Updates to supported devices including Scanning

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We want to make Ingress as widely available on as many devices as possible without compromising the quality of the app. If you are experiencing issues with the app, please ensure the device you are using meets the following minimum requirements:



  • Minimum resolution of 480x800 pixels
  • Minimum of 512MB RAM
  • ARMv6+ processor
  • GPU that supports OpenGL ES 3.0
  • Strong Wi-Fi or network connection
  • GPS
  • Android 8+
  • Rooted devices are not supported
  • Beta or Preview versions are not supported


  • iOS 14 and above
  • Strong Wi-Fi or network connection
  • GPS
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported
  • Beta or Preview versions are not supported


Note about OS betas: Niantic apps may not function on devices running beta versions of iOS or Android.


For AR Portal Scanning


Portal Scanning officially supported on devices running Android 9+ that can support Google Play Services for AR and have the following mobile GPUs:

  • ADRENO 630, Snapdragon 845
  • ADRENO 640, Snapdragon 855, 855+, 860
  • ADRENO 650, Snapdragon 870
  • ADRENO 660, Snapdragon 888
  • ADRENO 730, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • ADRENO 740
  • SAMSUNG XCLIPSE 920, Exynos 2200
  • MALI-G72, Exynos 9810, Kirin 970
  • MALI-G76, Exynos 9820, Kirin 980
  • MALI-G77, Exynos 990, Kirin 985
  • MALI-G78, Exynos 1080, Kirin 9000
  • MALI-G710, Pixel 7 series


Portal Scanning officially supported on iPhone 8 and newer devices running iOS 14+.


  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    These are all flagship SoCs

    My Galaxy S21 Ultra Exynos 2100

    Isn't listed, but it does use the Mali-G78 GPU which is officially supported.

    But older snapdragon and Exynos devices are supported, and these are cheap. Showing that to do scanning an older flagship is affordable, but not to everyone.

  • My Pixel 8 seems to scan just fine in PoGo, why not Ingress?

  • InvestigateXMInvestigateXM ✭✭✭✭✭

    Other Niantic apps use an older version of the scanning tech from Niantics Lightship, Pokemon still uses the same method from 3 1/2 ago and hasn't been updated once since it was introduced. Ingress uses the newest version which combines Meshing and Depth of Field. Niantic has to decide if it is worth for them to lock out a ton of devices, but devices that can scan in PoGo not being able to scan in Ingress is (according to Niantic) not a bug if they don't have one of the supported GPUs.

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭

    i cant scan and i have a supported gpu so thats weird

  • AkakunAkakun ✭✭✭

    PoGO is not supported on rooted devices and it's pointless.

  • DSktrDSktr ✭✭✭✭

    Pointless.. There are no arm6 cpu with openGL3. 512 ram is not enough for Android8+ even to work stable(even aosp version).

    And scanning. Official ARVoyage app, mentioned on lightship page, works.. PoGo scan works. Ingress scan - doesnt. If Nia wants less ar data, okay.

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ingress is using an updated version of the scanning like it's been mentioned before

  • M42M42 ✭✭✭

    Okay, so I guess if I want to start scanning again I'm going to have to upgrade my phone.

    I'm not really fine with that, as my current phone isn't that old, I only bought it because the flagship Samsungs were over $2,000 at the time. I really only had 3 conditions, one of them being that it could scan portals. So I went with the mid range Galaxy A33 5G. It's been fine, been able to do everything I want it to do till Scanning was disabled on it. But that's OK, I'll buy a new phone, just so I can scan again.

    I'd just like to know if there are any plans to further tighten the scanning restrictions as I don't want to buy another phone, only to lose the ability to scan in a few months.

    Any suggestions as to what would be the best value phone to buy that can still scan?

    One thing I've noticed since this scanning debacle started is how many people actually like scanning. The amount of trash talk scanning has got since it was introduced, you'd have thought it was a crime lol.

  • joecainjoecain ✭✭✭✭✭

    Honestly niantic should give out compatible phones for agents to scan with.

  • Why do I have to be a phone techie to play this game 😂

    I bought a flagship phone that's still under a payment plan. I haven't been able to scan for a few months now, but that's fine, I just won't do it.

  • grendelwulfgrendelwulf ✭✭✭✭✭

    I feel like the pixel 8 meets the minimum requirements for scanning if the 7 does.

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah it should, it's just they have to whitelist the devices especially for devices that have a custom SoC GPU. (still doesn't excuse them since this is the 3rd year for Pixel devices)

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭

    What phone do u have feathercuffs? Niantic is afterall a tech company but yeah not easy follow what phones can scan or not....

  • PangarbanPangarban ✭✭✭✭✭

    There is no reason that scanning shouldn't work on a sub-par phone. Okay, the data Niantic will receive won't be as good, but so what? It is a game, scanning had become an part of the game for many of us, so those of us with a phone which isn't quite good enough should still be able to take part.

    Even if the scanning data which comes out of my phone is 100% useless (which I don't believe, unless Niantic are completely useless with this sort of data), it would be no issue for them to simply sideline the received data.

    Conclusion: this is another decision in which Niantic show they don't understand or care about their players.

  • Should it work with an pixel 6? A While ago i succesfully scanned something, maybe in the past 1-2 months.

  • Cl4whammerCl4whammer ✭✭✭
    edited November 5

    Today i tried to scan something with my pixel 6 (should have Mali-G78 gpu) and it works. But its way slower then before and looks different. Iam glad that i did the medal to the level i wanted before this change in the past. Now its much more exhausting.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    The new scanning method isn't well optimized yet.

    They'll get around to it like the 100 other things they have to fix or fully implement.

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 6

    Doesnt work for me and my phone has supported gpu. Is a new game update needed? Im sure many has the missing scan button but what should all do then

  • grendelwulfgrendelwulf ✭✭✭✭✭

    It sucks not being able to fully participate in the meta. Every day I lose scout controller on something but I can't gain any new scout controller

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, I have a 6a and it should definitely work for you.

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