Thank you, it is nice to finally have that cleared up, I have been wondering for ages and letting it die completely hen I could have been topping up! Thanks again.It's all a myth, at least for lithium batteries. Old nickel batteries used to require a complete discharge, and you won't cause damage to current batteries by charging them on and off. For the best battery life, you're supposed to keep the device charged between 30% and 80% without letting it discharge completely at any point. You're not going to notice a huge difference in life with a complete discharge here and there. However, regular 0% discharges will kill the battery and cause it to hold less and less of a charge. Lithium batteries are quite efficient these days, nonetheless.
To be fair, that 30-80% range can be difficult to maintain while you're busy. It's far easier to top the phone off at 100% and then let it drain to 30% or lower. That won't make a huge difference in battery life, but it still matters. I've had my device on about 15% battery for a few days because of daily tasks, and it's just now at a full charge once again!I find it difficult to keep the battery charged in the optimal amount on cell phones so I don't worry about it much. Now for other devices, like my DSLR that I'll keep for a decade +, yes I pay attention!
I think that's a myth, but I know that if you let phone's run on the charger all day without unplugging it you can mess up your battery. One time I was in a Sprint store and the salesman showed me a blackberry that had a bulge on the back off it that turned out to be the battery. The battery had been overcharged and the phone no longer worked.
It's A LOT longer than that, mate. My galaxy S4 still does about 4 hours of screen time with wifi on and some moderate gaming and that's after 3 years of use (I didn't take meticulous care either). I think the battery on the S6 should last at least 6-7 hours when it's new.What really drains a device's battery is screen-on time. Most smartphones with small to midsize batteries will only last for two to three hours of screen-on time with the brightness passed 50%. On the other hand, devices with 3,000 mAh batteries and above can sometimes manage four-plus hours of screen-on time no matter the brightness setting. A lot of video streaming, game playing, or other intensive tasks will increase the drainage of the battery, too, though.
It might affect the coordination of the battery percentage. The software can change in terms of the battery detection and would have a wrong estimation of how much power the battery actually has. For example, if it says 5% on your phone, it could turn off any moment because it's not really 5%, because it has been calibrated and detecting wrongly, due to a faulty battery that has been ruined by letting the phone die out and then charge it. Hope that makes sense.While the battery is obviously a key part of your phone (obviously) the modern day battery is significantly more advanced than what they used to be and top up charging is ok.
As for letting your phone completely die then I'm not too sure if this can affect the software. I'm sure others on the forum may be able to comment further on this?
That's pretty much how I was thinking, it's not like you suddenly pull the power, like if you would do that on a PC then that may cause damage, on the smartphone though, it's the OS that decides to shut down, I'd imagine that's to prevent any damage from occurring.Don't see how a low battery could effect the operating system. The operating system usually shuts the phone off when the battery package says it's critically low on power.
I think it's a very close estimation as I've said. It's not completely accurate and truly can't be, but it's a very close estimation. But it matters a lot because as I've said, it affects the estimation of the percentage through the software, which will in fact affect your phone turning off at times when it shouldn't be. It also could say that you have 1% battery when you actually have something like 18%, and then people would start experiencing that their phone turns off and turns on again with a different percentage and they're surprised and how it increased, when in reality it didn't increase, it just was messed up to begin with.The percentage figure of the battery you see on the phone, as far as I'm aware, has never really been an accurate representation of how much battery you have left anyway. I think it's there just as a rough guide only.