Like the title asks, will this actually save battery, or will it shut off features after a certain amount of time?

Note: this is the iPhone version.

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    Pokémon Go used Battery Drain. It's super effective! Jul 8, 2016 at 13:38
  • How do you even access this screen Jul 8, 2016 at 13:49
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    @Scribblenautical on the top right inside the menu, it says settings. Tap the gear icon beside it.
    – gre_gor
    Jul 8, 2016 at 13:54

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8/8/2016 update has added the Battery Saver backed into the iOS devices

Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature

In the 3/8/2016 update for iOS, the Battery Feature has been removed for the time being. The feature is still available for Android devices

We have been hearing the feedback loud and clear about the removal of the Battery Saver mode on iOS devices. We had removed this feature as several users were experiencing it to be buggy, but we are fairly confident that a fix for this should roll out within the next several days.

Support PokemonGo - Settings explains what Battery Saver does. Other than disabling the display when your device is downward, it doesn't seem to have any other purpose.

Battery Saver

Toggles the battery life optimization feature. Battery Saver disables the display while the device is pointed downward. Pokémon GO will continue to track distance traveled and notify you of nearby Pokémon while Battery Saver is activated.

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    Does it actually disable the screen? For me, it just turns black with backlight still on and with visible status bar and software buttons. I assume it just stops rendering.
    – gre_gor
    Jul 8, 2016 at 13:49
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    The display goes all black (except for the game's logo), which might help reduce power consumption for certain displays. It also prevents you from pressing any of the buttons in the game while it is, say, sitting in your pocket. It is still technically "on" though. If you have software buttons for back/home/recents, those will still be active as well, unfortunately. Jul 8, 2016 at 14:41
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    I expect stopping the rendering process could make a fairly significant difference to the game's battery usage, mind.
    – me_and
    Jul 8, 2016 at 14:43
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    Sometimes I've run into an issue on iPhone where the battery saver works in reverse. The screen dims when the phone is pointed upward and only turns back on when it's pointed downward.
    – Sam
    Jul 8, 2016 at 21:01
  • @me_and The CPU being busy rendering is fine. It's a big battery-drainer, but nothing compared to simply having the LED backlight on Jul 25, 2016 at 2:00

On some Android devices it turns the screen off when the phone is in your pocket. That doesn't work on other devices (and iOS doesn't let apps do that!) so it dims the screen if possible and stops rendering graphics.


What the battery saver mode does is that it forces your phone to enter a low-power state mode whenever you hold your cell phone in an upside-down position, so that the app consumes fewer system resources while you are walking around which in turn saves a significant amount of battery power. Source

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