As our smartphones age, it’s normal for their batteries to degrade. But there are some bad habits that will shorten your phone’s battery life sooner rather than later. Here’s what to do to prevent your battery’s lifespan from shortening more quickly than it should.
Don’t let your phone overheat
One of the worst things for a battery is overheating. Heat can damage the battery, and extreme overheating can even cause lithium batteries to explode.
Avoid charging your phone on a wireless charging pad for long periods of time and placing your phone on hot surfaces (such as a table in the sunlight) or on other devices that generate heat (such as a laptop or game console).
Use your battery more efficiently
The life of a lithium-ion battery, the type used in smartphones, is determined by charge cycles. A charge cycle is the process of a battery draining and recharging by its full capacity (100%), though these cycles can be completed in increments (such as charging and draining by 20% over five sessions). Over time, the more charge cycles your phone’s battery experiences, the more its capacity reduces.
You can’t get around charging your phone and completing charge cycles, but you can reduce the number of cycles over time by making your battery drain slower. To do this, you need to make your battery usage more efficient.
A few simpl...