How to save the battery life of your phone when playing Pokemon Go

The “Pokemon GO“, the massively popular augmented reality game developed by Niantic Labs and published by The Pokemon Company, surprised everyone with its spectacular record breaking figures. Weeks after its introduction, “Pokemon GO” managed to topple Twitter in terms of daily users and catapulted Nintendo shares to stratospheric heights. But it does have a nasty surprise as well, people soon found out “Pokemon GO” drains batteries really fast. Some players are reporting up to 10% power loss in 20 minutes on some phones, while others are reporting a more conservative 10% to 20% per hour.

If you’re getting frustrated by your smartphone dying while playing Pokémon Go, then read on to find out how you can save the battery life of your phone while hunting for Pokémon.

Check your brightness

While this seems like a no-brainer, the first thing that you can do to help with the battery drain is take a look at your screen brightness. By turning it down you can grab yourself up some more time for gameplay. The big problem with this is if you are playing outside in a super sunny area.

Turning the brightness down can make it much harder to see your screen, of course — but depending on the weather, if it’s not too bright out it may be a worth-while trade-off to make.

How to enable Pokémon Go’s battery saver mode

How to save the battery life of your phone when playing Pokemon Go

Thankfully it’s pretty easy to eke out more battery life, thanks to Pokémon Go’s battery saver mode. To enable the battery saver mode, open up the Pokémon Go app, and then tap on the “Setting” button on the top-right corner of the screen.

Scroll down the menu until you see ‘Battery Saver’. Tap it to select it (a tick will appear), and then you can turn your phone upside down, which will dim the screen.

This will save precious battery life while you play Pokémon Go. Turning off sound effects, music and vibration will also help keep your battery from draining too fast.

Turn off Augmented Reality features

Another battery saver is turning off the augmented reality (AR) function. This turns off your phone’s camera. This means you’ll miss out on seeing a Pidgey perched on your car seat, but you will be able to claw back some battery life.

To turn off AR:

  1. Find a Pokemon
  2. Target the Pokemon. The AR toggle only shows up when you’re targeting it
  3. You’ll see the AR toggle in the upper right-hand side of the screen
  4. Slide the toggle to the left

It will stay this way until you find another Pokemon and turn AR mode back on.

Use offline maps in Pokémon Go

How to save the battery life of your phone when playing Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go uses Google Maps to pull the world data to your smartphone, and while you’re out and about this uses your data connection, which in turn drain your battery while playing Pokémon Go.

However, you can download Google Maps for offline use, which will improve the performance of Pokémon Go.

To do this, open up the Google Maps app, select the Settings menu (shown by an icon with three horizontal lines) and tap on ‘Offline areas’.

Press the ‘+’ icon then use the map to drawn a square of the area you want to download, then tap on ‘Download’.

Invest in a battery pack

How to save the battery life of your phone when playing Pokemon Go

If you’re really gung ho about going out and hunting down Pokémon for hours, then investing in a portable battery pack might be your best bet. You can find these just about everywhere, and they can make sure that your phone doesn’t die just as you are about to capture the Pokémon you’ve been hunting for hours. All battery packs are not made equal, so be sure to do your homework before purchasing one. This may be the easiest way to ensure that you can get hours of fun out of the app before being forced to head back to home and recharge your phone.

For now, there isn’t a single easy way to adjust the amount of battery that Pokémon Go is consuming. Hopefully in time, we’ll see a battery saved added to the app for itself. In the meantime you can use these tricks to help ensure that you can play for as long as possible. Have you had issues with your battery while playing Pokémon Go? Do you have a battery saving trick that we missed and should know about? Tell us about it in the comments below!