A web search says to find the ball at the bottom of the screen and tap it and that opens the main menu. But there is no ball at the bottom of the screen:

Pokemon go screen

If I could get to the main menu, I could turn off sound, etc. (No, the thing in the lower left corner is not a menu.)


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It looks like you've just installed the game because there are three starter Pokemon around you. Before you can access the rest of the game, you must choose to catch one of the three Pokemon.

As you can see in this video, capturing one of the starter Pokemon is an unavoidable part of the tutorial.

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    Note that if you walk away from the starter Pokemon 4 times, Pikachu will appear as a catchable starter Pokemon. There's nothing special about it though, it's just a little Easter egg.
    – Robotnik
    Oct 3, 2022 at 10:04
  • Pretty fun easter egg indeed, although probably not many people encountered it. Also talked about here on SO: gaming.stackexchange.com/a/272840/80141
    – Mathias711
    Oct 3, 2022 at 13:57
  • Imagine that, basic controls not available yet until you fly the airplane for a while.. but you need to check the airplane manual, which is probably locked inside the basic controls. Well I guess this is no place for old Mr. me. Oct 8, 2022 at 5:09
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    Well, there is a single instruction "catch a pokemon" near the top, and there are three interesting creatures nearby. To me, the game's central theme is exploration which includes the game's own mechanics. If that seems uninteresting, you will probably not enjoy the game.
    – Jerry
    Oct 10, 2022 at 11:15

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