How much data is Pokémon GO actually eating? Plus our battery-saving tips if it’s draining your iPhone, too.

The Pokémon GO phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. Recode reported last week that the app has attracted 9.5 million daily active users around the world. Whoa. We think Box CEO Aaron Levie summarized the phenomenon best:

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The positive health effects of the game have drawn attention as well, as the game has established a new way to get people outdoors and be more active. But, what about the health of your most precious device- your smartphone?  Here’s what’s happening.

Is it eating your data?

Not as much as you think. Plenty of GO-ers have taken to social media to complain about the game draining their mobile data, however, carrier networks and tech experts have revealed that it doesn’t actually consume that much data.

Despite Twitter users blaming the game on data problems, the game likely isn’t killing your data plan, according to the Wall Street Journal, which spoke to a Verizon representative. The carrier said that the game, which has become one of the top downloads since it was released in the U.S. less than two weeks ago, makes up less than one percent of overall network data traffic.

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Verizon also said if the game sucks at most 10MP per hour, you would have to play seven hours a day for 30 days straight to consume a standard 2GB data plan.

Is it draining your battery?

It’s been widely circulated that playing Pokémon GO can and will nuke your battery. A study from CNET revealed that 30 minutes of play within the app dropped battery life by 15 percent. For context, 30 minutes of Facebook browsing only drops your battery life by five percent. Refer to our previous post, How to Get the Most Out of Your Battery Life, for battery-saving tips while playing.

Is it dangerous to your hardware?

Potentially. iCracked repair data suggests that nearly 20 percent of all iPhone screen breaks happen outdoors to begin with, so the outdoor-focused game has the potential to only grow that number. If you find yourself with a broken phone after a Pokémon GO catastrophe, you know who to call.
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