Pokémon Go: Promo codes

Pokemon Go Banner with Stardust
Pokemon Go Banner with Stardust (Image credit: Niantic)

Whether you're a brand new player or a seasoned veteran of Pokémon Go, you've likely seen at least one or two mentions of Pokémon Go promo codes. For a long while, Sprint had a tie in promotion, which rewarded their new customers with in-game loot. Individual stores will occasionally offer promo codes for events, such as the Samsung 837 Community Day. However, the promo code system in Pokémon Go was never fully utilized - until now! Finally, players can log into a website apart from the app, and redeem promo codes for free loot in-game. And Niantic is now giving out universal promo codes that every player can redeem.

What about promo codes distributed directly by Niantic?

Pokemon Go promotional emails

Pokemon Go promotional emails (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

Niantic has, on occasion, sent out codes directly to players. In one of their other AR games, Ingress, this is the primary way players receive promotional codes. To receive these codes, you have to have "Email me events, offers, and updates." checked off in the settings. These codes are individual, one use codes. Once you redeem one of these, no one else can use that code again.

In addition to this, beginning April 6, 2020, Niantic gave out the first of what we hope will be many universal promo codes on Twitter. This code is a universal promo code - meaning every single player can redeem it once as long as they do so before the code expires.

The following universal promo codes are currently active:

  • EMRK2EZWLVSSZDC5 expires April 10.

What about promo codes from Sprint, Events, or online?

On occasion, Niantic partners with companies, like Sprint or Samsung, to offer promo codes as a bonus to customers or for events. These codes are individual codes that can only be redeemed once.

While you can certainly try some of the Pokémon Go promo codes compiled on various lists floating about the internet, they're almost entirely fake or invalid codes. Even in the few instances when real promo codes are added to these lists, the codes in question are often individual, single-use. Basically, you shouldn't waste your time trying these codes.

I've got a promo code, now what?

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If you're using an Android device and want to redeem your promo code in the Pokémon Go app, just follow these easy steps:

  1. On an Android device, open up the Poké Shop from your main menu.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the shop to find the promo code field.
  3. Carefully type in the promo code exactly as it appears on the card or e-mail.
  4. Click OK!

It's as simple as that. If your promo code is valid and you copied it down properly, you'll be rewarded with in-game items.

What about my iPhone?

Pokemon Go Redeem Code Log In

Pokemon Go Redeem Code Log In (Image credit: iMore/Casian Holly)

Unfortunately, if you're using an iPhone, there isn't an option to input a Promo Code in the app. While Niantic hasn't made an official statement on the matter, Apple is very restrictive for how it allows Promo Codes within its apps. Up until 2016, it didn't allow them at all and since 2016, it has only allowed them in a very limited way.

However, along with the universal promo code released on April 6, 2020, Niantic also launched a website where players can redeem their promo codes. Now, any player can log into this website using the Google, Facebook, or Niantic Kids account linked to their Pokémon Go account and input their codes to get their free loot directly applied to their game.

If you have any questions about promo codes in Pokémon Go or advice for where to find legitimate ones, drop them in the comments below! And be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.