Tips for saving battery life, data usage while playing Pokemon Go

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The biggest challenge in Pokemon Go may not be capturing Pikachu.  It may be keeping your battery life going.

So what can you do?

The tech site BGR recommends a few things.

First turn on Battery Saver mode in the menu.

  1. Tap the Poke Ball at the bottom of the screen
  2. Click Settings in the top right-hand corner
  3. Select Battery Saver

“With Battery Saver turned on, you can turn your phone upside-down (in your pocket) to dim the screen and save some precious percentage points,” BGR says.

The site also recommends downloading your local city map data from Google Maps.  This will prevent the app from having to pull in data constantly when you’re on the move.

So how do you do that?

  1. Open Google Maps on your phone
  2. Tap the three line icon/menu button
  3. Find the Settings menu
  4. Tap “offline areas”
  5. Tap on the recommended “home” region or use the “+” button in the bottom right-hand corner to select a specific area of the map.

(BGR credits Reddit users _killbunny_ and throwaway96388 for discovering this method.)

Although the app doesn’t use up much data, this can also help lessen the amount of data it consumes, BGR says.