Here's how to take a snapshot in Pokemon GO
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How to Take a Snapshot in Pokemon Go

Let’s face it; you cannot resist taking a snapshot in Pokmon Go. Taking that snapshot helps you to place any Pokemon in your environment using augmented reality mode. You can place Charizard in your kitchen or Pikachu on your desk!

Do you have an idea as to how your friend would look like in reality? That’s right; you can capture that cute Jigglypuff in your armchair. And the best part, you can do it in wild Pokemon as well. What’s not to love about that?

You can take pictures for some quests or your collection. Additionally, you will encounter some photo bombs from other Pokemon.

In this article, you will learn how to take a snapshot in Pokemon Go, whether you have encountered an old pal from storage or a wild Pokemon. Read on!

How to Take a Snapshot of a Wild Pokemon

Before taking the snapshot, there are a few things to note:

  • Augmented reality mode drains the battery heavily; ensure you have a portable charger as a backup.
  • To use the shared AR feature, you should have a compatible device, Android 7.0 and above, or iPhone 6 and above.
  • Avoid steep drops, bicycle paths, and open roads when playing Pokémon Go.

1) Navigating to Photo Mode

When taking a snapshot of a Pokémon in the wild, tap on it as if you want to catch it. However, instead of throwing the Pokeball, check the top of the screen. Can you see the small camera icon? Tap on it to go into photo mode.

It should be the same as AR mode. The next step is to find the Pokémon!

2) Taking The Snapshot

To take that perfect shot, press the white camera button. Your device will make a satisfying chime and then display the photo you just took. Once the picture is ready, you’ll notice two options at the bottom of your screen; a check mark and a trash can.

If the shot is blurry or you’re just not happy with it, select the trash can to delete it and if satisfying, select the check mark to save it on your device.

3) The End of the Photoshoot

Once you have the best shot of a wild Pokemon, click the arrow on the bottom left to take you back to the main menu with berries and Pokeballs. Now, you can attempt to catch Pokemon or run from the fight.

How to Take a Snapshot of Your Own Pokemon

Taking a picture of a Pokemon you’ve captured is very easy. Here are the steps:

1) Navigating to Photo Mode

In your App, go to Pokémon storage and tap on one that you want to photo-shoot. Tap the camera icon on your screen just below the yellow star.

2) Taking The Snapshot

Remember that taking a photo of your own Pokémon can only occur in augmented reality mode. Move to an open space to place the Pokémon. Check for instructions on how to take the shot at the bottom of the screen.

What should you do to spot your Pokémon’s footprints?

  • Ensure your floor is clear of clutter such as pots, socks, or shoes.
  • Open up your camera and point at a clear surface – this helps the App recognize a flat surface.
  • If the chosen area is not working, move the camera away to another surface and then back again.

3) Can You See Your Pokémon’s Footprint?

Here are some things you should note. 

  • The footprints should be yellow regardless of the Pokémon chosen.
  • The footprints should be in different styles and shapes regardless of the Pokémon chosen.
  • The footprints have white glimmers for easier identification.
  • The footprints can be large or small, indicating that the surface chosen is valid to place the Pokémon.

Now that you can spot the footprints, tap on them to release the Pokemon to reality. Do you like where the Pokemon has been placed? Sometimes, you may want to change the position of the Pokemon due to several reasons: perhaps the positioning is not pleasant, or the App chose a different surface as the floor.

To make the changes, hit the icon resembling a Pokeball at the left on the bottom of the screen. The Pokemon goes back to the ball, and you can rerelease them.

Next, snap the picture with the camera button on the screen. You can tap the Pokemon to display emotions for the photo. 

To preview the shot, click on the preview at the bottom of the screen. However, you can only view the last picture taken.

4) End of Photo Shoot

After you have taken your picture, tap on the icon at the top left of your device. Now, you can view all the images you took. Choose the photos you want to save or share on social media. When you are done, tap the ‘x’s to exit.

Surprise Encounters in Snapshots

Sometimes an unfamiliar Pokémon can photobomb your session. You may notice it as a glimpse, but you can only be sure when you go through the pictures at the end of the photoshoot. However, this can only happen when taking pictures of your own Pokémon and never with a Pokémon in the wild.

Go through your pictures and check for unfamiliar Pokémon’s. If any, you were photobombed. To remove a photobombed Pokémon, tap on it and catch it. Smeargle Pokémon; you can only encounter it in a photobomb.

If you don’t have Pokemon Go or you want the latest updates about the AR app, head on over to the official website, hit the link here.

Pokemon Snapshot Final Thoughts

As a citizen of the internet, you should be aware of the rights and data you allow corporations to access. When you download Pokémon Go for the first time, you’ll enable the App to take pictures and record videos. This is necessary so that the game can take photos in real life.

Again, the first time you take a picture in Pokémon Go, you will give it access to media, files, and photos on your device, which is essential in saving pictures taken by the App. It is crucial to agree to both permissions for Pokémon Go to take the photos and keep them on your device.

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