When I tap the map (by map I mean the map the character walks on - the ground), it glows a bit.

Tap animation

What happens when I click the map? Is it just an visual effect or does it cause anything else?

3 Answers 3


The visual effect is what we refer to in the industry as "feedback". It is a way of confirming input, where other elements in play may not.

If you tap on an object such as a pokémon or a pokéstop, and you see that effect, it means that the game has not registered your input on an object. Instead, it has interpreted your tap as being on vacant ground.

Apart from that, the effect has no other function.


Actually, there is an effect: in case you have only one hand available, you can zoom by tapping the map and then dragging downwards from the blue circle that appears.

But that is its only function.

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    It's downwards actually.
    – simbabque
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 9:28
  • Good catch, tested it to confirm, and answer's been updated.
    – SPavel
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 14:50
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    Well, its down to zoom in, up to zoom out.
    – Sprintstar
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 12:12

I personally think it helps you find hidden pokies. I haven't tested it out enough to say for sure, but when green grass rustles near me, I tapped around it (it was right outside my circle) and a Nidorian appeared down the stream a bit, pretty far outside my circle. The game froze when I caught him, and when I restarted it he grass was back, I tapped in the same spot, and he appeared again. I tried it down the street, and 2 more appeared (but that could have been a coincidence of some randomly appearing). I'm going to keep trying I case I'm on to something.

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