'Pokémon Home' Cloud Service for Transferring Pokémon Between Games Now Available on iOS

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The Pokémon Company today announced the launch of its "Pokémon Home" cloud service, which is available on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Home is designed to allow users to transfer a Pokémon from one game, upload it to a Pokémon Box in the cloud, and then send it to another compatible game.

By linking the same Nintendo Account to Pokémon Home on the Nintendo Switch and an iOS device, Pokémon players can access the same Pokémon boxes from both platforms.


The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Home works with Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, and Pokémon: Let's Go, while both the Switch version and the mobile version offer connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank for transferring Pokémon from older games. In the future, the software will support Pokémon GO.


Along with transferring Pokémon between games, the Pokémon Home app also supports trades, and there are several trading methods available. Pokémon can be placed in a Wonder Box, traded via the GTS for specific Pokémon trades, added to a Room Trade event with up to 20 people, or traded with a friend.


Pokémon placed in Pokémon Home will be registered in the National Pokédex, including Mega Evolve or Gigantimax forms. The iOS version of Pokémon Home includes information on Pokémon abilities and the moves each Pokémon is able to learn.

Pokémon Home can be downloaded and used for free, but without upgrading to the premium tier, functionality is limited. Moving Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank, for example, is a premium feature, and the number of Pokémon that can be deposited or traded is also limited.


The Pokémon Home premium plan is priced at $2.99 for one month, $4.99 for three months, and $15.99 for a year. The Pokémon Home app can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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itsmilo

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Even after reading it 10 times I still don’t get it. Does that mean I can transfer Pokémon from Let’s Go or Sword to this Home Cloud and then move them from there to other games? I thought it was one way only so why would I ever put them into home?

oh and sword can only get Pokémon that are available in the game too, so what’s the point?? To show off a complete Pokédex on Home but not the actual games?
 

Mlrollin91

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Even after reading it 10 times I still don’t get it. Does that mean I can transfer Pokémon from Let’s Go or Sword to this Home Cloud and then move them from there to other games? I thought it was one way only so why would I ever put them into home?

oh and sword can only get Pokémon that are available in the game too, so what’s the point?? To show off a complete Pokédex on Home but not the actual games?
You transfer from old games (Bank) to Home. 435 Pokémon can go into Sword/Shield, 100 more in June, then 100 more in November.

Once you take a Pokémon out of Let’s Go and put it into Sword, it cannot go back into Let’s Go. But if you take it from Let’s Go to Home only, then it can go back into Let’s Go.

Any Pokémon you remove from Sword and Shield can go back into Sword and Shield.
 

nattK

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Even after reading it 10 times I still don’t get it. Does that mean I can transfer Pokémon from Let’s Go or Sword to this Home Cloud and then move them from there to other games? I thought it was one way only so why would I ever put them into home?

oh and sword can only get Pokémon that are available in the game too, so what’s the point?? To show off a complete Pokédex on Home but not the actual games?
The article title can be a little misleading - the idea of Pokémon HOME is more like this central place to store all your Pokémon from different games and where all Pokémon live. You can transfer Pokémon between HOME and the newer games if those Pokémon are available in the game. If not, your Pokémon across different games and generations will all chill in HOME until whichever new game supports it.
 

nattK

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So I guess my Pokémon Blue edition on Game Boy Color isn't compatible...? Lame.
The original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow are not compatible. The 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow are compatible via Pokémon Bank.
 

mazz0

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Anyone else getting an error linking their account?
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It’s not findable in the UK App Store yet (though the direct link works), maybe it’s not set up here yet?
 

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Anyone else getting an error linking their account?View attachment 893833
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It’s not findable in the UK App Store yet (though the direct link works), maybe it’s not set up here yet?
Don’t use Touch ID or Face ID, you have to manually fill in or copy-paste your information. That worked for me.
 

mazz0

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OK, I got it working, using a combination of the above techniques (type/paste the password in rather than letting FaceID enter it, retrying several times (pasting the password each time).

I then ran into another problem - at one point I skipped connecting to my account and went in to the app without an account. Then when I tried to link it to my account it said "This account is already linked to another Home" (obviously the Home app on my Switch). Uninstalling the app was the only way I found around this.

After re-installing the app and trying again (pasting the password manually) I got the old failure message, but then I tried once more and it worked.

Good old Nintendo. They really don't get the internet do they?
 
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mazz0

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The app's updated twice since I installed it two days ago. I've had to go through the above processs again (including uninstalling and reinstalling) each time! Not very impressive.
 

Mlrollin91

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The app's updated twice since I installed it two days ago. I've had to go through the above processs again (including uninstalling and reinstalling) each time! Not very impressive.
I haven't had issues with the updates, but I've had issues with it recognizing my premium plan. It completely vanished yesterday and when I clicked "restore purchase" I kept getting error codes. Had to delete and reinstall. Yay Nintendo