When I am in range of a portal and when I click and hold, it displays 4 options.

  1. Hack
  2. Hack No Key
  3. Fire XMP
  4. Deploy

So whats the main difference between "Hack"ing a portal and "Hack No Key"ing a portal?


Hack no key, as the name suggests, will give you no key. You can also achieve this via glyph hacking and signaling 'less' via the control channel, but this is a lot more convenient.

It is quite useful while farming for items, or travelling in a new area you know you need no keys from, but it's good for your explorer badge. Spares you getting rid of the keys later.

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    Look, i am new to ingress. So i want to ask why would somebody want to get rid of the keys later? – DeMize Apr 17 '16 at 8:12
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    Because your inventory is full and you don't need them. That being said, currently portals spew no XM, thus hacking for the key and then recycling them makes more sense than using "hack no key". – Matthias Urlichs Apr 17 '16 at 8:38
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    You can also swipe the glyph for 'more' and request a key even if you already have one. Having duplicate keys of portals you want to link to can be useful. – Shadur Apr 17 '16 at 9:15
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    Additionally, if you hold down on 'hack' or 'hack no key' for a few seconds, you get a minigame showing you a series of glyphs to swipe in order. Get them all right and you get bonus AP and items. – Shadur Apr 17 '16 at 9:22
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    Wow, I had no idea you can enter glyph hacking like this, I always opened the portail details screen first and long-pressed there, thanks! – Maerlyn Apr 17 '16 at 13:44

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