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How to play Super Mario Run all day long without killing your iPhone battery

Published Dec 16th, 2016 11:27AM EST
Super Mario Run Tips
Image: Nintendo

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the most hotly anticipated mobile game of the season is finally here — Super Mario Run has been released for the iPhone and iPad. That’s right, Nintendo’s beloved Mario character has officially made his iOS debut. People have been clamoring for a Mario game on the iPhone pretty much since the iPhone was first released, and now they’re dreams have finally come true… to an extent. Super Mario Run isn’t a true Mario game where the player controls Mario’s every move. Instead, it’s a runner, which means Mario automatically runs across the screen on his own and the player has to tap the screen to make him jump.

It doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but Nintendo actually did a great job with Super Mario Run (check out our Super Mario Run review for more). The game is so much fun, in fact, that it’s going to be responsible for killing iPhone batteries across the world over the next few weeks. If you’re already a Super Mario Run addict and you’re worried about your iPhone making it through the day, don’t worry because we’ll tell you how to save as much battery life as possible while playing Nintendo’s new game.

First things first: if you really want to ensure that your battery won’t die from endless hours of playing Super Mario Run, definitely carry a portable battery pack with you so you can charge up your iPhone at any time. There are a million options out there — an example is the Anker Powercore 10000, an extremely popular portable charger that’s compact and has a 10,000 mAh battery for just $24.

Once you have your portable power source at the ready, we’ll tell you how to make your iPhone battery last as long as possible in between charges.

First, adjust some settings on your phone:

  • In the Settings app, go to Battery and enable Low Power Mode — this will cut down on background activity and stop other apps from draining your battery
  • Then swipe up on any screen to open the Control Center and make your display brightness as dim as you can tolerate

Now it’s time to adjust settings in Super Mario Run:

  • Open Super Mario Run and tap anywhere on the screen to begin
  • Tap the Menu icon in the bottom-left corner, then Settings
  • Tap Options
  • Next to Rendering Setting, tap the High button so that is says Low
  • Next to Graphics Setting, tap the High button so that is says Low

That’s it. You’re now ready to play Super Mario Run and conserve as much battery as possible in the process.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.