Your smartphone is a source of electromagnetic radiation, and that radiation is harmful to your health. That’s why we suggest you put your phone in airplane mode when you’re not using it.
But here’s something you might not be aware of: Your phone doesn’t just emit one type of EMF, it emits many. The good news is that these EMFs arise from separate functions. That means that, more often than not, you can choose which ones are switched on at any given moment.
And so we have Healthy Living Tip #75: Use your power to choose which EMFs your phone is emitting.
To understand what we mean by this, let’s take a look at some of the different sources of EMF from a typical smartphone.
The most obvious sources of electromagnetic radiation are your cell phone service and wifi. But they’re not the only ones.
There’s Bluetooth. There’s Near Field Communication (NFC), which is what your phone uses to make contactless payments. There’s wireless charging.
All of these services are usually available on modern smartphones, regardless of the make and model.
Then there’s the iPhone: For the next generation of iPhones, Apple have announced the addition of yet another source of EMF called UWB, which stands for Ultra Wideband. UWB bounces super-short radio pulses into the air to measure the distance between devices. The purpose of this technology is to let you pinpoint the location of tagged objects – like your laptop, your car keys, or your dog.
It’s yet another additional service on your phone to emit a form of radiofrequency radiation additional to those already in existence.
So what can you do?
Realize that your phone’s functionality is not all or nothing. You can take some services and leave others.
To recap, here are some common EMF sources from phones:
- Cell phone service
- NFC (Near Field Communication)
- Wireless charging
- UWB (Ultra Wideband)
So be mindful of the different sources of radiation, find out which ones are in your control, and always use your power to choose which ones are switched on and off.
For example, if you need to use the internet on your phone but don’t need to make calls, turn on wifi but switch off your cell phone data and Bluetooth.
Or, say you hardly ever use the NFC functionality. Depending on your model of smartphone, you should be able to go into your settings and disable it. Just google the model of your phone and “turn off NFC” to find some instructions on how to do it.
In being conscious of which services and functions you switch on and which you keep turned off when not in use, you can reduce the amount of harmful radiation that your phone emits.
There are more ways to protect your health from harmful electromagnetic fields, for free. Find out more at our Healthy Living Tips page.