Check out our ultimate guide to charging your phone so you know you’re doing everything right.
1. Use a wall charger
If you charge your phone through a USB attached to your laptop, you’ll undoubtedly suffer a slower charging time. Your computer simply can’t deliver enough power to your smartphone whilst also keeping itself alive.
Instead, you should plug your phone directly into a wall socket. On average, a USB can supply around 2.5 Watts of power, whereas a standard wall charger can usually generate around 5W.
2. Buy a dedicated fast charger
Some chargers are designed to supply fast charging capability to any device.
These sorts of chargers can rapidly supply a smartphone or tablet with up to 30W of power, which is 6x faster than a standard charger (on average)! With a fast charger, your phone will be fully charged in no time.
Are fast chargers dangerous?
There has been controversy over whether fast charging is dangerous for phones, as it forces a sudden, large amount of electricity into the battery. However, batteries are capable of absorbing large amounts of charge quickly at the beginning, so it’s usually agreed that fast charging wouldn’t cause any long-term damage.
3. Stop background processes on apps
One of the biggest drainers of smartphone batteries usually goes undetected by the average user.
Many of the apps you have on your phone will continue to run background processes, even while you’re not using them. This will inevitably slow down how quickly your phone can charge as the battery is being consumed by these apps.
To avoid this, you can turn off background app refresh by going to:
Settings > General > Background App Refresh > Turn off
4. Enable battery saving mode
When you enable battery saving mode, your phone will automatically make a number of changes, such as:
- Lowering your screen’s brightness
- Stopping certain notifications
- Pausing background refreshes and emails
With battery saver on, your phone can charge more quickly, as the battery life isn’t being used up by these background tasks.
You can often enable battery saver in one click through your notification bar. Alternatively, try your settings:
iPhone: Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode
Android: Settings > Battery > Power Saving Mode
5. Don’t use your phone
It may sound simple, but when your phone is on charge, the best thing you can do is stay off it.
If your phone is charging and you’re constantly on it, such as scrolling through social media apps or watching content, you’re forcing your device to keep working while it’s trying to recharge.
The busier your phone is, and the more you ask of it, the slower it will take to charge as all these tasks consume energy.
6. Turn on airplane mode
Much like battery saving mode, airplane mode helps your phone charge faster. It turns off a bunch of power-hungry functions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, radio, and cellular signal.
Allegedly, according to Verizon, airplane mode can help your phone charge four times faster than normal!
You can often turn on airplane mode through your notification bar. Alternatively, try your settings:
iPhone: Settings > Airplane Mode > Switch toggle to on
Android: Settings > Airplane Mode > Switch toggle to on
7. Switch your phone off
Switching your phone off completely could help it charge faster because absolutely nothing is running on it - not even the display!
When your phone is turned on, it’s constantly watching out for notifications, incoming calls or messages, and other communication between apps and hardware. And even if it was on with airplane mode, it’s still using a bit of battery to run.
But when it’s turned off, it’s not doing anything, so your phone can simply focus on recharging its battery.
8. Keep phone temperature low
Your battery health is affected by the temperature of your phone.
If your phone is overheating, it could cause your battery to fail, as electronics are sensitive to heat. Or, if your phone is already too hot, your battery will take a lot longer to charge because it doesn’t want to overheat.
Keep your phone’s temperature under control by not using it constantly, keeping it out of hot vehicles or containers, and learning how to charge it properly (i.e. not to 100% or overnight).
9. Avoid wireless charging
Wireless chargers, despite often stated to provide quick charging power to many devices, may actually be charging your phone slower than a normal cable.
Wireless charging generates heat, and if the battery is heated above its threshold, the charging will slow down to avoid overheating.
Many wireless chargers will have built-in heat detection to try to prevent this from happening, but your phone may still charge slower even with this safety mechanism in place.
To guarantee a speedy charge, you might want to stick with wires for now.
10. Use a portable charger
If you’re on-the-go and want to ensure your phone recharges quickly, a portable charger is your best bet.
These power banks are usually capable of supplying your phone with instant power (as long as you remembered to charge it before leaving!). You can choose the most ideal portable charger size for you based on your phone’s current battery life, and how many times you’d need to recharge it.
Usually portable chargers can charge your phone faster than a wall socket, because they’re specifically built with charging in mind. It’s their sole purpose after all! They can pump a lot of juice straight into your battery so you can pick up and go.
What else to try
If these hacks aren’t working for you, you may want to invest in a phone with a long battery life or learn how to make your phone battery last longer.
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