How do I get a Pokestop in my house?

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Pokémon Go players now have the opportunity to nominate special areas in or near their hometowns as PokéStops. This new nominating feature is currently available in beta mode and has been released in a number of different countries thus far. In order to nominate new PokéStops, a player must be at Trainer Level 40 in Pokémon Go and a resident of one of the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwán, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic), or Vietnam.

Unfortunately, nominations for PokéStops cannot be accepted for any private residences, so it is not possible to have a PokéStop at your home. Examples of locations that are eligible for PokéStop nominations include historical sites, famous buildings, public parks, trail signs, schools, churches, and transit stations.

Once you have entered, you will receive a congratulatory email if your nomination is accepted. Niantic Games makes it clear, however, that even if your nomination is accepted, it may still not appear live in Pokémon Go. Nianitic reserves the right to use the nomination in other games.

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Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokemon Go, used to be tied to Google. Before Pokemon Go, Niantic developed a geolocation game called Ingress, in which players must visit specific location portals. These portals were often based on historic and cultural sites, such as monuments. Some were chosen based on popular sites found through geo-tagged photos on Google. Others were submitted by users and accepted by Niantic. The popular Ingress portals became the locations for gyms and Pokestops.

In 2019, Pokemon Go began to test a new beta feature that allows level 40 players to nominate locations for future Pokestops. However, this feature is only allowed in select countries, such as Brazil, South Korea, and Peru.

Veteran Ingress players have reported that in an old version of Ingress, high-level players are able to submit new portals for review. If those portals are accepted in Ingress, they could become Pokestops in Pokemon Go. This is a long process, and it is only available to high-level players using the Redacted version of the game. Additionally, the locations are supposed to have a cultural or historical significance or be visually unique. Players also must be able to safely access the location, so a private home is unlikely to be approved.

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Although Niantic is not currently accepting requests for Pokemon Go stops, many hope they will reopen the form at some point so that you can ask them to place one in your area.

Niantic originally used stops from another of their games, Ingress, as their Pokestops. This means that they directly imported that information into Pokemon Go. Because of this, many rural areas don't have Pokestops—which can be a real problem for people who want to play the game but don't live near any cities.

For a short period of time after releasing the game, Niantic accepted requests for Pokestops. You might want to check back periodically to see if they have reinstated the request box. The form is found on the Pokemon Go support page. You have to click on the "Submit a request" button and then select that you wish to add a Pokestop or Gym. The form then asked for additional information, such as name suggestions and an address.

While it might seem fun to have a Pokestop outside of your house, remember that you would not be the only person to use it. Do you really want people camped out in front of your house all day and night? Probably not. Niantic will not add Pokestops or Gyms to homes (unless there is a special needs case), so make sure to request a public location.

If, however, you are a special needs person or have a disability, rumors say that Niantic will consider adding a Pokestop or Gym within reach of your location.

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