From what I heard, and worked a couple of time, I shouldn't have to do anything and have the closest portal pointed to me when there are none in the visible area.

But now there just isn't any shown, unless I get near enough for them to be visible. Is there a button I'm missing?

  • Seems fine now, guess I was just a temporary issue
    – matmat07
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 17:20

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No, I do not think there is an easy button to navigate to the nearest portal.

In my experience, the scanner view will load portals within a range of approximately 450 yards 0.25 miles, or 0.4 km.

If you are moving, sometimes the scanner will show a rectangular portal marker to a portal that was recently inside scanner range. The "Navigate to portal" button on the portal view will lock the portal marker on your scanner screen, but you can only have one active nav portal at a time.

Portal keys in your inventory provide a remote portal view, and you can zoom out a little to see the scanner range around the remote portal.

The official intel map is the best tool for finding the nearest portal when nothing is within scanner range. I stick with mobile version on my phone, and always click "go to my location" (compass crosshairs in the top right corner). Save a bookmark to the intel map on your home screen, so it is just as easy to pull up as your scanner.

I also check the intel map on my desktop before heading out to mentally plot a course. The full site has more functionality, but still loads frustratingly slow.

  • Well, first day I've played I was able to see the next portal in a 10 km radius at least, either where I already went or in front where I did'nt. Also I don't want to navigate to the nearest portal, just have an indication of where to go
    – matmat07
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 0:14
  • Again, I would recommend having the intel map bookmarked on your home screen. The map lets you zoom out.
    – Maitus
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 0:23
  • Yea, but I have to search for portal, when I guess I should be able to have the nearest one shown without efforts
    – matmat07
    Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 22:46
  • According to the official guide, it should: "If there are no Portals in your immediate area, your Scanner will vector you to the nearest Portals." support.google.com/ingress/answer/2871444?hl=en
    – Maitus
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 20:23

Yes, you should see these portal vectors. The scanner asks the server for portal vectors when the search in your immediate vicinity does not return any.

For whatever reason, that does not always work (happens to me too). I suspect that it's a temporary server or connectivity error, and the client doesn't retry.

Try to clear the scanner's cache. If that doesn't help either, submit a bug report.

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