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Pokémon HOME: How to add friends in the mobile app

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Pokemon Home How Add Friends Hero (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

One of the essential parts of Pokémon games is being able to trade with other people to complete your Pokédex or to get shiny versions of your favorite creatures. So, in order to get the most out of Pokémon HOME you're going to want to add friends so you can trade with them. Trading can only be done within the mobile version of Pokémon HOME, so be sure to download the app on your phone before you get started.

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Give your code to someone

  1. Open Pokémon HOME on your smartphone.
  2. Tap the screen to get past the start menu.Source: iMore

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Pokemon Home How To Trade Home Screen (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Friends.
  2. Select Add Friend.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Your own code will appear at the top of the screen. Tap the QR code button if your friend is physically near you.
  2. Tap Share Code if you want to post your friend code somewhere.Source: iMore
    1. You can also select Copy Code if you'd prefer to paste the code the old fashioned way.
    2. Now, it's your friend's turn. Have them continue with the next set of steps.Source: iMore

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Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)

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Enter a friend's code

  1. Open Pokémon HOME on your smartphone.
  2. Tap the screen to get past the start menu.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How Add Friends 001 (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Trade Home Screen (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Friends.
  2. Select Add Friend.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How Add Friends (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If your friend has given you their QR code, select Scan Code Pattern and then line up your camera so that the code shows up within the brackets on your screen.
  2. If your friend has given you a numeric code, select Tap here and enter a Friend Code.Source: iMore

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Pokemon Home Enter Friend Code (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Add the code in.
  2. Press Confirm.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Enter Friend Code (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Enter Friend Code (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press X.
  2. Have your friend accept your request then you're good to trade.Source: iMore

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Now that you're connected on Pokémon HOME you can trade with each other. Have fun collecting even more Pokémon. I hope you receive all the shinies and all the Pokémon with the best IVs while trading with others in Pokémon HOME.

Additional Equipment

I personally use these Switch accessories. What makes them so great is that they work on both the original Switch and the Switch Lite. They are a great way to round out your gaming experience.

SanDisk 128GB microSD card

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SanDisk 128GB micoSD Card (opens in new tab) ($26 at Amazon)

Give your Switch or Switch Lite additional storage space with this nifty, Mario-themed, 128GB microSD card. That's plenty of space for your downloads, screenshots, and game data.

Hori compact playstand for Nintendo Switch

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Hori Compact Playstand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

This stand is perfect for when you're playing in tabletop mode or when you want to watch Hulu or YouTube on your Switch. It offers three different positions and is sturdier than the Switch's kickstand.

Powera Wireless Enhanced Controller Pikachu Mewtwo

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PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller - Pikachu vs. Mewtwo (opens in new tab) ($45 at Amazon)

This Pokémon-themed controller is not only wireless but features an awesome spraypaint-splatter design complete with a battling Pikachu and Mewtwo.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.