Please go out and explore, learn things, go out and pay attention to your surroundings. My daughter and I have been playing every day and it’s been so much fun. Pokemon Go is all the rage right now and you’re readers are sure to be considering the app for the kids or family fun. But like any outdoor adventure, it’s good to be prepared. That is why AT&T put together a few tips to help Pokemon Go users catch ‘em all – while avoiding data overages, keeping their smartphones’ batteries in check, and – most importantly – staying safe!
AT&T Tech Tips
Avoid Data Overages
· Part of the appeal of Pokemon Go is that it forces users to go out in the “real world” to advance in the game. This is a really fun and unique element to the app – but it could also lead to an increase in your data usage.
· Keep your WiFi on: When you’re logged in to play the game, make sure your WiFi is turned on and set to automatically connect to any available network.
· Turn off automatic app updates: If you’re worried about going over your data limit, another easy way to cut back is to disable automatic updates.
· Make sure you CLOSE the app when you’re not playing: As long as the app is running in the background, your data is being used!
· Upgrade your plan: If you’re considering buying a new phone – or starting a new plan – consider the AT&T Unlimited Plan
Keep Your Battery Charged
· Pokemon Go uses your phone’s GPS functions, its camera, its wireless network, and its touchscreen. That said – it can be quite draining on your phone’s battery.
· One way to make sure your phone never runs out of juice while you’re out catching Pokemon is to always carry an on-the-go wireless charger.
· Another option: Adjust the settings! If you turn off the game’s music, sound effects or other add-ons – you could save some battery power.
· We love when mobile apps like Pokemon Go catch on and become trends – but it’s always important to remember that there’s a time and place to enjoy these games…
· And that time and place is NEVER while you’re behind the wheel of a car.
· Since 2010, AT&T has been working to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving through its national It Can Wait campaign.
· But new research shows text messaging is just part of the problem of distracted driving.
– 7 out of 10 drivers use their smartphones while driving
– 4 in 10 admit to tapping into social media
– 3 in 10 are surfing the web
– Some drivers are even video-chatting and taking pictures while they’re behind the wheel!
· If you find yourself tempted to log into the app while you’re driving, consider downloading the AT&T DriveMode App.
· DriveMode blocks incoming texts, calls and app notifications from your phone while your car is in motion – and automatically responds to your friends and family that you’ll respond when your car is safely parked.
· Remember: No notification – not even a Pikachu siting – is worth a life. It Can Wait.