The 8 Best Selfie Apps for Android

Selfies are  a great form of expressing self love, and a handy way of taking a picture with someone else if you want to be in it as well. The best Android smartphones now come with features that allow you to take good quality selfies even in insufficient or bad lighting conditions. 

However, if you don’t have a phone with a fancy selfie camera, you can use one of the apps that specialize in improving the quality of your selfies. Here are some of the best selfie apps for Android that we found.

1. Snapchat

Price: Free.

Best for: Adding masks and filters to your selfies.

People tend to think of Snapchat only as an Instagram-type app for sharing pictures and videos with your friends. However, Snapchat is a great app for taking selfies and enhancing them with the various lenses, emojis, filters, masks, and fonts. The app even allows you to create your own filters if you don’t find what you need on Snapchat.  

If you don’t have it installed yet, you can download Snapchat for free from the Play Store. 

Using Snapchat for taking selfies is easy: Open the app and take a picture as you normally would, using a mask or a filter. Then add text or effects if you like. You can choose to save your Snapchat selfies to Memories or Camera Roll, and then access them in your phone’s gallery. 

2. Front Flash

Price: Free.

Best for: Taking selfies in low light conditions.

Taking good looking selfies requires good lighting. If your phone doesn’t have the right hardware for taking selfies in low light conditions, Front Flash is a must have.

Front Flash is an app that uses a front-facing flash to enhance the lighting on your photos. This helps if you need to take a selfie in the dark, or simply want to get the natural skin color on your photo and need a bit of extra light. The app is free to use, with non-intrusive ads on the main interface.

3. Afterlight

Price: Free.

Best for: Taking Instagram-friendly selfies.

Afterlight is a photo-editing app that every Instagram fan will appreciate. The editing tools and the overall style of the app is similar to that of Instagram, but Afterlight offers many more editing options. 

If you’re looking to improve your selfies by adding a filter or a texture to it, you can use dozens of unique filters available on the app. Afterlight has frames that are the same format as the ones on Instagram, so you won’t have to crop the selfie to fit the Instagram square. 

4. YouCam Perfect

Price: Free.

Best for: Taking and editing group selfies. 

YouCam Perfect is probably one of the top selfie apps out there. There isn’t much this app can’t do when it comes to taking beautiful selfies. YouCam Perfect has a real-time beauty camera with special effects designed to enhance your selfies. You can use this app  to take a photo as well as a video-selfie. 

One of the best features this app can offer is the ability to use the beauty camera to take group selfies. It automatically recognizes all of the faces on camera and applies enhancing filters to all of them at once. In case you want to edit someone out of the picture, you can use the app to remove them from the frame. 

5. Candy Camera

Price: Free.

Best for: Taking silent selfies.

Candy Camera is a perfect selfie app for when you need to take a sneaky selfie without anyone around you noticing. The app has a silent camera feature that allows you to take pictures without any sound, even if your phone isn’t in silent mode. 

Aside from the silent camera, Candy Camera has a number of beauty features for enhancing your selfies, like face slim, whitening, smoothing, makeup and more. You can even use this app to add some tan or abs to your pictures. 

6. PhotoDirector

Price: Free.

Best for: Removing annoying objects from your selfie’s background. 

PhotoDirector is an AI-powered photo-editing app that can help take your selfies to the next level. One of the best features of PhotoDirector is the Object Removal tool. You don’t need to worry about other people or background objects ruining your selfie, as you can later remove them from the picture using this app.

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PhotoDirector also has a beauty editor with auto skin toning options, as well as some cool filters and effects to spruce up your photos. 

7. Retrica

Price: Free.

Best for: Creating selfie GIFs.

Retrica was originally the photo-editing app that specialized in filters that helped add retro style and atmosphere to your pictures. Now the app offers over a hundred different photo filters that add more texture and color to the photos. 

One feature that makes Retrica truly stand out among the other selfie apps for Android on this list is the ability to create GIFs. Now you can use Retica to create a GIF from a video or an image easily.

8. FaceTune2

Price: Free.

Best for: Putting a smile on your selfie.

FaceTune2 is a selfie editor that has it all. You can apply filters to your selfies, remove blemishes, smoothen your skin, whiten your teeth, and change the shape and size of some of your facial features. You can even tweak your smile to make your selfie look friendlier.

Aside from the beauty options, you can use FaceTune2 to accentuate certain details of your photo, blur the background, and change the lighting of the picture. 

