How to request removal of a Gym or PokéStop in Pokémon Go

Did you hear the one about the guy whose house was marked as a Pokémon Go gym?

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If Pokémon Go marked your house or other private location as a Gym or PokéStop, you can request its removal from the game's map.

How to report an issue with a Gym or PokéStop in Pokémon Go

You can request removal of your house or other private location from within the app.

  1. Tap the Poké Ball at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Report High-Priority Issue.

How to request removal of a location from Pokémon Go.

  1. Tap Yes to leave the app.
  2. Tap Report an issue with a Gym or PokéStop.
  3. Fill in all the requested information.

How to request removal of a location from Pokémon Go.

How to report an issue with a Gym or PokéStop when you're not playing Pokémon Go

  1. Visit Niantic Labs' support page for reporting an issue with a Gym or PokéStop.
  2. Fill out the requested information.

It's no guarantee your request will be accepted by Niantic (the company that makes Pokémon Go), but it's your best bet to keep the neighborhood kids from hanging around your house all hours of the day and night.

Alternatively, you could just embrace the chaos and become a world-renowned gym leader … but, hey — your house, your rules.

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Has your house been marked a Pokémon Go Gym or PokéStop? We definitely want to hear that story! Let us know on social or in the comments below.

Mikah Sargent

Mikah Sargent is Senior Editor at Mobile Nations. When he's not bothering his chihuahuas, Mikah spends entirely too much time and money on HomeKit products. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikahsargent if you're so inclined.

14 Comments
  • Is there a way to request a removal of these ******* Pokemon articles? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yea, see what you do is when you see an article title with the word Pokémon you move on to he next one without reading it. Sent from the iMore App
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  • Stop whining and don't click on them Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree. A little too much!!! Sent from the iMore App
  • I can't wait for the lawsuits!
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  • You're free to leave and go find another website
  • Give it a couple of weeks, as soon as someone has "Caught them all", then the fun will fade.
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  • I think the craze is going to last more than a couple of weeks, this is Pokémon we're talking about
  • This is a poorly thought out, very invasive game. I work for a hospital. They put a Pokemon Gym and a Pokemon Stop both on premises. We now have pedestrians walking all over the campus and people driving in and out, getting in the way of ambulances and other traffic that really belongs. Perhaps one or two BIG lawsuits will get their attention. As far as I am concerned, if there is loss of life or detrimental complications directly resulting from this "game", Niantic should be held financially responsible. It would have been nice if the developer would have given some thought to their locations, and ASKED for input before just doing it. A BIG thumbs down for Niantic!
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  • The thing I love about all of the complaints about the PokeGo players and Pokestops/gyms is that Ingress players have been visiting these exact same locations for over 3 years. PokeGo uses the same data as a similar game, Ingress. More then likely, it wasn't the developers that picked the Hospital mentioned in a comment below/above for a stop, but an ingress player. At least here in Michigan, the few medical places that have a pokestop/gym (or in my case as an ingress player, Portals) that I have visited usually have some piece of art or sculpture that got the attention of a player who then submitted it to the developers, not the hospital it self. The developers, in developing PokeGo, took Ingress portals and made some of them PokeGo stops/gyms. As a portal submission in Ingress is just a picture and a GPS coordinate, I would be surprised if the developers even knew it was a hospital (guessing, I don't know the portal approval procedure). I say all of that to show that it isn't necessarily the game's fault, but that of the players. Ingress players have been visiting real world locations to interact with portals long before PokeGo players. I haven't heard of any wide spread complaining about Ingress players. In fact, there may be more portals at the hospital mentioned here, since not every Ingress portal was converted over to a pokestop/gym. Ingress players by and large seem to have been more respectful in playing then PokeGo players. We got permission to play in cemeteries, and followed what ever their wishes were (one place we can play 24/7, but during business hours we have to park and walk, showing proper respect for visitors/graves and of course, staying away from funerals). PokeGo players don't seem to care, and no jumping over fences is not acceptable playing behavior. The games one contributing factor to players behavior is that the pokemon can spawn in random locations near pokestops. Ingress players we just deal with the portals. Takes us at most a minute to do what we need to do usually. PokeGo have to chase down the pokemon, and I can see that definitely causing issues as it will encourage wandering more over property. But even with that aspect of game play, PokeGo players could still be showing proper respect for property and collect their pokemon with out interrupting traffic or other wise causing a disturbance. For those places where players are an issue, follow the advise of this article and request to have your place removed from the game. A location in LA did it, took about an hour for it to be processed I don't want to reduce the problems that PokeGo players are causing at various locations - it is wrong. My hope is that once a community gets established, older and wiser players can guide and calm down the group. But to blame a game because the players behave like 2 year olds doesn't seem right either. And to answer the question Have you been PokéStop'd? - yep :D My dad is a pastor and our church is a Pokestop/ Ingress portal. It is what got me started playing Ingress. Living in the church parsonage, my room/desk is about 55 meters from the pokestop/portal. We pokego players, but so far they show up in pairs instead of swarms.