The majority of us often charge our phones just before going to bed, but Apple has now issued a warning asking us to be extra cautious about how we charge our iPhones.
You would think that charging your phone overnight is the best course of action. Nobody wants to constantly have to check their phone’s plug socket for notifications while it’s charging during the day. However, Apple has issued a warning to users who charge their phones right before bed.
“Important Safety Information for iPhone”
The tech behemoth hasn’t specifically urged us to stop charging our phones at night, but it has warned us to watch out for overheating areas when doing so. This one is for anyone who has ever nodded off while looking through Instagram. According to the warning, charging an iPhone while it is covered and unable to breathe could cause harm.
It states that iPhone users should “avoid prolonged skin contact with the charging cable and connector when the charging cable is connected to a power source because it may cause discomfort or injury.” The warning can be found in the memo titled “Important safety information for iPhone” on the Apple website.
Additionally stated in the email is that “Sleeping or sitting on the charging cable or connector should be avoided.” Apple specifically advises avoiding covering phones with a duvet or pillow in addition to sleeping with our phones on charge. Use caution to prevent prolonged skin contact with a gadget, its power adapter, or a wireless charger when they are in use or attached to a power source, the statement stated.
The Risks of charging Phones Overnight
“For instance, don’t sleep on a device, power adapter, or wireless charger when it’s connected to a power source, or place them under a blanket, pillow, or your body. And although it might seem unlikely that you could fall asleep while your phone overheats and catches fire, it actually does happen occasionally.
A Kent Fire Rescue firefighter warned about the risks of charging phones overnight on TikTok. “We receive a lot of queries here at Kent Fire Rescue about why you shouldn’t charge phones overnight, they warned on social media. So, these are the explanations.
“First, if it starts to burn, you won’t notice because you can’t smell anything while you’re asleep. Number two: You can be rendered unconscious in just three breaths, correct? Three: Many people use subpar or defective phone chargers, and even genuine ones have been known to cause fires.”