Pokemon Go appears to be taking over the world. It currently boasts over 75 million downloads worldwide, and this number is only continuing to go up. This is an app that has managed to build a brand that sticks.
It’s an app that hasn’t wasted a single dollar marketing. The problem with Pokemon Go is it happens to be an extremely heavy app. Playing it on a regular basis will drive your phone’s battery life into the ground. Those using the iPhone are particularly feeling the pain right now.
But until battery technology gets better there’s no stopping this. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can go through to save your phone’s battery life when playing Pokemon Go. This tutorial is going to show you how to do it.
Step 1 – Turn On Flight Mode
Anyone who uses iPhone is well aware that flight mode is one of the best tools at your disposal for making sure you don’t lose drain your battery too quickly. Using flight mode with Pokemon Go is an easy way to make sure your phone’s general activities aren’t causing you to lose your battery life.
Go into Settings and just flick the slider for flight mode. On some phone models, you can even do this from the lock screen by bringing up the dropdown or sliding menu.
This will go a long way to preserving your battery. You also don’t need your phone network to use Pokemon Go simply because it uses GPS to tell where you are in the world.
Step 2 – Use Pokemon Go Battery Saver
Nintendo recognized that Pokemon Go could have a battery problem from the beginning. To get around this they implemented their version of the battery saver mode. Not a lot of people know about this mode, which is why there have been so many problems with battery life.
Begin by opening the Pokemon Go app. Go to the top-right of the screen and look for the ‘Setting’ option. Scroll down until you see the ‘Battery Saver’ option. Just select it and a tick will appear. After you turn your phone upside down the screen will dim and it will no longer drain your battery at the same rate as before.
Step 3 – Change Some Pokemon Go Settings
You likely already know that certain settings on your phone will drain your battery faster. For example, if you have a brighter screen it’s going to drain your battery. You can apply the same principles to your Pokemon Go game. All you have to do is select the various settings that hurt your battery life, such as music, sound effects, and vibration.
The only problem is lowering or disabling these could ruin your Pokemon Go experience. You have to decide whether you want to compromise on your game just to preserve battery life.
Step 4 – Using Offline Maps
Pokemon Go uses Google Maps to find out where you are in the world. This is the crux of how the game works. It’s how it drags the right data to your smartphone and to the app. But to do this it has to use your data connection. Whenever your data connection is in use it puts more strain on the phone and reduces the performance of your battery.
But there’s a clever workaround for this. You can use Google Offline Maps and the app will still work as it’s supposed to. For this, you should open the Google Maps app, which is likely already installed on your phone by default. Go to the settings section and select an option called ‘Offline Areas’.
Select the plus sign and draw a square on the map. What you’re doing now is choosing the part of the map you want to download. After you download it Pokemon Go can use the map already on your phone, as opposed to constantly using your data connection.
This can make a big difference.
Step 5 – Get a Battery Pack
If none of these options are good enough for you, get a battery pack to solve the problem. Battery packs are ideal because they will keep your smartphone topped up as you walk around your local area catching Pokemon.
These portable power packs can be charged separately in the same way as your phone can. Whenever your phone’s battery is running low you can easily plug it into your phone’s Lightning or USB port to provide yourself with a completely new charge.
Following the steps in this tutorial could easily lead you to doubling your standard battery life. They’re cost-effective and they don’t require any real effort to implement.
Have you had any problems with battery life on Pokemon Go?