‘Pokemon Go’: Why Does the Tracker Switch Between Nearby & Sightings?


‘Pokemon Go’ is available for iOS and Android devices. (Niantic)

The new Pokemon Go tracking system is finally expanding to players all around the world. However, the way the system now works is that trainers will sometimes have the “nearby” tracker on their app, and they’ll sometimes have the “sightings” tracker. What exactly is the difference? Can you rotate between them? How does this work?

The newest edition of the Pokemon Go tracking system is called “nearby,” and it allows you to track Pokemon by seeing what PokeStop they are closest to. This feature was actually unveiled months ago, but it was only made available to some players in San Francisco. It seems that Niantic’s ultimate plan was to eventually roll this out as the primary tracking system, but they received a lot of complaints from rural players who barely have any PokeStops nearby and therefore would have a much harder time hunting Pokemon.

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The new ‘Pokemon Go’ nearby tracker shows what Poke Stop a species is near. (Reddit/Macjcool)

For those rural players, the current tracking system, called “sightings,” actually works better. With this one, the Pokemon in your area are shown next to blades of grass, and you don’t need to be near a PokeStop in order to track Pokemon.

But now, you may notice that you will sometimes have the “nearby” feature, sometimes have the “sightings” feature, and sometimes have both.

Here’s how this works: If you aren’t near any PokeStops, you’ll only have “sightings.” If you are near a few PokeStops, you’ll get both “nearby” and “sightings,” with one displayed on top of the other. But if you’re near a lot of PokeStops, you’ll get only “nearby;” specifically, this will happen if you’re around PokeStops and there are more than three Pokemon in the area.

Unfortunately, though, the game does this switch automatically, and you can’t manually toggle between “nearby” and “sightings.”

In their announcement post today, Niantic confirmed that they have made some changes to the way this tracking system is implemented based on user feedback.

“To provide a better experience when searching for Pokémon in the real world, we have also made some changes to the way the Nearby Pokémon feature functions when there are only a few PokéStops in range,” Niantic said. “We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary.”

Pokemon Go fans online have mostly celebrated this news, with the game’s designers once again taking user response into consideration. However, many are still upset that the game does not give them the option of deciding whether they want to use “nearby” and “sightings,” instead having it switch automatically.

This comes after the game’s most recent update was released onto app stores and three days ahead of a major announcement concerning the launch of new Pokemon.

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