If you're anything like us, your smartphone is your precious baby. Unfortunately, you probably don't treat it as well as you should. Here are some things you're probably doing wrong with your iPhone:
1. Never turning it off
You really should be turning your phone off periodically, or your battery will die faster than it should. Leaving it on and idle stresses the battery, experts say. If you, like us, use your phone as your alarm clock, consider picking up a cheap (or fancy -- why not?) alarm clock, or turning it off for another period of time during the day.
2. Leaving the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on all the time
When your iPhone has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and isn't using one or both, it's just wasting energy. As you wander around in your daily life, you're not likely going to need or want Wi-Fi or Bluetooth all the time. You're better leaving both off, and just turning them on when you need them.
3. Using it outside in extreme weather
Your iPhone isn't meant to withstand super hot or super cold temperatures, and using it outside when it's under 32 degrees or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit isn't recommended. You can drain the battery, or your phone might shut off temporarily. Try keeping your iPhone off in extreme weather or at least in your pocket, away from the elements.
4. Keeping it plugged in overnight
Letting your iPhone charge while you sleep might be convenient, but some say it's not a good idea. There has been much debate regarding the issue, but many argue that leaving your iPhone plugged in after it's already fully charged can damage your battery over time, and it could start dying more quickly. "Your battery will behave the best if you take it off the charge before it hits 100 percent, and leaving it plugged when it's already full is going to cause a little degradation," Gizmodo recently wrote. Try charging it during the day so you can unplug it once it's fully charged, or using an outlet that shuts off via a timer.
5. Using a non-Apple charger
Apple chargers might be expensive, but they're worth the investment. Using off-brand chargers can do damage to your phone, and fake chargers have been reported to cause fires and explosions. Apple has even created a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, in which it asks people to hand over counterfeit chargers, and, as of last August, offered people who brought in their non-Apple chargers a discount on a real Apple charger.
6. Not cleaning it
Your iPhone is disgusting. Like really disgusting. Toilet seats and pet food dishes contain fewer germs than your iPhone does. Apple recommends that you use "a soft, lint-free cloth" to clean your iPhone. There are also products that claim to use UV lights to sanitize your phone.
7. Filming in portrait mode
No. More. Vertical. Videos.
8. Not protecting yourself with a passcode
According to Apple, half of iPhone users do not lock their phones. If you don't have a passcode on your iPhone and it's stolen, your identity and personal information is completely open and available for the thief to grab. It's a simple way to protect your privacy.
9. Walking around with your iPhone in your hand
Whether or not you realize it, iPhones are a hot commodity on the black market and are a huge target for thieves. Around 40 percent of the robberies in major cities now involve mobile devices, so it's actually pretty dangerous to walk around carelessly with your iPhone out.
This post has been updated to reflect the debate surrounding leaving your iPhone charging overnight.