Apple warns people to never sleep next to their phone while it's charging

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Waking up to a fully charged phone may feel like a productive start to your day, but according to Apple, charging overnight could be extremely hazardous.

The tech giants have been warning against the dangers of sleeping next to your iPhone. So for those of you who don't fancy missing a single notification or middle of the night call or scroll, you might want to pay particularly close attention to this.

In a PSA, Apple have warned against topping up your phone's juice overnight as charging could "result in fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property."

Not only that, but falling asleep with your phone in your hand is an even bigger risk if it means your device is going to be left "under a blanket, pillow, or your body."

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Air flow is the key in these situations, with the phone's charging port requiring a "well-ventilated area when in use or charging" to avoid overheating and potential fires.

Apple's main message when it comes to charging risks and how to negate them is, "Don’t sleep on a device, power adapter, or wireless charger, or place them under a blanket, pillow, or your body, when it’s connected to a power source.

"Keep your iPhone, the power adapter, and any wireless charger in a well-ventilated area when in use or charging."

The tech company's statement concludes, "Take special care if you have a physical condition that affects your ability to detect heat against the body."

This wasn't the only advice the iPhone overlords wanted to share with customers, however. Apple also wanted to share some notes on the charging cable that comes with your phone as well as the USB power adaptor that can be bought separately.

If you lose your charging cable, Apple suggests replacing it with a "Made for iPhone" or third-party cable and power adapters that are "compliant with USB 2.0 or later."

Apple also recommends that the charger should also have "applicable country regulations and international and regional safety standards". So if you're thinking of seeking out a bargain and buying a cheap charger to save a few bucks, this could mean the charger doesn't "meet applicable safety standards, and charging with such adapters could pose a risk of death or injury."

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Other tips that can help users prevent "fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property" include obvious advice such as avoiding moisture, "metallic cases and metallic foreign objects touching the charger", always charging with your device face up and not using damaged cables or chargers.

Science-wise, there are also a few good reasons not to be strapped to your phone in the middle of the night. Research shows that blue light emitted by the screen inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy, meaning your 2am doom scroll might actually be making it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

Health advises to to limit screen time overall, not using your phone in the bedroom at all and, if you absolutely must, switch it to night mode.

Featured Image Credit: Jakub Porzycki/Getty

Apple warns people to never sleep next to their phone while it's charging

vt-author-image

By VT

Article saved!Article saved!

Waking up to a fully charged phone may feel like a productive start to your day, but according to Apple, charging overnight could be extremely hazardous.

The tech giants have been warning against the dangers of sleeping next to your iPhone. So for those of you who don't fancy missing a single notification or middle of the night call or scroll, you might want to pay particularly close attention to this.

In a PSA, Apple have warned against topping up your phone's juice overnight as charging could "result in fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property."

Not only that, but falling asleep with your phone in your hand is an even bigger risk if it means your device is going to be left "under a blanket, pillow, or your body."

size-full wp-image-1263214819
Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty

Air flow is the key in these situations, with the phone's charging port requiring a "well-ventilated area when in use or charging" to avoid overheating and potential fires.

Apple's main message when it comes to charging risks and how to negate them is, "Don’t sleep on a device, power adapter, or wireless charger, or place them under a blanket, pillow, or your body, when it’s connected to a power source.

"Keep your iPhone, the power adapter, and any wireless charger in a well-ventilated area when in use or charging."

The tech company's statement concludes, "Take special care if you have a physical condition that affects your ability to detect heat against the body."

This wasn't the only advice the iPhone overlords wanted to share with customers, however. Apple also wanted to share some notes on the charging cable that comes with your phone as well as the USB power adaptor that can be bought separately.

If you lose your charging cable, Apple suggests replacing it with a "Made for iPhone" or third-party cable and power adapters that are "compliant with USB 2.0 or later."

Apple also recommends that the charger should also have "applicable country regulations and international and regional safety standards". So if you're thinking of seeking out a bargain and buying a cheap charger to save a few bucks, this could mean the charger doesn't "meet applicable safety standards, and charging with such adapters could pose a risk of death or injury."

size-full wp-image-1263223868
Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty

Other tips that can help users prevent "fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property" include obvious advice such as avoiding moisture, "metallic cases and metallic foreign objects touching the charger", always charging with your device face up and not using damaged cables or chargers.

Science-wise, there are also a few good reasons not to be strapped to your phone in the middle of the night. Research shows that blue light emitted by the screen inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy, meaning your 2am doom scroll might actually be making it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

Health advises to to limit screen time overall, not using your phone in the bedroom at all and, if you absolutely must, switch it to night mode.

Featured Image Credit: Jakub Porzycki/Getty