What app do you use for taking selfies? Is it on our list? Share your opinion on the best selfie apps for Android in the comments section below. 

The Best Caller ID Apps for Android and iOS

These days people don’t like to pick up calls from unknown numbers. You could do an online search to identify the caller. However, this is time-consuming and in most cases, you won’t get the person’s name or address.  

That’s where a caller ID app is useful. Caller ID apps reveal the name of the caller even if they’re not saved in your contacts. 

Best Caller ID Apps for Android and iPhone

Here are our favorite caller ID apps for Android and iPhone. 

1. Truecaller (Android, iOS)

Truecaller can alert you to calls from both unknown numbers and numbers frequently used by phone scammers. The app also allows you to search for unknown numbers and block unwanted callers or text messages.

The free version of Truecaller is limited in its ability to identify unknown callers. 

  • To use Truecaller, you’ll need to give it access to your phone book, phone call logs, contacts and text messages. 
  • You’ll need to enter your phone number and set Truecaller as your default phone app for it to work effectively.
  • The app also has four different tabs: Personal, Important, Business and Spam, which make it easier for you to organize and find your text messages.
  • You can upgrade to Truecaller Premium or Gold to get notified when someone views your profile, view others’ profiles in Incognito Mode and to remove ads. 
  • You can use the advanced blocking feature for stronger offline protection and auto-block spammers, a Premium badge on your profile and 30 contact requests per month. 

While Truecaller is one of the best caller ID apps for Android and iPhone, it has a few downsides. 

  • The app combines messages and calls in one page, which makes navigation confusing. 
  • Truecaller is resource heavy and may drain your battery as it works in the background. 
  • Truecaller works in the US and in many countries around the world. In the UAE, however, Truecaller is blocked due to violation of personal data laws and perceived invasion of privacy. 

2. Hiya (Android, iOS)

Hiya is a reliable, fast and secure caller ID app.

  1. The app offers free spam alerts and blocks pesky robocalls for good.
  2. You get real-time context on who’s calling and automatic alerts that warn you about incoming spam calls. 
  3. You can also stop “neighbor spoofing” calls from numbers that look similar to yours. 
  4. If you get a call from an unsaved contact on your Android device or iPhone, the Hiya app allows you to reverse search the phone number and find out the caller’s name or whether it’s a likely robocaller. 
  5. Like Truecaller, the Hiya app also requires access to your call log and access to make and manage calls so it can identify and block unwanted or spam calls. 
  1.  For Hiya to work best, you also need to verify your phone number, and run it in the background while you’re not using it.The free version of the app offers basic caller ID, a personal block list, spam call alerts and basic number lookup. You can also choose whether you want your caller ID to be displayed on outgoing calls or not. A 7-day free trial is available so you can test and see if Hiya Premium works for you.
  2. You can upgrade to a Premium plan for $2.99 per month or $14.99 per year to unlock features like automatic spam blocking, premium caller ID, and premium number lookup. Hiya works in the US, Canada, India and more than 40 other countries.

3. True ID Caller Name (Android)

True ID Caller Name is one of the top caller ID apps for Android that lets you know your caller’s name and region so you can avoid spam and scam calls.

  1. The app has a simple and easy-to-use interface that displays your call history and an analytics page that shows the total number of incoming, outgoing, missed, and rejected calls. 
  2. The free version limits you to identifying caller IDs, sending messages, and whitelisting numbers. Plus, it comes with annoying pop-up ads. 
  3. For an ad-free experience, you can upgrade to the Premium version for $2 per month, and access features such as cloud backup for your messages, contacts, and call recordings. You also get access to the call blocker and location feature that helps you track or block phone numbers. 

4. Mr. Number (Android, iOS)

Mr. Number is a free caller ID app that helps you identify callers quickly and easily through its expansive phone number database.

As its name suggests,

  1. Mr. Number not only offers a fast phone number lookup experience but also includes features to help you manage your contacts and calls that protect you from phone number scams. 
  2. The app’s industry-leading spam detection technology works in the background to keep you free of robocalls. Plus, you can create a personal block list to avoid unwanted calls and get real-time alerts that warn you of incoming scam and spam calls, or configure the app to block unwanted calls automatically. 
  3. For iPhone users, Mr. Number offers a callkit integration for call logs, incoming call screen, and call blocking support.

