The Camera

GO Snapshot is a feature in Pokémon GO that allows Trainers to take photos of Pokémon in their collection. The feature can be activated when viewing a specific Pokémon or accessing the camera from the bag.

Taking photos

Cameraman Gold

Gold Cameraman medal

A Trainer must first select a Pokémon to be the subject of the photographs. The Trainer may then tap on the screen to throw its Poké Ball to their spot of interest. Once the Pokémon is situated in the ideal spot, the Trainer may move around it to find the best angle for the photo. If the Pokémon is distracted or looking the wrong way, the Trainer may brush across it to get its attention.[1]

Trainers will notice that the Pokémon that they take photos of have a sense of presence and weight to them. GO Snapshot utilizes new shadows for each Pokémon, displaying a sense of size and motion as they arrive into a scene. Scale is also key, and GO Snapshot will subtly guide Trainers to find the perfect setting for Pokémon of all sizes.[2]

Once a day, a Smeargle may photobomb a random photo. Once this occurs, the Smeargle will appear on the Map View.[3]

Saving and sharing photos

Trainers may take as many photos as they wish during their session. Once finished, all photos are saved to the device automatically. Trainers who link their accounts to a social channel e.g. Facebook, may share their photos in posts.[1]

Special events

During April 1st and 2nd, 2019, the Go Snapshot featured Ash and Pikachu. It was possible to encounter 5 Pikachu wearing Ash's hat per day with chance of it being shiny.

During Detective Pikachu Celebration in May 7th to 17th, 2019, it was possible to encounter a single Pikachu wearing detective hat per day.

During 3rd Anniversary in June 28th to July 6th, 2019, it was possible to encounter a single Pikachu wearing party hat per day with chance of it being shiny.





  1. 1.0 1.1 Snap off the lens cap on your inner photographer!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-02-12.
  2. Dev Insights: Creating Delightful Artistic Immersion with GO Snapshot. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-02-15.
  3. PokemonGoApp. (2019, February 26). Trainers, Smeargle has arrived in Pokémon GO!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2019-02-26.
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