Charging your phone can be a pain. Sometimes, it takes forever to charge, even with the fastest charger. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your phone charges as quickly as possible. The next time you’re in need of some extra juice, check out these tips!
Why does charging take longer?
- The battery is low: This is the most common reason your phone is taking longer to charge. If you plug in your phone when it’s already at 10% battery life, it could take up to 4 hours for the battery to reach 100%.
- The phone is on: If your screen is on while charging, it will take longer for the device to charge and may even drain faster than usual.
- The phone is in use: If you’re using apps or playing games while charging your device, some conflicting processes might slow down how fast the battery can charge up. Stop using them until after your device has finished charging!
- The temperature of the room: Where you are charging matters as well! Cold temperatures can cause batteries and other devices to lose efficiency (and thus capacity), so try not to leave them near any cold sources like refrigerators or air conditioning vents if possible (this also goes for keeping warm blankets out of direct sunlight).
How to Charge Your Phone Faster:
- Use the right cable and charger. If you’re using a USB-C or Lightning cable, then your cable may be too long, or it could be damaged. Don’t use non-certified cables either; they might not charge your phone at its full speed.
- Keep your phone charged. If your battery is low when you plug it in to charge, there’s no way that it can go faster than whatever current your device can pass through the battery to power itself up again. This means that if you must wait until before bedtime to recharge, don’t bother with fast charging since it won’t matter by then anyway!
- Turn off your phone while charging. Leaving apps open while on charge can slow down how fast your device charges—especially if one of these apps is constantly checking for new notifications or updates every few seconds (which they probably are). Shutting down these processes will help keep things running smoothly while connected to a wall socket.
Turn your phone off—but not for too long
First, let’s tackle the age-old question: is it better to leave your phone plugged in overnight?
In short, yes. As long as the battery life on your device is 80% or more, and you don’t need it for emergency use during the day (and even if you do), turning off your phone while it charges and keeping it turned off until the next morning is a good thing.
But what about those of us who need our phones at all hours? What if an important work email comes in right when we’re supposed to be sleeping? Or what if something goes wrong, and we have to call someone immediately? Should we let our phones rest while they recharge, or keep them on, so they can alert us when necessary?
Cleaning your phone’s charging port is another temporary fix. If your charger is misaligned and makes contact with the side of your phone while you’re using it, it will probably stop working again later on.