Phone Charging Myths: Overnight and Brightness Issues

Dec 4, 2020

Charging and battery life are among the most vital features of any smartphone for many users, but this can be a bit of a frustrating area when it comes to finding accurate information. Phone batteries, chargers and related devices have somehow become the subject of numerous unfortunate myths and misconceptions over the years, including several that have been accepted by many as common knowledge despite not being accurate whatsoever. At FixIT Mobile, we’re here to help set the record straight while also providing high-quality phone repair services, including for phones having charging issues or failing to charge. Many of the simplest issues we see here are brough on by our customers being duped by one of many phone charging myths out there today – this multi-part blog series will help debunk these and give you proper information on how to proceed with charging and maintaining your phone’s battery.

Overnight Charging

Perhaps the single most common myth surrounding modern smartphone batteries: That charging them overnight will “fry” or otherwise damage the battery’s capacity. This misconception likely comes from earlier phases of cell phones, where older battery technology could be damaged due to overheating or improper cables.

Today, however, batteries are much more advanced. iPhone and Android batteries will generally be rated for how many times they can be charged before their capacity begins to diminish, at which point overnight charging may play a very small role in this happening – but not enough to worry about. There’s no reason to avoid overnight charging.

Disabling Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Features

We can understand where this myth comes from, at least. Many phone iterations have had battery issues in the past based on background features using up too much battery, and this may even still be the case for certain applications or features.

However, modern smartphones don’t have these issues as often. Specifically, features like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi do not utilize any battery power when they’re not being used – this means they don’t need to ever be turned off. In fact, Wi-Fi actually uses less battery power than your phone’s basic data format, so you should be sure to keep Wi-Fi on and utilize it whenever you’re in a place where connections are available.

Brightness Confusion

One area that definitely does have an impact on phone battery is brightness, but there can be some mixups here. Specifically, there’s a misconception that using the Auto brightness feature for an iPhone or Android will drain the battery – the opposite is actually true. This feature promotes battery capacity and long-term life, while switching out of it to manual brightness adjustments may risk wearing down your battery a bit faster than normal.

For more on the various myths surrounding phone charging and batteries today, or to learn about any of our phone repair, laptop repair, tablet repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at FixIT Mobile today.