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Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone?

I usually disconnect my cellphone from the charger some time after it's fully charged because I'm afraid the battery could lose capacity over time if I don't. However, I believe modern electronics ...
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Battery Life and First Time Charging on Li-ion Batteries. Myth?

"Ok you bought a brand new mobile phone with brand new battery, after checking its working ok kindly switch it off and charge it fully (100%) then start using it. IT WILL INCREASE YOUR BATTERY LIFE.", ...
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Why are some USB chargers slower than others?

It seems with USB chargers for my android phone, not all are created equal. The first pic is the official charger which came with my phone (galaxy nexus). It charges quickly, from 0 to 100% in a ...
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Why is charging from computer using USB slower than using an outlet?

And what is roughly the ratio of the charging speed in USB vs charger? My phone is Samsung Galaxy S, if that matters.
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Do I have to charge my phone before I use it the first time?

When I got my last phone, a SE k850i, I was recommended to charge it fully once before I even turned it on. Does this apply today as well, for my coming HTC Desire HD? Why was I recommended to do so ...
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What causes battery to drain faster than it can charge?

I have a Moto DROID (v1). On a trip from Tyler, TX to DFW airport I had my phone in the car dock and charging. I was using Navigation for directions to the airport and also had Listen running to ...
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How can I avoid the battery charging when connected via USB?

I'm using my Samsung Galaxy S2 for development so I regularly plug it while it's not fully charged, and my phone starts charging over USB. I think this (charging while in use) can affect battery life ...
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Where is “Stay Awake” option in Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S3?

I just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S III (Ice Cream Sandwich) from the Motorola Droid Bionic (Gingerbread). On my Bionic, there was a "Stay Awake" check box that made it so my "Screen will never ...
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Battery - do they last longer if recharged when empty?

I'm about to buy a Samsung Galaxy Ace (it's not much expensive and I think it's a pretty good phone), however everyone has been complaining with the battery life but admitting that isn't bad compared ...
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Charging over USB can be harmful?

Considering that charging over USB can take around 5 hours (to only 1-2 hours it would take from the wall mounted plug), can it be harmful for the smartphone battery if it's always charged from USB?
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When should I start charging my Lithium battery?

The comments in this question say that I shouldn't wait until low battery charge level before I charge, because that reduces battery life (this is contrary to my understanding before that the faster ...
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Galaxy Tab is not being charged through USB Cable

Currently i am using Samsung Galaxy Tab, model is GT-P1000, to test my application, so i usually attach it with PC through USB cable and it is attached for a whole day though it is showing low battery ...
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charging from power outlet or computer? to save battery lifetime

I realized that charging my HTC Desire (Android 2.1) takes longer if connected to computer compare to power outlet. Does it matter which method I use to charge in terms of battery life time?
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What is the difference between USB charging and AC charging?

I've recently got hold on an HTC One X having moved from an HTC Desire. I noticed that my One X charges very slowly when connected to the USB socket on my PC, whereas the Desire was comparatively ...
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Are Android chargers universal in terms of power (Voltage, amperage)?

I would like to buy a car charger, wall charger and USB cables for my Samsung Intercept. However, $20 for a charger seems expensive and I want to avoid getting ripped off. The Samsung Intercept Manual ...
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Is it OK to swap batteries while phone is connected to wall charger?

It takes a few minutes to shut down and restart the phone, it would sometimes be handy to be able to swap batteries without shutting down (i.e. swap in a fully charged battery before going out). ...
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Will any Micro USB cable work to charge my Incredible?

The plug sure looks like any old micro USB plug. Will another cable (like the one from my digital camera) work to charge the battery, or do I need one specifically designed for my phone?
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How to make screen stay turned off when plugging charger?

When I plug charger into my phone with screen off, it always turns the screen back on. This is slightly annoying at night. Is it possible to configure android so that the screen stays off and charging ...
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How frequently is it okay to let the battery discharge fully or as low as possible?

I know that atleast once or twice a month a full battery drain and then a 100% charge helps increase the battery life and also gives more accurate battery readings. I was wondering, how frequently is ...
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Does the device/charger consume power after charging is complete?

I'm a bit OCD about efficiency and I have noticed that at least one of my two Android devices tells me to unplug it after charging is complete to save energy. My questions are: Is it true that a ...
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Disable USB charging

For some reasons not related to the battery life, I need to disable the battery charging when a USB host is connected to my phone (a rooted Nexus 4). Taking a look around on the internet (link1, ...
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Will I damage my Android device by charging it using a generic microusb + car adapter?

I need a second charger and a car charger for my Evo 3D and the same for my wife's Nexus S, but I don't want to pay exorbitant prices for them. Will I fry or otherwise damage the devices using ...
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How can you prevent a Kindle Fire from auto-mounting on a Mac when you plug it in to USB?

I've got a Kindle Fire and I like to plug it in to my Mac to charge up (and also to do some development.) It works fine but it is annoying to have to unmount it every time. Is there any way to ...
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When phone is off and I plug it in to outlet the phone turns on instead of charging

This might be hardware but I'm not sure so thought I'd ask. Went to plug in to charger at home last night - noticed it didn't charge. Wake up in the morning though and the battery hadn't dropped (or ...
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Other manufacturer's USB data cable for charging?

