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Pokemon Go Adventure Sync rewards you for exercise

Update: Niantic has said it will roll this functionality out to users slowly, and that those at Level 35 or above will get it first. Eventually, everyone from Level 5 will have the functionality. That said, I received the iOS update this morning, as a Level 31 player.

Original story: Pokemon Go Adventure Sync will give players the benefits of a Plus wearable without the hassle or additional cost.

Adventure Sync uses the iPhone’s Health app or the Android’s Google Fit app to log movement and exercise and will apply that information back inside Pokémon Go, not only earning players candy but the opportunity for additional prizes via weekly challenges.

“The new gameplay system will sync in the background with iOS HealthKit and Android Google Fit, and give players access to a weekly summary that highlights distance traveled on foot and other stats, including calories burned or steps counted, if their device makes those available. The Adventure Sync system will begin to roll out to Trainers worldwide soon,” Niantic said in an update.

“Adventure Sync will give Trainers the option to apply their activity and movement during their morning commutes, strolls about town on lunch or evening jogs back to Pokémon GO for some big rewards. While Trainers will be rewarded regularly in Candy found by Buddy Pokémon or Eggs hatching more efficiently, they will also be able to participate in weekly milestones for walking that will reward them for their hard work.”

How to activate Pokemon Go Adventure Sync

Adventure Sync is an opt-in program. Here’s how to do it when the update is available on your smartphone.

iPhone

  • Open Pokemon Go
  • Go to Settings
  • Activate Adventure Sync
  • The Health app interface will open
  • Select Turn All Categories On
  • Click Allow

Android

  • Open Pokemon Go
  • Go to Settings
  • Activate Adventure Sync, following the prompts

Considering I need 400 Magicarp Candies to evolve the sucker, this feature couldn’t have come at a better time.

Pokémon Go is available now on iOS and Android devices.



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