9 Tips to Charge Your iPhone Faster

Charging your iPhone is simple, right? While this is technically true, several factors can influence how quickly and efficiently the device charges.

If you’re in a hurry and need your phone to charge as quickly as possible, there are a few things to consider, like where it’s plugged in, what settings are on (or off), and what type of charger you’re using. use. Otherwise, you risk ending up with a barely charged iPhone and having it die when you need it most.

In the guide below, we show you nine tips and tricks that will help you charge your iPhone as quickly as possible when you’re in a hurry.

Stop using that old charger

The fastest way to charge your iPhone is with a fast charger: a 20-watt power adapter with a USB-C to Lightning cable. As long as you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can quickly charge your phone from zero to around 50% battery in about 30 minutes. If you have a spare hour, you can fully charge it. Even 10 minutes of fast charging can significantly increase the battery percentage.

Apple no longer provides a power adapter when purchasing a new iPhone. It only provides the cable. You can obviously buy the official 20 watt adapter from Apple and Amazon. You can also use other power supplies that support fast charging. You’ll need at least 20 watts of power to quickly charge an iPhone 12 or later.

A wireless charger is good, but this model is the best

The second-fastest way to charge your iPhone is with Apple’s MagSafe charger and a 20-watt adapter. However, to get faster wireless charging you must have an iPhone 12 or later. If your iPhone battery is completely dead, you should reach about 30% battery in 30 minutes of wireless charging.

This doesn’t mean you can use any Qi wireless charger (which is the industry standard). While the MagSafe charger supports 15 watts, a Qi charger only offers 7.5 watts, which is much slower than a MagSafe and only slightly faster than a traditional 5-watt wall charger. Be aware that magnetic wireless chargers that aren’t MagSafe certified also charge at the slower speed of 7.5 watts.

Stop using your computer to charge your iPhone

Your laptop may seem like a convenient way to charge your iPhone, especially if you spend most of your day in front of it and want to keep an eye on your emails and other notifications. Unfortunately, your computer will charge your phone more slowly than any wall or wireless charger.

Your computer’s USB port, whether it’s USB-A (larger and older) or USB-C (newer and smaller), cannot provide the same amount of power than any wall outlet, even a 5 watt power adapter. This is especially true if you have an old computer with an incompatible USB port and/or charging cable, both of which can slow down the charging process.

Using a MacBook may seem like an easy way to charge your iPhone, but it’s slower than any wall charger.

Don’t touch your iPhone while it’s charging

If you want your iPhone to charge as quickly as possible, try not to use it. If you stream videos or play mobile games while charging your smartphone, the battery will charge much more slowly. So don’t use it if possible.

Turn off your iPhone to speed up your battery charging

Even if your screen is asleep, your smartphone is working in the background. It will constantly refresh apps, send notifications, and turn on your screen, all of which wastes battery. If you want your iPhone to charge faster, it’s best to turn it off.

If you don’t want to turn off your iPhone, switch to airplane mode

If you don’t want to turn off your iPhone, you can enable airplane mode. This mode disables all wireless transmission functions such as cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which consume power. If they are turned off, your iPhone may charge faster. This way you can also quickly turn off airplane mode to check your text messages or possible phone calls.

menu to activate airplane mode on iphone

Airplane mode prevents you from receiving notifications, but conserves battery while you charge your iPhone.

Change these settings on your iPhone to charge your battery faster

A few tweaks can help your iPhone charge faster if you don’t plan to turn it off:

  • Low power mode: Enable it to reduce or disable battery-consuming features like 5G, screen brightness, auto-lock, background app refresh, auto downloads, and more.
  • Dark mode: It’s unclear how much battery saving Dark Mode saves, but turning it on while you’re charging your iPhone can’t hurt, especially if every percentage counts.
  • Reduce the brightness of your screen: The brighter the screen, the faster the battery drains. So try reducing the screen brightness while charging.
menu with iphone low power mode

This iPhone feature can slow down charging

Apple has a built-in tool that prevents your iPhone battery from rapidly degrading. However, this same feature also slows down the device’s charging. Although it generally slows down your iPhone during long charging periods, and most often at night, it can be helpful to turn it off when you charge your phone. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery health and chargingthen deactivate the function Optimized battery charging.

You may need a new battery for your iPhone

In the same Settings page where you can turn off optimized battery charging, you can also check its health. If you see a message like “Your battery health has significantly deteriorated,” you should consider scheduling an appointment with Apple to replace your battery. A degraded battery retains the charge less well and therefore discharges more quickly. A new battery will improve the overall battery life of your device.

You can check the approximate cost of replacing your battery on Apple’s iPhone battery replacement service website. Pricing depends on your service coverage and the make and model.

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