Our smartphones have become such a huge part of our lives that most of the time we think we know everything there is to know about them. We know how to use them, we know all their features, and we know how to take care of them so they do not break. 

Sometimes, however, we hear or read something online or from friends and family that make you question if what you know is actually right. Take your phone's battery for example. Is it really okay to leave your phone charging overnight? Should you drain your phone's battery first before charging it? 

People can come up with one too many answers to these questions, which is pretty much why a lot of battery myths exist. Many have also made the effort to debunk these myths. If you are wondering why phone battery myths have been debunked, here are some of them:

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Phone Battery Myth: Overnight Charging

One of the most commonly asked questions about a phone's battery is whether or not it is okay to leave your phone charging overnight. Ask this question to your family and friends and some might say it is okay, while some might say it is not. So what is the right answer?

According to an article by Android Authority, "leaving your battery plugged in all night certainly isn't dangerous but it might make your battery age slightly faster."

"In the days of yore, lithium-ion batteries would overheat if you left them charging for too long. This did, in fact, cause damage to the battery and reduce performance," the article explains.

However, Android Authority does point out that more modern batteries are "way smarter." Smartphones themselves will reduce the amount of current as the battery fills up. Still, there is some truth to the myth because both heat and a high charge voltage are factors that can make your battery age faster. 

Phone Battery Myth: Drain Battery First Before Charging

One of the most common phone battery myths is that you should let your battery reach all the way to zero first before you plug your phone. Is this a smart thing to do? According to an article by PCMag, it is not. 

A full discharge, or letting your battery reach all the way to zero, is not good for modern phone batteries. PCMag even warns "don't even let it get that close to 0% because it will wear out your phone's battery faster than you would like. 

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Phone Battery Myth: Do Not  Use Your Phone While Charging

Are you the type to use your phone while it charges or do you prefer to leave it alone while it does? Per an article by Make Use Of, there is actually no problem with using your phone as it is charging, but there is a pretty big but. 

There are two things you might want to consider first before you keep using your phone as it is charging. First, Make Use Of says that it is safe to do so if the charger and battery you have is "a manufacturer-approved or legitimate off-brand charger and battery."

The article points out that the many unfortunate incidents of phones exploding as they charge usually involve unapproved or defective chargers. 

Another thing you have to consider is if you have good electrical wiring. If you have doubts about it, it's best to leave your phone alone as it charges. 

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