10 tips to charge your iPhone faster

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Basically, if you want to charge your iPhone faster, turn off all unnecessary features that drain the battery while charging. Do not use damaged charging cables. Use a fast charging cable and make sure the charging port is clean.


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Activate energy saving mode

You need to turn off all non-essential functions for the charge to make serious progress. This means that the battery saver mode has to be activated, which temporarily pauses all background functions such as updating apps and checking email. The less the phone has to do, the more it can focus on charging the battery.

You can activate the power saving mode in two ways. The first is to go Settings > Battery and turn on Low power mode. The second, quickest and easiest method is to swipe down from the top right of the home screen to access the Control Center. There is an icon to toggle power saving mode on and off.

Turn off the phone

Reboot iPhone

I know it’s heresy to even suggest it, but if you can survive an hour or so without your phone, turn it off. I don’t mean sleep mode – I mean actually turn off. I know. I’m waiting for you to get over your dizzy spells and get off the floor.

Like the power saving mode, you need to turn off all unnecessary features, and what better way to do that than to just turn off the iPhone. I promise it’s not the end of the world and you can always turn on voicemail to catch missed calls. To maintain your credibility, simply tell your friends that you’ve been in an area with a poor WiFi signal.

Do not use the phone while charging

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Not sure what’s using up a lot of battery on your iPhone? Then go Settings > Battery. There you will find a list of all the apps that have used the battery since it was last charged. Those at the top of the list are the worst offenders.

Do not use damaged charging accessories

lightning cable iphone

Apple products are very high quality (with the price tag to match), but like any product, they eventually wear out and become damaged. This is especially true for electrical cables. Finally, connector pins are easily warped if they are inserted into the socket too many times. The cable will begin to brown easily as the current flows through it, and the most common problem – the cable’s outer plastic coating will eventually crack open exposing the thin electrical wires inside.

Aside from not charging your devices properly, this is of course a major security risk. Once your charging cable has degraded to this level, it’s time to properly dispose of it and purchase a replacement. Be very wary of cheap fake third party cables from Asia as they also pose potential fire hazards. Get an Apple or Apple-approved cable. It costs more, but you can rest easy knowing your phone won’t explode when you charge it.

Use a charging cable, not a wireless charger

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max charging cable Lightning

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Wireless charging pads are growing in popularity, but their charging speeds are limited. They’re fine for making calls if you have a few hours, but being in a hurry with a wireless charging pad is like asking a snail to run a marathon. Because of this, you’ll need a true USB-C to Lightning charging cable to plug into an outlet instead.

USB-C cables can power the latest iPhones up to 100W. However, when buying a charger, make sure that it is certified MFi (Made for iPhone).

Don’t charge your iPhone through your computer

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You can connect your iPhone to a Windows computer or Macbook via USB and charge it from there. But a USB connection is a terrible and slow method of charging. A USB port emits a very slow and low charge. So if you want to charge your iPhone faster, using a USB port is a huge step backwards.

The previous recommendation remains – use a USB-C to Lightning cable and a power outlet. Keep the computer away from it.

Make sure the charging port is clean

iPhone 11 Pro Max charging port

It stands to reason that the entry point for this charge needs to be clear and clean if you want your iPhone to charge faster. If it’s clogged with your skin cells, tissue debris, lint, and the remains of the Dead Sea Scrolls, this cargo will have trouble getting through.

Make sure you clean the iPhone charging port regularly and try to remove the phone from your pocket as much as possible. For example, try to find a small bag made of anti-static material to put it in.

Lower the screen brightness

adjust iphone brightness

A simple tip would be to lower the screen brightness, although this happens automatically when you activate the battery saver mode. However, if for some reason you want to turn off the power saving mode, you can lower the screen brightness by going to Settings > Display & Brightness. Move the slider to the left to decrease the brightness.

It is also good battery optimization practice to keep the screen brightness as low as possible.

Disable Optimized battery charging

iPhone battery health

To extend the life of device batteries, Apple recently introduced a new iPhone charging feature called Optimized Battery Charging. Your iPhone will now stop charging when it reaches 80% when left on a charger for a long time.

So if you need to charge your iPhone to 100%, you need to turn off the Optimized Battery Charging feature by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. You will be warned that turning it off is a bad idea, so you must remember to turn it back on as soon as possible.

Remove the iPhone protective case

Caseology Nano Pop Mag iPhone 14 Case

iPhones tend to get pretty hot when you charge them in their cases, and that heat can slow charging. So if you feel your phone is getting a little too hot, take the cover off to give it some air to cool down.

frequently asked Questions

When the iPhone battery has reached the point where it is no longer sufficiently charged, it can be replaced.

Yes, Apple can do this, or a third-party licensed repair facility.

Once the overall battery health on your iPhone screen is down to around 50%, you should consider replacing it.

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