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Pokémon killed my battery

15th July 2016

Pokémon Go. We know you’ve heard of it and we know you’ve seen it because the streets are crawling with people staring at their phones more than ever.

Did you know that every 10 minutes, Pokémon Go is downloaded roughly 50,000 times and makes $116,000 in revenue.

Don't believe us? Check it out the Pokémon Go App's Downloads and Revenue in Real Time yourself!

The only worrying thing about this game is that it ultimately means R.I.P not just for your data but your phone battery as well.
Here’s your saver checklist so you can "catch ‘em all!”

Data:

  • Use Wi-Fi as much as you can. It can be tricky because of the necessity to walk but use it when downloading and updating the app. Also, use as many public wifi spots as possible
  • Remove auto update unless on Wifi
  • Use less data on other apps by turn off “cellular data” and background refreshing.
  • Turn off cellular data when you really don’t need it (Like when you are sleeping)
  • If all else fails, look for a plan that offers you generous data for a great price. Get an Exetel Saver or Value Plan and get bonus data every month for the life of your no lock-in plan.

Battery:

  • Turn your phone into power save mode
  • Turn off the AF function within the game. That is, don’t allow the game to access your camera. This chews up a lot of power and actually makes it harder to catch Pokémon.
  • Turn off Bluetooth if you are walking about
  • Turn your screen brightness down
  • Battery packs are great for replenishing power on the go but are in high demand so see if you can find a place that still has them in stock!
  • Close all your other apps while playing Pokémon Go
  • Limit unnecessary in-game actions like zooming in and out of the 3D map and pressing on distant Pokéstops
  • Have it installed on multiple devices/phones so if one runs out you can play on the other!
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