Unfortunately, the battery in your phone does not last forever. Fortunately, by taking good care of it you can slow down the wear and tear. These are five tips for charging the battery in your smartphone.
This is how you charge the battery in your smartphone
There is nothing more annoying than being halfway through the day with an empty smartphone battery. Unfortunately, the battery wears out over time, so you have to plug your phone into the socket earlier and earlier. Yet you do have an influence on the life of the battery. By following these tips for charging your smartphone, it is guaranteed to last longer.
1. Charge briefly several times a day
Many people put their smartphone on the charger before going to sleep and then (hopefully) use it for the next day. Out of convenience, but perhaps also as a result of a monkey story. Years ago it was said that you should regularly fully charge and discharge your phone. The opposite is more true: the more often your device is completely full or empty, the faster the battery will wear out.
It is better to charge the battery briefly several times a day. Ideally, the battery percentage will fluctuate continuously between 20 and 80 percent. So do you see that you have 24 percent left and are you near an outlet or power bank? Then it is advisable to refuel your smartphone. Take it off when you’re around 80 percent.
2. Don’t leave your phone on the charger for hours
The second tip is an extension of the first. In the past, it was often claimed that you could ‘overcharge’ smartphones by leaving them in the socket for too long. That is not true, because almost every phone stops actively charging when the battery becomes full. Still, it’s not a good idea to leave your phone on the charger for hours. Because electricity ‘bumps’ into the battery, the lithium can be damaged. In time, this may lead to instability of the entire device.
3. Do not use your smartphone while charging the battery
Put your almost empty smartphone on the charger, so that you can continue playing? That is of course very tempting, but not wise. If you use your phone intensively while charging, it is very bad for the battery. You disrupt the charging cycle, so to speak. This can cause certain cells to wear out faster than others, resulting in unpredictable battery life.
So it is better to leave your smartphone alone when it refills battery juice. This also prevents the temperature from becoming too high due to a combination of use and charging. As we’ll see in the next tip, heat is a major enemy of your battery.
4. Be careful with high temperatures
You sit on a sunny terrace and hang your phone on the power bank, so that you can continue for a few hours afterwards. That is very useful, but disastrous for your battery. The higher the temperature during charging, the faster the battery will wear out. That’s why it’s not a good idea to charge your smartphone under your pillow at night. Rather choose a cool place.
Heat also affects the battery during use. In a warm climate, the battery of a smartphone will sooner give up the ghost than in our often cold little country.
5. Make use of settings that protect the battery
Many Android smartphones have a setting that protects the battery from wear and tear. At OnePlus, for example, it is called ‘Optimized charging’. Your phone learns what time you usually get out of bed and does not fully charge until just before then. This way, the battery is not full all night, which benefits the lifespan.
Many other manufacturers such as Sony, Huawei and Google offer similar functions on their devices. You can find them under the battery settings on your smartphone. Competitor Apple also offers since, that has become a lot easier. For example, enable dark mode and use lite versions of apps. Not only do they consume less data, but they are also less taxing on your battery.
Source: Android Planet