It’s been a week since Pokémon Go launched and people still can’t stop playing it. The game is so addictive people are literally losing sleep over it because they gotta catch ‘em all. Here are six tips by which you can save your battery.
1. Turn off augmented reality (AR)
Turn off the AR to save some power. The real world will be replaced with a blander background, but the battery benefit is worth it. Plus, Pokémon are easier to catch with AR off since they stay still in the center instead of requiring you to aim your phone in the air all over the place.
You can turn off AR by hitting the AR switch in the upper right corner of the screen when you encounter a Pokémon.
2. Turn on battery saver
To turn it on tap the Poké Ball, then tap the settings icon and then make sure battery saver is checked. With battery saver turned on, the game will turn black when your phone is held upside down and vibrate when something new happens.
3. Turn on your phone’s battery saver
In addition to turning on the game’s battery saver mode, you can also turn on your phone’s battery saver mode as well to squeeze out even more play time. While the phone’s built-in battery saver is a good way to save power, you should also know that it limits location services (Pokémon Go uses your phone’s built-in GPS to track your location) and you may see fewer PokéStops and encounter fewer Pokémon.
4. Reduce screen brightness
This one is a no-brainer and good for saving battery life in general, not only for playing Pokémon Go. The only downside is turning down the brightness may make it harder to see what’s happening on the screen, especially if you’re playing outside in direct sunlight.
To adjust the brightness, on iPhone you can pull up the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and sliding the brightness slider left or go to Settings > Display & Brightness and adjusting the slider from there.
5. Turn off music, sound effects, vibration
You can conserve power by going into the game’s settings and turning off all the music, sound effects and vibration. Every one of those things eats up a little bit of battery life that adds up over the course of a play session. To turn them off, tap the Poké Ball, tap Settings (upper right) and then uncheck Music, Sound Effects and Vibration.