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  • Welcome to Quick Fix, the show where I answer your most commonly asked tech questions in 90 seconds or less.

  • Today we're busting some battery myths.

  • Start the clock.

  • There is so much misinformation about smartphone batteries.

  • A lot of it is rooted in old advice that isn't relevant to modern smartphones.

  • So I figured I'd go over the three worst pieces of battery advice that I always hear.

  • Number one, let your battery drain all the way down to zero before recharging.

  • No, you don't have to do this.

  • It's actually worse for lithium ion batteries to be fully charged or completely discharged, so the real trick is to keep your battery somewhere in between.

  • Number two, leaving your phone charging overnight harms the battery.

  • Nope, it doesn't.

  • Modern smartphones are, well, smart enough not to overcharge their batteries.

  • So yeah, there's no trick here.

  • Just plug your phone in whenever you want, and for however long you want.

  • And finally number three, disable features like bluetooth, location services, and wifi to make your battery last longer.

  • This one is actually kind of true, but these technologies have gotten so much more efficient than when they were first introduced.

  • The battery gains you would see are so small that it's probably not worth the inconvenience to constantly be turning these settings on and off.

  • There's a lot more bad battery advice out there, but I think the important thing to remember is that smartphones are designed to be efficient about battery use.

  • So stop stressing over details and just use your phone.

  • It's probably not worth the extra effort to constantly worry about eking out an extra few minutes of battery life.

  • Like a friend of mine always says, is the juice even worth the squeeze?

  • Hey, thanks for watching this video.

  • If you have any other tech questions you want me to try and tackle in 90 seconds or less, leave a comment below or email me.

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