I've logged in and out, restarted my phone, updated, but the Pokemon footsteps indicating whats nearby wont show up.

The Pokemon still appear in the menu, but I cannot click to select them, nor does it show their distance from me with the footsteps.

What is going on?

  • 1
    The footsteps were removed in the latest version of Pokemon Go (for whatever reason). It's by design. You can't reliably track them anymore.
    – Mage Xy
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 15:41
  • Possible duplicate of Why do the Pokemon always have three pawprints?
    – Frank
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 15:41
  • Note: The dupe says three pawprints, but they've since updated the game to be zero pawprints. The source is the same: it's busted.
    – Frank
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 15:42
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    @Frank While the source of the problem is essentially the same, the questions here are different (why are there 3 pawprints vs why are there no pawprints). Not a dupe IMO.
    – fredley
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 17:43
  • 5
    @Frank If they present different problems from a player perspective, then yes.
    – fredley
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 17:46

1 Answer 1


In the most recent update, Niantic removed the tracking functionality (that wasn't even working prior to the update).

Previously, three footsteps would show for every Pokémon, and they wouldn't track, now the UI matches the functionality available.

The feature was removed due to the computational load on Niantic's servers.

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