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5 Bad Habits Smartphone Users Need to Drop Right Now

According to Statista, there are over 4 billion smartphone users in the world. Each of them has different habits when it comes to using their devices daily. But some of them could be harmful to your phone.

As a smartphone user, you have probably adopted some bad habits as well. If you find that your phones become unusable after only a year or so, it might actually be your fault. See our list below to find if you are taking care of your device as well as you should.

  1. Charging With Cheap Cables
    One of the most common mistakes when it comes to using a smartphone is charging the device with cheap cables. When an original manufacturer’s cable stops functioning, people tend to opt for the cheapest replacement on the market, which are low-quality cables that sell for less than $5. While it does make sense to opt for the more affordable version, this is not recommended when it comes to smartphone accessories.
    The cable you use to charge the device has a great impact on the battery’s health and lifespan. It’s always best to use the original cables created for your specific device. The cheap alternatives sold online can permanently damage your smartphone and while charging can pose a significant fire hazard. Therefore, make sure to use original cables only to maintain the battery’s health and avoid harmful consequences.
  2. Not Using a Case
    We can all agree that every smartphone in the world looks better without a case. However, using a device without a protective case is not the best idea. Nowadays, mobile devices are very slim and tend to slip out of our hands if we’re not using a protective case. The aesthetics of the device without the case are definitely not worth the risk of causing permanent damage. Besides, it costs way less than replacing a cracked screen, so it’s something worth thinking about.
  3. Using Public Networks
    Most people tend to connect to public WiFi as soon as they enter a coffee shop or a mall. While having access to WiFi throughout the entire city is convenient, it also exposes smartphone users to various security risks. In other words, every time you connect your smartphone to a public network, you become an easy target for a hacker. Public WiFi is not encrypted, and therefore connection made through it are easy to intercept.
    One way to solve this issue and reduce the risk while connecting to public network is to use a virtual private network. VPN services are simple to set up and can be activated within a few minutes. All the user has to do is download a VPN app, purchase a subscription, and choose a server to route their traffic through. The VPN provider will then encrypt all data coming to and from the device. This not only secures your connection but also makes you anonymous online by masking your real IP address.
  4. Charging Overnight
    One of the most widely adopted habits when it comes to using smartphones is charging overnight. Users find it convenient to plug the chargers in their devices before they go to bed because they wake up to a full battery in the morning. However, charging the device overnight can cause serious damage to the battery. It places additional stress on the battery after it reaches 100% and it can reduce the maximum amount of energy the battery can store, causing it to get weaker and weaker with every charging session.
  5. Completely Drying the Battery Out
    Last bad habit that you should drop right now is completely drying the battery out before recharging it. Failing to charge the battery before it reaches zero and shuts off won’t hurt the device that badly. However, if this turns into an everyday habit, it will most likely damage and weaken your phone battery. We suggest carrying a power bank so you can quickly recharge your device before it shuts off.

If you found yourself to be guilty of having some of the five bad habits listed above, try to be more aware of the way you use your smartphone. Make sure to get a protective case to prevent physical damage and don’t forget to stock up on original cables and accessories. Remember that it is always better to maintain a healthy battery rather than keep reinvesting in new ones. Lastly, don’t forget to set up a VPN and use it every time you connect to a public network.


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Emma London
Emma London is a columnist and member of the ​CEOWORLD magazine editorial board. She's one of the magazine's founding editors and leads global newsroom coverage and management. Having lived in five different countries — the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom - Emma is obsessed with how tech empowers people from all walks of life. She is fluent in Spanish.
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