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"Pokémon Go" Adventure Sync Guide

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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Adventure Sync Guide


What Is Adventure Sync?

One of the single biggest criticisms of Pokémon Go's walking features is the inability to track distance with the app not actively open. The Pokémon Go Plus was one solution to this problem, but not perfect for many reasons. Adventure Sync is now the ultimate answer. Adventure Sync is Pokémon Go connecting to your phone's health app (Google Fit or Apple Health) to keep track of all the walking you do regardless of whether or not Pokémon Go is open, and giving you credit for it.

Upon re-logging to Pokémon Go, you will see a pop-up indicating any distance received from Adventure Sync.

How to Set Up Adventure Sync

First step is to get your platform's respective fitness tracker. On Android it is Google Fit, on iOS it is Apple Health. Apple Health should exist by default, but Google Fit may not, so you'll have to go to the Play Store to download it. Both of these apps have some basic setup, but nothing overly complicated. (Sidenote: Some Android devices can use Adventure Sync without Google Fit, but not all, so I wouldn't count on it!)

After getting your respective app, go to Pokémon Go:

  1. Main Menu
  2. Settings
  3. Find Adventure Sync on the list and check it
  4. You will be prompted, select "TURN IT ON!"
  5. It should be setup and done!

Adventure Sync Settings


How Tracking Works

Tracking is a bit complicated when it comes to Adventure Sync.

  • Adventure sync will only provide distance tracked when Pokémon Go is NOT running. It must be fully out of memory.
  • Adventure sync uses steps tracked by your respective health app, but not other activity. This means it will track walking, light jogging/slow running, treadmill, maybe elliptical machines. It may not track biking, skateboarding, scooters, etc. Sometimes it seems you get full credit, sometimes partial credit, sometimes none at all. The app is built to recognize what's happening, so any activity that doesn't closely resemble walking will only get partial tracking or no tracking at all. This means be sure to keep the phone in your pocket when you're running on the treadmill! If biking, it is likely better to keep Pokémon Go running and bike below the speed cap of 10.5km per hour.
  • Adventure sync does not use GPS distance tracking like Pokémon Go does, meaning it's useful for situations when you're walking back and forth where Pokémon Go may not track any distance at all.

Many of the details aren't 100% clear at the moment, but generally the best idea is to make sure your phone is doing a "walking-like" motion. Yes, this means moving your arm back and forth with your phone in your hand can track distance.

Adventure Sync should pass distance updates to Pokémon Go between every few minutes and every few hours. There have been varying reports as to how frequently it updates, but generally you should expect updates in 20 minutes to 1 hour. You'll know when it happens because you'll get a pop-up at the top of your screen showing distance being accounted for.

Distance Tracked Screenshot


Tracking Effectiveness

The most important question is whether or not Adventure Sync is actually effective at tracking distance. Generally, reports have been that it is perfectly fine for normal walking. Reports start to vary when it comes to other activity.

If you walk 2km, you can expect to get near 2km of distance, maybe 1.8km. Anything else is a maybe.

However, it's important to note that tracking will be negatively impacted by various battery saving modes or when on low battery, rendering your tracking much lower or even entirely null.

Adventure Sync Rewards

Besides tracking distance, you now get weekly rewards for how much you walk. You can find your distance walked and progress against rewards in the player profile, beneath the buttons for Buddy, Journal, and Style.

There are 3 reward categories:

  • 5km Walked, rewards include 20 Regular Poke Balls.
  • 25km Walked, rewards include 10 Great Poke Balls plus one of the following: Stardust, Rare Candy, or a 5km Egg.
  • 50km Walked, rewards include 5 Ultra Poke Balls plus one of the following: Stardust, Rare Candy, 5km Egg, 10km Egg, or Silver Pinap Berries.

The rewards are incremental, so walking 50km will grant you all three categories of rewards.

It's also been stated that the eggs are different from regular 5km/10km eggs, and feature Gen 4 Pokemon. Source here.

Weekly Progress Screenshot


Adventure Sync vs. Pokémon Go Plus

For those of you using a Pokémon Go Plus, you may wonder how the Plus stacks up against Adventure Sync and whether or not you should even care. Here are some very critical tips:

  1. Adventure Sync will not track if you are using a Pokémon Go Plus. Instead you will track distance through the game's GPS tracking as normal.
  2. There is some debate about the value of Adventure Sync tracking versus GPS tracking in the game itself. Generally, people believe Adventure Sync tracks more effectively. The primary thing to consider is that Adventure Sync will track steps rather than distance, making it it useful for short back and forth walking of exercise such as a treadmill.
  3. Of course, you can't catch Pokémon with Adventure Sync. It seems ideal to turn off your Pokémon Go Plus if you intend to do a bit of back and forth walking in a place where you expect to not find many Pokemon, such as a workplace.