How Much Data Does Pokemon Go Use?


While issues with Pokemon GO draining smartphone battery have been well publicised, how much the app gobbles up has yet to be explored.

That was until tech writer Antonio Villas-Boas carried out some tests to see exactly how much data Pokemon GO actually uses.

Villas-Boas looked at how much the app used over an eight-hour period – most of that time he said he was tied down to his desk but he did ‘walk around a little bit’.

After the eight hours, he found that the app had only used 25 megabytes – just over 3 megabytes per hour.

To put that figure into comparison, one hour of browsing social media sites like Snapchat and Facebook will consume around 90 megabytes, he added.

He concluded, in a piece published on Business Insider, that: ‘Pokemon GO’s low data usage is a great thing considering the game is meant to be played outside where you’re less likely to connect to a WiFi connection.’

He believes that this is because the app isn’t downloading any photographs,pre-loading any stories and not auto-playing videos.

Instead, Pokemon GO relies on GPS, which may be bad for your phone’s battery but has low data demand. Great news.