Myths and Truths about Smartphones

The way you treat your phone determines how long it lasts. Many of us use inappropriate mobile charging techniques to power our phones. The techniques do more harm than good, so it’s important to be aware of myths surrounding smartphones.

Modern phones have come a long way from mobile phones used years ago. They have different functionalities and they need to be handled appropriately. Here are a few myths that should be debunked.

Illustration of a Phone Charging

Myth 1: A new phone needs to be charged for at least 8 hours before use

Truth: These days, new phones come partially charged. If you start using the phone straight out of the box, you won’t damage the battery. You’ll simply run out of charge much faster. If you open the box only to discover that your phone is completely discharged, return the phone and ask for a replacement. Make sure the phone has at least a 40% charge on it.

Charging a Discharged Phone

Myth 2: You should only charge your phone after it has been fully discharged

Truth: This belief dates back to the times when people used Nickel-metal hydride batteries. Modern phones have lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are more efficient when they’re charged every day. If you allow them to fully discharge before re-charging them, you’ll use up their fixed charge cycles and they won’t last you long.

Man Charging His Phone from His Bed

Myth 3: Charging your phone overnight destroys the battery

Truth: New devices come with an auto shut-off system. They stop charging once the battery has reached full power. You won’t destroy your battery by leaving it on all night. However, if you do so repeatedly, your battery won’t last long. It’s a good idea to keep your device charged between 40 and 80 percent. 

Myth 4: You shouldn’t use your phone while it’s plugged in

Truth: Many people think it’s dangerous to use a phone while it’s charging. They feel the phone might explode or give them an electric shock. To be on the safer sider, it’s a good idea to stick to manufacturer-recommended batteries and chargers. Even if you choose off-brand chargers, look for original ones that come with some sort of warranty. If you follow these rules, you’ll be able to safely use your device to send texts, play games or catch up with friends and family.

Myth 5: Off-brand chargers affect your batteries performance

Truth: Off-brand chargers are not as expensive as branded chargers but they do the job well. Steer clear of imitation chargers. These will definitely reduce your battery’s life and performance. They may also have an impact on the batteries charge cycles, so it’s best to avoid using cheap knockoffs.

Power Button Icon

Myth 6: You don’t have to ever switch your smartphone off

Truth: Smartphones need to be refreshed every now and then. It’s important to switch off phones in order to reset them. A good rule of thumb is to switch the phone off at least once a week. If you do, you will see an improvement in your battery’s overall performance.

Smartphones and temperature

Smartphones won’t last long in extreme temperatures. They should never be allowed to overheat. Overheating destroys the phone battery. It may cause chemical reactions within the battery and this could lead to leaks. To prevent overheating, it’s important to remove the phone cover when the phone is charging.

If you’re not going to use your phone for a long time, store it in a cool dry place and leave it charged at 40 percent. To get accurate battery readings, you should calibrate the battery every 3 months. Also make sure you turn off live app notifications if you don’t need them. This will go a long way in prolonging your battery’s life.


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