PHP PHP's $stmt->affected_rows intermittently returning 0 when it should return a positive integer


Example

<?php
    // if device exists, update timestamp
    $stmt = $mysqli->prepare("UPDATE new_devices SET nd_timestamp=? WHERE nd_deviceid=?");
    $stmt->bind_param('ss', $now, $device);
    $stmt->execute();
    //echo "Affected Rows: ".$stmt->affected_rows; // This line is where I am checking the status of the update query.

    if ($stmt->affected_rows < 1){ // Because affected_rows sometimes returns 0, the insert code runs instead of being skipped. Now I have many duplicate entries.
        
        $ins = $mysqli->prepare("INSERT INTO new_devices (nd_id,nd_deviceid,nd_timestamp) VALUES (nd_id,?,?)");
        $ins -> bind_param("ss",$device,$now);
        $ins -> execute();
        $ins -> store_result();
        $ins -> free_result();
    }
?>