If you want to store your Pokémon GO creatures safely in the Pokémon HOME app, here’s how to easily and quickly transfer between the two.
There’s a way for you to have most of your favorite Pokémon you’ve caught in Pokémon GO right in your Pokémon HOME app, and we’ll show you how. Although there are some limitations, it’s actually quite easy to do – there’s just a bit of setup to do first.
Here’s everything you need to know about transferring Pokémon GO to HOME.
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1. Link your Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME accounts
Pokémon GO is one of the best ways to play Pokémon games on your iPhone or Android. But if you want to keep your Pokémon safe, you might want to transfer them to Pokémon HOME. Before you can do this, you will need to link your two accounts.
To do this, you’ll need a Nintendo Account, which shouldn’t be a problem if you’re already using Pokémon HOME. But you need to make sure you are using the same Nintendo Account in GO and HOME and link them together. Here’s how:
- Open Pokemon GO.
- Press the icon poke ball at the bottom of your screen.
- Select Settings in the upper right corner of your screen.
- Scroll down and select Pokemon HOME.
- Press on To log in.
- You will be redirected to your browser, where you will need to sign in to your Nintendo Account.
- Sign in to the same Nintendo Account you use in Pokémon HOME.
Now you are ready. You have successfully linked your Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME accounts. This link is not permanent, meaning you can always disconnect your Nintendo Account from the Pokémon GO app and use a different one whenever you want.
Another neat thing you can do is have more than one Pokémon GO account linked to the same Pokémon HOME account. This means that you can send Pokémon from two different GO accounts.
2. How to send Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME
Now onto the fun part. Transferring Pokémon from GO to Pokémon HOME is quite easy to do and it will only take you a few clicks.
First, you will need to send your Pokémon from Pokémon GO. If you’ve already linked your accounts, just follow these steps:
- Open Pokemon GO.
- Press the icon pokeball at the bottom of your screen.
- Press on Settings in the upper right corner of your screen.
- Scroll down and select Pokemon HOME.
- Press on Send Pokemon.
- The game will open your GO Transporter. If you have enough GO Transporter energy, press To continue.
- Choose the Pokemon you want to send.
- Press on following.
- Make sure to send only the Pokémon you no longer want in Pokémon GO.
- When you’re ready, press Transport.
- Finally, press Ended.
You have successfully sent Pokémon to your Pokémon HOME account. Of course, this is only the first part. You should now receive your Pokemon too.
3. How to receive Pokémon in Pokémon HOME
After transferring your Pokémon from Pokémon GO, you should receive them in the Pokémon HOME app. You cannot perform these next steps from your Nintendo Switch, you must use your smartphone. Here’s how:
- Open the Pokemon HOME app on your mobile device.
- You’ll see a pop-up that says “one or more Pokemon have been transferred from Pokemon GO” and it’ll ask if you want to receive them. Press on Yes.
- Under Pokémon GO Link, tap To receive.
- Select View Transferred Pokémon.
- Here you can see all the Pokemon you have transferred. You can then press Receive Pokemon.
- Press the X button to return to your main screen.
And that’s all! Your Pokémon GO Pokémon are now securely stored in the Pokémon HOME app.
If you pressed No when you first launched the app, you can still receive the Pokemon you sent. To do this, press the menu button at the bottom of your screen, then select the options button. Here, under Pokémon Go Link, tap To receive. Then follow the steps above to receive your Pokémon.
If this is your first time transferring Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME, you will get a special Melmetal capable of Gigantamaxing in Pokémon Sword and Shield. So be sure to head to your gift box to claim it.
What you need to know before transferring Pokémon
There are certain limitations when it comes to transferring Pokémon.
First, you need to use GO Transporter’s in-game item. This article uses something called GO Transporter Energy. Each Pokemon uses different amounts of Energy, and the rarer the Pokemon, the more Energy it will need. For example, a Shiny Legendary Pokemon uses most of the GO Transporter’s energy, so you won’t be able to transfer two or more of them at the same time.
Fortunately, the GO Transporter’s energy fully recharges after a few days. You don’t need to go out and recharge it by yourself, but you can use PokeCoins to recharge it right away.
It’s also worth noting that you can’t transfer all of your Pokémon to Pokémon GO. Some Special Pokémon like Shadow Pokémon or Special Event Pokémon with Party Outfit cannot be transferred. Also, you can’t transfer a Pokémon marked as a favorite or that you use as a buddy, but you can switch buddy and you’ll be good to go.
Speaking of Pokemon, you can’t transfer; you cannot transfer your Pokémon from Pokémon HOME to Pokémon GO. You have to be absolutely sure you want to move them, because there is no undo.
as last pokemon go tip, always receive your Pokémon in Pokémon HOME before sending others from Pokémon GO. If you send a second batch of Pokémon before you receive the first, the transfer process may not work properly.
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Transfer them all!
That’s all you need to know about transferring your Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME. You’ll be transferring Pokemon in no time after getting the hang of it. Remember that you can always transfer a low level Pokemon as a test to make sure everything is working as expected.
And after, if you can’t get enough Pokémon on all your smart devices, you can also try some of the best Pokémon companion apps for smartphones.