Identify Your Caller

Once you have the person’s identity, turn to our guide on the best search sites to find people online and get a total picture of who they are.

Mobile carriers also offer their own caller ID and blocking tools. For example, AT&T’s Call Protect, which provides a spam call blocking app, Verizon’s Call Filter that detects and filters out spam calls, and T-Mobile’s ScamShield that identifies and blocks scam calls. Do you have a favorite caller ID app for Android or iPhone? Tell us about it in the comments.

Why Is My Mobile Data So Slow? 11 Reasons and Fixes

Nothing ruins your day faster than a sluggish internet connection, especially if you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection. Webpages will take forever to load, you’ll experience frequent pauses while streaming music, and it becomes almost impossible to watch videos online without buffering. Many internet-reliant apps may also fail to work optimally.

Several factors can affect mobile data speed, and they vary according to phone specifications, operating system, location, nature of mobile data plan, and so on. In this guide, we’ll cover all possible causes of slow mobile data speed and how to get faster internet in no time.

1. Several Apps Are Using Mobile Data Simultaneously

Running too many data-hogging apps and activities can clog your network bandwidth and reduce connection speed. So, if you’re streaming Netflix, downloading multiple files, and updating your apps simultaneously, pause some of these activities and run them one at a time.

2. Poor Connection Strength In Your Location

Mobile data speed is largely dependent on your cellular provider’s network quality and coverage in your location. A good way to determine network quality is to check the signal strength on your phone’s status bar. The higher the number of bars, the better the connection speed.

You should also check with other people using the same network in your location. If they’re experiencing similar connectivity issues, contact your cellular network provider to notify them about the slow mobile data speed.

If the problem persists, you may have to switch to another provider with stronger network coverage. Be sure to do your research before making the switch; ask people about their experiences and confirm the network’s availability and speed in your region.

3. You’re Using an Old SIM Card

This is another causative agent of slow cellular data speed on your mobile devices. New SIM cards are equipped to support new-age cellular technology, thereby offering faster internet connectivity than older SIM cards. 5G is the latest cellular technology but 4G LTE also provides super-fast network connectivity.

Using an old and outdated will limit your connection speed, even if you have a high-end device. You probably have a 3G SIM card if it’s about 8-10 years old; switch to a 4G SIM card to enjoy high-speed internet.

Contact your service provider or visit a nearby store to confirm the network capability of your SIM card. You may be required to provide the SIM card’s serial number, so make sure you have the SIM card’s package handy.

4. You Aren’t Using the Best Network Type

Obviously, 5G is better than 4G and 4G also has a faster speed than 3G. Although smartphones use the best connection by default, they are still backward-compatible with older network types. This means your device will switch to a 4G connection if 5G is temporarily unavailable, or 3G if it loses 4G connectivity.

You may experience slow internet speed if your device‘s connection preference isn’t set to the best network type. Or if your device fails to automatically switch back to the best network type after a connection outage.

On your Android smartphone, go to Network & Internet > Mobile network > Preferred network type and make sure the Recommended option is selected.

On iOS (iPhone or iPad), go to Settings > Mobile Data (or Cellular) > Mobile Data Options (or Cellular Data Options) > Voice & Data and select the best network type.

5. Using a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is great for bypassing geo-restriction, protecting your online privacy, and staying safe on the internet. The biggest downside of using VPNs, however, is that they often slow down connection speed. Disconnect your VPN connection and check if that boosts your mobile data speed.

6. Too Many Apps Running in the Background

As mentioned earlier, your phone’s connection speed may plummet if an app is excessively using mobile data in the background. Go through your data usage and lookout for background applications unnecessarily consuming mobile data. For Android users, head to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile network > App data usage and examine the data usage of all apps on the page.

If an app that you barely use is consuming an unreasonable amount of mobile data, select the app and toggle off both Background data and Unrestricted data usage.

You can also check an app’s mobile data usage on iPhones and iPads but there’s no option to restrict data usage in the background. iOS only lets you disable the app’s access to your mobile data. Go to Settings > Mobile Data (or Cellular) and toggle off any data-hogging app that doesn’t require internet connectivity.

7. Network Congestion

Cellular connection speed (and Wi-Fi, too) is generally faster during free hours—e.g at midnight when people are asleep. When too many people are simultaneously using the internet, that may overload your carrier’s cellular tower and reduce the amount of bandwidth available to users on the network. This is particularly common during work hours and busy periods like holidays.

