What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a monster hunting game that uses your phone's GPS and camera to create an augmented reality (AR) world inhabited by Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) that you must catch to advance through the game. You navigate by moving through the physical world and your device shows you where the Pokémon are in relation to your actual location. You can also 'battle' other teams to win control of important locations called 'Pokémon Gyms'. These are usually located in public meeting spots like parks or landmarks.
You create a player profile using Facebook or Google, or the Pokémon Trainer Club (suitable for parents registering younger players). Your account details are not displayed. Instead, you choose a nickname for the game. You can also add other players as friends by using a QR-enabled player code or importing them from Facebook. You can exchange gifts with friends (they’ll see your location when you send the gift) or swap Pokémon you’ve caught (this requires you to be located next to each other).
How do people use Pokémon Go?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use online games like Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go does not have in-app communication, but many players use other apps to chat and send online messages. These secondary apps are used for messaging/online chat, online relationships and photo/video sharing.
How can you report online abuse, ask for content to be removed or block someone?
- Contact form
Use this form to report abuse such as cheating, inappropriate behaviour or an offensive nickname.
- Friend list and friendship levels
Outlines what your friends can see, and how to remove them from your friends list.
- Report a Pokémon location
Submit a request for a PokéStop or Gym to be modified or removed.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Keeping your account secure
Tips on keeping your Pokémon Go account safe and secure.
- Control information shared by Facebook with Pokémon Go
To use Pokémon Go, you can log in with a Facebook account. Adjust your Facebook settings to control what information is shared with Pokémon Go.
- Control Pokémon Go login with Google
To use Pokémon Go you can log in with a Google account. Learn how to control and revoke this access in Google.
Key safety links
- Safety and security
Offers a range of general help, safety and security information.
- Friends, gifting, and trading
Learn how to access these social features of Pokémon Go.
- Safety FAQs
Common questions new players have about using the app and outdoor exploration.