PUBG Mobile is undoubtedly one of the most popular mobile games around. Smartphone manufacturers realised this long back and have been pushing mid-range phones with promises of running PUBG Mobile at medium to high settings. The game comes with regular updates to add new maps, gaming modes, and new weapons in order to enhance the user experience. However, users need to spend most of their phone data to install these new updates.
As reviewers, we end up installing the game on each smartphone we review, which means we’re spending at least 1.8GB of data to run it. The daily data limit runs out pretty soon if you have too many phones to review. The big file size for installing the PUBG Mobile (or updating it) pushed me to come up with a workaround to install the game with as little data as possible.
In that process I found a trick to install the game that doesn’t require you to even spend a single MB of mobile data. If you are switching over to a new phone, all you need to have is a friend with the latest version of the game to transfer it on your device.
Transfer PUBG Mobile without spending mobile data
There are enough media/file transfer apps on the App Store and Google Play Store including Share Me, Shareit, Xender, and Easy Share. Install the same app on your phone and your friend’s phone and follow the below steps to transfer the PUBG Mobile on your phone.
*First, transfer the PUBG Mobile APK file from your friend’s device using one of the file-sharing apps.
*The sender then needs to stay within the app and go to Files > Android > obb (folder). In this folder, your friend will need to enter the “com.tencent.ig” folder and select the “main.11460.com.tencent.ig.obb” file and send it to the receiver’s phone.
NOTE: The file name may vary, version to version but you will always spot the obb file with “main…..com.tencent.ig.obb” file in this folder.
*Next, the sender needs to go to Files > Android > data (folder) from within the file-sharing app and select the whole folder with the name “com.tencent.ig” to your phone.
*After you have received all the three files/folders on your phone, tap on the PUBG Mobile APK file to install it. When you are done installing the game, close it. Remember not to run the game at this point.
*Exit the file-sharing app and go to the File Manager.
*If you already had some older version of the game on your phone, you need to delete the data of the older version first in order to install the updated version. Head over to Phone Storage> Android > obb and delete the com.tencent.ig folder as well as the folder with the same name in the Android > data location.
*Now, go to the folder where your file sharing app stores the received files.
*Select the obb file and move it to the Phone Storage > Android > obb (folder). Create a new folder here (in the obb folder) by the name “com.tencent.ig”. You can do so by tapping on the Hamburger icon on the top and selecting the “New Folder” option. Paste the obb file inside this folder.
*Go back to the received files folder of the sharing app and move the “com.tencent.ig” folder to the Phone Storage > Android > data (folder).
And, that’s it.
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Open the PUBG Mobile application as you would normally do. Grant “storage” permission to the game and wait for the game to analyse the files. And you are ready to play it.
Bonus tip: If you play other heavy games like Call of Duty Mobile, you can follow the same procedure for those games as well. Just locate the obb file and the Android data folder for it and transfer it to your phone.
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