Is there any harm in using a USB data cable of any other phone (say LG) for charging up a Nexus S? "Any harm" here means will it adversely effect my battery life or the Nexus S device in any way?
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What's the safe limit on charger output for a Galaxy Nexus

The charger that came with my Galaxy Nexus phone outputs 5 volts at 1 amp. I have another charger that outputs 5v at 2 amps. Is it safe to use this charger? What's the limit I can use without damaging ...
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“Charging paused. Voltage too high” on Samsung Galaxy S2 after upgrading to ICS

I am keep on getting this pop-up every 30 sec. I searched on the internet, and most of the solutions are to play with the charging pin. It's also showing it's charging when it's not. My phone thinks ...
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What happens to the battery during bootloader/recovery?

I want to know what happens to the battery (does it charge/discharge/stay constant?) when the device is in bootloader or recovery mode. In both of these modes, a USB may or may not be connected. If ...
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Is there a quick-fix for the Galaxy Nexus when it signals “charging” without beeing connected via USB?

My Galaxy Nexus goes into charging mode but when it isn't plugged in. The battery symbol then indicates a charging and when in suspend mode, the display turns on which drains battery rapidly. I am ...
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How do I just charge (i.e. not mount for data transfer) a Galaxy Nexus when connected via USB to a PC?

I like to be able to charge my phone from any PC I happen to be using. With my previous HTC Android, I could default to "charge-only" and only switch it to "mount as disc drive" when I wished to, on ...
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Can I recharge my Android smartphone at any USB port?

My girlfirend has just installed a new CD Player on her car that comes with a USB port to connect external devices(Flash card, external hard drive, etc). My question is based due the fact that I told ...
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Connect JUST as charging

With ICS my phone now ALWAYS mounts my SD card as an external drive when I plug it into a computer. Sometimes I just want power, especially if I am trying to play a game that's on my SD card. Under ...
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Is it possible to change the background automatically when charging battery?

This is a feature of older nokias, I would like to have it on android! On a related note, it would be nice to have a different background when silenced or on airplane mode.
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Can I use my Nexus7 charger to charge my Android phone?

The Nexus charger has an OP Amp rating of 2A. The charger that comes with the phone has an OP Amp rating of 1A. Both have the same voltage. IP voltage is 100-250 V for both. I googled and came across ...
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How can I change screen timeout based on whether my phone is/not charging?

I'd like my screen to stay lit while charging but have a timeout when just on battery. Is ther any way to do this?
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Is there a way to tell when the battery is actually at 100%

I recently acquired an HTC Desire Z / G2, and installed Cyanogenmod 7 onto it. Something I've noticed though is that sometimes the battery drains very quickly, and sometimes it does not. Since I have ...
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How do I disable the lock-screen when my Samsung Galaxy S II is charging/connected via USB?

When I develop for my Samsung Galaxy S II, the screen locks as usual after the configured time. However, for development it would be practical if the phone would just stay awake while it is connected ...
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Other than the external LED indicator, how can I be notified that my phone is done charging?

I'm wondering if there is a setting that I am missing that allows an Android phone to produce an audio notification (or even vibrate) once charging is complete. As is stands, whenever charging is ...
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My phone thinks it's charging

After upgrading my Galaxy Nexus to 4.0.4, it keeps thinking the cable is being plugged in and out all the time. The battery discharges at a normal rate, even though the screen keeps lighting up as a ...
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Am I overcharging my phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does constant charging harm my Android cellphone? I am using my Xperia Active for application development. Given that scenario, I obviously have the phone connected to ...
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Nexus 4 problems when charging

My Nexus 4 is not charging when plugged into wall but it charges when connected to PC USB. When plugged into wall nothing happens, the battery icon shows nothing. This problem appears and disappears ...
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How can I tell at what rate my battery is charging?

I've been told that different charging sources charge my phone at different rates, and have been told that some car chargers act at a normal USB rate instead of a rate closer to an AC outlet. When I ...
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How do I get rid of the “Battery fully charged, unplug charger” popup screen?

Every time my Note 2 gets fully charged, it beeps and (more annoyingly) turns the screen on to tell me to unplug it now that it's fully charged. I'm not going to unplug it overnight. I don't want ...
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No touchscreen response when charging

I have a new HTC Desire S in the UK unlocked from Amazon running Android 2.3.3 and HTC Sense 2.1. When I charge the phone the touchscreen is non responsive. I have tried changing Settings > ...
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Although I was told to charge my Android device before first use, it was already charged. Have I been given a phone rejected by someone else?

I have just received my 'new' HTC one V. The instructions clearly state to charge the phone up before first use, yet the the phone switched on and showed full charge straight away, before I had chance ...
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Is the Nexus One battery charged when connected to a PC via USB?

Do you happen to know whether the Nexus One's battery is charged while being connected via the USB cable to a PC? If so, is this standard behavior for all Android devices that have a USB port?
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Is my phone liable to explode if I charge it with a charger that came with a different phone?

My friend and I both have droids and we often user each other's wall chargers out of convenience. I was told that it's possible that my phone might explode if it's charged with a charger that wasn't ...
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How much power does a Galaxy Tab 10.1 charger need to supply?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a special charger which (I'm assuming) provides a higher current output than the USB standard. Without it, the device can actually die, even if the USB cord is ...
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Can a charger not 100% compliant to the USB specification damage my Andoid phone?

I've bought a world adapter which can charge USB devices as well. According to the packing the usb will be powered with more than the 500mA as per USB specification - 1000mA. Will charging my HTC ...
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Does the processor speed have any bearing on the time taken to charge?

I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 running the default Sammy Android 2.3.3 on the Siyah Kernel 2.0 I use SetCPU to change my processor speeds to conserve battery life during the day. Will ...