7 Common Phone Battery Myths That People Really Have to Stop Believing

Is it bad to leave your phone plugged in overnight? Do you have to wait until your battery dies to charge your phone? Do you need to charge phone battery at 80% for prolonged life? Here is the truth behind such phone battery myths that you should stop believing.

Myth #1: Phone shouldn’t be kept plugged in overnight?

Smart technology prevents your phone battery from charging after it’s full. If the battery drops back down to a certain point when it’s still plugged in, the phone knows to start charging again. This way, even if you are charging your phone overnight, the phone battery is only being charged when it is necessary.

Myth #2: Might as well always leave my phone on efficiency mode?

Keeping your phone on low-power mode after it's charged won’t harm the software, but it might lead to poorer user experience. Phones are designed to be really flashy and give you an over-the-top experience. When you turn them into that efficiency mode, it gets rid of all the redundant things. Low brightness might make the screen hard to see, and you might notice the sound isn’t as loud as you like. Plus, apps might only check for notifications every ten minutes or so, so you won’t get the instant feedback you’re used to.

Myth #3: My phone is totally safe in a public charging port?

Using a public port could put your information at risk. Unlike the typical socket you’d plug your charger into, those cords you see at restaurants and airports create an easy path to transfer data. People don’t realize they’re not just a power source. It’s not like plugging your lamp into the wall. Hackers could potentially access anything in your phone such as emails, texts, photos, and more.

Myth #4: I should charge my new phone fully before I use it?

Your phone already has some juice, and skipping that first charge won’t affect its life long-term. The only reason some manufacturers suggest charging it first is to make a good first impression. By the time that new phone reaches your hand, testing and manufacturing have already drained up to half the battery. Most of the time these recommendations are to make users feel like they are getting the quality of the device they were promised.

Myth #5: I shouldn’t charge my phone until it dies?

It’s better to charge up the lithium-ion battery in your phone before it reaches zero. These kind of batteries tend to ‘forget’ what their full capacity level is, and so when recharged, they do not recharge to the same level as they were at the beginning. Major brands have solved the problem for the most part, but older models might still have that problem.

Myth #6: I shouldn’t touch or use my phone while it’s plugged in?

You are free to open apps or take calls while your phone is charging. Even though when you are charging your phone, the power is different from the one you normally use from the battery, the results and performance of the circuitry are however the same. For example, Open apps use up power while the phone battery is charging, meaning it will take longer to charge up. So if you need a full charge fast, fiddling with your phone will work against you.

Myth #7: There’s no point in hitting “eject”?

Taking your phone out of your computer without ejecting it could damage your files. If you were before transferring pictures or data, unplugging it may disrupt that connection too soon. You could end up with corrupted files or keep your phone from backing up completely. But if your phone is plugged in to the wall, you can pull the plug any time.

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