Our smartphones have become a part of us and are even getting closer to us as technology advances. Like every other stuff we own, they belong to us and should be used to satisfy us.
You owning something doesn’t mean it won’t harm you or work against you. Like on most electronics or tech gadgets, we are always warned not to do some stuff like short-circuiting the battery, putting it in water and a whole lot more.
The most popular precaution on devices with removable batteries is to stay away from short-circuiting the battery. In case you don’t understand what the term short-circuit means, let’s get the shortest explanation.
You might have been doing it without knowing.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]What does it mean to short-circuit a battery [/su_heading]
To short-circuit a battery, it’s literally joining the positive and negative points together with a conductor, e.g a wire. It’s one of the easiest things to do without knowing it’s not right.
It’s normal to see a good number of persons touching the battery of a smartphone with their tongue to check if it’s charged or not. Some do it to check if the battery is completely dead.
Now that’s how to short-circuit a battery.
It’s not a good idea to short-circuit your smartphone’s battery for any reason. That’s why you always find that precaution on the battery label, Don’t short-circuit.
Now, this is mostly a precaution on rechargeable batteries. You might want to specifically know why do rechargeable batteries have no short-circuit warning?
Short-circuiting your battery naturally reduces its efficiency, can cause overheating and even explosions that might cause serious burns/injuries. Just to be on the safe side, don’t unnecessarily short-circuit your battery or better still, take your device and its components to a professional to service them.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Smartphone Charging Tips[/su_heading]
Every smartphone owner is expected to charge their phone when it’s practically low. The thing is, are you doing it the right way or you are unknowingly destroying your battery. There are so many questions related to charging our smartphones and below, I will swiftly provide the right answers.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]FAQ on Smartphone battery charging[/su_heading]
Should I leave my phone plugged in overnight?
If you ask that, it’s okay. So you literally mean, plugging your phone into the wall socket while the electric supply is active, go to bed and then unplug it the next day/morning?
There are a few things you should not do with your battery. The limited two-year lifespan of lithium-ion batteries can be reduced even further if you don’t avoid certain behaviors.
Overcharging your phone’s battery is naturally and technically harmful. As soon as your smartphone’s battery gets full, it’s ready to discharge but when it’s full and you are pumping voltage into it, it gets hot and its life circle is shortened.
It’s just like eating and drinking enough water until you are filled, then someone forces you to drink more water. Even if you drink some, it will get to a point you can’t take anymore. Smartphones are smart but that doesn’t mean you have to abuse it.
So if you ask, should your Phone be Plugged in Overnight? No, unless you are awake to monitor it.
Is it bad to use your phone while charging?
This is a very interesting frequently asked question on battery charging. I do this all the time because my smartphone is always busy.
The simplest answer is this, if you have a very good charger or the one that came with the phone, you can charge it and use it without any negative impact. But it’s wrong to use a slow/incompatible charger and still use your device at the same time. It will gradually reduce the battery strength and would last as expected.
Should you charge your phone to 100%
This is a very common question. It’s very okay to charge your smartphone to 100 percent. The thing is to unplug it as soon as it’s completely charged.
Is it bad to charge your phone when it’s not dead/completely out?
According to reliable sources, it’s not good to allow your smartphone to completely run down before charging it. As soon as it’s low or has dropped a little charge if you can still plug it in to charge. Battery University even found that when you regularly charge your battery to only 70 percent, you can still get more than 1000 cycles from it.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Using My Phone While It’s Charging[/su_heading]
The way we are so attached to our smartphones, using it while charging has become a natual thing for many. Now you could be using your smartphone to talk/answer calls while its charging and might not be really sure if you are right and safe.
So is it safe to answer my cell phone while charging?
This is something a large number of people, especially youngsters, do. My best advice is this –
Avoid making calls while your phone is charging or connected to a power source. It is unsafe and can cause accidental hazards. The safest thing to do is to use a wireless headset to take calls, play music or whatever or just wait a little while till your device is sufficiently charged before using it directly.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Avoid Using Your Phone While Driving/Walking[/su_heading]
Using your phone everywhere is okay, but using it in some areas or ways will certainly put your life or other people’s lives in danger.
In most countries, it’s ilegal/against the law to use your cell phone while driving. Why this is vital is because, your awareness at that moment will be distracted and anything that happens will cause severe damages to you and the victims.
There are so many cases of road accidents caused by using phones while driving.
It’s not against the law to use your phone while walking, but for your own good, it’s not advisable.
You could be texting and walking and accidentally bump into someone, a car or something else. It has caused so many hazards in several areas.
Pokemon GO has not been able to stay above the heat. Syracuse.com keeps a running tally of all of the Pokemon GO related deaths and arrests. It’s really scary to see just how many people have been hit by cars, among other things, because they were too busy staring at their cell phones.
Stay safe when using your smartphones outdoor with these tips.
- Don’t use your smartphone or any handsfree while you are driving. If possible, stop the car somewhere and take your calls.
- Know where you are before you take that cell phone out of your pocket. Make sure you are in a safe place. Don’t go stumbling into potentially dangerous places. Keep your awareness focused on what you are doing until you know you are safe to stop and attend to your cell phone.
- Don’t keep your phones on your legs or in easy to open bags while in a taxi or public transport, put it in your pocket to be safe in case you fall asleep.
