How to switch from ‘Pokémon Go’ to Pokémon Home.


It’s been a long time coming, but players can finally transfer their Pokémon from the popular mobile game Pokémon Go to the Pokémon Home storage application.

The ability to transfer Pokémon to the Pokémon Home app is beneficial for Trainers who want to store their hundreds of Pokémon from previous years, but it’s also the best way to transfer them to your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield. And now that Pokémon Go is connected, Trainers can take their captured Pokémon to the Gen 8 games.


At the time of writing, only Pokémon Go Trainers at level 33 and above have this functionality. Trainers at other levels will be able to do this over time, but we recommend following the official Pokémon Go Social Media apps to find out exactly when this will happen.

Once you have the Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home feature available, Trainers simply need to open the Pokémon Go app and go to their settings. Scroll down until you see the Pokémon Home feature.

Click on Pokémon Home and you will be prompted to sync with the app by logging into your Nintendo account. Make sure that this login is the same as the one you have for Pokémon Home.

Once this step is complete, you can send Pokémon.

Select “Send Pokémon” and you will be taken to the “GO Transporter Energy” screen. After transferring Pokémon from “Home”, the GO Transporter Energy screen will be completed. Depending on which Pokémon you send, the energy display will be exhausted. However, the energy display will refill over time, or Trainers can spend PokeCoins to recharge them automatically. We will discuss this feature in more detail in a later section.

When you have enough Go Energy, you can start sending your Pokémon. There are some restrictions on which Pokémon can be shipped. Pokémon with special clothing such as the Ash Hat Pikachu or the Halloween Charmer cannot be transported. Pokémon Go will tell you which Pokémon cannot be transported home.

After you have selected your Pokémon, click “Next” and then “Transport”. The app will send your Pokémon to Pokémon Home, and the process is complete. Make sure you want to do this, because you cannot transfer them back to Pokémon Go once the process is complete.

Open Pokémon Home on your phone or Nintendo Switch device and your transferred Pokémon will appear.

If you need a refresher on how to transfer from Pokémon Home to Sword and Shield, read our guide.


The GO Transfer Energy in Pokémon Go holds up to 10,000 units and refills 60 energy units per hour. While this doesn’t seem too bad, the type of Pokémon you transfer determines how far you can go.

According to, the amount of energy used to transfer depends on the Pokémon, whether it’s a Shiny and what CP it has. Here is a breakdown of the Pokémon types and the amount of energy required for the transfer.

Pokémon Criteria Cost
Standard Base 10
Standard Glossy +1990
Standard CP 1001-2000 +100
Standard CP 2001+ +300
Legendary base 1000
Legendary Glossy +9000
Legendary CP 1001-2000 +300
Legendary CP 2001+ +500
Mythical basis 2000
Mythical shiny +8000
Mythical CP 1001-2000 +500
CP 2001+

When you have completely used up your GO transfer energy, it takes just under seven days to replenish it. You can speed up the process by using PokeCoins in the ratio of one PokeCoin per 10 energy units. Trainers would have to spend 1000 PokeCoins ($10 in the in-game store) to completely refill the meter.

What do you think of the transfer function of Pokémon Go/Home? Let us know in the comments section….


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