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5 Things You're Doing That Will Eventually Break Your iPhone

October 10, 2016 by Sara Alderman
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We all know that certain apps are battery drainers, but there are other mistakes you can make with your iPhone that will totally kill it. Here are 5 things you need to stop doing with your iPhone ASAP.

1) Keeping it on 24/7

I think just about everyone keeps their iPhone on all the time. However, according to a Genius Bar employee, you should turn it off once a week to make sure your battery doesn’t die faster than it should. Keeping your iPhone on 24/7 stresses the battery out and will eventually kill it. I know, your iPhone is your alarm so WHEN are you supposed to turn it off? Well, consider getting an old school alarm clock (it’s actually more reliable, tbh) and use the nighttime to shut off your phone.

READ MORE: Should you charge your phone overnight? The answer.

2) Fully charging the battery

Shane Broesky, co-founder of Farbe Technik, a company that makes charging accessories, said that the iPhone’s lithium-ion battery works best when charged between 50 and 80 percent. He told Digital Trends, “The sweet spot for lithium-ion batteries is to keep them charged between 50 and 80 percent. This allows for the charged ions to continue to work and protect the life of your battery. He continued, “Charging your device in short spurts throughout the day will give these ions just enough energy to keep them going.”

3) Using a non-Apple charger

We’ve all been there. Our Apple charger stops working or we don’t have one on hand, so we run to the nearest drugstore and buy those neon off-brand ones. Stop doing that. Non-Apple charges can damage your iPhone and have also been reported to cause fires!

READ MORE: Genius ways to organize your iPhone apps

4) Setting location services on all your apps

Make sure you only have location services turned on for the apps that absolutely need it (Uber, Google Maps, etc.). You can see which apps are using location services by checking Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

5) Having WiFi and Bluetooth on all the time

You might think having WiFi turned on all the time is a smart move saving data and all. Newsflash: it’s not. Leaving WiFi and Bluetooth on is wasting battery! Just leave both off and only turn them on when you know you will use them.

READ MORE: How to keep your iPhone charger from fraying

[Photo: Shutterstock]

 

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