How to transfer from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Home

Here’s how to find a new home for your favorite Pokémon


Managing Pokémon GO storage space can be a real hassle. It might even demand a few sacrifices (like our starter Pokémon) before you have the ability to expand your storage. The fact is that Pokémon GO continually receives updates to add more Pokémon to the game, and you’re only granted a measly 300 spots unless you start paying for a storage upgrade. After all, Niantic isn’t here to promote the “gotta catch ’em all” mentality for free. Lucky for us, there’s a feasible alternative to save our lovable pocket monsters, so instead of saying goodbye forever, we can provide a new haven for our Pokémon by transferring them to Pokémon HOME.

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Today’s guide covers how to install and set up your account for Pokémon HOME and directions on how to link Pokémon HOME to Pokémon GO, all while offering an outline of the transfer process for Pokémon from GO to HOME. Additionally, new Pokémon GO players looking for further help can refer to our beginner’s guide.


Installing the Pokémon HOME app

  1. Install the Pokémon HOME app from the Google Play Store (see the widget at the end of this section for a download link).
  2. Launch Pokémon HOME and tap to start the app. New users will have to follow the getting started steps before proceeding further. It is strongly recommended to link your existing Nintendo Account when prompted; if you skip this step, you won’t be able to sync/transfer across other games and Nintendo apps.

  3. Now you’re ready to begin using Pokémon HOME; you can trade Pokémon, customize your room and view your Pokémon stored in HOME.

Pokémon HOME subscriptions plans

Pokémon HOME offers a premium and a free basic plan. The basic plan is available at no additional cost, limiting the features you’ll find within the app. The premium plan is a subscription service and has three payment plans: $3/month, $5 for three months, and $16 for a year (taxes are not included).

Summary for features available in Pokémon HOME basic versus premium model

  1. Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is a premium plan feature only.
  2. 30 Pokémon are stored at once on the basic plan, 6,000 for the premium plan.
  3. 3 Pokémon can be placed in the Wonder Box at once for the basic plan and 10 for the premium plan.
  4. 1 Pokémon can be placed in the GTS at once for the basic plan and 3 Pokémon for the premium plan.
  5. Room trading is available on the basic and premium plans, but premium plan holders can also host.
  6. The Judge function is a premium plan feature only.

If you’re unsure which plan to go for, we recommend opting into the basic plan at no extra cost. You can still transfer your Pokémon (at a limited quantity) and utilize the trading system. However, if you happen to enjoy what Pokémon HOME brings, you’re free to upgrade to the premium plan later. When opting into the subscription services, it’s always a good idea to turn off autorenewal in the ‘Manage plan renewal’ menu just to be safe.

  1. Launch the Pokémon GO app and tap on the Poké Ball icon (located at the bottom center).
  2. Tap on Settings, then scroll to the bottom and tap on Pokémon HOME.

  3. Now sign in with your Nintendo Account that you just linked to in Pokémon HOME. The linking process is now complete.

How to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME

  1. Launch the Pokémon GO app and tap on the Poké Ball.
  2. Tap on Settings, then scroll and tap on Pokémon HOME.

  3. Tap on Send Pokémon. You’ll be required to follow an energy mechanic, ‘GO Transporter Energy,’ to limit how many Pokémon can be transferred in a sitting. Proceed by tapping on Continue.

  4. Search and tap for a Pokémon you wish to transfer. You can select more than one Pokémon if you have enough energy; selected Pokémon are always highlighted. Tap Next to continue.
  5. Tap Transport to send your Pokémon to Pokémon HOME. You’ll receive Pokémon candy during the transfer, and you may receive a Mystery Box too. Tap OK > Done to finish.

  6. Now launch the Pokémon HOME app. You’ll receive a message indicating your Pokémon have been transferred from GO, then tap Yes.
  7. You’ll be redirected to the ‘Options’ menu, scroll to Pokémon GO link, and tap Receive.

  8. Tap on View transferred Pokémon > Receive Pokémon. A message pop-up reveals that you successfully received your Pokémon from Pokémon GO. Congratulations, now your Pokémon is inside one of your boxes in Pokémon HOME. You can tap on your Pokémon to view stats, moves, and Trainer notes. Note: It’s only a one-way transfer to Pokémon HOME; once your Pokémon leave Pokémon GO, they can’t be transferred back into the app.

Special gifts from transferring your Pokémon between GO and HOME

You may encounter a few surprises while linking your accounts across apps to transfer Pokémon from GO to HOME for the first time. In Pokémon HOME, you’ll receive Melmetal (if sent to Sword and Shield, it has the capability to Gigantamax) after transferring Pokémon from GO to HOME. While you’re in Pokémon GO, you’ll receive a Mystery Box during the transfer process; the Mystery Box allows you to spawn Meltan on the map in Pokémon GO for a limited time. You can use the Mystery Box (the item doesn’t disappear from your bag) at any time, but it has a cool down after using it, so it’s best to prepare a batch of PokéBalls before using it again!

Welcoming your Pokémon in their new HOME

Now that you know how to access Pokémon HOME and learned how the transfer process works, managing your Pokémon storage space shouldn’t be a problem. Why say goodbye to our favorites forever when we can give them a new home in another app? And remember, if you’re new to Pokémon GO or looking to get started, check out our beginner’s guide for some helpful tips and tricks.

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