You glance at your iPhone and realize it has a very low battery, and worse, you’re about to go somewhere where you won’t be able to charge your device. You can quickly charge your phone right away, but is that enough for you? Possibly if you maximize some features.
Let’s look at a few ways to quickly charge your battery to last an hour or more. Several methods are tried and tested, such as turning on airplane mode to reduce the energy consumption associated with being on the cellular network, and others are newer, such as using wireless.
These methods can also be mixed and matched, and hopefully they’ll give you at least enough power to get the basic tasks done.
If you have a fast charger, use it
The fastest way to charge your iPhone is with Fast Charger: Plugged in 20 W power adapter With USB-C to Lightning Cable. As long as you have and or later, you can quickly recharge the phone from a depleted backup to about 50 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes. If you have an hour to spare, you can fully charge it. Even 10 minutes of fast charging can increase your battery by two digits, so if you’re short on time, always choose the fast charger option.
Unfortunately, Apple no longer supplies power adapters when you buy a new phone, only a cable, but you can buy an Apple 20W power adapter from Apple and Amazon. According to Apple, you can too use other compatible, fast charging power bricksbut for fast charging an iPhone 12 or later you need at least a 20W brick.
A MagSafe wireless charger is a good idea if you don’t have a fast charger
The second fastest way to charge your iPhone is Apple MagSafe charger and a 20W power adapter, but for this to work you will need an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 for faster 15W wireless charging. If your iPhone is dead, you should get around 30% battery in around 30 minutes of wireless charging .
However, this does not mean that any industry standard Qi wireless charger can be used for fast charging. While the MagSafe charger supports 15W, the Qi charger only provides up to 7.5W – which is much slower than MagSafe and only slightly faster than traditional 5W wall charger. Note that wireless magnetic chargers that are not MagSafe certified will also charge at the slower 7.5W speed.
Do not use a laptop or desktop computer
A laptop is a very convenient way to charge your iPhone, especially if you spend most of your day in front of your computer and want to keep a close eye on incoming text messages and notifications. Unfortunately, your computer will always charge your phone slower than any wall charger or wireless charger.
A computer USB port, whether it’s a larger and older USB-A port or a newer, smaller USB-C port, cannot deliver the same power as any wall outlet – even a 5W power supply. This is especially important if you have an older computer with a damaged USB port or an incompatible charging cable, which can slow down the charging process even further.
And don’t use your iPhone while it’s charging
It’s obvious, but if you want your iPhone to charge as fast as possible, try to stay away from it as much as possible. If you’re streaming videos or playing mobile games while your iPhone is charging, the battery will charge much slower, so if you can, just leave it intact.
For better results, turn off the phone while it is charging
Even when the screen is off, the phone continues to run in the background, constantly refreshing applications, sending notifications and turning on the screen – all wasting battery power. If you want your iPhone to charge faster, it’s best to turn it off.
You can also switch it to airplane mode while charging
If you don’t want to turn off your iPhone but still want to charge it faster, you can turn on Airplane Mode, which turns off all wireless features like cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth – they all use up energy. If they’re turned off, your iPhone may charge faster. Thus, you can also quickly disable airplane mode to quickly check text messages or phone calls that you may be waiting for.
Use low power mode, dark mode and reduce brightness
Do you know all these tips that will help you save battery in the first place? You can use the same features and settings to speed up iPhone charging if you don’t plan on turning it off.
- Low power mode. Turn it on to reduce or affect battery consumption features like 5G, display brightness, auto lock, background app refresh, auto download, and more.
- Dark Mode: The jury is still not there exactly how much Dark Mode actually saves your battery, but turning it on while your iPhone is charging won’t hurt, especially if every percent matters.
- Lower the screen brightness: The brighter the screen, the faster the battery will run out, so turn it off completely while charging.
Turn off Optimized Battery Charging
Apple has a built-in tool to help prevent iPhone battery from degrading so quickly, but the same feature makes the device charge slower. While this feature usually only slows down your iPhone during long charging periods and usually at night, it’s still a good idea to turn it off while your phone is charging. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery status and turn it off Optimized battery charging to disable this feature.
Maybe it’s time for a new battery
On the same settings page where you can turn off optimized battery charging, you can also check the battery status. If you see a message such as “Battery health has severely deteriorated,” you should make an appointment with Apple to have the battery replaced. A degraded battery also does not hold a charge, so it will run out faster. A new battery will improve overall battery life.