- Don’t be too focused on your phone when travelling long distances, especially if it’s your first time. You could miss something or get pass your destination.
- Using headsets while in a vehicle with loud volumes could put you at risk of missing any vital information that’s circulated or even take your awareness from the environment.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Avoid Using Your Cellphone In Church Or Worship Places[/su_heading]
If you just type the word using cellphone in church on Google search, you will see a lot of results. You would always hear people asking others and even through the internet if it’s okay to use your cellphone in church or a worship place.
If you visit most churches, you will find notes/warnings against using your smartphone in church. This is because it’s not right to use your cell phone while you are in church where other brethrens are gathered.
It’s okay if you silence your phone but it’s more preferable to turn it off. By the way, you came to church to hear God’s word, worship and praise him, do you need your phone to get that done?
Below are some of the reasons you should not use your cell phones in church or a place of worship.
- God wouldn’t contact you in church through your phone, but through your ear,eyes and heart. You don’t need your phone.
- Using your smartphone in church will certainly be a distraction to you and anyone sitting next to you. And that’s not so good.
- Silencing your phone in church isn’t enough, the phone might still cause a distraction when a call comes in or interfer with the sound system in the church. As a pianist, it has happened to me several times especially when you are in the sound department.
- Your phone’s ringtone could be a song that can turn off the entire congregation if your phone rings while in church. You wouldn’t want that to happen right?
If you need to take pictures or record a video in church, you can turn on your phone and do it without disturbing others. After it’s done, shut it down until you are out of the church.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Keep your Apps/Software updated as soon as possible[/su_heading]
A good number of people would allow their apps to be as old as 6 months without updating even though there’s an update. Some don’t update apps because the current one is still working well and they just don’t have enough data to keep their apps ?
We’re all guilty of not updating our apps when we definitely should do, just like how we never delete our emails.
Not only do you get the best experience out of your apps (unless, maybe, you’re using Pokemon GO) by having the most updated version, but it’s a security issue too.
They patch up bugs, weaknesses in security or address new threats. All which you’re missing out on by not updating. Keep your apps and core software updated as soon as possible to have a better experience and safety.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Be Careful When Using Public Wi-Fi Networks[/su_heading]
Most smartphone users keep Wi-Fi turned on because using Wi-Fi networks is cheaper than using mobile data, especially with unlimited data plans fading away.
But all the information you send and receive over a public Wi-Fi connection is visible to anyone on the network who knows how to look.
The connection also gives hackers an easy route into your device. Make sure any Wi-Fi network you use is password-protected and familiar to you. Otherwise, stick with your mobile data network. It may be cheaper in the long run. It’s also good to use a VPN service while connecting to untrusted WiFi networks.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Using your smartphone in Petrol stations [/su_heading]
When I see those signs warning against using my phone in petrol stations, I kinda wonder how my cell phone could cause an explosion by just using it. And I see people using their cell phones all the time in petrol stations.
Well, the truth is that, the use of mobile phones is probably more dangerous as a source of distraction than as the possible source of an explosion.
Cell phones could be a distraction in petrol stations or when close to a fuel dispenser and this too could lead to accidents.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Don’t put your Water Resistant phone in water just to test it[/su_heading]
It’s possible to see videos on Youtube where devices rated with IP68(Dust and waterproof) are put to real life test to see how there perform against each other.
Well, I couldn’t help adding this because something funny actually happened on New Year day.
A friend of mine who just bought an iPhone 8 and was enjoying the device to it’s fullest. Well, knowing or believing the device is rated IP67, he took it inside a pool and was swimming with it and also took some pictures under water.
It was fun immediately, but after he came out, the device was completely off. Plugging a charger didn’t do anything and it refused to turn on. He had to wait for about 5 days to get to a proffessional phone repairer who could open his iPhone 8 and fix the water damages.
Later he told me the device is now okay but…
If your water resistant device accidently falls into water and you quickly take it out, it’s okaybut not the idea of intentionally throwing it into a pool of water and then sit back to see if its gonna swim out.
Luck might not be on your side. You could check this out about Sony having to pay Xperia owners for claiming phones were ‘waterproof.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]When transfering files to your PC, always copy and paste[/su_heading]
When transfering files to your PC, always copy and paste the file to your PC, don’t move it. It is one mistake most people make. Although it’s not bad, but if anything happens to the connection, the files will be lost on the cell phone and can not be retrieved.
The safest thing to do is to copy the file and then paste it on your PC. If you need to delete it from your phone, you can do that after successfully copyiny the file(s).
I have lost a lot of data while moving files from my phone to the PC when something obstructs the cable connection. So, for your own good, stick to this tip.
[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”30″]Stay away from Cheap Chargers[/su_heading]
It happens. You lose the charger your phone came with, and you’re faced with spending £15+ on replacing it with a proper Apple or Samsung charger, or buying a cheap knock off on Amazon.
It turns out doing the latter might be a decision that could put you at risk of damaging your device or even of fire. I have seen several cases of chargers condnming smartphones just because there were way too fake for the original device.
Counterfeit chargers with fluctuating current not only make your battery less efficiant, it could damage your devices and increase fire risk. Best to stick to the originals at all times or get something close to the originals.
Applying these tips would make your smartphone safer and help you and others get the best without messing things up.