If you’ve played Pokémon GO, you’ve probably noticed that it can run down your phone’s battery quite quickly. So quickly some are calling battery drain the number one issue with the popular AR game. Android and iPhone users are finding that less than three hours of game play will fully drain their phone’s battery. That may seem like a lot, but chances are you’re using your phone for other things throughout the day, and your battery is not always fully charged when you start playing. Here are some great tips to help you stay powered up so you can catch ’em all!
Battery-Saving Tips for Your Phone
The first place to turn when looking to save battery life when playing Pokémon GO is the phone you’re playing on itself. There are several settings and simple tricks that can extend your battery’s life.
- Turn on your phone’s battery-saving function. iPhone users can turn on the Low Power mode, which will turn off some background processes. You may not get notifications about new email messages, but you are probably not interested in that when you’re busy catching Pokemon.
- Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi.
- If you’re outside and not using WiFi, turn it off so your phone won’t need to use power to search for WiFi signals. The same is true for Bluetooth.
- Turn down your phone’s display brightness.
- This is one of the biggest drains on a phone’s battery – turn it all the way down and you’ll save a lot of power.
- Try switching from 4G to 3G.
- 4G uses more energy, and if your phone is switching between the two, that can cause battery drain as well.
- Turn down your phone’s volume.
- If you enjoy the music and sound effects and don’t want to disable them, turn the volume as low as possible to save battery life.
- Close background apps.
- Apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat eat up a lot of battery life. Close them to keep your power at it’s highest.
- Use Airplane Mode whenever possible.
- If you’re at school, work, or anyplace where you will not be using your phone, turn on Airplane Mode. This will keep apps from updating or running, and save your battery.
- Even better, turn your phone off.
- If you know you will not be using your phone for a period of time, turn it off. This is even better than Airplane Mode for extending battery life.
- Carry an extra battery.
- If the tips here aren’t enough for you, consider purchasing an extra battery and carrying it with you. Just remember to have it fully charged before you leave home!
Battery-Saving Tips Within the Pokémon GO App
Already have your device optimized for long-lasting Pokémon GO sessions? Here’s some trick and tips you can use in the App itself to squeeze out a bit more play time:
- Turn on the Battery Saver Mode.
- When you’re in this mode and walking around looking for Pokémon, hold your phone upside-down. The screen will darken, but the app is still active. It will still keep track of your steps so your incubated eggs will hatch, and it will vibrate to alert you to nearby Pokemon.
- Turn off music and sound effects.
- Turning these off may prolong your battery life.
- Turn off AR (Augmented Reality) mode.
- It’s fun to see a Rattata sitting next to your puppy or a Venonat in the bushes, but this feature is a big drain on your battery. It might not be as fun to play with this mode turned off, but you’ll be able to play longer. When you encounter a Pokemon, a switch will appear at the top right corner of your screen to turn AR on or off.
- Be selective with your game play.
- If your battery is running low and you want to make the most of it, choose your actions carefully. Every in-game action will reduce your battery power. So, if you see a Pokemon you don’t really need, pass it by. If you are well-stocked, skip that PokéStop. Avoid using the map’s zoom feature. Avoid gyms unless you need to visit one.
Do you have a tip we didn’t cover? Does one of these tips work better for you than the others? Let us know in the comments below!