You can transfer or delete a Pokemon in Pokemon Go by tapping the Pokeball, selecting the Pokemon option, tapping and holding on to a Pokemon, touching the Transfer button, then tapping Transfer again to confirm.
When you are playing Pokemon Go for a while, you will eventually start to catch multiples of the same Pokemon. All of these catches can start to fill up your Pokemon bag, eventually to the point where your bag is full.
To clear space for new Pokemon, you will need to transfer some of the old ones. This effectively “deletes” the Pokemon, removing them from your bag and giving you candy in return. Our guide below will show you a couple of ways to transfer Pokemon in Pokemon Go.
How to Delete Pokemon from Your Bag in Pokemon Go
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.1.4. I was using the most current version of the Pokemon Go app available when this article was written.
Note that by transferring a Pokemon, you are deleting it from the game. This transfer is permanent, and you won’t be able to get back any Pokemon that you transfer.
A couple of things to note about transferring Pokemon –
- You can’t mass transfer favorited or special event Pokemon.
- You can’t use the individual transfer to transfer a favorite Pokemon either, but you can unfavorite it to transfer it.
- You can’t transfer mythical Pokemon.
Step 1: Open Pokemon Go.
Step 2: Touch the Pokeball icon at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select the Pokemon option.
Step 4: Tap on a Pokemon that you want to transfer.
Step 5: Touch the menu icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
Step 6: Choose the Transfer option.
Step 7: Tap the OK button to confirm the transfer of the Pokemon.
Now that you know how to transfer a Pokemon in Pokemon Go, you can use these steps to get rid of Pokemon that you don’t want to need as you run out of Pokemon storage in the game.
How to Mass Transfer in Pokemon Go
The method above can be a little tedious when you need to transfer a lot of Pokemon. One way to make this a little faster is to mass transfer them. You can do this from the Pokemon inventory screen in step 4 above.
Simply tap and hold on a Pokemon that you wish to transfer, which will put green shading around it. Then tap on the other Pokemon you want to transfer. Once you’re done, tap the green Transfer button at the bottom of the screen.
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Summary – Transferring in Pokemon Go
- Open Pokemon Go.
- Tap the Pokeball.
- Choose Pokemon.
- Tap and hold on the Pokemon to transfer.
- Select Transfer.
- Touch Transfer to confirm.
Now that you know how to transfer a Pokemon in Pokemon Go, you will be able to use this technique to better manage your storage so that you can continue to catch new Pokemon and play the game.
Note that transferring Pokemon is permanent, so you won’t be able to get back any Pokemon that you have transferred.
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