6 things you should never do while charging your smartphone

Always charge your phone with its own charger. Unlike laptops, smartphones use a universal charging interface ­ the microUSB port.

Avoid cheap chargers from unknown manufacturers. They do not include any safety mechanisms to protect against fluctuation and over charging. Adapter failure could permanently damage the battery and phone.

It is recommended that you remove the phone's protective case while charging. It is natural for the battery to become slightly warm, but the case may act as a barrier and slow down heat dissipation. If possible, flip the phone over and place it on a soft cloth to protect the display.

Always using a fast charger might not be the best thing for your battery's health. This process involves a higher voltage to be sent to the phone's battery, which results in a rapid rise in temperature.

Do not leave your phone charging through the night. Overcharging is detrimental to battery health.

Avoid using third-party battery apps. Most of them affect battery life negatively as they constantly run in the background, aggressively shut down other apps; some take over the lockscreen to load advertisements and even recommend apps that will further optimise your smartphone.