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Should you charge your phone overnight? The answer may surprise you.

Think back to last night—like many of us, you probably plugged in your phone before hitting the sack, trusting it to be fully charged and ready to go by morning. But amidst this convenience, there's a big question hovering: is this nightly charging habit doing more harm than good to your phone? 

The experts at uBreakiFix by Asurion know tech, and know how to help you get the most out of your favorite devices. Here’s what you need to know about overnight charging, based on the latest understanding of battery technology and manufacturer guidelines, and whether it's really the smart or dangerous choice.

What happens when you charge your phone overnight?

It’s pretty much set-it-and-forget-it: you plug in your phone, and by morning, it’s at 100%. Modern smartphones equipped with lithium-ion batteries, including the latest iPhones® and Samsung® phones, come with smart tech that stops the battery from charging once it’s full. Sounds harmless, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

How does your phone's battery health get affected?

Here's the thing—batteries have feelings too, sort of. They don’t like being at 100% all the time. It stresses them out. Lithium-ion batteries thrive best when kept between 20% and 80%. So, while your phone smartly stops charging at 100%, sitting at full charge all night, every night, may degrade the battery's health more quickly over time. This doesn't mean overnight charging will immediately ruin your battery, but it could lead to a shorter lifespan in the long run.

What do manufacturers say about overnight charging?

Manufacturers know we love convenience. They’ve built our phones smart enough to handle overnight charging without immediate damage by adding features like optimized battery charging. However, there are still some safety concerns around overnight charging habits, namely where you place your phone to charge. Apple’s most recent safety information notes the risk of fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to your device if you’re not placing it in a well-ventilated area when charging.

Safety tips for overnight charging

If you choose to charge your phone overnight, consider these tips to ensure safety and battery longevity:

  • Stick to original or certified chargers: Avoid the cheap knock-offs, which can cause harm to your phone’s battery and pose a safety risk.
  • Keep it cool: Charge your phone on a hard, flat surface instead of a bed or couch to prevent overheating.
  • Take off the case: This can help keep the phone cool during the charge cycle, especially if your phone tends to overheat.
  • Activate features designed to protect battery health: Take advantage of any settings that manage battery health, like not charging to full right away.

Is it necessary to charge overnight?

With today’s fast chargers and the improvements in battery life, you might not need to charge your phone all night. A quick top-up while you get ready in the morning or while winding down in the evening might be enough. And hey, it could even extend your phone’s battery life.

Overnight charging isn't a cardinal sin, but if you want to keep your phone's battery in top shape, how and when you charge might matter more than you think. Just like us, our phones need a balanced routine to stay healthy. Always check in with what your phone's manufacturer suggests and make the most of the features available to keep your battery happy.

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