Pokémon Go is still going strong, despite draining battery life like there’s no tomorrow.
If you’re sick of it you can block all mention of the app from the Internet, but what if you can’t get enough of one of the biggest apps to hit the market in the last couple of years?
Here’s a guide with tips to conserve battery usage as well as minimising your data consumption while you’re on the move.
Screen brightness will always play a major role in the overall battery life of your device. Turning it down could give you an extra boost throughout the day, although it can be hard to use your phone outside if the sun is glaring down on your screen.
Battery Saving Mode
Pokemon Go has a battery-saving mode. It’s ineffective considering how fast the game drains my device. (My phone also starts heating up quickly while the app is open.)
It didn’t make much of a difference for me, but it could be enough to keep you going for a little longer throughout the day. It’s definitely worth a try, and it has gotten a little better with recent updates.
Even the newest devices will feel the heat if you want to play for extended periods. It makes sense to invest in a battery pack if you know your phone won’t be able to handle catching Pokemon for more than a short stint.
External battery sources will be helpful, but be careful if you’re using them directly in the sun. If your phone starts to seriously overheat, it’s time for a break.
Power Saving Options and Volume
You can toggle the power saving options on your device to give yourself a much needed battery boost. It might not last for as long as their “estimated usage time,” but it does make a difference in the long run.
Turning down the volume is also recommended, and it’s not like the music makes the experience any better. You can toggle sound effects and general music on and off in the settings menu.
Reducing Data Usage
If you’re worried about going over your data allowance, there’s a number of things you can do to reduce your usage. Try sticking to public wifi, and disable any incoming notifications from apps. (Lots of businesses offer free WiFi, incense, and a Pokéstop, so have a look around your local area.)
The average user will use 2MB to 8MB per hour, so keep that in mind before you get too engrossed in the action. It could end up being costly, and that’s before considering any in-app purchases.
If battery life is getting you down, there are lots of things you can do to get as much playing time as possible. Playing around with your settings will help you to get the most from your device, and the difference can be drastic.
Data is a little trickier, but at least there are some free alternatives out there if you look hard enough.
Are you still playing Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments!
Image credit: Pokemon Gym at the peak of Zion Observation Point
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