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Is Overcharging Really Hurting Your Smartphone?

According to a Pew Research Center report, 77% of Americans have a smartphone and it may be no surprise that 92% of 18-29 year olds own one. Even though most of the population owns a smartphone, it doesn’t mean they know how to keep their phone properly charged and at peak performance.

Will Charging Your Phone Reduce Battery Life?

If you’re like many smartphone users your phone probably doesn’t stay charged for the entire day. With that said, you probably plug your phone in when you get home and let it charge overnight, right?

A big myth surrounds whether or not it’s safe to leave phones plugged in once they are completely charged. The biggest concern is damaging or shortening the lifespan of the battery.

So the big question is…should you charge your phone overnight?

According to Shane Broesky of Farbe Tehnik, “Your phone is smart and once it’s fully charged, it will stop the current so your phone will not overcharge.”

There are scenarios, however, that can reduce the lifespan of the phone battery. Lithium-ion batteries react poorly to high temperatures, so leaving your phone plugged in overnight in a case that retains heat can cause battery oxidation and shorten the life of the battery.

If you plan to charge your phone overnight, take your phone out of the case to reduce the chance of overheating.

Zero to 100

Denys Prykhodov of Shutterstock added that letting your phone get down to nearly zero and charging it to 100 can break down your battery and shorten its lifespan.

Use the Right Accessories

Experts recommend that you use the accessories that came with your phone or purchase other official chargers and cables. Using inexpensive generic accessories, can be harmful to your phone.

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