You need to have the app open and screen on. If you turn on Battery Saver mode, the game will have a raise to wake function where it fades the screen to black if the phone isn't raised. Will probably help a bit on OLED displays.
In battling, you can either:
Do a Fast Attack tap your Pokemon to perform this move. This charges your special meter.
Dodge attacks swipe left or right on the screen when your opponent strikes to avoid taking damage
Do a Special Attack once that special meter is charged, press and hold on your Pokémon to perform the move. This will do considerably more damage to the opponent!
There's a massive Pokémon Go walk event scheduled for 10am Sunday in Sydney. Something like 4,000 people are signed up and 12,000 put themselves down as interested. But going by the trend of the past two days, servers might be dead at the scheduled starting time, LOL.
If you're talking about capturing wild Pokemon, yes, throw the poke ball at it. You want to throw and hit it when the green/yellow ring is small. That results in higher capture chances. There's also the ability to do a curveball (spin the pokeball with your finger before throwing and then it'll have a curved trajectory) and bonuses for hitting the pokemon more directly.
I have been quite surprised by all the situations people keep talking about, where they meet multiple people during short spans of time, playing the game near them. Didn't expect something like that would happen. Closest I've seen is seeing 2 guys playing Ingress when taking the elevator, but then again they two where quite dorky programmers at the same game company I work for.
yeah i have no clue how after 20 years of Pokemon being one of the biggest franchises in history and combining that with a free mobile app wouldn't cause huge server loads.
i'm not buying the excuse they didn't see it coming. i will, however, understand if they say something like "we needed to ensure we used minimal server capacity to see exactly how much the load would be so we can be cheap af and only get the bare minimum"
I hate to be that guy that says "if i can't play then no one should be able to" but really they need to shut the whole thing down until they figure out the issues. I only say this due to the competitive nature of this game, controlling gyms and what not. People wanting to use PTC accounts are going to be so far behind. If I can't catch up fairly quickly when this starts working i likely just delete it and not play.
I realize google hasn't been working perfectly either, but PTC has now had a complete 24+ hour outage.