Lately it seems as if I get more Pokémon encounters when I zoom in more.

Is this just a stroke of odd luck, or does the zoom level affect the detection rate somehow?

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    Beware of apophenia in this game =]
    – Hagelt18
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 15:27

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As far as I know it shouldn't as the area loaded around you is always the same regardless of where you're looking and how zoomed you are.

  • Games like this have there spawn controlled server side, which makes it independent of the zoom of the player.
    – Styxsksu
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 16:41

I know you already have an accepted answer but I'd like to give my thoughts. Most of the time I go out with my wife to catch pokémon and she uses the zoom between all in and all out and I always use all out, and if we are at the same GPS spot, we always see the same pokémon.

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