How can I charge my phone faster? 5 tricks to try

Everyone wants their phone to charge faster, especially if they’re about to hit the road and worry that their handset will last all day. There are ways to charge a phone faster, but ultimately you’re at the mercy of the phone’s capacity to draw power quickly, as well as your charging method. The best wireless chargers may offer convenient wireless charging, but they aren’t the fastest way to charge your phone, for example.

We’ll get into the ways everyone can charge their phone faster in a moment, but first a quick explanation of why phones charge at different speeds.

A word about wattage

Without getting deep into the weeds of electric currents, some phones – usually the more expensive ones – offer fast charging, meaning the rate at which their battery is filled can increase dramatically when paired with the right charger.

The OnePlus 10 Pro (opens in new tab)supports 80W fast charging, for example, which means that you can go from less than 5% full to 100% in less than half an hour with the included charger.

Unfortunately, the magic comes from the combination of both the charger and the phone. In other words, if your phone is older or cheaper, it will likely have a slower charging speed. You can’t plug a 45W charger into a phone with 5W charging speeds and expect it to fill up faster – it probably won’t cause any damage, but it will still stop at a slower speed.

So with that in mind…

1. Use a wall outlet and the fastest charger your phone supports

Your outlet is almost always faster than using a USB outlet on your desktop or laptop. USB ports will produce only about 2.5W at best.

That said, as mentioned above, not all chargers are created equal, and while few are slower than your computer’s USB port, it’s important to get the highest wattage charger that fits your phone.

Just google the model and “watts” of your phone and you should find out what the charging speed is. For example, the iPhone 8 is a maximum of 18W, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 (opens in new tab) is 15W. Something like the Motorola Moto G5 maxes out at 10W. Then you just need to find a charger that suits your watt capacity.

2. Don’t go wireless

Wireless charging is more convenient than using a wired charger, but it’s almost always slower. So when time is of the essence, ditch the convenience for sheer speed and plug it into the wall.

3. Stop using your phone while charging it

It may sound obvious, but if you really want to charge your phone as quickly as possible, you should put it down. Otherwise, you’ll only be using the incoming electricity to run the screen and power the processor for your busy work.

Checking social media or streaming to your TV won’t help your phone charge quickly, but even if you’re not actively using it, it’s still consuming power. Consider putting it on airplane mode to avoid wasting energy on Wi-Fi on LTE or, better yet, turning it off completely until needed. That gives you the most power in the battery for when you need it.

4. Keep it cool

If you’re trying to charge your phone on a hot day, it’s worth moving it to a cooler room to charge. Batteries are sensitive to heat and if a phone senses that it is too hot, it will slow down the charging speed to a safe level.

The sweet spot is in the 68-77°F range, so not on a windowsill in the sun or near a warm radiator. You might even find yourself having to take it out of the case if it heats up your phone during use.

5. Reduce your dependency on home charging

Okay, this isn’t technically a way to make your phone charge faster, but if you’re constantly worried about charging it on time, you may want to make yourself less vulnerable to battery shortages.

The obvious way to do this is to buy a portable charger. Just charge it, put it in your bag and it will always be there when your phone needs a little more power.

Alternatively, if your phone used to have a great battery and now it doesn’t, it may just need to be replaced. Unfortunately, most phones today don’t have user-replaceable batteries, but check with the manufacturer or a local repair shop to see if they can help.

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