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How to diagnose your smartphone’s battery health?

How to diagnose your smartphone’s battery health?

By  Daniel Camilo 2019-05-31 522 0

There is no doubt that smartphones are evolving more and more and every day new functionalities or capacities are arriving that can be developed through these smartphones thanks to their powerful hardware and varied software. But it is clear that the source of energy or the one that provides all smartphones to be able to use them is the battery.

Unfortunately, even if you are careful, the battery inevitably breaks down over time and loses some of its charging capacity. But it is difficult to know when a battery is still in good condition or if it is already beginning to need replacement.

That's why we're going to show some tips to assess the health of the smartphone battery to detect when it needs to be changed and avoid possible damage to the terminal.

Visual inspection

In numerous occasions there are many the users that after acquiring a smartphone, this one is replaced by another one without ever having removed the cover where the battery is. This is a symptom of the fact that there has never been a visual check of the state of the battery.

It is recommended to check from time to time if the battery shows signs of deterioration and to do so should proceed by turning off the terminal and carefully removing the part of the casing that covers the battery. Once the phone is discovered, the battery should be removed and observe if it shows symptoms such as bulging or signs of corrosion near the metal terminals where the battery itself connects to the device.

These can be easily detected as they leave white or green spots that can damage the phone's circuits. If this is the case, the battery should be replaced and the one that caused the damage should not be replaced.

Turning test

Lithium batteries degrade with each discharge cycle, but exposing them to extreme temperatures of both cold and heat can further shorten battery life. One of the symptoms of poor battery health is swelling of the battery somewhere on its surface.

This swelling occurs in a slow process that can be quite difficult to appreciate especially at its inception, but an easy way to check is to try to turn on a flat surface the battery. If the battery does not have any swollen area the battery will not turn easily, while if a part of the surface is inflated, the battery will turn easily on a flat surface using the swelling itself as a support.

Observe if the battery consumption is fast

Not all phones can have their batteries easily removed and can therefore be inspected by users. In these cases it is convenient to have a control of the speed with which the famous lines of the battery are diminishing.

In most phones you can see the percentage of battery available at any time as a percentage in the status bar. In addition, this information can be found as an option within the configuration menu. If this is not the case, you can always use a widget that shows this information to detect if even with infrequent use of the terminal the battery is consumed quickly and if this is the case you should proceed to change it.

Diagnostic applications

iPhone users will know that the terminal itself keeps track of how many times it charges and the actual capacity of its battery. However, this information is accessible only by Apple support personnel.

To access this information you need to get iBackupBot and connect your iPhone to your PC. From then on you can access the count of charge cycles and the actual capacity of the battery at any time to check your health.

Android terminals also store this data on the status of your battery. In some terminals it is enough to press from your dialer the following sequence * # * # 4636 # * # * * and they will be able to be visible. But on other occasions it is not so and therefore you have to choose to get a software that provides it.

An example is MicroPich, a simple battery monitoring tool that will show the state of health of the battery, its voltage, its temperature and the exact level of battery consumed at each instant.

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