Is it bad for your iphone battery to use it while it is charging?

N e e k

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I mean, if you're using it while it's charging every single time you charge it maybe it will, I do sometimes and I haven't noticed any negative effects.
 

maflynn

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I'd say just about any phone or electric device can be used while charging. I've used my iPhones (3g, 4, 5) while plugged in and never incurred a problem.
 

I7guy

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I keep my phone plugged in while listening to streaming services. I'm here to enjoy the phone's usage, so I don't care if it's not good for the battery. I'll deal with it when I have to, if it comes to that ever.
 

gnasher729

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As it says above...does it weaken your iphone battery's lifespan to do that?
Not at all. It just charges a tiny little bit slower. Just making up the numbers: Instead of using 10 Watts for charging, it might use 8 Watts for charging and 2 Watts for using the phone, so it takes a bit longer to charge, but that doesn't make any difference whatsoever to the battery.

No, but don't keep it plugged in all the time.
True in principle, but that's really when you have it plugged in weeks at a time. It would be unlikely to happen for a phone, much more relevant for a laptop where you should unplug and use up the battery once a month. And if you use your iPhone like a land line, constantly plugged in, then battery life doesn't really matter.
 

Col Ronson

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No. Ignore all the old-school rechargeable battery myths, they don't apply to modern day electronics and Li-ion batteries.

The phone is smart enough to automatically regulate charging.

Contrary to popular belief it stops charging once it reaches 100% and leaving it plugged in wont harm the battery.

Actually it'll help the battery because the battery will be taxed less and you'll have far less charge cycles...extending your battery life.

This isn't the 1990s people, battery tech is very advanced these days.

And besides if you use your phone while its charging (like most people), it draws power from the charger, not the battery so the battery is still charging at a constant rate. Now if you were like and illegally tethered from your iphone 3G that was jailbroken, then the battery would continue to drain while plugged in yes but thats because it was being used for something it wasn't designed for.
 
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Troneas

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At the alternatives section.
This isn't the 1990s people, battery tech is very advanced these days.


actually, out of all the phone's components, battery technology is the one that has least advanced. battery technology can be considered "old" for today's standards because it dates precisely from the 90s.

a few experiments from the early 00s have improved the Li-ions performance, however.

in any case, worrying too much about a battery is futile. unless its seriously abused (such as exposing it too heat often, etc.) it should effectively last longer than the phone itself.
 

iPodJedi

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Not at all. It just charges a tiny little bit slower. Just making up the numbers: Instead of using 10 Watts for charging, it might use 8 Watts for charging and 2 Watts for using the phone, so it takes a bit longer to charge, but that doesn't make any difference whatsoever to the battery.



True in principle, but that's really when you have it plugged in weeks at a time. It would be unlikely to happen for a phone, much more relevant for a laptop where you should unplug and use up the battery once a month. And if you use your iPhone like a land line, constantly plugged in, then battery life doesn't really matter.
I mean will it make difference say a year down the road?
 

mtneer

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As it says above...does it weaken your iphone battery's lifespan to do that?
How often will this happen? I would expect the probability of this combination occurring to be relatively low over the expected lifetime of the product. I have noticed that the phone tends to run hotter while in use and charge at the same time. But an occurrence once every other day or more should not matter.
 

iPodJedi

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Thanks for the replies it seem some posters thought i meant whether or not it will affect the amount of usage time i will get after that charge...and sorry i didnt clarify this in my first post-DOES USING AN iPHONE AFFECT THE BATTERY'S LIFESPAN AND CAPACITY A YEAR OR TWO FROM NOW?
 

Mrbobb

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Thanks for the replies it seem some posters thought i meant whether or not it will affect the amount of usage time i will get after that charge...and sorry i didnt clarify this in my first post-DOES USING AN iPHONE AFFECT THE BATTERY'S LIFESPAN AND CAPACITY A YEAR OR TWO FROM NOW?
One would think, with all those electronics in you tagline, you would know.

Why would you think the iPhone is more special than all those other gadgets?
 

mpantone

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Don't do it.

You will ruin your phone, your genitalia, and everything you cherish and hold dear to your heart. (Apart from your electronics and genitalia, of course...)

Or, it might not be a big deal.

Your call...

:D
 

C DM

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Thanks for the replies it seem some posters thought i meant whether or not it will affect the amount of usage time i will get after that charge...and sorry i didnt clarify this in my first post-DOES USING AN iPHONE AFFECT THE BATTERY'S LIFESPAN AND CAPACITY A YEAR OR TWO FROM NOW?
Even if it might it would be to such an insignificant degree that it would really not be with worrying about it one way or another.
 

iPodJedi

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One would think, with all those electronics in you tagline, you would know.

Why would you think the iPhone is more special than all those other gadgets?
Well, I never stated that my iPhone is more important than the rest of my devices. i use all of my apple devices plus my hp laptop everyday for different tasks. I just posted this thread under the iPhone folder because there are more viewers. My iPad mini happens to be my favorite just because it is easiest to web browse and post threads like this for macrumors.com. I mostly just use my iphone for texting and calling and my iPod touch for gaming. And of course, my iPod nano is for music.
 

Mrbobb

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What I am saying is, the battery in ur iPhone is the same battery as in ur laptop. Surely when at home, u work with ur laptop plugged in, no? If u ALWAYS work the laptop on battery only, u will increase the battery's cycle count=premature wear.

We don't use a phone the same way as a laptop but one could, if anal about extending the battery's life.
 

cynics

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No. Ignore all the old-school rechargeable battery myths, they don't apply to modern day electronics and Li-ion batteries.

The phone is smart enough to automatically regulate charging.

Contrary to popular belief it stops charging once it reaches 100% and leaving it plugged in wont harm the battery.

Actually it'll help the battery because the battery will be taxed less and you'll have far less charge cycles...extending your battery life.

This isn't the 1990s people, battery tech is very advanced these days.

And besides if you use your phone while its charging (like most people), it draws power from the charger, not the battery so the battery is still charging at a constant rate. Now if you were like and illegally tethered from your iphone 3G that was jailbroken, then the battery would continue to drain while plugged in yes but thats because it was being used for something it wasn't designed for.

Actually your using the battery when it's charging. While it's hard you can actually shut down an iPhone from lack of battery when it's plugged in charging. Also that's the reason when you run it to 0% you have to wait 5-10 minutes for it to charge before using it.
 

I7guy

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Thanks for the replies it seem some posters thought i meant whether or not it will affect the amount of usage time i will get after that charge...and sorry i didnt clarify this in my first post-DOES USING AN iPHONE AFFECT THE BATTERY'S LIFESPAN AND CAPACITY A YEAR OR TWO FROM NOW?
The short answer is probably maybe. Only a battery and iPhone designer would be able to answer your question. If your concerned about this don't if it.
 

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