The Splash screen or loading screen is showing your Ingress app (known as scanner) version number, and ADA’s rotating graphics.
Note: For this game you will need to have GPS enabled and internet access on your android device, whether WiFi (not suggested as you need an active connection to play ingress) or mobile data.
If you do not have a data connection you will come across the Data Disabled screen as shown above. You will need to enable your mobile data or connect to a WiFi access point to be able to play.
If you don’t have location services turned on you will be offered to enable it as shown in the location Disabled screen above. (High accuracy is suggested, while it will use more battery power, it will give a better game experience more accurate play).
Searching for location:
Every time you start up your scanner, it will show you the earth rotating and a current overview of the different regions and show them in green or blue depending upon which faction holds them, meanwhile it will search for your location. When it finds you (GPS lock), it will zoom to your location.
When the loading sequence is over, you will see a black map with light-colored roads and buildings. You will see an arrow which represents you and points in the same direction as you. There is also a circle around it which represents the area in which you can interact with objects in the game, the circle has a 40 m radius. You will need to physically get within 40m of any object you want to interact with. You can rotate the map and zoom it in and out with touchscreen gestures. The Compass icon can help you to rotate the map in north-south direction. If your phone has a hardware compass, there is also an option which you can use to auto-rotate the map so it follows your viewing direction (tap the compass icon once). The latest addition to the Map view are vectors to the closest portals. Here are some examples with vectors and with other Map elements:
Ingress objects which you can find on the map are:
- Exotic Matter (XM) – small bulbs of energy that are mostly concentrated around portals
- Control fields
- Dropped items
In the top left corner there is an octagon, to the right of it your current level is written. Just above your level number there are two bars. The faintly coloured bar (black if you are level one or just leveled) is your progress bar. The progress to the next level is represented by the 8 line segments which get filled in as you earn ap. If 4 of these 8 lines are filled, you are halfway to your next level. If you click on the octagon next to your name it will take you to your profile screen, which displays a number of statistics about your achievements in game, including your progress towards next level and your current AP. This number is also visible each time you earn AP.
On the top of your screen there is a brightly coloured line (in your factions designated colour) that represents your Exotic Matter (XM) storage (your energy bar) and when you click on it you will see how much you have left represented numerically.
In the top right corner you will see the OPS button which will bring you to the Ingress Operations menu. Now there have been a lot of changes in the past while and there is a lot here that you can skim over if you are just starting Ingress.
Inventory: The Items tab will show all Ingress Items that you have hacked or acquired from other players or from codes. In the bottom left hand corner there is a rectangular button with a filter option (default ALL) and a number. When clicked upon it allows you to filter through all of your items for quick navigation of your portal keys or to see how many items you have of a certain level. Item cap (limit) is currently 2000 items. You may find as you progress that you want to try to limit how many items you keep in your inventory for specific items (Most level 8 agents aren’t going to be carrying a bunch of L1 XMP).
Filters currently in use are:
- All: All items
- Weapons: Xmp bursters / Ultra-Strikes / Ada Refractors and Jarvis Viruses
- Resonators: Xmp Resonators
- Power Cubes: Power Cubes
- Portal Keys: All of your portal keys that you own (by default will show the keys that are closest to you at this moment and as you navigate through them by sliding right will display portals further away). To navigate via portal name click on the rectangle on the bottom right and select “by Title” From this screen you can also click upon the different portal keys to recharge or to check on their status.
- Mods: Portal Shield / Link Amp / Heat Sink / Multi-hack / Force Amp / Turret
- Media: Ingress reports / Clues / Storyline related objects
- Capsules: Capsules (Can store up to 100 items)
Agent: The agent tab is where you can see your in game achievements and statistics.
Intel: In the last few months there have been vast changes under this tab, while it used to just display global score totals, we now have much more detailed scoring available to us in the form of regional scoring. From the regional score tab you can see how your local cell (immediate area you’re playing in) is doing and when the next scoring cycle checkpoint is. When you select “see other agents” the scoring breaks down further into player standing based on faction as of the last checkpoint.
Missions: Currently the Mission tab is reserved for the initial training missions from niantic for new agents in their training in use of scanner technology. We hope and expect to see higher level missions soon.
Recruit: Getting invited was a requirement when Ingress was in beta. Now that Ingress is out of beta, you don’t need an invite but if you still want to invite someone to play via email, this is where you would do it.
Passcode: The passcode tab is used for redeeming ingress codes which give you inventory items. Codes can be received for event items, decoding clues and decrypting passphrases from ingress reports, or item cards. Codes have a maximum number of uses ranging from one use to thousands.
Device: The Device menu is where you control all the performance and technical options of your scanner.
The most commonly used button and the only one you have to overly worry about to begin with is the “Force sync” button. This forces your scanner to update the scan data for your local area showing an updated version of all portals and items in your general area. (so if that resonator won’t deploy / resonator won’t die / key won’t pick up. The Force sync button is your best friend).
On the bottom of your screen you will see the last message from the COMM as well as the COMM button. When you click on the COMM button, t he communication interface – which is also your log – will be opened. You can choose to show All communication, just Faction, or by Alerts (instant notifications of attack or someone saying your agent name). You can also filter communication by range: Local (5-50km), Region (200-1000km) and Global (all). This is very handy when you want to coordinate with other more remote players. Switching from one range to the another will clear out the White and Orange system messages such as Resonators Recharged.