Just like many of us still believe that The Great Wall of China is visible from space, oil keeps pasta from sticking, dogs sweat by salivating, and that Einstein failed math, whereas he excelled in it and only failed an entrance exam—smart phones also have a range of myths associated to them.
We read these myths online and in magazines, and hear about them from the people we assume we can trust – naturally believing them and passing them along.
Consequently, we end up doing some dumb things with our smartphones that we don’t really need to.
Closing down all the applications in the background
It saves battery and speeds up your phone!
We’ve all heard this.
It’s not true. Not unless you’re using a two-decade old smartphone.
Your present-age smartphone is designed to run multiple applications in the background without slowing down or unnecessarily hogging up on the battery life. The modern smartphone technology is also helped by modern app design protocol that makes these apps extremely convenient to run in the background.
Still, if you want to kill these background apps, feel free to do so – it’s always good to be organized.
Draining your new phone’s battery to zero before its first recharge
Drain your new phone’s battery to zero before its first recharge if you really want the battery to last longer.
This silicon ancient myth actually has a kernel of truth to it.
Older nickel-metal hydride or nickel cadmium batteries would “forget” what their full capacity was. Draining them was a way to reset their memories and help them to last longer.
However, the smartphones that we use today are equipped with lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are not forgetful and therefore, you don’t really need to discharge them completely before their first recharge.
Using a screen protector
Using a screen protector was once a good idea. It protected your smartphone’s screen from scratches.
But since early 2013, smartphones have been manufactured with Corning Gorilla Glass screens.
You can try it for yourself.
Take a sharp object and scratch your phone’s screen slightly. Next, scratch the screen protector with the sharp object. You’ll notice scratched mark on the protector, but your phone’s screen ill remain scratch-free.
Which of these myths have you fallen for? Did we miss anything in the list? Please comment below; we will love to hear from you.
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