Since Pokémon Go launched July 6th, the mobile game has skyrocketed to the top of the app charts, already attracting a record-setting 21 million daily users in the U.S. alone and qualifying as a certifiable global phenomenon.
Before you get out there and catch ‘em all, here are some tips to stay safe and keep your battery going strong.
No, we don't mean making sure you've got a highest CP pocket monster ready to go. Remember, the revive items don't work on you, so be careful out there!
Be aware of your surroundings - Sounds simple, right? Well, it is, right up until you stop to catch that critter as you're crossing the street.
Don't be a creeper - Public parks are heaven for the 21 million+ new trainers out there, just remember that they do actually close at night.
Don't Pokémon and drive - It's tempting to go for that in-game stop while you're driving to work, but your sweet ride isn't worth a couple free items.
Battery saving tips
Okay, so you're ready to set off on an all-day safari. You've stocked up and psyched yourself up to be out there for hours, but will your trusty phone make it? We've got some tips that will help you maximize your battery, and catching potential.
Manually adjust screen brightness -This is always a great way to save juice, and can give you hours of extra time to catch 'em all.
Capture without using AR Mode - Switch the AR mode off when you're capturing by using the toggle in the upper-right hand corner. While it might not look as cool (or sometimes hilarious), it won't use your camera, and actually makes capturing easier to boot!
Turn off your in-app sound - Head to the in-app options and turn off the sounds and music. This can help save battery, and you can still have your app vibrate to tell you about that nearby monster.
Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi - Chances are there isn't great Wi-Fi out in the tall grass, so save some power by turning it and your Bluetooth off if you don't need them.
Get a backup battery or portable power pack - Really looking maximize you catching potential? Bring along a portable power pack, and no, your favorite electric-type critter doesn't count. Don't have one? Go get one for half off this Tuesday!
Use the game's power saving mode - This option in the settings actually dims your screen when you put your phone down and is perfect for hatching all of those eggs you have in your inventory!
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