Pokemon Go requires constant Internet connectivity and you’ll be using mobile data for it since you’ll be going some places while trying to capture Pokemons. Your phone’s location services should also be turned on for the app to work properly and accurately. We’ve been contacted by some of our readers asking how much data does the Pokemon Go uses and there were those who were asking for help as the app constantly crashes on their devices. So, first I’ll answer the question about the data usage then I’ll be providing some practical troubleshooting procedures to fix the crashes.
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Pokemon Go uses about 6 to 10MB of data per hour. On my phone it’s around 7.2MB per hour and I haven’t actually reached the 10MB an hour mark. To put that into perspective, streaming an HD video would cost around 350MB of data per hour, so Pokemon Go isn’t really a data monster, however, it might drink up your phone’s juice faster than anything else. Assuming you use up around 8MB per hour and you find Pokemons for 3 hours a day, you can never even use up to 1GB for a month. So, you really don’t have to worry about using up your allotted data before the month end that is if you only use your plan for Pokemon Go and nothing else.
Now that I’ve answered the question on how much data the app uses, it’s time to move on to troubleshoot the app that reportedly keeps on crashing. Here are the things you can do:
- Reboot your phone. If it’s the first time the app crashes on you, then it might be just a minor issue with app or the system and a reboot might be able to fix it. Or better yet, perform the Forced Reboot by pressing and holding the volume down button and the power key together for 10 seconds or more. If Pokemon Go still crashes after this, then try the next procedure.
- Reset Pokemon Go. It means you have to clear its cache and data and this will bring the app back to its default settings and configuration. Your progress are automatically saved in the cloud so you really don’t have to worry about losing your pokemons. If the problem is actually just with the app,then this is more than enough to fix the problem and you can play with it without any interruptions after this. However, if the problem remains, then try the next step.
- Uninstall Pokemon Go and reinstall it. There are times when updating an app is necessary to fix a problem like this but in this case, it’s better to just completely remove it from your device and then reinstall it so that you can be sure you have the latest version of the app running on your phone.
I am confident enough that one of these three procedures will fix the problem. Having a third-party app that keeps on crashing isn’t really a serious problem and it’s not even worth resetting your phone for it. So I hope that this troubleshooting guide can help you one way or another.
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