Pokémon Go is absolutely fantastic. Catching Pokémon and indulging into gym are as enthralling as you would ever like. Needless to say, gaming enthusiasts are having a blast while finding and catching creatures – including me!

I have been playing this cool augmented reality game for about three weeks. While I have really made the most of this game, there are certain issues like fast battery drain, random crashing and rapid data consumption that have slightly disenchanted me.

As I am on the limited data plan, I can’t afford to spend all the data so quickly. Frankly speaking, I used to hardly spend 2-3GB data in a month on my Android smartphone. But, in the last three weeks or so, my device has eaten into more than 5GB cellular data.

Though I can’t stop playing Pokémon Go, I need to make sure my data consumption doesn’t go haywire. Fortunately, there are some handy tips that have allowed me to take a perfect control of the mobile data consumption while playing this data-hungry game.

How to Save Data While Playing Pokémon Go on Android Phone

Turn off Automatic App Updates

In order to save data, it’s better to disable automatic app updates. Whenever I think of preventing my device from eating into data, I make sure to enable auto-app updates only via Wi-Fi.

Step #1. Launch Google Play Store and tap on the menu icon at the upper-left corner of the screen.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on “Settings”.

Step #3. Next up, you need to tap on “Auto-update apps”.

Step #4. The “Auto-update apps” dialog box will appear on the screen. To stop apps from automatically updating, tap on the “Do not auto-update apps” option.

We will choose Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.

Allow Only Specific Apps to Use Data

Step #1. Open Settings app on your Android device.

Step #2. Next up, you need to tap on Data usage.

Step #3. Now, you need to scroll down to check which Android apps use how much data. You can tap an app to see the detailed usage statistics. If you think that any app is eating into too much data, you have the option to disable it from connecting to mobile data in the background.

Step #4. Tap the app you don’t want to connect to mobile data and choose Restrict app background data.

Smart Tips

Avoid visiting websites that are not mobile-friendly as they not only take a lot of time to load but also consume more data.

The other handy tip is to not let Pokémon Go running even if you don’t play it. Once you are done playing the game, just quit it.

I hope these tips help you prevent the game from gobbling too much data on your smartphone. Do let us know your feedback about this nice game?