With over 166 million people still playing Pokémon GO four years after launch, there are no signs of the popular AR game slowing down anytime soon.
And there’s plenty to do. Raiding with other players, catching 600 Pokémon at local parks, gym battling, Team Rocket battles, special events, all while getting some exercise. (Fun fact: The community all together has walked 23 billion KM so far, which is basically like making a roundtrip and a half to Pluto!)
While you can earn some free PokéCoins in-game, there’s a max of 50 per day. If you want more, there are PokéCoin packages ranging from 99 cents to $99.99. Then you can use the coins to buy some of the best items like Bag Upgrade, Pokémon Storage Upgrade, Egg Incubators, Lucky Eggs, and Premium Raid Passes!
How to Get Free PokéCoins
Maybe you skipped straight to this part. And that’s ok.
You can get free PokéCoins just by collecting all your shopping, restaurant, grocery, basically almost any receipt, even digital ones, and uploading them to this free app called Fetch Rewards.
It’s pretty low effort since it’s not like other savings app where you have to scan barcodes or clip coupons. Fetch Rewards will automatically give you points to redeem for gift cards on eligible receipts.
For example, I tend to keep every receipt I come across (even when they’re not mine) and upload them into Fetch Rewards before I toss them. After I get the points for each, then the receipt’s purpose is done!
- Download Fetch Rewards
- Upload any receipt to get points
- Redeem points for VISA®, App Store, and Google Play gift card, etc. for whichever platform you’re playing most on
- Use those gift cards to get your free PokéCoins!
Types of Receipts
You can scan any receipt from a grocery store, convenience store, drug store, club store, liquor store, restaurant, fast food joints, practically everywhere, regardless of the amount purchased.
Important: Receipts must be scanned within 14 days from purchase and must include the store name, items purchased, date of purchase, total amount, and store address. Any eligible grocery receipt will get you 25 points each! Other types of receipt points can vary.
You can even have the app scan for any digital receipts in your inbox which comes in handy for all those Amazon, Best Buy, instacart, Target, Walmart, and more, e-receipts.
Redeeming Points for Free PokéCoins
It can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to receive your points once you have scanned a receipt but in my experience, it’s usually pretty quick.
Once you reach a minimum of 3,000 points, you can head to the “Rewards” section of the app. There, you’re able to browse hundreds of different reward options by category. Available rewards include gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Target but PokémonGo players will want VISA®, App Store, or Google Play gift cards.
Once you find a reward to redeem, tap the “Get This Reward” button and you’ll be sent your electronic gift. Then use that electronic code on whatever platform you’re playing on to purchase PokéCoins!
What You Need to Know Before Using Fetch
For new users, you’ll automatically get 2,000 Welcome Bonus Points from The Smart Wallet on your first receipt! You’ll see the promo code REWARD already filled in.
Just remember to ask your family and friends to help save receipts for you and you’ll have to upload them to the app within 14 days of the receipt purchase. By uploading receipts of stuff you were already going to buy, you’ll consistently be earning points to redeem for free PokéCoins in PokémonGo!