I was hanging out with a friend who has Pokemon X/Y, and we wanted to trade. We were registered as friends and had interacted in-game via both internet and Streetpass before, but we weren't able to see each other. Since we were at his house and he was connected to the internet, I tried connecting to the internet, too, and that worked. Can you not connect to another player via Streetpass if they are connected to the internet? Or was this a fluke?

  • I don't think Streetpass works if your 3DS is open
    – Ben Brocka
    Nov 11, 2013 at 13:14
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    @BenBrocka - Streetpass definitely works with your 3DS open, so long as you're either in the home menu or in a 3DS game. If you're in a DS or DSi game, it wont work
    – Robotnik
    Nov 11, 2013 at 13:16
  • Yes, I know it works with the 3DS open. I first interacted with him in a place with no internet because we had Streetpass working for us.
    – Crowbeak
    Nov 11, 2013 at 13:30

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Streetpass and Wi-Fi require exclusive use of the same radio - they can't both be on at the same time. If the 3DS is able to connect to the internet using a connection registered in your Internet Settings, it will do so automatically and disable Streetpass. Once internet connection is lost, it will switch back to Streetpass.

Note that you can battle/trade etc over local wireless or IR by selecting the Battle option in the PSS menu (top-middle of the touch screen), you don't require internet or Streetpass when you're both sitting in the same room.

  • I knew we didn't need it for the same room. We were at my friend's house, and he, naturally, was connected to the interwebs.
    – Crowbeak
    Nov 12, 2013 at 8:39

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