Agents can submit new prospective portals to be evaluated via Operation Portal Recon. They can also submit portal edits and removals to Niantic.

Note: Currently, this functionality is not available in Ingress Prime. The description below explains portal editing as available in Scanner [REDACTED]. Niantic plans to migrate this functionality to Ingress Prime prior to retiring Scanner [REDACTED].

Submitting Portals

Agents at level 10 or higher can submit prospective portals to Niantic. Niantic has established criteria dictating what constitutes an acceptable portal submission. It is recommended that you read these guidelines before submitting a portal. Once you have determined that the prospective portal meets the guidelines, here is how you submit it:

  1. Long press on the scanner at the spot where the new portal should be located. Select “New Portal” from the context menu that appears.
  2. Ingress will launch a camera view. Take a photo of the landmark. If it would not be clear from the photo of the landmark itself why it constitutes a suitable portal, you might take a picture of a sign or plaque instead.
  3. Tap the overhead satellite view of the location and drag the view as needed until the position marker is placed exactly where the portal should be. Keep in mind that the portal must be in a location which is accessible to the public.
  4. Enter a name and an optional description, then tap “Send.”

Wait for an email from Niantic. If your portal submission is accepted, you’ll receive 1,000 AP and a key to the new portal. You can have up to 7 portal submissions in the queue in a 14-day period.[source] The New Portal screen shows the number of submissions you can make before you will have to wait.

Editing Existing Portals

To edit an existing portal, tap the portal to bring up its information card, then tap the photo of the portal. From there you can suggest a new photo for the portal, or edit its title, description, or location.

Suggesting a new photo

  1. Tap the camera icon and select to take a photo with the camera or choose an existing photo in your gallery.
  2. The new photo will be displayed. Tap “Send” to confirm.
  3. Wait for an email from Niantic. If they accept the photo, you get 500 AP.

Editing a portal’s title, description or location

  1. Tap the “Edit” button.
  2. Select the property you want to edit.
  3. Provide an updated name, description or location.
  4. Tap “Send.”
  5. Wait for an email from Niantic. No AP is awarded for title, description or location edits.

Reporting Invalid Portals

  1. Read the candidate portal criteria to confirm that the portal in question does not meet Niantic’s guidelines.
  2. Tap the portal to bring up its detail view.
  3. Tap the photo of the portal.
  4. Tap the “Edit” button.
  5. Tap “Report Invalid Portal.”
  6. Select the radio button that best describes the reason why the portal is invalid.
  7. Tap “Send.”
  8. Wait for an email from Niantic. No AP is awarded for removing invalid portals.

Some notes about reporting invalid portals:

  • Don’t report a portal as invalid simply because an enemy agent favors it. Trying to get valid portals removed is not cool.
  • If a portal exists but is incorrectly placed, don’t report it as invalid. Edit its location instead.
  • Niantic has clarified that portals on military bases are acceptable, even if the general public is not permitted access to them. However, some military bases have started demanding that Niantic remove portals on their grounds, due to concerns that agents will attempt to gain unauthorized access to the base. Don’t be the idiot that gets hauled off to prison (or SHOT) because you tried to get into a military base without authorization!

Portal Criteria

Niantic has two different documents which together describe the criteria for what constitutes a valid portal: the Candidate Portal Criteria document on their Help site, and the OPR FAQ (OPR access required). You should read both for full details, but in summary, all valid portals must be at least one of the following:

  • A location with historical significance, educational value, or a cool story
  • A cool piece of art or unique architecture
  • A hidden gem or hyper-local spot
  • A public park
  • A public library
  • A public place of worship
  • A major transportation hub

Any of the following will make a candidate invalid:

  • The candidate has no safe pedestrian access. (You can’t walk up to it safely.)
  • The candidate is a natural feature. (Signs about natural features that are otherwise valid are okay.)
  • The candidate is a person or group of people, body part or animal.
  • The candidate is a temporary or seasonal installation.
  • The candidate is located on private residential property (including farms).
  • If accepted, agents attempting to visit the candidate may interfere with the operations of a fire station, police station, hospital, military base, industrial site, power plant or air traffic control tower.
  • The candidate is on the grounds of a primary or secondary school.
  • The candidate is a duplicate of an existing portal.
  • The candidate is too close to an existing portal, even if it’s not a duplicate.
  • The title contains real names, code names, faction or group names not relevant to the actual candidate.
  • The title or description contains emoji or emoticons.
  • The photo was not taken by the submitting agent.
  • The photo is of very low quality.
  • A person is visible in the photo, even partially.
  • Any part of the submission contains content which violates the Ingress Terms of Service.

History

  • 14 March 2013: The scanner is updated to allow agents to submit new portals to Niantic.
  • 14 August 2014: Portal submission becomes available for iOS users.
  • 3 September 2015: Niantic suspends portal submissions.
  • 22 August 2017:teardown of Ingress 1.122.0 reveals that changes have been introduced into the scanner toward enabling portal submissions at a future date.
  • 25 September 2017: Portal submissions are re-enabled for agents at level 11 or higher.
  • 10 November 2017: Threshold for portal submission is reduced to level 10.
  • 5 November 2018: Ingress Prime is released, but does not include portal editing. Shortly afterward, Niantic releases Scanner [REDACTED], the original scanner version, to support continued portal editing until the functionality has been migrated to Ingress Prime.