iOS Pokemon GO players have enjoyed the game’s enhanced augmented reality mode, called AR+, for some time. But there’s good news for Android trainers — AR+ is now supported on Google’s mobile OS, as of two days ago. There’s just a few things you need to do.
If you play Pokemon GO with the camera disabled, then you’re not going to get as much out of the update. For everyone else, the difference between regular AR and AR+ is noticeable, as you can see below.
Before you can take advantage of AR+, you’ll need to do three things. The first is to download the updated version of Pokemon GO. Then you should check Google’s list of supported devices (Android 7.0+ minimum). Finally, grab ARCore from Google Play. After that, you’re ready to go (assuming you got past that second part).
How exactly does AR+ work? Here’s how developer Niantic explains it:
As you walk up to a Pokemon, it scales in size and will notice your movement! Get up close before you throw your Poke Ball to make the Pokemon easier to catch, and even earn an Expert Handler bonus! Or you can tap the camera icon to take a photo of your subject in the environment around you.
If you run into any trouble, Niantic has a help page available on the game’s website.