Open the panel by tapping the comm tab located at the bottom-right corner of your scanner. It is also available at the lower-left corner of the intel map. In your scanner, there is a range slider located just below the tab strip; it is recommended that you adjust this to only show you chatter and actions from your local area. On the intel map, there is a checkbox that allows you to filter the comm to only show chatter and actions from the displayed map area. At the bottom of the comm panel in both the scanner and the intel map is a text field where you can type messages to other agents.
The comm panel has three tabs:
- “All” shows agent actions and chatter from both factions.
- “Faction” shows only the chatter between members of your faction. When sending a message, make sure “Faction” is selected if you intend for it to be seen only by other members of your faction. These messages will also show up in your “All” tab, but they’ll have a “[secure]” annotation next to them, and only members of your faction can see them. (But see the caveat in the last paragraph.)
- “Alerts” shows attacks on your portals and people mentioning you by name (see below).
Every action displayed in the comm will show the portal at which that action occurred. You can quickly jump to view that portal by clicking on its name.
When someone mentions your call sign by putting an at-sign (@) in front of it, an orange notification icon will appear next to the comm tab in your scanner; you can click this icon to view the message. Clicking agent’s call sign in the comm panel will automatically insert a mention of that agent into the comm input field to make it more convenient to direct a message to a particular agent. (Make sure to pay attention to which tab is selected!)
Long pressing an agent call sign anywhere in the scanner app will call up a menu of options:
- View Player Profile: View that agent’s profile.
- Send Message: Inserts the agent’s call sign (prepended with an at-sign) into the comm entry field so you can send them a message. If the comm tab is visible, it will automatically pop open when you do this. Otherwise, you will have to go back to the main scanner screen to see it.
- Block agent in COMM: Hides any messages sent by the agent, and suppresses any notifications that would normally be caused by the agent using your call sign in a message. You will still see their activity, however. If you change your mind, the “Device” tab of the ops screen has an option that will let you unblock a previously-blocked agent.
Reach out in the comm and in online communities to find high-level agents in your area; they can help you level up! Leveling is much harder when attempted solo. Be aware, however, that the comm and some online communities may contain enemy moles. Be careful not to discuss sensitive details about your faction’s activities on insecure channels. Many local cells set up verified communities and chat channels for secure communication. The most common chat platforms in use in Ingress communities are Google Hangouts, Slack and Telegram.