In this case, there’s little to nothing that you can do except informing your network provider about the slow connection speed.

8. Network Deprioritization

Some network providers offer standard and premium mobile data packages. If you’re subscribed to a standard or basic data plan, your cellular carrier may reduce internet speed to give preference to premium customers. This is known as Data Deprioritization (or Network Deprioritization), a common practice by mobile virtual network operators (MVNO).

Big and high-flying cellular carriers don’t deprioritize their network, but you can’t be too sure. Refer to the terms and agreement of your mobile data plan on the carrier’s website and check for any mention of “network deprioritization” or “data restriction.” You could also contact customer support or shoot them an inquiry email for confirmation.

It’s worth mentioning that Data Deprioritization is temporary; connection speed will return to normal (for all users) when the network congestion clears up.

9. You’ve Hit Your Data Usage Limit

Your ISP can reduce your internet speed when you hit a certain usage threshold on your monthly data plan. This is known as Data Throttling. Check the usage policy of your internet plan and make sure you haven’t exceeded the usage threshold beyond which your connection speed starts to throttle. 

Note that Data Deprioritization and Data Throttling are two entirely different terms. They’re both speed reduction techniques but they happen for different reasons. Data throttling occurs when you’ve hit your internet plan’s usage limit while deprioritization majorly happens during heavy network congestion.

10. Network Configuration Issues

You may be unable to access the internet at high-speed if your phone’s network settings aren’t configured correctly. Or perhaps, some apps have disrupted your network configuration.

Resetting all network-related settings to factory default can fix this problem. Launch your Android’s Settings app and navigate to System > Advanced > Reset options > Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth > Reset Settings.

To reset network settings on iOS devices, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

11. Your Phone Isn’t Up-to-date

Devices running outdated operating systems may lack the software compatibility required to enjoy a high-speed cellular (or Wi-Fi) connection. If your mobile data speed remains sluggish after trying all possible solutions, check if your device is running the latest software. On Android, go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update.

If you have an iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Updates and download any update available on the page.

Now You Know Why

Tethering your internet to another device can also make your mobile data slow. If your mobile hotspot is active, turn it off and check if that boosts your connection speed. Ejecting and re-inserting your SIM card is another proven solution that’s worth trying.

We should mention that a faulty cell phone antenna can also cause connectivity issues. So, if the problem persists after trying all the recommendations in this article, visit an authorized service center to have your phone examined for possible hardware damage.

Be sure to refer your friends to this article the next time you hear them ask “Why is my mobile data so slow?”

5 Best Flashlight Apps for Android That Are Safe

The camera flash on your Android smartphone is also useful as a flashlight that you almost always have with you. However, in order to turn it on continuously, you need to use a flashlight app that tells the flash to stay on. 

While almost all Android phones now have a built-in software toggle to do this, there are still a few third-party flashlight apps out there. We’ve rounded up some of the best flashlight apps that don’t ask for more permissions than they should.

Why Would Anyone Want a Flashlight App Today?

As mentioned, your phone probably already has a software flashlight toggle. Phone makers quickly realized that this was a useful feature to include, so they’ve put it there right out of the box. So why would anyone want to download yet another app to achieve the same goal?

It’s true that most people probably wouldn’t find a dedicated app useful, but some flashlight apps do offer additional features. For example, some may offer strobe flashing modes or let you tweak the brightness of the light. So in some cases there are legitimate reasons to want one!

Why App Permissions Matter?

The big problem is that small and numerous apps such as flashlight apps can often simply be a front for what is essentially spyware or malware. For example, you may download a flashlight app that works just fine, but then asks for permission to manage your calls or look through your contacts. Clearly there’s no actual reason for a flashlight app to want those powers, so it’s best to avoid them.

For the apps we’ve chosen here, there are generally two types of permissions that are acceptable. First of all, the app needs permission to access the camera. Secondly, ad-supported applications may ask for internet access.

In both cases we do urge you to choose the Only allow while in use option offered by recent versions of Android. This way you know the app isn’t using its camera permissions to record you in the background!

Other permissions are also acceptable if they are needed for any special features of a given application. 

Shake Flashlight by AndroidRock (Free With Ads)

The concept behind this app is very simple. All you have to do to turn on the flashlight is shake your phone. This may not sound like something important, but even with quick menu access from a locked phone it can take a while to find the software toggle.

