How to save battery power while playing Pokemon GO?
While playing Pokemon GO, many players are faced with the problem of battery drain. It so happens that at the most crucial moment, when it comes directly to catching a Pokemon, the phone sits down. This guide will discuss options for saving energy. It is worth noting that the developers themselves also provided a solution to this problem by adding a special setting.
Decrease screen brightness
A large percentage of the battery power is spent mainly when the screen is on during the game. If the display is backlit all the time, it is obvious that the battery will not last for a long time. In addition, the way of rendering the area in which the user is located is slightly different from that implemented in another game from Niantic Labs – Ingress. There, the system works on a similar principle, but consumes much less energy.
Therefore, it is recommended that you set the screen brightness to a level that is slightly dim. For a comfortable game, the percentage of brightness should be selected individually. It may also be affected by ambient light. For example, in sunny weather, images on the screen are less visible. The brightness level can be quickly adjusted using the notification bar at the top of the screen.
Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
While searching for Pokémon, players are often out of reach of their home network. At such times, you can turn off the Wi-Fi service. The fact is that even when the user is not connected to any network, the service runs in the background and drains the battery. This is because Wi-Fi constantly scans the area looking for new networks to connect to. In addition to Wi-Fi, you should also turn off Bluetooth – this will also reduce battery consumption.
Enabling Battery Saver in Pokemon GO Options
Finally, the most important option is the Battery Saver feature, found directly in the Pokemon GO settings. The developers knew about the increased battery consumption during the game, so they added the ability to save battery as much as possible. To activate the function, you need to click on the Pokeball icon and select “Settings” in the upper right corner. Then you should select the “Battery saving” checkbox, which is unchecked by default. The energy saving option is then activated.
As mentioned above, the main culprit behind the high battery drain in the game is the constant backlighting of the screen and the display of our location through the Pokemon GO game engine. Battery saving mode turns off the screen when the phone is facing down. At this point, the display is dimmed to the maximum, and only the notification bar and the gray “Pokemon GO” logo are displayed.
However, the app analyzes the distance we have traveled and, based on it, checks to see if there are Pokémon in our area. When the game detects a creature near us, the phone will vibrate and a notification will appear. Thanks to this, you can keep your phone in your pocket without backlighting the screen, and the game will run constantly and inform us about the most important events. This will save a lot of battery power.
Well, as a last resort, you can carry an external battery (Powerbank) with you, which will prolong the life of the phone at the most crucial moment.