Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm in the few days since its worldwide release. With more engagement than Snapchat and Instagram, this new app is astoundingly popular with all age groups in all countries. The problem is, it’s not particularly user friendly. I spent days furiously tapping my screen trying to get things to work to no avail. So…
Keep reading for 5 very simple tips and tricks I’ve discovered over the past few days!
1. The rustling leaves indicate that it is a Pokemon friendly area
Ever noticed rustling leaves on the map as you’re walking around? It may turn out to be nothing but it’s definitely worth checking these areas out as there are often lots of Pokemon in that area. Use the footsteps indicator in the bottom right hand corner in conjunction with this feature to find Pokemon quickly.
2. Turn on power saving in the settings
Anyone’s who’s already downloaded Pokemon Go will know that it is a huge battery killer and will drain it pretty quickly. In order to prevent (perhaps deter is a better word) this from happening, turn on power saving in your settings. To activate this you need to turn your phone upside down and your screen will go black with a very faint Pokemon Go logo on it. When you approach Pokemon and Pokestops the app will notify you so you won’t miss anything.
3. Roller Skate or skateboard to incubate your eggs quickly
Your eggs will only hatch after you have travelled a certain distance: 2km, 5km or 10km, depending on the egg. In order to speed this process up, grab your skates and go for a leisurely skate around and your eggs will hatch in no time!
(Please be aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards if doing this)
4. Pokestops refresh very often
You can collect Pokeballs and eggs at Pokestops, which are located at various landmarks in your area. Once you’ve collected your items from your stop, you can’t just keep spinning to collect more items, but did you know that these stop refresh often? Around every 5 minutes actually! So if you’re in the same area, keep coming back to the same poke stops for more and more Pokeballs and eggs.
5. Name your Pokemon
So you’ve got an army of five Rattata and want to be able to differentiate between them all more easily. Simply tap your Pokemon to bring up their stats and then hit the little pencil icon next to the Pokemon’s name. Now you can change your Pokemon’s name to anything you want!