With this application, all you have to do is shake the phone once or twice and the light will turn on. Very handy if the lights go out and you just want to quickly have a flashlight.

We had to turn the shake sensitivity up a little because it took too much shaking for it to activate, but once it was dialed in for our handset it worked very well. Just be careful not to crank it up too much, or your poor flashlight will be holding a rave in your pocket as you walk down the street!

The only permission we were asked for was camera access, and the advertising is unobtrusive. So this is an easy app to recommend.

Color Flashlight (Free With Ads)

This is a flashlight app that’s been around for a long time and has almost half a million downloads, so you know they must be doing something right.

Its main trick is that it’s not just about using your camera’s LED flash to make light. You can also take control of your phone’s screen and force it into maximum brightness with the app.

You also have fine-grained control over the color and intensity of the screen. Color Flashlight also offers a few fun features, such as a flashing strobe screen or a video clip of a candle burning.

It only needs camera and internet permissions and can be quite versatile when you need specific lighting conditions. For example, you can set it to a warm color with low intensity for reading.

Icon Torch (Free With Optional Donation)

Icon Torch is as its name describes. When you tap the flashlight app icon, nothing opens. Only one thing happens: the LED flash comes on. That’s it.

This is simple but brilliant, since it means you can put the app icon wherever it’s easiest to reach, such as on your phone’s dock. This is usually much faster than swiping the quick access shade down and looking for the flashlight button.

This app asks for no permissions, has no ads (or interface for that matter) and is completely free. There’s a paid version of the app for $1.49 which is the same, but gives the developer Aleksandr Balaev a tip. At the time of writing only a few people had done so, including us. So if you like this smart and unobtrusive application, why not show some appreciation?

Tiny Flashlight (Free With Ads)

The main value proposition of the massively popular Tiny Flashlight by Nikolay Ananiev used to be its small install size. However these days phones have so much onboard storage that no one really cares. Yet more than four million people have downloaded this app. Why? There are two cool aspects to this flashlight app. 

First of all, it’s modular. You can download plugins that add functions you want without cluttering the application with ones you don’t. Secondly, it addresses one of the biggest issues with flashlight applications. That is, the fact that they’re utter battery hogs. 

While we have to take Nikolay’s word for it, Tiny Flashlight has been written to cut down on the total power consumption somewhat. Which could be a literal lifesaver in emergency situations.

Flashlight Free (Free With No Ads)

The last app on this list is perhaps the most perfect embodiment of a flashlight app that doesn’t ask for more permissions than it should. Flashlight free is a basic, transparent and simple app to use. The developers wanted to address the privacy concerns flashlight apps have caused in the past.

They take care to explain exactly what every feature does, what has changed exactly in each update and anything else users should know. There’s nothing more to say, it’s great.

Now We See the Light!

These excellent flashlight apps make it clear that there’s still plenty of room for innovation when it comes to this genre of software. Phone manufacturers can still make it faster and more convenient for us to activate the built-in flashlight feature. Mostly however, these are just a great set of flashlight apps to light up your life a little.

Why Is My Phone Charging So Slow? 5 Possible Reasons

Is your phone taking forever to get to 100%? Do you often find yourself asking “Why is my phone so slow?” Is it a frequent occurrence? Or something that happens once in a while? Why does this happen? Most importantly, what can you do to speed up charging speed?

There are several factors that influence charging speed on smartphones. These factors vary according to smartphone type, charging accessories, charging habits, and so on. In this guide, you’ll find 5 possible reasons why your phone is charging so slow and how to resolve the problem.

Before you proceed, make sure you aren’t charging from a weak power output/source. Your PC’s USB ports, low-quality power banks, or car chargers may not charge your phone as fast as a power adapter plugged into a wall socket. If your phone is plugged into an electric socket but continues to charge sluggishly, proceed to the next section to find out why.

1. Incompatible or Faulty Charging Accessories

By charging accessories, we’re talking about your power brick, USB cable, and charging pad/mat—if you charge wirelessly. These are the first things to check when your phone begins to charge really slowly.

Make sure your power adapter has an output rating (amperage) sufficient to charge your phone optimally. Amperage describes the amount of electric current a power adapter is able to supply to your phone. The lower a charger’s amperage, the longer it takes to fill up your battery.

