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How to take a snapshot in Pokemon Go

Snapshots allow trainers to click pictures of their Pokemon in real-life. Here’s a quick guide on taking snapshots in Pokemon Go.

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Pokemon Go snapshots of Hoothoot, Jessie, and James

Snapshots in Pokemon Go combine the virtual world of Pokemon with reality by placing Pokemon in real-life sceneries. Here’s how you can take snapshots in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go took the internet by storm because for the first time ever, fans could go out and catch Pokemon like an actual trainer. Features like snapshots make the experience even better, as they show how your favorite Pokemon would look in the real world.

Players love taking snapshots of the Pokemon they adore the most. Most of the time, these include their Shiny Pokemon, Shadow Pokemon, and Legendary Pokemon.

Learning how to take a snapshot in Pokemon Go is essential not just for leisure, but also for completing research tasks. With this guide, you’ll be able to take snapshots of your buddy Pokemon, the Pokemon you’ve caught, and even wild Pokemon.

Pikachu watching snapshots of other Pokemon like Dratini and Seedot

How to use the snapshots feature in Pokemon Go

Your device must support the AR feature to take snapshots in Pokemon Go. The minimum requirements for the same are:

  • iOS – iPhone 6 and above with iOS 11 or above.
  • Android – Devices with Android 7.0 and should be compatible with ARCore.

Assuming that your device meets these requirements, here’s how you can take different types of snapshots in Pokemon Go.

Snapshots of Pokemon caught

Follow these steps to take a snapshot of a Pokemon that you’ve caught:

  1. Launch Pokemon Go and tap on the Pokeball icon in the middle.
  2. Select the Pokemon option which should open the list of all the Pokemon you’ve caught.
  3. Search for and select the Pokemon that you want to take a snapshot of. This should open the Pokemon’s menu that showcases their CP, stats, and moves, among other things.
  4. Click on the camera icon in the top-right corner to open the AR mode.
  5. If you’re using AR+, you can choose the perfect spot to place your Pokemon and tap on the camera icon in the middle to take a snapshot.
  6. For players who do not have AR+, the Pokemon will be automatically placed on a surface.
Hisuian Growlithe and Weavile near a beach

Snapshots of Wild Pokemon

Follow these steps to take a snapshot of wild Pokemon in Pokemon Go:

  1. Launch Pokemon Go and start walking. Wild Pokemon should randomly start appearing near your character.
  2. Tap on the wild Pokemon you want to take a snapshot of.
  3. Enable the AR mode from the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Look for moving bushes once your camera opens. Click on them to bring out the wild Pokemon and tap on the camera icon in the middle to take a snapshot.

Snapshots of Buddy Pokemon

Follow these steps to take a snapshot of your buddy Pokemon in Pokemon Go:

  1. Launch Pokemon Go and tap on your buddy Pokemon. The icon for it is located in the bottom-left corner of the screen beside your name, level, and trainer’s face.
  2. In the buddy Pokemon menu, simply tap on your buddy to enable AR mode.
  3. Find a flat surface to place the buddy Pokemon in AR+ settings.
  4. Click on the camera icon in between to take a snapshot.
Eevee Pokemon jumping next to a player

At times, wild Pokemon or Jessie and James photobomb your Pokemon Go snapshots which, to be fair, is not a bad thing. You can save, share, and delete your snapshots as well.


This was everything to know about snapshots in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, check out how to beat Arlo in Pokemon Go, how to beat Giovanni in Pokemon Go, and how to get Stardust in Pokemon Go.

Image Credits: Niantic