While exploring the world of Pokémon GO, you may receive Sponsored Gifts along with sponsored messages relevant to your location. Sponsored Gifts are different from Gifts you can send to your friends. Sponsored Gifts can't be sent to friends and instead give items directly to the Trainer who receives them.

Sponsored Gifts will appear randomly on the Map View attached to balloons. Tap on the Sponsored Gift balloon and select Open to see a sponsored message. While viewing this message, the items from the Sponsored Gift will be added to your inventory. Tap Learn more for more information about the sponsored offer or the download button to save the information for later. After a few seconds, tap the X to exit the offer.

Note about child accounts: Trainers with Child accounts will not receive Sponsored Gift balloons, even if permissions for accessing sponsored content are granted through the Niantic Kids Parent Portal or Pokémon Trainer Club website.

Niantic may partner with third-party advertising services to display messages in Sponsored Gifts. You can choose to opt out of this feature by deselecting the "Show Sponsored Messages from Third Party ad services" option in the Settings menu. This setting does not affect your ability to obtain Gifts from Gyms or PokéStops to send to your friends.