Myth: I shouldn’t keep my phone plugged in overnight
Stefano Cavoretto/Shutterstock Truth: Smart technology stops your phone battery from charging after it’s full. If the battery drops back down to a certain point when it’s still plugged in, the phone knows to start charging again, says Sergio Flores, electronics engineer for Samsung. “This way, even if you are charging your phone overnight, the phone battery is only being charged when it is necessary,” he says. Here are some surprising Android hacks you never knew about.
Myth: Might as well always leave my phone on efficiency mode
Preto Perola/Shutterstock Truth: Keeping your phone on low-power mode after it’s charged won’t harm the software, but it might lead to poorer user experience. “Phones are designed to be really flashy and give you an over-the-top experience,” says Brad Nichols, a technician with technology repair service company Staymobile. “When you turn them into that efficiency mode, it gets rid of all the redundant things.” Low brightness might make the screen hard to see, and you might notice the sound isn’t as loud as you like. Plus, apps might only check for notifications every ten minutes or so, so you won’t get the instant feedback you’re used to, says Nichols.