How to save in New Pokemon Snap

The autosave feature will keep your progress saved securely after each research outing.

If you’ve just snapped the photo of a lifetime, you’d be forgiven for panicking over losing it. Fortunately, saving your game in New Pokemon Snap is very straightforward. So much so, in fact that you won’t really need to think about it at all. Below, we’ll explain how to save in New Pokemon Snap.

How to save in New Pokemon Snap

How to save in New Pokemon Snap
Completing an expedition and returning to the Research Camp will save your progress in New Pokemon Snap. 
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New Pokemon Snap uses an autosave function, indicated by the Pokeball icon appearing in the top right of the screen. Any time you see this flash up, your game has saved. While this will happen a lot as you complete story events, the primary time you’ll see New Pokemon Snap save is after you complete an expedition. 

Each time you return to the Research Camp, you need to finish having Professor Mirror rate your photographs, then choose any that you’d like to be saved (or re-snapped). Once this is complete, the game will save your progress as you’re dropped back to the main Research Camp menu. It’s important to note that you cannot save your progress in New Pokemon Snap while in the middle of an expedition. If you manage to capture that rare photo during an outing, make sure you finish the run fully and get the photos rated before you quit the game. Once you’re back in the Research Camp menu, you’ll know that it’s safe to quit the game.

As ever with Nintendo Switch games, it’s worth highlighting that putting the console in sleep mode won’t cause you to lose progress in the game that’s currently running. You can recover from sleep mode mid-way through an expedition if needed to keep playing. Only closing the game or powering down the console will stop any progress from being saved.

So that’s all there is to know about how to save in New Pokemon Snap! The autosave system is pretty generous, so there shouldn’t be much risk at all of you losing your precious photographs. Head to our hub page for the game to discover more tips and tricks!

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