How to properly charge a phone battery: Battery care tips

Here’s some tips to extend your battery’s lifespan, be that in an iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, tablet, or laptop.

The big questions about how to re-charge a battery is whether you should let it run to zero before re-charging to 100%. One reason why people are unsure is something they’ve heard of called the battery “memory effect”.

What is battery memory effect?

Battery memory effect is about batteries remembering remaining charge if you don’t let them go all the way to zero too often. So a battery frequently charged from 20% to 80% might ‘forget’ about the 40% that’s left uncharged (0-20% and 80-100%).

Sounds crazy but that’s sort of true – but only for older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, not the lithium-ion batteries in your phone.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so you almost need to do the opposite: charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.

Don’t charge your phone battery from zero to 100%

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50% or more most of the time. When it drops below 50% top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40% to 80% in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20%.


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Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You?



Are you a tech support person on the go? Maybe you just want to be able to set up a download on your home computer while you’re away. There are any number of reasons why you might want to use your Android device for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to a Windows computer. If you’ve got an Android phone or tablet, and can set up Remote Desktop Protocol access on your Windows computer, you will find at least one good RDP client for you here. If you’re looking for something for your iPad, James Bruce writes it up well in The Best Free Remote Desktop Apps for Your iPad.

By: Guy McDowell

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How to move your photos, contacts, and more from Android to iPad and iPhone


Moving your photos, contacts, calendars, and accounts from your old Android phone or tablet to your new iPhone or iPad is easier than ever with Apple’s Move to iOS app. Apple’s first Android app, it hooks your old Android and new Apple device together over a direct Wi-Fi connection and transfers over all your data

While Move to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn’t transfer your apps (as they’re not compatible), music, or any of your passwords. Additionally, you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. Good news: That does include your brand new iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or iPad Pro.


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5 Common Causes To Laggy Android Devices (And How To Fix Them)


No matter where your loyalties lie, we all hate lag on devices with a vengeance. Gamers despise it because it interrupts their fights and attacks, developers hate it because it cuts off their line of thought and everyone else hates it because they may need to reboot the device to get things back up to speed.

Android devices are regular victims of unspeakable lag although some may argue that it is most likely the user who is causing their device to lag. Arguments aside, why do Android devices stop performing at top condition after a period of use? We’re not settling for, “hey, it happens.” In fact, here we listed 5 causes to a lagging experience on the Android and how you can counter them with the help of apps.

By Nels Dzyre

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Add Google Assistant to your phone by tweaking two lines of code


Want Google Assistant, but don’t want to spend your allowance on a Pixel? I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is you can get it with two tiny tweaks to a single config file — the bad news is you’ll need root access, and there’s no guarantee it’ll work on your phone in particular. Read More

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Android and chill: Do the right thing

It’s piling up so fast you almost need wings to stay above it.

That line (paraphrased) from Martin Sheen’s character in Apocolypse Now perfectly describes this weekend for Samsung. I had what I thought was a really well-written and thoughtful article ready yesterday about the price of phones, our reactions, and how we can’t judge what anything is worth to someone else. A big part of it was about the Note 7, which set off the most recent chain of phones that cost “a lot.”

Yeah, that went off the rails. That’s what I get for trying to talk about things that move as quickly as mobile tech. This week’s Android and chill isn’t so chill.

The Note 7 has turned into a dumpster fire. We really have no idea what’s going on, yet we’re seeing people with replacement phones doing the same exact thing the original ones did. The ones that Samsung, Health Canada, and the CPSC all deemed as unsafe. Why this is happening is anyone’s guess. I imagine that even Samsung isn’t quite sure. Worst of all, people who spent nearly $1,000 USD on a new phone, universally touted as the best you can buy, have no idea what the hell is going on. And that’s not fair. Not even a little.

By Jerry Hildenbrand

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Is Samsung Galaxy S7 A Perfect Alternative For Apple iPhone 6S?


When it comes to smartphones, there always seems to be a battle between Apple and Samsung. Every time there seems to be two similar phones from both brands taking a showdown in the market. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is currently going up against Apple’s iPhone 6S. The S7 has emerged victorious to be amongst the very best Android smartphones, even against Note 5, Xperia Z5 by Sony and the outgoing 6S.

Even though it is expected that iPhone 7 will replace the 6S soon, the competition between it and Galaxy S7 remains stiff in the few months before the launch. Of course, there are so many elements playing out in the competition with some of the obvious phone features for both being battery life, display, quality of body, design, performance and even the camera features on each. When a closer look into these features is done, it becomes easy to tell whether the Galaxy S7 makes a perfect alternative for iPhone 6S.



The galaxy S7 has custom octa core 2.3GHz Exynos 8890 chipset and 4GB RAM, whereas the iPhone 6S has a dual core 1.8GHz A9 processor and 2GB RAM. This certainly makes the S7 sound powerful, but the 6S puts a good fight. For instance, when it comes to gaming experiences where both perform at compelling speeds regardless of the difference.

Battery life

The S7 seems to pull ahead here. When tested in continuous video playback at 170cd/m2 screen brightness, the S7 lasted 17 hours and 48 minutes whereas the 6S lasted 11hours and 18 minutes. The S7 will therefore last you longer even when under heavy usage and appears more reliable.

As far as performance goes, iPhone 6 maybe offer faster graphics and single core CPU performance, but the battery life superiority of the S7 remains more important.

Build and Design


The front and back of S7 is Gorilla Glass coated and it also has a metal frame. The 6S on the other hand has a chassis that is all metal aluminum. The 6S therefore have no issues when it comes to picking fingerprints like the S7 but it lacks a MicroSD slot of S7 hence it is not possible to upgrade storage capabilities. Both phones have fingerprint reader but S7’s reader is fairly temperamental. The dustproof and water resistant nature of Samsung S7, however makes it more exciting because it can survive 30 minute water-submerge. Toilet drops are therefore less problematic with the S7 compared with iPhone 6S.


The Galaxy S7 measures 142x70x9mm and the iPhone 6S is much smaller at 138x67x7.1mm. It means that the S7 is a few millimeters wider and taller to the 6S and weighs a little more at 152g and the 6S at 143g. In the build and design the S7 again wins.

As far as display goes, the S7 has a technically superior display, but 3D touch of 6S is just as useful hence they draw on this. The camera on S7 offers better images to the 6S so it’s definitely another win for the Galaxy smartphone.
By Jovia D’Souza
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How to Check If Your Android Device Is Functioning Properly

There are a lot of components that go into making a functioning smartphone, and if one of those isn’t working properly, it can throw off your whole experience.

But how do you pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with your device? Maybe the accelerometer seems a bit off when you play racing games, or maybe browsing the web on mobile data or Wi-Fi doesn’t feel as fast as it should.

Whatever your problem is, there are apps that can help you figure out what is wrong and how to solve it. Even if you’re not having a specific problem, it might be good just to run through a little check-up on your phone to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

Google Device Assist

Your first stop should be the Google Device Assist app. It’s available from the Play Store, but unless you have a Nexus or Moto device, you’ll need to download the APK and install it manually.

This app does a lot more than just check for issues. If you’re a beginner, it will give you tips and advice on how to better take advantage of your Android device (though we have some of our own advice for beginners too).



By Riley J. Dennis


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