Rural players rejoice! A player from West Virginia has found a way to get more Pokestops in your area. According to their report on Silph Road, three new Pokestops have been added to the community:
I live in Wyoming County in southern West Virginia with a population of approximately 23,000. When Pokemon Go launched, we only had 3 PokeStops and a single gym for the entire county. This, of course, created a lot of frustration for the county’s players. While looking at Niantic’s other game, Ingress, I noticed a pattern. The Ingress portals that had images were the only ones that where converted into PokeStops.
There were several original “seed portals”—mainly post offices, fire departments, and libraries—that did not have images. So as an experiment in August, I went around to several of these locations, took photos, and suited the photos through Ingress. A couple of weeks ago, three of the images where excepted and a couple more where rejected. A week later, I was able to confirm that the three images that where excepted where converted to PokeStops.
So if you live in a rural area or small town or city, check around for Ingress portals without an image, then submit an image through Ingress. If the image is accepted, there is a very good chance that you will get a new portal soon after.
Basically what you have to do is download Ingress on your phone and find portals in the game that do not have images. Then take a photo and submit it to Niantic and if the image is accepted, a Pokestop will likely appear. Keep in mind that Ingress has many portals and Niantic has made it clear that they do not want as many Pokestops as Ingress has portals. This may sound time consuming but Pokemon spawns have begun to pop up where Pokestops are located so it will definitely be worth the effort.
Here’s an easy summation of how the process works from Pokemon Go Hub:
Submit portal pictures using Ingress
- Take and submit portal images for culture or administration oriented portals
- Provide good description for the images
Wait for the Ingress team to approve or decline images
Over the following two weeks, some of those portals became Pokéstops in Pokémon GO
Make sure your pictures are high quality and that they represent the portal / Pokéstop correctly. Niantic is known for their strict image policy, so trying to upload something that’s not representing the location correctly is not going to work.