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Original Post by: Fatima Wahab | Addictive Tips | 07/11/2016


Pokemon Go is an awesome game that makes excellent use of augmented reality and gets people to go outside. The only downside is that it’s impossible to play this game without turning on your cellular data which is something that can cost an arm and a leg in terms of price, and reduce your device’s battery significantly. Just walking around with cellular data turned ON is a huge battery drain, but to run an app that relies heavily on it means more power consumption. The thing with Pokemon Go is that it’s significant data usage as well as the added drain to the battery can be attributed to one thing: maps. The app relies on your current location to help you find Pokemon and as you walk around, it constantly updates the in-game map which consumes battery and data. To minimize this drain, simply download a map of your city and the app will consume less battery and data. Here’s how.

Pokemon Go relies on Google Maps’ API to find your location and get maps. The app itself doesn’t have an option to download maps offline but the official Google Maps app does. Install it on your Android or iOS device and download a map of your city as an offline map.



  • Google Maps has an offline mode that lets you save an area of a map offline. It covers a reasonably large area and you can zoom in down to street level if you want to. To add an offline area, open the Google Maps app, tap the hamburger icon at the top left and select ‘Offline Areas’. Tap the plus button and select the area you want to download. If you’ve selected an area that’s too large to be downloaded offline, Google Maps will warn you of it and ask you to zoom in. Name the map and download it. You can access it when you’re on the go without needing to switch on your data plan.
  • Apple Maps doesn’t have an offline mode of any sort but if you tell it where you want to go, the app will retain the route information, map and all, when you next open it. This comes with one caveat that Apple Maps must be able to find a route for where you want to go. It’s far less flexible than Google Maps. Open Apple Maps, select where you want to go, and where you’ll be leaving from. Apple Maps will show you the different available routes. Select one and make sure it loads fully. You can now exit the app, turn off your WiFi, and be on your way.

Once you’ve downloaded a map offline, Pokemon Go will consume less data and battery. This doesn’t mean you can play the game without turning your cellular data On. The app still needs it to find gyms, Poke Stops, and of course Pokemon nearby. It will still consume data but you will find a significant reduction in how much it drains both your bandwidth and battery when it no longer needs to download the map.


Reference Article: http://www.addictivetips.com/ios/how-to-reduce-battery-and-data-consumption-by-pokemon-go/

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