How to Transfer Pokémon to Nintendo Switch

Send Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go games on the Switch

A popular feature of the hit video game Pokémon GO is the ability to trade Pokémon with other friends. While this functionality used to be limited to trading between Pokémon GO games on iOS and Android smart devices, it's now possible to transfer Pokémon caught in the mobile Pokémon GO game to the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! titles on the Nintendo Switch console.

Pokémon sent to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch can't be returned to the Pokémon GO iOS and Android smartphone game. Once they're sent to the Switch, they stay there.

Pokémon Transfer Rules

There are a few things to keep in mind when you set out to transfer Pokémon.

Only Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region (including their Alolan and Shiny variants) can be transferred from Pokémon GO. Special event Pokémon or Pokémon found in a different region can't be transferred. All non-Kanto Pokémon aren't selectable during the transfer process, so there's no risk of sending them by mistake.

The transferring-Pokémon feature is available only after you reach Fuchsia City in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!. Pokémon can't be moved from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! to the Pokémon GO app.

It's not possible to send Pokémon from Pokémon GO to other Nintendo Switch video games. Transfer functionality is limited to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Pair Your Pokémon GO Account to a Switch Game

Before you can send Pokémon from your smartphone or tablet to your Nintendo Switch, you'll need to pair your Pokémon GO account with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on Nintendo Switch.

  1. Open Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on your Nintendo Switch as usual and continue your game.

  2. Press X to pause the game.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  3. Press Y to bring up the game's Settings menu.

  4. Select Open Pokémon GO Settings.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  5. You'll be greeted with a brief introduction message. Press A to continue.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  6. The game will ask you if you wish to pair your two games. Highlight Yes and press A to begin the pairing.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  7. Open Pokémon GO on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

    Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your device.

  8. Tap the Poké Ball icon.

  9. Tap Settings.

  10. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap Nintendo Switch.

    Pokeball icon, Settings icon, Nintendo Switch button in iOS Pokemon Go app
  11. Tap Connect to Nintendo Switch.

    Connect to Nintendo Switch button in iOS Pokemon Go app
  12. The name of your console, Nintendo Switch, should appear on your smart device within the Pokémon GO app. On your Pokémon: Let's Go game on the Nintendo Switch, you'll see a notification alerting you to the connection to your Pokémon GO account.

    Highlight Yes and press A.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  13. You'll see a completion screen. Press A to continue.

    Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu on Nintendo Switch
  14. On your smart device, tap X to close the settings and return to your game. On the Nintendo Switch, Press B several times to close the menus and continue playing your game.

    If your games have been connected properly, you'll see a small Nintendo Switch icon on your Pokémon screen in Pokémon GO on your smartphone or tablet.

How to Send Pokémon to Nintendo Switch

After the initial connection is made between your Pokémon GO and Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! game on your Nintendo Switch, begin transferring your pocket monsters.

  1. Open Pokémon GO on your smart device.

  2. Tap the Poké Ball icon.

  3. Tap Pokémon.

  4. Tap the Nintendo Switch icon in the top-right corner.

    Pokemon Ball, Pokemon icon, Switch icon in iOS Pokemon Go app

    After pressing the Switch icon, all incompatible Pokémon will temporarily be hidden.

  5. Tap the Pokémon you want to send to your Pokémon: Let's Go! game on your Nintendo Switch.

  6. Tap Send to Nintendo Switch.

    Rattata selection and Send to Nintendo Switch button
  7. Tap Yes.

  8. Tap OK.

    Yes and OK buttons in Pokemon Go app on iOS
  9. In your Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! video game on your Nintendo Switch, go to Fuchsia City and visit the Go Park.

    You'll need access to this area in the game to complete the Pokémon transfer from Pokémon GO.

  10. Talk to the man in the Go Park building and select the Bring Pokémon dialog option.

  11. Highlight Start Communication and press A.

  12. Highlight Yes and press A. The transfer process should begin.

  13. After the transfer is finished, walk into the Go Park and capture it as you would any other Pokémon in the game to add it to your bag and your Pokédex.