How close do you need to be to a Poké-Stop to spin the Photo Disc and reap its rewards?

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You need to have the PokéStop or Gym inside your "action circle" -- the pulsing circle that will sometimes spawn. This circle's radius at its widest point is 40 meters, so you must be within 40 meters of the building you want to interact with. This radius is set to the same as Ingress'.

When a building is eligible, you'll notice that Pokéstops will "expand" out, and the action circle will leave a trace mark on the ground.

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    I have confirmed this using google maps. Apart from cases where the GPS glitches, and thinks you are somewhere else, the maximum distance is exactly 40m.
    – user106385
    Jul 8, 2016 at 0:42
  • I have seen a bug sometimes where I am close enough to trigger the animation of the Gym/PokeStop as if I got in range, but when I tap on it it claims I'm too far away. Jul 8, 2016 at 18:13
  • So basically, the same as ingress?
    – aytimothy
    Jul 10, 2016 at 9:13

When walking you see a purple circle around your avatar, if the pokestop is inside that circle you can activate it.

  • How far is that in meters, approximately?
    – Mathias711
    Jul 6, 2016 at 17:09
  • While not entirely sure, I think it's approximately 25 meters
    – Riley
    Jul 6, 2016 at 17:10
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    The exact measurement is 40m.
    – user106385
    Jul 8, 2016 at 0:43

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