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How to take a screenshot in Pokémon Go

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Because we couldn't figure it out

OK, get this: It's a button. Stick with us here.

Pokémon Go has just been released in the states, and we here at Polygon are having quite a time trying to get it to work the way it's supposed to. We've had issues with unreliable server connections, wonky GPS and Pokémon just straight up not wanting to appear.

But one problem we had could reasonably be considered to be our own fault: We've been taking our screenshots the wrong way.

When playing Pokémon Go, you could do what we did and take screenshots the same way you'd take a screenshot of anything else on your phone, typically by holding down the home and power buttons at the same time. But Pokémon Go actually has its own built-in screenshot mode.

When a wild Pokémon appears, you should be able to see two buttons in the bottom right corner:

If you tap the button with the camera icon, your UI will change so you can take a picture of the wild Pokémon with whatever is in front of you. In this case, the Mario statue at Nintendo New York:

Tap the circular button at the bottom of the screen to take the picture, and you'll end up with this:

The game conveniently takes away the UI elements and your Pokéball so nothing gets between you and your Pokémon. A watermark of your username will also appear at the bottom right corner of the screenshot. And yes, our username in this case was "gdsfuh." We were in a hurry.

Now you have everything you need to catalog your Pokéjourney for other Pokémaniacs to see!

For more on Pokémon Go, check out our FAQimpressions, and our guide to finding gyms and Pokéstops!


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