The mobile game Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm, and people of all ages have become immersed in this virtual world. The game is exciting and rewarding, but if you're not careful, it can be detrimental to your smartphone's battery life, data plan or even overall performance.
The game - which uses GPS services and your phone's camera - embeds Pokemon directly into the real world. Users can catch their favorite Pokemon, as well as visit nearby landmarks to earn experience points and items, and battle other pokemon. This is a revolutionary new take on video games, and as such has in a very short period of time become immensely popular. Here's what you need to know about making sure your phone is ready for your quest to become a Pokemon Go master.
Give a Lightening Bolt Boost to Your Battery life
The game rewards users for checking the game as often as possible in search of Pokemon Gyms, Pokestops and undiscovered Pokemon. This can quickly drain your phone's battery, not only compromising your ability to play the game, but also making it difficult to reliably use your smartphone for other apps and uses.
Fortunately, the game itself has an option for improving battery life. Click the app's settings button and enable Battery Saver mode. You can also go into your phone's own settings and set your device to Low Power Mode. This shuts down background activities that cut into your phone's battery life.
If your battery tends to deplete quickly even without the game running, there are accessories available for both iPhone and Android devices that are designed to extend a phone's battery life. Examples include a case that doubles as a power pack, or a plug in portable battery extendor. These are sleek and will make sure you can play your game uninterrupted for hours. Visit your local Wireless Zone to find the best accessory options for your device, including the exclusive Watts & Amps power accesories.
How to Save Data on Your Quest to Catch 'Em All
As Polygon reported, Pokemon Go can really eat into your smartphone's data plan, but there are ways to mitigate this issue. One of the most clever tricks is to download Google Maps for offline use, cutting into how often the app updates your location within the game.
In Google Maps, find the settings menu and click "Offline Areas." Next, use the "+" icon and select an area of the map where you will be playing the game the most, usually around your home or work. Simply download this portion of the map and Google Maps will store this information for offline use. From there, Pokemon Go can use this information, cutting down on data use.
If you are especially worried about data usage, your best bet is to play only when connected to WiFi and utilizing public spaces where WiFi is available. Otherwise, turn off any background activity from other apps that could cut into your monthly data limit.
Verizon also offers a detailed breakdown of your data plan. This can be helpful for monitoring how much you've already used and what apps may be consuming the most amount of data. Use this to ensure that you are enjoying Pokemon Go without setting yourself with an expensive bill later in the month. With the new data plans, you also have plenty of options to boost, save and carry over your data to ensure you're getting the most out of your plan.
Your local Verizon Authorized Retailer - Wireless Zone has plenty of Pokemon to catch and great deals on smartphones, data plans, and accesories. Be sure to visit us to catch 'em all!