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When I'm walking around in a city it's hard to see the portals because of all the fields. The scanner is also always way too "busy" to find all the portals. I was wondering, is there any way to turn the fields off or down so I can just see the portals?

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Unfortunately there isn't a way to achieve that. It's a nice idea, you should communicate it to Niantic.

Here's an idea: I haven't tried it myself, only saw the radar screen on my friend's Note 4 but maybe the grayscale feature in the "ultra power saving mode" of Galaxy S5 and Note 4 could change the outcome in your situation. I'll ask him to try it and post the result here.

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    Don't bother. The old broot mod did that, and while Niantic took a few ideas from it, fewer and less power+CPU hungry graphics definitely is not on their radar. Their "solution" is to get a phone/tablet with a bigger screen. And, not to forget, a larger and/or external battery. – Matthias Urlichs Dec 6 '14 at 11:00

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