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Take Pokémon Go AR pics with your Poké pals (Update: Out now)

The new AR photo feature for Pokémon Go is here now for Android users with a level of 5 or higher.

Published onFebruary 21, 2019

Update, February 21, 2019 (03:00 PM ET): It took a little while, but Niantic is now rolling out the Pokémon Go Snapshot feature it announced earlier this month. According to a tweet on the matter, the feature will be available soon for all Level 5 trainers or higher:

Trainers, #GOsnapshot is now live for level 5 Trainers on Android devices! Level 5 will be the minimum level for Trainers to access this feature. Trainers on other devices, stay tuned!
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 21, 2019

The tweet does say that the feature will be available soon for trainers at lower levels.

Original Article, February 12, 2019 (04:30 PM ET): Today, Niantic Labs announced a new feature for Pokémon Go that will make augmented reality (AR) and Pokémon fans very happy — Go Snapshot.

Previously, you could only take AR photos of Pokémon that you encounter in the wild with AR+. With Go Snapshot, you can take AR photos of any Pokémon in your storage. When you select a Pokémon, you’ll see a camera icon that takes you to the snapshot tool. From there, just toss a Poké Ball wherever you want to position the Pokémon.

If you’re not a fan of your Pikachu’s initial positioning, you can move them around for the perfect angle. You can also tap or brush a Pokémon to get their attention. Finally, any picture you take with Go Snapshot is automatically saved to your phone’s gallery.

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Talking with The Verge, Niantic game designer Laura Warner said the idea behind Go Snapshot is for players to take more photos and to have an easier time taking those photos. “We just realized we should make it easier for them to take pictures. At any time of day, on any adventure a person is on, they should be able to take a picture with a Pokémon in their inventory.”

Niantic said the Go Snapshot feature will launch “soon” on both iOS and Android.