One of the many bugs currently plaguing Pokemon Go involves the game’s battery saver, which for many players has been creating problems. What often happens is that when returning to the game from battery saver mode, animations will continue to play, but it is not possible to touch anything on the screen. How can this be fixed?
Gamers have reported a few potential solutions to make use of until Niantic releases an update. The first is to wait a few seconds before touching the screen after you come out of battery saver mode. It seems that sometimes giving the game a few moments after the black screen disappears decreases the frequency of this bug occurring, although this doesn’t work 100% of the time.
Another option one Reddit user found, which is specifically for iPhone users, is to press the home button while still in battery saver mode. From the home screen, reopen the app from there, and you should be able to use it as normal.
For Android users, some have suggested that preventing your smartphone from going to sleep helps stop this glitch from happening; download an app like Caffeine or No Screen Off, which will dim your screen instead of locking it after a certain period of time.
If it’s only an occasional issue, forcing the app to restart will bring you back to normal, although having to do this every single time can obviously get quite annoying. On an iPhone, double tap the home button and then swipe up on the Pokemon Go app screen to force the game to restart. On Android, go to settings, apps, click the Pokemon Go app, and choose “force stop.”
If all else fails, you could always just ditch battery saver mode altogether, at least until Niantic releases a patch that fixes this bug. Besides, there are other ways to save battery while you’re out catching them all. You can lower the brightness all the way down when you’re not using the game, which has a similar effect as the battery saver mode. You could also disable certain features in the game, like music and AR mode.
To get rid of the audio, tap the Poke Ball, go to settings, and deselect music and sound effects. To get rid of AR mode, the next time you go to catch a Pokemon, flip the switch in the top right hand corner to turn off Augmented Reality and save your phone some precious juice.
If you’re going to be on the go quite a bit, it may be worth investing in a battery pack, even if Niantic ends up fixing this glitch in short order. Check out our rundown of the best packs on the market right here.