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How to buy and use PokéCoins in Pokémon Go

Like them or hate them, microtransactions are a staple of mobile gaming and, yes, Pokémon Go has them. If you're into that sort of thing, here's what you need to know.

How to buy PokéCoins

The microtransactions in Pokémon Go take the form of PokéCoins, which you can use to buy extra PokéBalls, extra lives, and a few other things too. Here's how to open your wallet and spend your hard-earned cash on pixel currency.

  1. Launch Pokémon Go.
  2. Tap the Main Menu button in Map View. It's the Poké Ball at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Shop button.
  4. Tap the pack of PokéCoins all the way at the bottom that you wish to buy.

Once you have selected your PokéCoin pack, you'll be directed to complete your purchase via the Google Play store. After your your purchase is complete, your PokéCoins will appear in your account and you can use them to purchase premium items.

How to use PokéCoins to buy premium items

You've got yourself some shiny PokéCoins, but how do you use them? It's as easy as a couple of taps.

  1. Tap the Main Menu button in Map View.
  2. Tap the Shop button. Your PokéCoin balance appears on the top of the screen.

  1. Tap a premium item to select it.
  2. Tap the item's Exchange For to complete your purchase.

That's it. Your item will appear in your Bag after a short delay.

Are you purchasing PokéCoins?

If so, what are you using them for? Let us know in the comments below.

17 Comments
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  • Said no one ever Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for completing the statement. Pokémon stories are getting old. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You all wish for it, lol.
    Keep calm it will eventually dies out but right now, eat it or leave it! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really people would spend real money on that garbage? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I spend my money on more important things, such as beer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is this site now Pokémon Central? Come on, do better guys.
  • Now, you guys do realize that every time you click on these stories and comment on them, even if your comment is as worthless as complaining about the story, you count as increased traffic? So by complaining about it, you're likely making the issue worse. If you want fewer Pokémon stories, QUIT CLICKING ON THEM!!! Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Heed your own advice.
  • LOL at least samsungcentral used to be about one android phone.
  • pokey mcpokeface Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wtf Android Central... Ok.. I'm not visiting this site for a while...
  • I don't generally "buy" items in a freemium game with real money. But, I am considering using my Google Opinion Rewards Money. And How is buying in game stuff different than any other game? It's not. !!
  • You don't have to buy the hard currency. You can get it by defending gyms and clicking the button in the upper right of the shop screen.
  • I came here to ask just that
    Thanks, good to know there are ways to get it for free.
  • Problem; Entered visa-debit was declined, solutions anyone?