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Scan PokéStops, Gyms and Contribute to the Pokémon GO Community! Complete Guide

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Pokémon GO is an ever-improving mobile game that keeps on getting better and better with every update. Niantic and the team of developers that are working very hard to keep the game flawless and provide great Augmented Reality experience on mobile devices. There are a few aspects of the game that are very important and are essential in Pokémon GO that are Pokémon, Gyms, Pokéstops, and You. We cannot imagine Pokémon GO without any of the above elements. A piece of good news for all the Pokémon GO trainers around the world is that now Niantic is upgrading the way how a trainer will be able to interact with any PokéStop or Gym by implementing the dynamic 3-D maps feature. And, you being a Pokémon GO trainer, can scan Pokéstops or Gyms around you and contribute to the community. Let us about PokéStop Scanning in detail and how you can scan a PokéStop or Gym and help Niantic improve the experience for you and other trainers.

What is PokéStop Scanning in Pokémon GO

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PokéStop scanning in Pokémon GO, as the name suggests, is a feature that lets the eligible trainers scan their nearby PokéStops or Gyms and generate a dynamic 3-D map of the object that the PokéStop or Gym is built on. In simpler words, PokéStop scanning allows trainers with supported devices, including iOS and Android, to scan any PokéStop or Gym with the help of their phone’s camera within the Pokémon GO game, and then submit the recording to Niantic.

The new PokéStop scanning feature lets any trainer with the supported device scan any PokéStop or Gym they visit and submit the video recording. But, not every trainer is eligible to opt-in for this new feature and, there are certain eligibility criteria, rules, and regulations for the same that we have discussed below.

Supported Devices

PokéStop scanning can only be done by trainers having the supported versions of Android and iOS. For Android, only the devices running on Android Version 7.0 (N or Nougat) or higher with the Google Play Services for AR installed on the device are eligible. And, iOS devices running iOS version 11 or above are eligible, along with iPhone 6s or newer.

Eligibility Criteria

Even if your device is supported, you must meet the basic eligibility criteria for the scanning. Currently, only the trainers who are level 20 or above and DOES NOT have a child account in Pokémon GO. Although everyone will be able to see the option to scan PokéStop, it will only be accessible by the trainer who met the above criteria. Now let us know how you can scan a PokéStop or Gym and submit the video to Niantic.

How to Scan a PokéStop or Gym in Pokémon GO

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There are a few steps that need to be followed to properly scan a PokéStop or Gym and successfully submit the recording to Niantic. Please follow the steps given below to know the scanning process.

Step 1. Start Pokémon GO and visit any PokéStop or Gym and tap on the disc.

Step 2. Once you are inside the PokéStop or Gym, click on the small rightward arrow present on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Now tap on the three dots present at the top right corner of the screen and tap on the “SCAN POKÉSTOP” option.

Step 4. If you are doing this for the very first time then you will need to opt-in for the feature by agreeing to the on-screen prompts.

Step 5. Now, tap on the “RECORD” button to start the scanning of that PokéStop or Gym.

Step 6. While keeping the object (Statue, Pillar, Building, etc.) in the frame, slowly walk around it to create a 360-degree video, if possible.

Step 7. After the recording is finished, tap on the “UPLOAD NOW” button to upload the recording or “UPLOAD LATER” to upload the recording later.

These were the basic instruction to scan a PokéStop or Gym and submit the recording to Niantic. But, there are few things in mind to make sure that your recording meets the basic guidelines and gets accepted.

Guidelines for an Ideal PokéStop/Gym Scanning

If you are eligible for the feature then you must make sure to follow the below guidelines to make your recording valuable to Niantic and make it displayed on that particular PokéStop or Gym.

  1. Safely walk around the sculpture or statue maintaining a consistent speed and distance while keeping the object in the frame.
  2. It is highly recommended to take at least 20 to 30 seconds long recording of the object.
  3. The PokéStop or Gym must be the primary focus of the recording, but you can also capture the surrounding in case the PokéStop or Gym is smaller.
  4. A trainer must not be recording a PokéStop or Gym if its dark, and also make sure to avoid any blur.
  5. A trainer can submit multiple recordings of the same PokéStop, and only the best recording will be selected.
  6. Apart from these few important guidelines, some other important instructions can be read from HERE.


PokéStop scanning feature is aimed at improving the overall experience a trainer gets while playing Pokémon GO and interacting with the most important elements of the game, including the PokéStops and Gyms. Apart from the developers, a trainer must make contributions in making the game better for yourself and all the other fellow Pokémon GO trainers around the world.

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