Pokémon Go may be taking over your life right now, but it’s also costing the life of your phone’s battery.
Since its release two weeks ago, Pokémon Go has taken over the country. The reality mobile game, which has people getting up and walking around their city to find, capture and train Pokémon, may sound a bit insane, but it has benefited many individuals. Catching these little monsters and becoming a master trainer has gotten people with the same interests together, helped others cope with depression and social anxiety, and has even helped some people lose weight. But while playing this interactive game might be beneficial, it is also costing your phone’s battery life.
Going out and exploring your neighborhood to find Pokémon is rewarding, and you may even find a new coffee shop while doing it; however, the downside of the game is how much it’s draining your phone’s battery. It is not surprising that the game is such a battery hog. According to CNET, the game uses your phone’s GPS, graphic processor, cellular radio, and camera. It also keeps your phone’s brightness level up so you can see all the Pokémon you can catch while exploring the outdoors. Some people may have their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on too, making the phone’s battery life that much shorter.
There have been several problems with the game besides its drain on a phone’s battery. Annoying issues such as the game crashing and server errors have many people complaining, but battery loss has disappointed these gamers the most. Having your phone unexpectedly die while you are trying to catch the rarest Pokémon can be a huge bummer, so hopefully this issue can be fixed ASAP. It is amazing how many miles people walk and don’t realize it because they are so busy catching these monsters. But with horrible battery consumption, some users may be too worried about saving their battery life and miss out on an opportunity to enjoy the nice weather and outdoors.
According to the Daily Dot, Niantic, the game’s developer, is aware of the problems and is “working on a solution.” In the meantime, there have been several articles online giving users tips and tricks on making their battery last longer. The game itself features a battery-saver option to help prevent your battery from draining. You simply have to go to the games settings options and check mark the Battery Saver button. What is great about this option is that it automatically decreases your screen’s brightness, which really consumes a lot of battery power. According to igeeksblog.com, the button also reduces the refresh rates when you point your phone to the ground – but you will need to lift your screen to see the map. The site also tells game players that turning off Sound Effects, Music, and Vibration is also a plus for a longer-lasting battery.
Other tips to help users play Pokémon Go all day long include switching off augmented reality effects (AR). When on, this effect requires the camera to always be turned on, which results in it being a huge battery hog. All you need to do is just turn the feature off, and the next time you need to catch a Pokémon, simply flip it on.
Having your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on really does damage to a phone’s battery life. Remember to always turn these off; its unlikely you’ll be at home when you’re playing the game, where you have Wi-Fi access. And you won’t be using any Bluetooth gadgets on your next 5-mile walk catching and training your little monsters.
A great option for those of us that need to play Pokémon Go 24/7 is to get a battery charging case. These may be a bit pricey, but it’s worth it if you want to be a Pokémon master. These protective cases can double the life of your battery. Simply switch on the battery case when your smartphone is running low and it will charge your phone, giving you many hours of game time. You can find a huge amount of these charging cases on Amazon for your Apple, Samsung and HTC smartphones.
Hopefully Niantic will figure out a way to keep our batteries lasting longer. No one wants his or her next hunt to be cut short because of poor battery life. In the meantime, use these tips and tricks for a longer-lasting battery.
“Gotta catch ‘em all!”