Here are some phone charging errors that ruin your battery (Image: Getty)
Phone batteries can often be an inconvenience when you’re out and about, especially when you’ve had your cell phone for a few years.
It’s a common complaint that phone batteries drain too quickly, forcing us to spend more and more time near a power outlet.
However, an expert has revealed that this problem may get worse due to a number of mobile bugs we are making.
Kewin Charron, Senior Lead Refurbishment Operations Manager at Back Market, told the Daily Mail about some very common mistakes.
(Canva) Leaving your phone on charge overnight can damage the battery (Image: Canva)
Common cell phone errors that cause your iPhone or Samsung phone to drain on battery
Here are some common mistakes that cause your phone battery to drain:
Leave the phone charged overnight
Charron said that leaving your phone plugged in or letting it die “rapidly depletes battery life.”
He added that you should keep the phone charged between 20 and 80 percent.
While this may seem like a difficult thing to achieve, Charron says many phones come with settings that optimize charging.
For example, the iPhone has features that delay charging by more than 80% using machine learning to learn your daily routine so that Optimized Battery Charging kicks in at just the right time.
(Canva) Newer phones have battery efficiency settings (Image: Canva)
To activate this feature, the expert says: “For iPhones with iOS 13 and later, go to your iPhone Settings > Battery > Battery status and charging and select Optimized battery charging.
“This setting will automatically reduce battery wear, improving battery life.”
To achieve this on Android, Charron says, “By going into Settings, then selecting Battery > Battery usage, you can see the battery status.
“Then, under Manage battery usage, tap Optimized to automatically extend battery longevity.'”
Incorrect cleaning of the charging port
Dirt and dust are among the biggest enemies of a fully efficient phone battery.
The expert says: “Crumbs and dust are the enemies of your mobile devices and your battery life.
“Dust builds up in your phone’s charging ports, causing your device to overheat or stop charging. Cleaning your phone safely can ensure that the battery doesn’t overheat, which can cause long-term damage.”
To deal with this, Charron recommends using a toothpick and a damp cloth to clean the charging port.
(Canva) Dirt and dust are the worst enemies of a fully efficient phone battery (Image: Canva)
He adds, “The first thing you should do before cleaning your phone is to turn off the device. Then, turn on a light on the device to see how much dust you’re dealing with.
“Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth to clean the charging port area. To remove debris inside the port, use a toothpick, moving it from side to side, making sure you are gentle as this area is very susceptible to damage.
“When the debris comes out, wipe it off with the cloth and come back in with a clean toothpick.”
Leave the phone in direct sunlight
Leaving the phone in direct sunlight is another problem that drains the battery and makes it less efficient.
Charron says: “It’s best to keep your phone away from extreme temperatures. Below 0°C is too cold, while anything above 35°C is too hot, and both can hurt battery life. So, keep the phone out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time and limiting use in hot cars or trains is very important.
“If your device’s internal temperature exceeds its normal operating range, you’ll likely notice that the display goes dark, goes completely black, or that the camera flash turns off. You may also get a notification that says “Charging pending” or receive a temperature warning.”
Charron added that if you see alerts like this, you should take your device to a cool place and avoid wireless charging.
He said, “When charging your phone, find a cool, moisture-free environment with a temperature below 90°F (32°C). Wired charging is also better and preferred over wireless charging to avoid overheating.”
He also revealed some tips to avoid overheating your phone: “When your phone is not charging, you can avoid overheating by turning down the brightness. If your phone is low on battery and searching for a signal, this can cause your device to overheat. So, if you’re somewhere with a weak signal, turn Airplane Mode on, then turn it off again when you’re in an area with better connectivity