Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: Pokétch and how to unlock all its apps

The Pokétch, short for Pokémon watch, is a versatile tool that looks a bit dated. That won’t stop it from being a useful part of your journey though. If you would like to close the Pokétch completely, hold the Nintendo Switch’s R button.

Pre-installed apps on the Pokétch

You will initially receive the Pokétch after delivering the Parcel item to your rival at Jubilife City’s Trainer School. As you try to head to the next town, a man will stop you and offer the device to you for free if you can find three clowns holding the necessary coupons around the city. One is in front of the Jubilife TV building, one is in front of the next-door Pokétch Company building and another is between the Poké Mart and Pokémon Center.

Digital Clock app

Location

Comes pre-installed on the Pokétch

Purpose

This app displays the current time

Calculator app

Location

Comes pre-installed on the Pokétch

Purpose

This app will allow you to do simple mathematical operations

Pokémon Status app

Location

Comes pre-installed on the Pokétch

Purpose

This app will allow you to view your Pokémon’s health and whether they have a held item. Can be useful to track a Pokémon whose Ability is Pick-Up

Step Counter app

Location

Comes pre-installed on the Pokétch

Purpose

This app will allow you to count your steps taken in-game

New Pokétch apps and how to unlock them

Friendship Checker app

Location

Eterna City: Given to the player by a woman in the Pokémon Center

Purpose

This app will allow you to measure your Pokémon’s friendship with you. If they display two hearts when tapping on them, their friendship is maxed out

Memo Pad app

Location

Jubilife City: Given to the player by the Pokétch Company president in the company’s Jubilife building after beating Gym Leader Roark

Purpose

This app will allow you to write or draw on the screen to record something you want to remember

Pokémon History app

Location

Solaceon Town: Given to the player by a man walking to the left of the Pokémon Center outside

Purpose

This app displays the last twelve Pokémon you have caught

Hidden Moves app

Location

Oreburgh Gate: Given to the player by a hiker after entering from Route 203

Purpose

This app will allow you to use moves that were Hidden Machines (HMs) in the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Dowsing Machine app

Location

Route 207: Given to you by Dawn or Lucas after leaving Route 206 for the first time

Purpose

This app will allow you to find any hidden items that are normally invisible