Apple Issues Warning To People Who Charge Their iPhone Overnight

Apple users have received a cautionary warning against leaving their iPhone charging overnight while they sleep.
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Apple users have received a cautionary warning against leaving their iPhones to charge overnight while they sleep, as this could potentially have serious consequences.

Allowing our phones to charge overnight is the perfect time to restore our phone battery levels, given that there’s no risk of needing to disconnect them prematurely.

This is something that pretty much everyone does without worrying about any concerns.

However, it may be time to reconsider as Apple has issued a strong caution to iPhone users who plug their phones in while they’re asleep.

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The company has highlighted that such behaviour could cause serious damage to the product and electrical items.

But that’s not all, as it is actually a potential health hazard that can cause fires and electric shocks.

In an official statement from the tech giant, it is explained that you should not in any instance sleep with your phone under your pillow or anywhere on your body while it’s plugged in.

It warns: “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.

“Take special care if you have a physical condition that affects your ability to detect heat against the body.”

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Charging your phone overnight is a potential health and safety hazard. Credit: Alamy

Apple has also issued a warning that using third-party chargers to fuel your device could elevate the potential for fire hazards.

This is due to certain lower-cost chargers that might lack the equivalent safety protocols that are found in Apple’s authorised offerings.

To address this concern, the tech company suggest using cables that have a ‘Made for iPhone’ label on it – as that means it adheres to globally recognised safety benchmarks.

Apple explains: “You can also charge iPhone with ‘Made for iPhone’ or other third-party cables and power adapters that are compliant with USB 2.0 or later and with applicable country regulations and international and regional safety standards.

“Other adapters may not meet applicable safety standards, and charging with such adapters could pose a risk of death or injury.”

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Apple has sent out a warning to people who charge their iPhones overnight. Credit: Alamy

It adds: “It’s not just charging while sleeping that you should avoid.”

The trillion-dollar company insists that you should never charge your device near water or any other liquid, and should attempt to discard chargers as soon as they become damaged.

Apple says: “Using damaged cables or chargers, or charging when moisture is present, can cause fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property.”

It should be noted that this applies to all phones and devices – not just Apple products.

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A firefighter has also taken to TikTok to stress the dangers of not charging your phone overnight.

He firstly suggests that while you are asleep, you can’t smell burning so you will be oblivious to the smoke coming from the charger.

“Number two: it only takes three breaths, right, to knock you unconscious,” he continues.

“Number three: lots of people have cheap or faulty phone chargers or even genuine ones have been known to start fires.

“If you’re able to, we advise you to charge your phone when you’re there and awake from a fire service point of view. It’s much safer.”

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.