How to Change Buddy in Pokemon Go

You can change your buddy in Pokemon Go by opening the app, tapping on your buddy icon, scrolling down, and selecting Swap Buddies. You then need to tap Yes to confirm, and then you can select a new buddy.

Our guide continues below with more information about choosing a new buddy in Pokemon Go, including pictures of these steps.

You can also check out our how to change buddy in Pokemon Go video for more on this topic.

How to Switch Your Pokemon Go Buddy (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 16.5 operating system. I am using the most current version of the Pokemon Go app that was available when this guide was written.

Step 1: Open the Pokemon Go app.

open Pokemon Go

Step 2: Tap your buddy icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

tap your buddy icon

Step 3: Scroll down and touch the Swap Buddies option.

tap on Swap Buddies

Step 4: Select Yes to confirm that you wish to swap your buddies.

Note that you can swap your buddy up to twenty times each day.

how to change buddy in Pokemon Go

Step 5: Scroll through your Pokemon until you find the one that you wish to set as your buddy, then tap on it to select it.

select your new buddy

Now that you know the how to change buddy in Pokemon Go steps, you can follow this process anytime that you want to switch to a different buddy.

Video About Changing Pokemon Go Buddies

Summary – Setting a Different Pokemon as Your Buddy

  1. Open Pokemon Go.
  2. Tap your buddy icon.
  3. Touch Swap Buddies.
  4. Choose Yes.
  5. Select your new buddy.

Related: How to Turn Off Sound in Pokemon Go


The buddy system at first seems like something that might just be an interesting way to interact with the Pokemon that you have caught, but there are actually some aspects of the game that can be improved by using your buddy.

Pokemon Go buddies can advance in levels, where they learn some new skills that can help you play. For example, your buddy can help you when catching Pokemon when you get to the Great level, and it can increase its level by one when it’s reached “best buddy” status and is set as your current buddy.

But if you want to switch to a different Pokemon than what is currently set,m you might be struggling to do so.

Hopefully, our how to change buddy in Pokemon Go steps above have helped you to make this change so that you can start increasing the buddy levels for another Pokemon.

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