Pokemon Go has been an audience favorite game for a few years now since it first appeared to be mainstream in 2016. Over time new features have been introduced in the game, making it more user-friendly and interesting to experience. One of those features has been an expansion of the friend limit on the game. This change however hasn’t been entirely too good on people, as many are unsure about its privacy aspect.

The question of ‘Is it safe to friend strangers on Pokemon Go?’ is raised often, and we are going to answer it for you. In addition, there will be a few other commonly asked questions answered as well, read ahead to find out if you have any Pokemon Go related queries.

How many friends can you have on Pokemon Go?

Previously, the friend limit on Pokemon Go was much lower and that meant you could only have a limited number of people on your personal account in the game. However, that limit increased a while ago, when a new update was introduced earlier this year in 2021. This change happened not in just Pokemon Go but all Niantic games across the portfolio. If you have noticed your friend list automatically increased on the game, it’s due to this reason.

What Niantic games did is, they merged the friend lists on different Niantic games, making them increase the maximum number of friends in one game. This means you can add more people to the mix of your friend list now, and not have to choose a few. It also allows you to pick and keep the ones you want to from the merged list. Keep in mind this happens when you use the same source to log in on all those different games across Niantic’s platform.

The updated friend list now is for 400 people. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Ingress Prime are included in the Niantic games that allow you to merge the friend lists across different games. If you have less than 400 even after the merged list, you can go ahead and add more people according to your preferences.

Is it safe to friend strangers on Pokemon Go?

In terms of the safety measures in the game, people have had divided views. There have been other updates in the friendship feature on the game, in previous years as well, that have posed the question of safety. For now, it completely depends upon what you believe is confidential enough information for you to keep because the app allows many different aspects to be visible to your friends.

The feature of gifting your friends in the game allows your friends to see where exactly you got the gift from, giving them the location. If you have strangers added to your account, this might pose a security risk just in case anyone has any bad intentions to use your personal data such as the location available to them. Therefore, taking a calculated risk to only add trustworthy people, even if you are not close, is a good and smart choice to make.

How to remove friends from Niantic Pokemon Go?

There is no restriction on the removal of people and friends from your account on Pokemon Go, or any other Niantic game. You can do so from your account in a few easy steps.

  • On your Pokemon Go app or game, go to your profile’s main page
  • On the right tab, you will find the ‘Friends list’
  • Choose the account you want to remove as your friend
  • On that friend’s info page, scroll completely down and you will find ‘Remove Friend‘
  • Click and confirm to remove

You can use the remove option to make sure you don’t have people on where you don’t want them to be. It answers your ‘Is it safe to friend strangers on Pokemon Go?’ as well, by giving you the ability to remove some names you don’t feel particularly safe to share information with. In addition, you can choose to keep the friends you want in specific games as well, because sometimes there are some people you play only one specific title with.


Hopefully, this will have answered your most common questions regarding Pokemon Go and its safety measures in place. Different game companies prioritize different things, and so far Pokemon is not too strict with its player’s information, even if the information is not too confidential.