Pokemon Go might be glitchy, unresponsive and downright infuriating but that hasn’t stopped over 100 million people downloading it.
With the latest update causing its fair share of problems one of the biggest side-effects is that it has made the simple task of actually just catching Pokemon even harder.
With the removal of footsteps from the map there’s now no real way of roughly working out where a specific Pokemon is likely to be other than staring at the ‘Nearby’ screen.
This is a problem, because Pokemon Go absolutely kills your battery. So not now only will you have to walk for longer but you’re going to have to explore more locations before you catch the rare Pokemon that everyone is craving.
Fear not intrepid trainer, for there are tools at your disposal that can help you cheat the system by staying out for longer, catching rarer Pokemon and exploring the harder to reach places.
1. Play Pokemon Go for longer:
Buying a battery case makes sense on a number of levels. For starters most smartphones don’t have the best battery life these days, add to this the fact that Pokemon Go uses GPS all the time means without one you’re going to have a very short play session. The Mophie juice pack wireless is the best of both worlds. It’s a slimline charging case which will give your iPhone a 50 per cent boost in battery life. It’s also a wireless charging case so if you happen to an urban Pokemon hunter then this case can be charged through any number of public wireless charging points whether it’s in Starbucks or McDonalds.
2. Play Pokemon Go in rain or shine:
If there’s one thing that Pokemon GO is going to increase, it’s the number of people getting caught in the rain or dropping their smartphone into something they shouldn’t.
Don’t let your precious £700+ gadget become the victim of a prolonged Snorlax hunt in the forest and instead invest in some proper protection for your smartphone.
The Tech 21 Evo Xplorer is dustproof, snow-proof and shockproof. It creates a perfect seal around your gadget which means even if you decide to go paddling for Pokemon your phone can survive submerged up to 10ft.
3. Play Pokemon Go without your phone
If you want to go the full whack then look no further than Pokemon Go Plus. This little device connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies you about some of the most important events in the game.
When a Pokemon is near, GO Plus will flash. Near a Pokestop? It'll flash and vibrate. If a Pokemon you've already caught is close, you can actually catch them again just by pressing on GO Plus.
4. Ditch Pokemon Go entirely
Why are you doing this to yourself? Pokemon Go might be feeding your nostalgia but it's killing your phone's battery life and its increased the number of lamp posts you walk into by about 300 per cent.
Accept it, you just want to play Pokemon like you used to as a kid/teen. Dig out your old Game Boy (or buy one off eBay) and get stuck into the old games. Red or Blue are good places to start or progress through to Yellow or Crystal if you want the full colour experience. You'll thank us later.