Although your phone can only take as much power as it’s designed to, using a power brick with a high amperage increases the chances of rapid charging. If, for example, your phone supports 1.6amps, using a 2.1amps adapter will charge your phone faster than a 1amps adapter. Note that the phone will only use/receive its maximum capacity (i.e. 1.6A) from the adapter.

To enjoy quick charging, use a power brick with at least 2 – 3 amps. That doesn’t mean your phone will charge twice as fast, it’ll only guarantee that your phone charges as fast as it’s designed to.

Additionally, make sure you’re using an authentic cable that’s in good condition. USB cables get damaged easily due to frequent manhandling, twisting, and excessive folding/bending—particularly at the point where the cable connects to your phone.

This is a common reason phones charge slowly. A good power adapter + a bad USB cable will charge your phone just as slow as a bad power adapter + a good USB cable. Examine your USB cable and check for external damages.

It is recommended to always use the charging accessories that ship with your phone out-of-the-box. Or charging accessories that your smartphone manufacturer recommends. If your phone doesn’t ship with a charger, make sure you purchase an authentic charger from an authorized store.

Try using a different USB cable and power adapter, but make sure it has the recommended amperage (or higher) to charge your phone.

2. You’re Using a Wireless Charger

Wireless charging technology is cool and fancy, but it has several shortcomings. One of these limitations is the slow charging rate. A wireless charging pad will charge your phone relatively slower than a cable. Phone cases may further reduce wireless charging speed, so make sure you remove the case before placing your device on the wireless pad.

If your phone still isn’t charging fast enough, use a cable and check if that makes a difference.

3. Problems with Your Charging Port

Your device will charge slower than usual if the charging port is damaged. Foreign materials trapped in the port can obstruct the transfer of electrical current from the charging cable to your phone. This may also slow down the charging process. Examine your phone’s charging port using a flashlight and check for dust, lint, and dirt.

If you find particles on the metal contacts in the charging port, use a toothpick or a soft brush to carefully get them out. Be as gentle as you can, so you don’t push the particles further into the port. Better yet, use a can of compressed air to clean the port. That’s safer and recommended by many smartphone technicians.

Note: Avoid blowing air into the charging port with your mouth. Water vapor from your breath can corrode the port and cause serious damage to your phone. Also, you shouldn’t clean the port with sharp metal objects like needles, pins, or paper clips. 

4. Background Apps

Having too many apps running in the background will cause your phone’s battery to drain faster and charge sluggishly. It’s just like trying to fill a bucket with holes. Background apps are the holes in your smartphone; energy from your charger will simultaneously charge your battery and power background activities. This reduces the amount of power available to charge your battery. 

Go through your phone’s battery usage and disable background battery usage for apps that you barely use. On Android, launch the Settings app, select Battery, tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner, and select Battery usage.

Lookout for sparingly used apps consuming a high percentage of your battery. Select the app and tap Background restriction.

Next, tap Restrict to stop the app from using the battery in the background.

To view background apps on an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Battery and tap Show Activity to see how much time apps have spent on-screen and in the background.

If you find an unused app with high battery usage and background time, close the app and see if your phone now charges normally. You should also disable background app refresh for the battery-hogging apps; go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. That could help reduce the apps’ background activities.

5. Your Battery Is Old or Defective

Nothing lasts forever. People, wealth, pain, and not even your phone’s battery. The performance, capacity, and efficiency of rechargeable batteries tend to decrease over time as they age. The battery of your two-year-old smartphone will drain faster than when it was new. Likewise, your phone will charge more slowly.

iOS and iPadOS will automatically slow down device performance and charging speed when your battery’s capacity hits 80% or lower. To check your iPhone or iPad’s battery capacity, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. If the Maximum Capacity is 80% or lower, the battery has hit its lifespan and needs to be replaced.

You can get a free battery replacement at an authorized Apple Service Center if your iPhone or iPad is still under warranty. Otherwise, you’ll pay a fee to have your old battery replaced.

Android doesn’t have a native tool for checking battery health or lifespan; use a third-party battery app or visit a service center to determine your battery’s condition. You most likely have a defective battery if your phone is over 2 – 3 years old.

0% to 100% Real Quick

In addition to the above, you should also avoid using your phone while charging. Doing so causes your phone to charge at a slow rate, raises battery temperature, and increases the chances of fraying your charging cable. Now that you’ve learned some good charging practices, check out ways to preserve & extend your device’s battery life.