Improve the Refresh Rate of Pokémon GO on Your Phone (At Long Last)

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Photo: KeongDaGreat (Shutterstock) – At long last, the refresh rate of Pokémon GO can now match the natural refresh rate of your smartphone! A superb example of a mobile-only game, Pokémon GO is still going strong. Game frame rates have always trailed behind what smartphones can handle, even since the focus is on finding and catching Pokémon in real life rather than on fancy visuals. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, since the frame rate of Pokémon GO may now match the natural refresh rate of your smartphone.

For the iOS and Android versions of Pokémon GO, the frame rate was handled differently

The ability to play at 60 frames per second by default has been available on Android for some time now. A frame rate of 60 frames per second may not be as fast as other Android phones’ screens, but it still provides a seamless experience. iPhone users, on the other hand, have had to contend with a sluggish frame rate since the maximum frame rate has always been 30 frames per second. Although only the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max allow 120 Hz, all other iPhones support 60 Hz, therefore at the very least 60 fps should have been an option.

According to Sam Byford of The Verge, the newest update to Pokémon GO includes a new option that allows players to alter the game’s frame rate to match their smartphone’s natural refresh rate. That means the game will run at 60 frames per second on an iPhone with a 60 Hz refresh rate, like the iPhone X; at 90 frames per second on the Pixel 4; and at 120 frames per second on the iPhone 13 Pro.. The fact that it’s not activated by default doesn’t do it any favors, either. If you don’t spend some time exploring around in the app, you may not even be aware of this option.

How to speed up the refresh rate in Pokémon GO

To begin, ensure that your app is at least 1.191.0. Using the Play Store on Android or the App Store on iOS, you may check for updates.

Take a look at the app’s settings once it has been updated and tapped on the Pokéball at the bottom. Advanced settings may be found by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page. “Native Refresh Rate” may be enabled by tapping the “Native Refresh Rate” option.

Screenshot: Jake Peterson

Exiting and returning to the game will result in a much more fluid experience, particularly on an iPhone or an Android device with an internal refresh rate of 90 Hz or 120 Hz. Increasing the frame rate, particularly to 120 Hz on compatible phones, may deplete the battery faster than expected. For those who want a smoother experience, this function may be turned off. This function has yet to be shown to have an influence on battery life, or whether that impact differs across iPhone and Android devices.