Pokemon GO’s Battery Drainage is Tremendously High

If you’re excited for Pokémon GO, you might be interested to know that you’ll need a pretty fat battery in your phone to run it. According to reports from players of the newly released game, the game has very heavy battery usage, which is making a lot of players run out of battery fast. According to CyberShack (via Kotaku), the drain is chiefly coming from the game’s heavy use of GPS and the rear-facing camera.

Pokemon Go

Developers Niantic aren’t blind to this. They’ve specifically mentioned on their official page that “some devices may experience battery drain while playing Pokémon GO for prolonged periods of time.” They’re also working on a solution to this problem, so the drain may go down in a future patch for the game. There’s apparently an option in the game’s settings to save batteries, but we don’t yet have reports on how much help that can be. Check out few tweets below what players say about battery drain issue on Pokemon GO.

https://twitter.com/murderous_andy/status/750702739177562112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/armeddragonlv3/status/750499935104229377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/RickyKatsumata/status/751041567880654849

Good ways to conserve a bit of your battery life include reducing screen brightness and turning the sound off. Or, well, not playing the game, but I suppose that’s not much of an option if you’ve been super excited to play the game. Just remember to get yourself a portable charger, or return to home base often enough.

What’s the battery drain like over on your end? Let us know in the comments below. Still, don’t have the game? Get the APK over here. If you’d rather download it for iOS, go here. Also, check out installation errors on Pokemon GO. Be sure to keep an eye on our ongoing Pokémon GO coverage to stay updated on the game.

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  • WuchaGot

    I have a slightly older S5 that is on its original battery so I know that my battery performance has degraded quite a bit since I originally purchased the phone; however, I have been a long time fan of Ingress and have spent hours at a time attacking and claiming portals for the Enlightened returning home with 20-30% battery life without the need for my battery pack. I installed Pokemon Go yesterday and headed out with a 100% charge and after about 15-20 min of playing I saw my battery had plummeted down to 72% so I grabbed my 22000 mAH battery pack, plugged in and kept going. The 30% drain in 15-20 min was a little shocking but I was completely floored when I saw that my battery pack could not keep up with the power consumption of the game. My battery life kept going down even while charging. After a little over an hour of playing while charging from a quick charging battery pack I was down to 20% battery life. Not a playable game for long periods of time without an external battery pack and even then only expect to be out for an hour and a half or two hours. A good plan may be to buy a couple more batteries and pre-charge them to swap out in the field.

    • Brad

      I’m encountering the same problem with my S5. I ended up installing a wireless charger maybe a month ago, and after downloading GO the passive drain of this game was too much for my charger and original battery, so my phone died during the night while sitting on my charger. Right now I have it charging off my PC, and even that has only charged it about 2% after 15 min. I’m wondering if the S5 is just too old, regardless of age of battery, to play this game.

      OK, final test. Actually timed it for 20 min. Went up 6% in that period of time. Might have to delete Pokemon GO and buy a new battery at this rate.

  • Zane Paul

    I have a 3 year old m7

    I played for exactly one hour continuously and my battery went down 32%. The battery drain is as expected, nothing I would consider “excessive” considering how active the game is.