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I have a 250mb plan and would like to save as much data as possible. I have the samsung a32 5g.

I sometimes use it while on public transit and would like to know if turning off the screen while the app is running in the foreground will not use any data whatsoever since I don't get a vibration for nearby Pokemon.

Does anyone know if the battery saver screen also saves data or just power?

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    – pinckerman
    Nov 11 '21 at 19:45
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I believe that keeping the app opened with the screen turned off still uses some data, for example your GPS position is always tracked for egg-hatching, and you can still receive notifications for raid invitations, defeated gyms or whatever.


Since you have only a 250MB plan I did some research:

According to Business insider, on average Pokémon Go eats up about 25MB in an eight-hour period. This works out at about 3MB per hour.

This Reddit user says over 7MB per hour for a very active level 40 player.

Another Reddit user plays PoGo for at least 4-6 hours a day and their total for the last month on both data and wifi for Pokemon Go is less than 600MB. (This makes 4MB per hour, more or less.)

Morever, reloading PoGo seems to use a lot of data, since it has to redownload the local game data - spawns, gyms, map, etc...

It really depends on how much you play on daily basis, so I don't think that your first problem is data spent with turned off screen.

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  • Thank you, the app tends to crash a lot so maybe I'm using a significant amount just to open it multiple times. I appreciate the info.
    – ShangWang
    Nov 10 '21 at 19:04
  • @ShangWang that's unfortunate, have you tried using a different smartphone?
    – pinckerman
    Nov 10 '21 at 20:17
  • Nope I only have one phone I never owned one until now I just got it a few months ago lol
    – ShangWang
    Nov 10 '21 at 20:55
  • One more thing, do you know if pvp battles will take significantly more data than usual? I have yet to try it.
    – ShangWang
    Nov 11 '21 at 17:16
  • @ShangWang I didn't manage to find a source, but I'll go for "yes". PvP and raids need to send and receive data constantly, also because moves and HPs needs to be synched between all players.
    – pinckerman
    Nov 11 '21 at 18:08
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Does turning off your screen while mobile data is on and the game on take up ANY mobile data whatsoever?

Yes.

Does anyone know if the battery saver screen also saves data or just power?

The battery saver mode simply dims the phone's screen, but keeps everything running in the background. As such, data usage will remain the same.

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  • Thank you, when you mean "yes" you mean even if I turn off my screen it will still take up some amount of data? Just not a lot right?
    – ShangWang
    Nov 9 '21 at 18:16
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    That's correct. Screen off will significantly reduce data usage, but some will still occur.
    – Sellyme
    Nov 9 '21 at 18:18
  • Thank you sir! :)
    – ShangWang
    Nov 9 '21 at 18:36
  • Sorry to bother you again, when you mean "some will still occur" do you mean for the phone in general including notifications from other apps, or pokemon go running in the foreground? Do you know about how much data would be used if I turned my screen off with pokemon go and left it for 4 hours?
    – ShangWang
    Nov 10 '21 at 4:38
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    I mean that Pokemon Go will use some amount of mobile data if the app is running regardless of whether this is in the background/foreground, and regardless of if the screen is on or off. I do not know exactly how much data you would expect it to use, and that value almost certainly varies significantly between users.
    – Sellyme
    Nov 11 '21 at 5:11

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