How Much Data Does Pokemon Go Use?

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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.

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