Ways We are Shortening The Life Of Our Phones

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By 98.5 KTK

You can easily spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone. So you want to make sure it is kept in tip-top shape for as long as possible. However how we use our phone may actually be shortening its lifespan. Your phone, like any other tool or device, ages and loses effectiveness the more you use it. So little extras, like vibrating notifications, are habits that make your phone’s job harder because it requires it to run at full capacity. Turn off unnecessary notifications that cause your phone to vibrate. Speaking on unnecessary, ditch those apps you don't use as they drain your battery.  Even though you may not use it, it may be running in the background. The apps that drain your battery the most are Snapchat, Google Maps, Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook. Uninstalling the Facebook mobile app from Android phones saves people up to 20% of their battery life. If you also get rid of the FB Messenger app, other app load times could speed up by 15%. Tucking your phone under your pillow when you sleep is another way to shorten its life, thanks to heat buildup. If your phone is charging or has a defect, it can even present a potential fire hazard. Waking up to a fully charged phone may seem like a great way to start the day, but leaving your device plugged in overnight is a bad idea. When a phone has reached 100% charge, it will continue to get trickle charges to keep it topped up at 100%. These extra charges keep the battery working nonstop. In fact, it’s better not to fully charge lithium-ion batteries because high voltage stresses the battery and wears it out over time.

SOURCE: Reader's Digest

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