8 Ingress Tips and Tricks for New Players – iOS and Android


“The world around you is not what it seems.”

A mysterious energy source called exotic matter or XM exerts a subtle influence over mankind, enhancing human civilization and creativity towards unknown ends. The Enlightened believe that XM is the key to human evolution, while the Resistance fights to keep mankind free from the alien influence of XM.

That’s the backstory to Ingress, Google’s hit augmented reality location game available on Android and iOS. As agents of the Resistance or the Enlightened, players use their smartphones to fight for control over virtual XM portals located at real-world landmarks, monuments, and sculptures. The game went into beta in late 2012, quickly becoming a viral hit in the Android gaming community thanks in part to active support from Google’s Niantic Labs, with a continuously evolving story and global community events. With the recent launch of Ingress on iOS, the game welcomes a new wave of players ready to fly the flag for the Enlightened and the Resistance.

Ingress features an interactive tutorial that does an admirable job of teaching new players about the basics of gameplay; from collecting XM, hacking portals for items, attacking and capturing portals, and constructing mind control fields. Still, there are a lot of useful tactics and tools that a new player will find handy during the battle to control the fate of XM and humanity. Check out some of our favorite tips and tricks for new Ingress players below.

1. The Ingress Intel Map

Information is ammunition, and one of the most useful sources of information for Ingress players is the official Ingress Intel Map. Powered by a Google Maps-style interface, the Intel Map helps players discover nearby portals (with filters for portal levels and energy remaining), complete with a street map view, or a Google Earth satellite image overlay. Whether you’re planning your next walking or biking trek, searching for new portals or coordinating the actions of multiple players, the Intel Map is an invaluable tool for new and veteran players alike.

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