Battery Saving options

A common question amongst new Pokemon Go players is how much battery does the game actually use? Based on interviews with multiple users, the average Pokemon Go player can drain a fully charged iPhone/Android device battery in less than three hours of gameplay!

Now, this may seem like a decent amount, but most people find that their battery drains quite quickly throughout the day. By the time iPhone/Android users finished with school, work, traveling, etc. for the day, many have already lost half of their battery life.

Enable Battery saver in configuration

There is a 'Battery Saver' option within Pokémon Go that allows your phone to enter a low-power state when exploring on the move. It was temporarily removed on iOS as part of the July 31 update, but was restored the following month after several bugs were fixed.

To access it, tap the Pokéball at the bottom of the screen during map view to bring up a menu of options, then tap the configuration icon in the upper right corner.

Once you select it, the phone's screen will automatically dim when it's down by your side in a horizontal position, but still continues operating, notifying you of any nearby Pokémon, PokéStops and counting steps towards hatching eggs.

Note that if you're logged out of the app (such as when the server goes down) you may need to re-enable this, and other options in the Settings, when you log back in. Sometimes it fails and you need to restart the application. When it fails it doesn't respond to your taps, you must close the app manually and restart with the lost of time, specially if you are walking.

Switch off AR when capturing Pokémon to save battery

This is a lesser known but surprisingly important tip for shaving off some battery usage when playing Pokémon Go.

When you capture a Pokémon, by default the game will use the phone's camera and gyroscope to place the creature in the real-world using augmented reality.

By turning this off - by pressing the toggle in the upper right corner - you can instead switch to capturing creatures in a static view on a lush green field. In the most modern versions of Android you can deny the access to the camera using the apps rights.

Not only does turning off AR mode mean you're not wasting the battery on camera and gyroscope use, it's also much easier to catch Pokémon in this view. (It also saves you waving your phone around in the middle of the street, being more anonymous when playing the game.)

Download Google Maps where you play Pokemon GO

This is an easy way to reduce batery usage. It will need less internet data usage and less batery usage. Check our data saving guide.The location data and maps are obtained from the Google Maps API, so if you simply. Of course, do this when you are under WIFI connection.

Step 1: Launch the Google Maps application on your smartphone.

Step 2: Navigate to “Settings” and tap on “Offline Maps.” Tap the “Plus” sign.

Step 3: Search for your area and then Pan and Zoom the resulting map to your liking. We recommend that you save the map for your entire city. It will use 10MB-150MB (a city with 750k population was 25Mb only).

And that's it. By doing this, you'll save on a lot of data usage and since your mobile data won't be constantly in use, your battery will take a much lighter hit while you play the game. Just download all the maps on Wi-Fi and you'll be good to go in your city.

Manually Adjust Screen Brightness

One of the best ways to save battery is by adjusting the brightness on your screen. To conserve the maximum amount of battery life, be sure to reduce the screen’s brightness to the dimmest visible setting.

Wired.com did some research on this topic and an iPhone with the dimmest setting lasted approximately three hours longer than the same iPhone on the brightest setting.

It should be noted that this test was done in Airplane Mode, which disables cellular services. If this test was done under normal circumstances, the battery life would still be extended a decent amount longer, just not as long as three hours.

Be sure to adjust the brightness on your iPhone or Android device. It definitely helps!

Minimize In-Game Actions

Capturing Pokemon in AR Mode, visiting Pokestops, Battling/Training at Gyms, etc. all drain battery more quickly than if you are simply walking or checking your Pokedex.

Now, don’t get me wrong, in-game actions are definitely the main ways to progress in Pokemon Go. However, you have the ability to focus your battery life usage on specific actions and avoid others for a certain period of time.

For example:

- Capture only new Pokemon, unless you really need the evolution shards for a particular species.

- If you are well stocked on items, skip a few Pokestop during your travels.

- Avoid zooming in and out of the Map.

- Choose to capture Pokemon without using AR Mode (Use of Camera).

- Avoid Gyms unless your particular gaming session is focused on training and/or battling.

As you continue to play Pokemon Go, you will become more accustomed to which in-game actions are best suited for your play style and achievements.

Some may ignore this tip and instead choose to interact with everything in their path (especially new players, I know I will!), but for the sake of this article, every player should be aware of the fact that each in-game action drains additional battery.

Turn Sound Off

Yes, it can be more enjoyable to play with the Pokemon Go background music and the cool sounds that notify you when a medal has been earned. However, playing without music and sound will definitely help to reduce the speed at which your battery in drained.

I actually prefer playing mobile games without sound as it can get distracting to those around you. However, all players have different perspectives as to how the music and sound impacts their Pokemon Go experience.

Close Background Apps

Closing non-essential Apps is critical to saving battery life. You may not be using a particular app, but it very well may be running in the background of your device. Learn how to limit or get rid of Apps that drain a lot of battery.

If you tend to use Apps such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and/or Snapchat, you will be shocked to see how much battery they actually use.

Turn off Bluetooth

Unless you are using the Pokemon Go Plus, which requires Bluetooth to sync with your phone, turn your Bluetooth off. Although, having Bluetooth on (not connected) drains minimal battery, over the course of one day it does help in saving some.

Turn off Wi-Fi

If you are strictly using Mobile Data to play Pokemon Go, you do not need Wi-Fi to be on. When Wi-Fi is on, your phone actively searches for Wi-Fi hotspots in the area and drains a lot of battery life in the process. Keep Mobile Data on while playing Pokemon Go and then switch to Wi-Fi only when you get home in order to help keep Mobile Data usage to a minimum.

Not Playing? Use Airplane Mode

When your phone is not in use (School, work, gym etc.) the easiest way to conserve energy is to simply turn your device off. The other option is to put your phone in Airplane Mode to disable cellular service, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. By disabling these connections, you can make sure that apps are not running or updating without your knowledge.

This is one of the best ways to save your battery on a daily basis. Get into the habit of switching your phone to Airplane Mode before putting it away for an extended period of time. You can quickly and easily turn off Airplane Mode if needed

Carry Around an Extra Battery

Using the battery saving tips above will only get you so far. If you often find yourself playing Pokemon Go for more than three hours at a time, it may be time to invest in an extra backup battery.

Find out what type of battery your device requires and check out Amazon.com. When one battery gets too low you can swap it out for a freshly charged one. Just remember to have both fully charged before you go out.

Get a Power Bank

A power bank is essentially a portable external battery that can be charged through a power source such as a Laptop or an outlet. Once charged power banks can be carried around and used to charge your mobile device on the go.

You can easily acquire an external power bank for less than $25 on Amazon with 10,000 mAh or more. Generally, the higher the mAh, the more charges you will be able to get from a fully charged power bank.

mAh stands for Milliamp Hours, which is used to describe the total amount of energy a power bank can store at one time. A power bank rated with more mAh will be able to power more batteries, before needing to be charged again.

It is recommended that serious players purchase a power bank to allow for extended hours of play. In fact, many hardcore Pokemon Go players carry around a couple of extra batteries, a portable charger and a power bank to ensure their phones are always charged.