Niantic added in the ability to add friends to Pokemon GO earlier this year. It's something that many players had been asking for a while now, and definitely adds a lot to the game. You can add friends to your friends list, and then send gifts and trade pokemon with them. To make sure you get set up smoothly, we've pulled together everything you need to know in this Pokemon GO Friends Guide. We'll go over how to add friends in Pokemon GO using your friend code, and what Friendship Level is.
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Pokemon GO Friends Guide
Since Pokemon GO launched a couple of years ago, fans have been clamoring to play with their friends. Thanks to a recent update it's now possible. You can add friends, trade pokemon, give gifts and manage your Friendship level, making those group Pokemon GO sessions even better than they were before. The only requirement is that you must be at least level 10 to add friends in Pokemon GO. You'll find everything you need to know about Friends in Pokemon GO in the following guide.
How to Add Friends in Pokemon GO Using Your Trainer Code
Thanks to the friends update, you can now add your friends in Pokemon GO. You'll need to do so in order to send and receive gifts and trade pokemon with others. Here's how to add friends in Pokemon GO
- Load up the app and tap on your trainer icon
- Select "Friends" which is located up in the top right hand corner of the screen
- You can now either Add a Friend, or have someone add you
- To add a friend, select "Add Friend" and then enter your friend's Trainer Code
- You can choose to share your Trainer Code over social media or messaging apps, or simply read it out to the person that is adding you
- Enter the code and wait for a notification to pop up on your friend's screen
- You can now see your friend in your Friends List, alongside a Friendship Level
Pokemon GO Friendship Levels - How to Increase Friendship Levels
Once you've added a friend in Pokemon GO, you'll have a Friendship Level associated with them. Friendship Level increases when you send gifts to each other, or participate in Raid battles together. It's worth noting that you can only increase your Friendship level once a day. As you can see in the image embedded above, there are a handful of bonuses associated with each level. It's definitely worth adding as many friends as possible, as the bonuses will stack.
To check your Friendship Level with a friend, head over to the Friends tab by clicking on your trainer icon. You can then tap on your friend and you'll see how many days are left before you reach the next level.
That's all you need to know about Friends in Pokemon GO. To check out how Gifts work in the game, head over to our Pokemon GO Gifts guide. You can receive some really awesome rewards from gifting in Pokemon GO, so be sure to check it out.