, find the camera icon on the upper right—just below the star "favorite" symbol.

From there, the app will request you be in a flat, open area, and move your camera around so it can locate the best place to spawn the Pokemon. It will indicate this with yellow creature tracks which, when shown, can be tapped on to summon the chosen Pokemon into our world. Trainers can then take photos using the middle button on-screen just as they would with their normal camera app.

Pokemon GO's augmented reality (AR) feature will affect how the Pokemon appears by mapping its form behind furniture, around corners, and in space relative to the trainer's location. Be sure to have this switched on while snapping pictures for the best real-world effect.

Trainers may also take snapshots of their buddy Pokemon while feeding or interacting with them simply by tapping its model on the Buddy page.