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Pokémon Go feature records walking even when app is closed

28 October 2018, 11:51 | Cameron Gross

New Pokémon Go feature makes exercise enticing

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Adventure Sync will not only allow you to hatch eggs, but can also earn you Candy via the Trainer Profile.

The move of adding the Adventure Sync feature has come after an worldwide survey of almost 2,000 Trainers, according to which, 70 percent of the participants reported Pokemon Go had motivated them to walk more, while 64 percent said that after they played this game, they felt the need to go out. Furthermore, it will sync with HealthKit on iOS and Android's Google Fit to give players access to a weekly summary of distance travelled on foot, calories burned, and steps counted. This type of response from the community reinforces our commitment to not only create innovative real-world games, but also to invest in features like Adventure Sync, which provides a gentle but effective motivation loop that encourages people to get outside and be active every day. With this feature turned on, the app will keep track of your walking distance, even when the app isn't launched. This will allow you to hatch eggs and collect buddy candy without draining your battery or using up all your data.

This feature sounds so simple it's a little mind-boggling to think it's taken Niantic two years to put it into the game. It's completely opt-in, however, so you can ignore it should you choose.

You don't have to let the Pokemon go, just transfer them out of your inventory. According to Niantic, there will be weekly milestones for walking that reward trainers for their efforts. The moment you return to the home screen or switch to another app, everything pauses until you go back to Pokemon Go.

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