One of the smartest moves Nintendo has ever made is to release Pokemon GO onto smartphones using augmented reality technology, which has taken the world by storm. Considering it's already surpassed Twitter in terms of daily active users, and that's only on Android, it's simply a topic that cant be ignored. So I'm here today to give you tips and advice on how to avoid the heavy battery and data draining impact that playing a game like this will have on your device.
To become a Pokemon GO master quickly you'll need to capture/fight with as many Pokemon's as possible. To do this you should be kitting out your mobile with supportive gear and making certain configurations to ensure that you can continue exploring for longer periods of time. The tips here focus on prolonging battery life, keeping comfortable whilst playing as well as providing you with online bargains for the required supportive gear to maximise your game play with fewer disturbances (and saving money).
There is no hiding the fact that the Pokemon GO’s dependency on GPS drains the battery and if played consistently, it can take a healthy iPhone 6S Plus’ battery from 80% down to 8% in a matter of two hours. The first thing you can do is dim your smartphone’s screen brightness. Certain iPhone tests have been conducted to prove that an iPhone 6S at minimum brightness will use 54% less battery than when at maximum. A Moto X Pure Edition consumed 30% less battery, so it’s a clear sign that brightness can really help extend playtime.
A trick that some of the pros are using is that they will switch their phone to flight mode between waypoints along with locking their screen to preserve battery. The game can also be played just as well without sound. So if you want to maximise play time then turn the sound off on your phone and be sure to disable all background apps, especially if you stream music from Spotify or Pandora. Besides these two apps, you can also expect all the usual suspects such as Google, Facebook and your emails to be draining your battery. So close those too.
If you think you are being clever by using the power saving mode within your operating system, think again. These settings only restrict processing power which can affect gameplay. A better idea is to use battery saving mode within the Pokemon GO app itself which can be found in the settings menu.
Another vital battery saving tip is to turn off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi because when these are on it means your phone is constantly searching for access points or devices to connect to. All those free Wi-Fi zones in your area will be fighting to win your device's attention to the point that they could even interrupt vital parts of game play.
Pokemon GO Activity
Nintendo have been very clever in getting its Pokemon GO users to become physically active whilst playing their game. This has been something that gaming companies have been trying to do for years. If you want to combine your efforts of moving around playing Pokemon GO while also monitoring your fitness goals, then slap a tracker on your wrist and monitor the amount of distance you're covering whilst exploring the Pokemon GO landscape.
If you are still looking for a fitness tracker, Harvey Norman currently have a promo code available which will help reduce the price on a number of trackers currently for sale.
- $15 off $100 minimum spend, Jawbone UP2 wristband
- $25 off $150 minimum spend, Jawbone UP3 wristband
- $30 off $200 min spend Microsoft Band 2 wristband
During the action you may find that your hands tire or the search becomes strenuous. If this is the case, don’t allow your faults to implicate your future Pokemon adventures. During all of the commotion, ensure that your phone is protected to the best of its ability, because it might not be your fault if a fellow Pokemon GO fan knocks into you and your phone gets flung from your hands.
Harvey Norman currently has a sale on a Griffin Survivor Journey case for the iPhone 6/6S Plus. Delivery is included within the price of $10.50 compared to JB Hi-Fi who are selling the case for $44.90.
Battery Power Pack
Amidst all the fun you may become tired of your battery draining so quickly, so there may be only one solution, a battery power pack. One of the more powerful options available is the Anker Powercore 13000 that costs $67. It has enough power from a single charge to power up your smartphone five times, plus its 2x USB ports are fast charging.
If you want to save money but still receive a bargain then consider the Amazon Basics Portable Power Bank which can charge a flagship smartphone up to nine times on a single charge. This is probably the ultimate augmented reality power bank companion and great value for money.
Mobile Mount for Bicycle
If after all of the above you still would like to improve the rate at which you play the game then it’s time to get your hands on a bicycle mount for your mobile phone so you can cover ground more quickly between battles. There are plenty of options available online, but if you feel like saving some money and getting a basic mount try checking out these two.
- Bike handlebar holder waterproof mount: $18.50
- Universal bike handlebar mount for mobile phones: $8.38