PokeStops and gyms can either be found in abundance or sparingly depending on where you are. Consequently, Niantic have introduced the ability to request both of these to be added to the Pokemon Go map - known as the PokeStop nomination feature.
Pokemon Go PokeStop Submissions
PokeStop submissions through the Pokemon Go app are are becoming available in more and more countries, albeit in a beta state. Niantic first provided Brazil, South Korea and Ireland with the functionality.
Since then, Niantic have allowed more countries to experiment with adding PokeStops. The full list is as follows:
- South Korea
- El Salvador
- Costa Rica
A beta version of the PokéStop nomination feature is now available to level 40 Trainers in Peru! pic.twitter.com/BRSxcjzAT4
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 27, 2019
Submissions Through Ingress
Niantic's other flagship game, Ingress, has something called portals. Without going into detail, these work similarly to PokeStops whereby they are actual locations in the game based on real places.
Ingress players have the ability to submit new portals for review. When these are accepted, they will also become PokeStops. As a result of this, Pokemon Go players are downloading Ingress to effectively request PokeStops.
Firstly, this is only possible if you downloaded the Ingress app prior to the Prime version of the app. The functionality to request portals/PokeStops isn't yet available in Prime.
The older version of Ingress is called Redacted. Furthermore, there is a supposedly working solution to get the Redacted version today.
You need to find someone who already has the Redacted version and get them to invite you through a Google e-mail. This should allow you to create an account in the Redacted version.
Reaching level 10 is required to submit portals to the Operation Portal Recon (OPR). However, reaching level 12 is required to be able to review other player's submissions. Disappointingly reaching level 12 takes twice as long as level 10.
It is important to reach level 12 because without doing so there will simply be submissions and few players reviewing them. This would result in little to none of the requests getting accepted.
Other Ways to Get PokeStops
If you don't want to invest the time in Ingress then there are other alternatives. Unfortunately those alternatives don't fully solve the problem.
The first alternative is to find a high level Ingress player to help speed the process along.
The second, and final alternative we're aware of, is to wait for PokeStop submissions to be rolled out across Pokemon Go. Given this started in September 2018, news regarding this might be announced soon.
Last updated 21:38 ET, June 26, 2019