I’m notorious for being that person, the one who always has her iPhone down to its last bit of charge. I practically see the 20% battery warning by lunchtime on a daily basis. If I’m not on my smartphone then I’m probably making a mad dash to the nearest wall outlet (with charger in tow) to prevent a black screen of death. I can’t help it, I may have a little bit of smartphone separation anxiety.
That smartphone separation is especially brutal when you don’t have the time to wait for it to juice up because they’re boarding your group at the airport gate or you’re missing opportunities to snapchat concert highlights (not speaking from experience or anything). If you’re anything like me, then this article is for you.
Charge your iPhone faster with these three secrets, so you can quickly get back to your social media addiction or protecting your “clan” base from being invaded.
Charge Your iPhone While Off or In Airplane Mode
You may not want to hear this, but the best way to optimize your iPhone charging experience is to turn the dang thing off. Turning off your iPhone while letting it charge can save you some extra time than keeping it on, because you are stopping it from running all your programs and powering the screen, which drains a lot of battery power.
If that sounds less than ideal, and I will readily admit that I would prefer to keep my iPhone on, then putting it on airplane mode can still help. Switching your phone to airplane mode stops it from continuously searching for a signal. This means that you won’t be able to use data and send or receive calls/text, but keeping it on will at least let you see how far along you are in the charging process (although constantly checking it will slow down your charge time…so stop it).
To put your iPhone on airplane mode simply go to settings and slide the toggle. You’ll know it’s on airplane mode when a little airplane icon shows up on the top left part of your screen.
For those of us that absolutely cannot be disconnected, then closing out all your running apps and turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can help expedite things at a more minimal level.
Use the Right Charger
Using the right power source for your iPhone can be just as, if not more, important than the mode you use to charge your phone. Through trial and error you may have already discovered that a wall charger will juice up your phone much faster than connecting it to your computer via USB port, but why?
The reason has to do with your charging source’s wattage. The rule of thumb for choosing the right charger is that the higher the wattage, the speedier it will charge your smartphone’s battery. This means that there’s really no contest when comparing a Mac USB port that outputs 2.5 watts of power versus Apple’s iPhone wall charger with 5 watts of power. That’s why trying to charge your iPad with your iPhone charger will take an extra long time; iPads draw 12 watts of power but a standard iPhone charger maxes out at 5 watts. So make sure your charger allows your phone to draw the maximum wattage it is designed to.
Escape the Heat
You have probably noticed that your iPhone heats up when you are charging it. An over-heated phone eventually causes issues with battery capacity and wear. Keeping apps open, exposing it to high temperatures, and entrapping it in heat with bulky phone cases can also increase the problem.
Prevent your iPhone from overheating by keeping it at regular room temperature and avoid exposing it to heat for long periods of time. This means not taking it with you on a nice long beach trip where you will most likely cause the battery to run out more quickly.
Some protective phone cases may also trap heat in your phone and will prevent you from charging your phone quickly. To keep your phone cool and charging fast use a lighter more “breathable” phone case or take the phone out of the case when you’re charging it.
If you’re constantly running your iPhone’s battery life to the ground, then it may also be time to invest in a phone case with built-in battery, so you can recharge on the go! You might also want to consider purchasing an unlocked or no-contract Apple iPhone if the battery is completely dead.
What Would You Do For a Phone Charge?
These tips are not an exhaustive list of things you can do to charge your iPhone faster, but are a great start. Making the most of your current charge is also useful if you are constantly running your battery down and can keep you from panicked and rushed charging sessions.
We are curious to hear from you. Ever had a time in your life when you desperately needed to charge your phone? Did you do something crazy to make it happen? Share your stories with us in the comment box below!
If you liked these iPhone tips you may also want to check out our article on how to Make Space on Your iPhone.