Easy Ways to Save Data While Playing Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go requires a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection to play. Data can accumulate quickly and not all of us have unlimited data plans, so here are ways to save as much of your valuable data as possible to catch them all.
Data usage depends on what you are doing, how long you play, and whether you allow the application to run in the background. According to the Pokémon Go database, data usage for playing Pokémon Go can range from 2 to 8 megabytes per hour. One of the commenters on Reddit mentioned that he used about 87 megabytes of data to get to roughly level 8 and catch over 500 Pokémon in the first week and a half of the game.
The first thing you can do to restrict data usage is to restrict Pokémon Go play in areas with Wi-Fi. But part of the fun is exploring new places and finding new Pokémon, so try these other helpful tips:
- Keep these automatic app updates in check: Some app updates are downloaded automatically using your mobile data. To cancel this setting, turn off Wi-Fi Assist in your iPhone’s settings. For Android, select Update Apps Automatically Over Wi-Fi Only.
- Browse mobile- optimized sites: Mobile- optimized sites load faster and do not require a lot of data. A browser like Opera Mini saves your data and lets you browse the Internet at a faster speed. Alternatively, the Chrome Data Saver extension does something similar for Google Chrome browsers.
- Reduce other apps’ data usage: Many other apps will run in the background and use data, but luckily, you have control over which ones. For iPhone: Go to Settings, select Cellular and check Apps to not drain your cellular data. On Android phones, you’ll find this under Wireless & Connections or Connections.
- Only open Pokémon Go when you need to: the more you leave the app open, the more data is used. The only thing you can do is open Pokémon Go, only when you are in a new area, check for the Pokémon, catch it and then turn it off again.
The article also suggests reducing the time you spend on social media and streaming apps like Spotify or Netflix, and only manage your Pokémon and other Pokémon Go- related activities when you have Wi-Fi. If you are really concerned about data usage, you can set a weekly or monthly data limit by talking to your mobile operator or by reading our guide on how to set limits for your phone here .
10 Best Ways to Reduce Your Data Volume | Pokémon Go Database