How to Turn Off AR in Pokemon Go on an iPhone

The Pokemon Go game on your iPhone continuously adds new features with each new update. One of these features, called “AR” (augmented reality) provides a way for you to blend gameplay with your actual surroundings.

When AR is enabled you can show a Pokemon on your screen and the background will be whatever you can see with your phone’s camera. This can make for some interesting pictures, and Niantic has incorporated it into some of the tasks you need to complete in the game.

But you may not use or enjoy the AR feature, and it can make certain things, such as taking a snapshot of your buddy, more difficult.

Luckily the AR feature can be turned off in Pokemon Go, allowing you to stop it from triggering in instances where it typically would.

How to Disable AR in Pokemon Go

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.5.1. I am using the most current version of the Pokemon Go app that was available when this article was written.

Step 1: Open Pokemon Go.

open Pokemon Go

Step 2: Touch the Pokeball icon at the bottom of the screen.

tap the Pokeball icon

Step 3: Choose Settings at the top-right of the screen.

open the Settings menu

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of Niantic AR to turn it off.

how to disable AR in Pokemon Go on an iPhone

AR is turned off when there isn’t a check mark in the circle. I have AR turned off in the picture above.

Note that if you sign out of your account and sign back in you will be prompted to enable AR again the first time you go to catch a Pokemon.

Find out how to create a Great League team in Pokemon Go if you would like to save a team to use for batttles against other players or the in-game team leaders.

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