How To Save Battery While Playing Pokémon GO

September 2016

Ever since its official launch, Pokémon GO has been met with a lot of criticism regarding the app's tendency to quickly drain smartphone batteries. Luckily, there are a few quick fixes that you can use to prolong the battery life of your phone without any risk of interrupted game play.

From the app's Battery Saver Mode to reducing lighting levels on your phone, this article will introduce you to some methods that you can use to extend the battery life of your smartphone while playing Pokémon GO.

Battery Save Mode in Pokémon GO

In a direct response to user concerns, Niantic's team developed a new battery saver option, which can now be found among the features in your user settings. Note that activating this feature may result in fewer Pokémon being seen on-screen.


To access this feature, head to the app's main menu, and click the Settings option located at the top-right of your screen (represented by a cog icon):


Tap Battery Saver to activate the feature:


Turn Off Music and Sound Effects in Pokémon GO

Another easy way to prolong your device's battery life is to deactivate the app's music and sound effects.

To do this, head over to your app Settings, and uncheck the boxes next to Music, Sound, and Vibrations:


Deactivate AR in Pokémon GO

Although augmented reality is one of the main draws to Pokémon GO, it is also one of the chief contributors to battery drain. Disabling the AR feature can not only save your battery, but also gain you momentum in the game.


In order to disable the game's AR feature, you need to be active on the app with a Pokémon in sight. Tap the Pokémon as if you were going to catch it. You will then notice an AR option in the top right of your screen (the feature is enabled by default). Tap the option to turn it OFF:


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