We understand how frustrating it can get when you have to charge your phone constantly. Especially when you are in hurry, getting ready to leave your house and you realise that you have forgotten to change your phone is about to die, so plug it into its charger for those spare 10 minutes you have in your hand to give the battery boost and you sit there watching it SLOWLY charge can be pretty frustrating.
But hey! there are ways to charge your phone a lot faster that you probably did not know. Read our guide on how to charge your phone battery faster. Here are 12 ways to make your phone charge faster.
1. Get The Right Plug And Charger
While phone chargers have a universal fitting, that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Connecting your charging cable to a laptop is a bad idea if you want to charge your phone quickly: a USB 2.0 port chucks out just 2.5 watts of power, while USB 3 delivers 4.5 watts. Your wall charger will deliver much more, so this is the best bet if you want the speediest charging.
2. Put It Into Airplane Mode
The less your phone is trying do while it’s charging, the more quickly it will recharge. Airplane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, reducing your phone’s capabilities and therefore stopping it from doing so much. Testing suggests it could reduce the amount of time needed for a full charge by as much as 25%. It won’t receive calls or messages while it’s in airplane mode, but it’s worth it to have a device that will stay on for the next few hours.
3. Turn It Off
Turning your phone off completely will allow it to recharge even faster than putting it in airplane mode. Again, you might miss out on a few notifications while it is off, but you’ll have to live with that if you want your phone to last until you come home again.
4. Use A Battery-Saving Mode
Many devices have a battery saving mode of some description (usually Settings>Battery>Battery Saver), whether it’s the stock option or a manufacturer-specific feature such as Motorola’s Doze. Switch this on to conserve power while your phone charges.
5. Switch Off Unnecessary Features
Check to see if you have any unnecessary features on, such as Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi or NFC, which could be using up battery power. Close all your apps and stop your phone from doing automatic backups or updating apps from the Google Play Store.
6. Don’t Touch It
If you need your phone on and out of airplane mode while it’s charging, because you are expecting an important call, try not to keep using your phone every 30 seconds. Why? Because the screen is the biggest battery drainer of them all. The more you wake your phone, the faster its battery will drain. So try to avoid the urge to check every notification that comes through, leave it to charge, and it will reach the desired level much faster.
7. Avoid Wireless Charging
This is not to criticise wireless chargers. They entail fewer cables, and that’s something I’m sure we can get on board with. But, if charging speed is your number one priority you should avoid them. They offer a considerably slower charging experience than their wired counterparts. In fact testing suggests they could be as much as 50% slower. Why?
First: It’s more efficient to transfer energy through a cable than via simple contact.
Secondly: The wasted energy manifests itself as excess heat. More on that in the last phase.
So, do you really want to make your phone charge faster? Avoid wireless charging and embrace wired charging. This will surely speed up charging.
8. Remove Your Phone’s Case
All smartphones currently rely on lithium-ion batteries. The chemistry behind the way they work dictates that the charging process works much more efficiently when the battery is cool. For optimal charging, the battery temperature (not the air temperature) should be between 41 and 113 F (5 and 45 C). Obviously, the battery temperature is in part controlled by the ambient surrounding temperature, and removing your case will help lower it.
9. Use A High-Quality Cable
The difference in quality between two cables can be vast. Inside your single charging cable are four individual cables — red, green, white, and black. The white and green cables are for data transfer, the red and black ones are for charging. The number of amps the two charging cables can carry is determined by their size. A standard 28-gauge cable can carry around 0.5 amps; a larger 24-gauge cable can carry two amps. Generally, cheap cables use the 28-gauge setup, resulting in slower charging speeds. If you want to test your cable for charging efficiency, download Ampere. It lets you measure the charge and discharge rate of your device.
10. Lower The Brightness
First set the screen brightness to Auto, so your phone adjusts to indoor and outdoor lighting. Then lower the baseline brightness. Lower it to a level you can stand, but the lower the brightness, the less battery usage.
11. Turn Off Location Services
Unless you’re using it for directions or something real-time, turn off location services for apps so they aren’t constantly monitoring your phone’s location (and simultaneously draining your battery life).
12. Have A Power Bank
If you need to recharge your phone while you are on the go. For example, if you are often out traveling all day. A power bank can be a live saver you know. Any power bank offers the same amperage output as a wall socket, and in some cases, even more. But a word of warning, while your phone might charge faster with a two amp output you need to make sure your USB cable can handle the extra power.
We have introduced you to 12 ways you can make your charging experience less painful. We hope this helps you. If you have any other tips and hacks, do let us know in the comments below! If you are looking for some more tips, check out this list which will help you speed up the performance of your phone.