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10 Things You Need To Know About Playing Pokémon Go

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    Pokémon Go has become the hottest app release of the year. You can't go online without seeing news about the game (both funny and scary). You can't go on Facebook without reading friends' status updates on it. And you can't walk down the street without seeing people, phones out in front of them, trying to catch the Charmander they know are nearby.

    The game's addictiveness is unlike anything we've seen in years from a mobile app, and the numbers prove it. Data from SimilarWeb, an information technology company, shows that we've now downloaded Pokémon Go more times than we've downloaded Tinder. On top of that, its daily usage time is greater than the usage time for (the also very popular apps) Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger. This means that, not only are people getting the app, they're using it. All. Day. Long.

    Gameplay is relatively straightforward, but there are some things you should know to help your experience. Whether you've been playing the game since day one, or are just considering downloading it now, here are 10 must-know tips to keep in mind.

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    This piece was updated on July 11, 2016.

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  6. Photo: Courtesy Madeline Buxton.