How to keep your phone battery healthy (and holding the longest charge possible)

how to charge your phone for long battery life
  1. When you get your new phone, unless it is fully charged, let the battery go to 0% before charging it.
  2. Except in cases of emergency, not little emergencies but very big unusual ones, DO NOT charge your phone unless the battery is under 5%.
  3. Except in cases of emergency, DO NOT unplug your phone from the charger unless it is at 100%.

Better Battery Life Also = Battery Life Quality

The key here is that you are not plugging or unplugging the phone outside of those rules more than 1 time per month. EVERY TIME you break rules 2 and 3, you are decreasing your battery storage capacity. So if you break the rules often, even 1 time per week, you can expect your battery to have crappy capacity, and erratically shut off, as we’ve all experienced,  after the first year of ownership. So don’t do it often! Like preferably never! Learn to leave your phone at home when you go out for shopping, or to meet friends, simply because it was still charging. Learn to tell people “I need to let my phone charge up fully, so I am leaving it at home.” For folks with flaky friends, or who are utterly dependent on your phone, this is a great opportunity to improve your life. Teach your flaky friends no to be flaky, or even marginally late. Life without a cell phone from time to time (because you left it at home like a responsible battery maintainer does) means you just go out into the world and make things work without the ability to change plans at the last minute, or google the product name you wanted to go shopping for.

Examples of when to break the rules

When to charge your phone example of a case of emergency: you need to take your phone with you somewhere, it is about to die, and you have to make that call/have that email on the phone/receive that text, etc. And there is no other way (have someone else get the directions), write down the info in the email, call back a missed call later.

When to unplug while your phone is still charging example of a case of emergency: you need to take your phone with you somewhere, it is about to die, and you have to make that call/have that email on the phone/receive that text, etc. And there is no other way (have someone else get the directions), write down the info in the email, call back a missed call later.