Pokémon GO Trade Distance: Is It Possible to Get Around It?

by Aaron Roussey Updated On Oct 26, 2023 Published On Mar 3, 2022 Tips

Pokémon GO may be a relatively new way of playing Pokémon but it still incorporates the good old features of the classic game.

One of those features is the option to trade Pokémon with your friends. Trading is a feature that has been around for a long time now and it has allowed players to interact with one other.

Trading helps players obtain Pokémon that they are unable to catch. There are also certain Pokémon that evolve only through trading.

In Pokémon GO, trading has been tweaked and now requires a standard distance for you to trade.

This article will guide you through the ins and outs of the trading distance in Pokémon GO and show you a workaround to bypass the trading distance limits.

Let's get right into it.

The Standard Trade Distance in Pokémon GO

There is a certain distance you must keep between you and your trading buddy to make trades work.

The standard trading distance in Pokémon GO is 100 meters, which is equivalent to about 300 feet. Anywhere farther than that will restrict you from trading.

Though a hundred meters may seem like a lot in real life, it really isn't enough for a virtual reality game like Pokémon GO.

Some Pokémon are regional and can only be found in certain areas like Australia, Africa and America. This gives players from other parts of the world a disadvantage.

The Extended Trade Distance in Pokémon GO

There are special events that extend the trading distance. In most cases, the trading distance is increased to a whopping 12 kilometers or 7.5 miles.

Sometimes, it may even increase to 40 kilometers depending on the event. It is a pretty huge increase.

An example of such an event is Friendship Day on April 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM in your local time zone.

Since it is an event that promotes camaraderie and relationships, the game increases the trading distance to 40 kilometers.

This gives you the opportunity to trade with even more people than usual. To know when these events happen, you can check their blog or Twitter page for updates and news.

Workaround to Bypass Pokémon GO Trading Distance Requirement

The downside of the trading distance is that you either have to actually travel in real life or wait for a rare special event to take place before you can trade with long distance friends.

However, there is a workaround for you to trade in Pokémon GO without needing to close the distance in real life.

The solution is to spoof your location through an external software like MockGo, which is an easy-to-use iOS location changer that allows you to teleport your GPS location in-game.

With this tool you can trade Pokémon GO with people who are out of the trading distance and explore the world of Pokémon GO while staying comfortably at home.

Here are the steps on how to use it:

Step 1. First, download and install the software onto your computer.

Step 2. After installing, launch the application then connect your iPhone to your computer.

connect your iOS device to the computer

Step 3. Next, start teleporting by activating Teleport mode on the upper-right corner of the screen.

choose teleport mode

Step 4. After that, enter the address of where you want to go on the search bar and click Search.

 search for a location

Step 5. Finally, click on Move Here to teleport you there in-game.

click Move Here to teleport the GPS

location teleported

That's all you have to do. To avoid getting banned by the game, don't open Pokémon GO while using MockGo and avoid teleporting too much too soon.

Niantic is pretty quick to tag suspicious activity especially when it comes to location spoofing.

If you like the MockGo app and want to use it, you can get a monthly license for $9.95 and a lifetime license for $59.95.

How to Trade on Pokémon GO

Before you can get to trading on Pokémon GO, your account must first meet certain requirements.

Don't worry, they are pretty simple and won't involve anything complicated. All you need are the following:

  1. You must be at least Trainer Level 10.
  2. You must be friends with the trade recipient for you to send and accept their request.
  3. Most importantly, you must be within trading distance of the Trainer you wish to trade with.

Once the requirements are met and you are close to your trade recipient, it is time to trade.

The trade process is pretty simple and we'll guide you through the steps on how to do it.

Here are the steps:

  1. First, open the Friends tab from the Trainer Profile.
  2. Next, select the person you want to trade with.
  3. After that, tap on the Trade button. This will notify your friend that you are requesting for a trade.
  4. Now, wait for your friend to join the trading session.
  5. Once he is in, select the Pokémon that you wish to trade.
  6. Finally, confirm the trade by tapping on the Confirm button.

After that, the trade is complete. The amount of stardust to be used and the candy you will receive will appear in the trade interface as you trade with your friend.


The realistic approach of Pokémon GO has its downsides and one of those is the distance requirement for trading.

To trade, you must be within 100 meters from your trading partner. This can change through certain events that only happen very occasionally.

Instead of waiting, you can use MockGo to change your location in the game. This desktop app will save you from the effort of actually traveling in real life just to trade.

If you have any questions or queries about trading in Pokémon GO, shoot us a comment down below.

Aaron Roussey
Meet Aaron, our tech-savvy team member who has probably touched more grass than all of us combined, simply because he can't afford to miss a Legendary raid in Pokémon GO. When he's not on the quest to 'catch 'em all,' you'll find him at his computer, covering everything you need to know about phones, games, computers, and all things tech!
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