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Pokémon HOME: How to transfer from Pokémon Bank into Pokémon HOME

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Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank Hero (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

I've been storing my best Pokémon for years now, first on my various Game Boys and later within Pokémon Bank when I got a 3DS. Now that Pokémon HOME has launched, it's time to move them to the new service. If you're like me and have plenty of older Pokémon to transfer, here's what you need to do to make it happen.

Note: Only premium members can access Pokémon Bank through Pokémon HOME. You'll need to pay for either a month, three month, or year-long membership.

How to transfer from Pokémon Bank into Pokémon HOME

I have my 3DS or 2DS

To make this transfer, you're going to need both your Nintendo Switch and your 3DS handy. Make sure they're both charged up and connected to Wi-Fi. If your Nintendo Network ID (NNID) and Nintendo Account aren't linked, you're going to want to do that now. Here's a guide on how to do that.

Start on the 3DS/2DS

  1. Open Pokémon Bank. If it prompts for an update, make sure to update to the newest version right away. Otherwise, it might not be able to connect to Pokémon HOME.
  2. Press A to get past the start menu. Don't worry if it tells you that it "could not find data that is compatible with Pokémon Bank."Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press A to get past any notices at the bottom of the screen.
  2. When it reads, "Do you still want to move the Pokémon in Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME?" press Begin the move.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. The 3DS will take a few minutes to communicate with the Pokémon Bank server. When a screen pops up showing a 3DS and a Switch, scroll down to the bottom and select Begin.
  2. Select the Pokémon you want to transfer to Pokémon HOME. If you want to transfer all of them press R.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press Y when you're done selecting your Pokémon.
  2. Select Yes.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. This screen will pop up asking you to enter a code. It's time to turn to your Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Continue on the Nintendo Switch

  1. Open Pokémon HOME.
  2. Press A to leave the start menu.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. From Pokémon HOME's Main Menu, select the Move icon which looks like a 3DS.
  2. Select Begin Move.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. A few notices will appear. Press A to get through them.
  2. Select Begin.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. More notices will appear telling you what to do on the 3DS. Press A to get past them.
  2. Select Ready!.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. More notices appear. Press A to get past them.
  2. Select Display.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. A code will appear on your Switch. It's time to turn back to the 3DS.

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Return to 3DS

  1. Enter the code displayed on the Switch. Be quick as you only have three minutes to enter the code.
  2. Select OK.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Return To 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Return To 3ds 001 (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Both the Switch and the 3DS will let you know that the Moving Key was successful. Press A on the 3DS.
  2. When done, the 3DS will return to the Pokémon Bank start menu. To wrap things up, move back to the Nintendo Switch.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Return To 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Start On 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Finish on the Nintendo Switch

  1. A notice will pop up saying, "The Moving Key has been entered in Pokemon Bank Successfully! Move preparations will begin. Press A to move past this screen.
  2. Pokémon HOME will return to the start menu. Press the A button to continue.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. You now have the option of organizing the Pokémon you brought over. Choose the organization method you want to use.
  2. The service will ask if you want to save your progress. Select Yes.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press A to move past the screen that says "You saved your progress."
  2. This page will display showing you how many Pokémon you currently have in Pokémon HOME. The transfer is complete!Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)

I do not have my 3DS

If you either cannot find your 3DS or have sold it, you can still transfer Pokémon associated with your Pokémon Bank account as long as they share the same Nintendo Account. If your Nintendo Network ID (NNID) and Nintendo Account aren't linked, you're going to want to do that now. Here's a guide on how to do that.

  1. Open Pokémon HOME on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Press A to leave the start menu.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)
  1. From Pokémon HOME's Main Menu, select the Move icon which looks like a 3DS.
  2. Select No Nintendo 3DS.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Check.
  2. Press A to get through all the notices.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Begin.
  2. It will communicate with the Pokémon Bank server. Press A to get through the following notices.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home How To Transfer From Pokemon Bank (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. It will return to the start menu. Press A.
  2. It will tell you how many Pokémon it found in your account. Press A to get through these screens.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Choose the organizing method you want to use.
  2. Press A to get through the notices.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Finish On Switch (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Yes.
  2. When the notice that reads "You saved your progress!" appears, press A.Source: iMore

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)
  1. This screen will pop up showing all of the Pokémon you've deposited into Pokémon HOME. The transfer is complete.

Pokemon Home Using Pokemon Bank No 3ds (Image credit: iMore)

There you have it. Now you can bring all of the Pokémon that you've collected through the years into one location. Once there, you'll be able to trade with other players around the globe or organize your Pokémon in the way you like best. Either way, it looks like this service will be in place for a long time to come and will house future Pokémon generations as more games are released.

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Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.