How does the map work in Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go Maps
The Map View displays the locations of Pokémon, PokéStops, and Gyms in the real world. Below is a list of icons you will see on your map as well as a good description of each one that we’ve written up for you so you can become more knowledgeable about your map!

  1. Compass
    This icon can be used to toggle the method in which the map functions. You can toggle between always north facing which means it will always point north, or you can make it so that it will always follow the direction that you’re facing in real life. Either one is pretty cool and you can switch back and forth easily depending on your situation.
  2. GymsPokemon Go Map
    These icons are signifying a location where teams train and battle Pokémon.
  3. PokéStops
    This is a location where Trainers can acquire items such as Poké Balls, Potions, and/or Eggs and much more!
  4. Trainer
    This is your avatar, basically to signify where you are in relation to the map.
  5. Profile Icon
    This is a picture of your avatar and when clicking it you can see your profile and your achievements that you’ve collected throughout the game.
  6. Main Menu
    You can use this to access settings, items, your Pokédex, the shop, and Pokémon menu options.
  7. Nearby Pokémon
    This displays wild Pokémon located nearby, you can also click on this to view more Pokemon in case there are more then 3 nearby.
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