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How to charge your Android phone battery faster

Loie Favre
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What’s worse than a dead phone? One that takes too long to charge! This has certainly happened to most of us before: you’re rushing out of the door and you happen to see there’s just 5% left of battery! Here are some tips on how you can get your Android phone to charge faster!

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The right plug and charger

First off, you want to ensure that you plug your phone into the wall socket, and in the best case scenario, using the charger that came with your phone, though nowadays, Android device chargers are universal. If you are in a hurry, avoid plugging your phone into your computer or laptop, because this will definitely slow down the charging speed, as will Qi wireless charging.

Get into airplane mode

Now enable airplane mode on your device to speed up charging. Depending on your device, there could be various ways to get to this. For example, on my Nexus 5, I simply long press on the power button, and select airplane mode when it appears. You can also go into the Quick Settings, by swiping down with two fingers. Every device is different, but you most likely know how to turn it on. Airplane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, which means you won’t receive any calls, messages, internet access etc, but it’s all worth it when you think you’ll have a device that will still be on for the next few hours.

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Turn on airplane mode to make your phone charge faster. © ANDROIDPIT

Turn that bad boy off

If you don’t actually need your phone at the moment, go ahead and turn it off completely. Obviously, any alarms or notifications won’t come through when it is off, but this is something you might just need to live without if you are racing the clock.

Switch off unnecessary features

Check to see if you have any unnecessary features on, like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC etc. Close out of all your apps and stop your phone from doing any automatic backups or updating apps from the Google Play Store. These are just small, but golden tips when you are in a rush. Plus, everything can be easily switched back to normal when you’re out of the door and sitting in the train or bus. That being said, we highly discourage doing this if you are driving.

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Switch off some system features if you aren't using them. © ANDROIDPIT

Don't touch!

If you need to have your phone on though, and even want to leave it off airplane mode, because you have an important call, message or something of the sort, try to suppress the urge to check your phone every thirty seconds. Why? Because the screen is the biggest battery drainer of them all.

Did you try any of these suggestions? What do you do to make your phone charge faster?

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  • Stav Dor 2 months ago Link

    And if you're device is Nexus 4/5 with Root, You can use Custom Kernel like Franco Kernel or Elemental X Kernel to improve and optimize features and battery life in your device.

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  • kingboudi1 2 months ago Link

    Its better that you fully charge your phone's battery once a month only, i started charging it to 70% then unpluging it , trust me, the battery will then last longer and will remain good.

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      Oh really? Interesting. It is also better to never let your battery go under 10%.

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  • Greg1100 2 months ago Link

    That's why I will not buy a phone where you can't remove the battery . A spare battery takes very little space in pocket and is light. Slip failing battery out, fit fresh one in. Simples.
    Just greed on part of manufacturers, wanting you to pay the inflated prices for a battery plus fitting plus postage.
    Phone contract up at end of August- I was looking at a Z2, but found out battery is sealed. I have an S3, so not bothered about S5- it will probably be an LG G3.
    Greg

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      I think you're right to go for the LG G3, it really is a great phone! And if a removable batter is what you need, then you are on the right track.

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  • Leo Mazur 2 months ago Link

    I charge quickly my note 3 by shutting it off completely and by using either original 2a charger at home 2a verizon or att charger at work or 2.1a car charger from bestbuy. Takes about 5 min to get back to work with close to 10% of charge.

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      Nice tip!

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    • Steve Rand 2 months ago Link

      If the car charger is not a Samsung-specific charger, you won't get 2 amps out of it... that goes for all Belkin chargers and anything that says it's iPhone compatible.The data pins have a specific voltage that tells an iPhone to charge at full rate, but Samsung devices need to see a different voltage on the data wires to use 2 amp charging.
      That being said, if you use a genuine wall charger and a cheap cable, my multimeter showed anywhere from 460mah to 700mah. A genuine cable gave 1800mah. Any iPhone charger or non-Samsung charger with any cable you have will only give a max of 1000mah if the charger has the data pins looped. Looping the pins tells devices that it's a charger, not a USB port (max 500mah). If the charger is cheap and doesn't do this, then your phone can only assume it is using a USB port and therefore will only draw 500mah so as to not damage the port.

      At the end of the day, if you want your phone to charge quickly, get the right charger setup. If you don't mind your phone not really being a phone (like airplane mode), you might as well just turn the damn thing off when you charge, but either way this seems like an emergency-only situation.

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  • Garry Marshall 2 months ago Link

    I have a Sony Xperia Z ultra and it comes with stamina mode which kills all applications apart from calls and text messages when you kill the screen. And everything comes back to life when you unlock the screen!! My battery life is also very good for a sealed unit!

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      I love stamina mode on Sony devices! I think all manufacturers are wanting to be better in this area: Samsung and HTC have extreme power saving modes. Google is also hoping on board with Project Volta for Android L, which can already be tested.

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  • Akram Najjar 2 months ago Link

    I used a long USB cable extender. That was disasterous. Returning to shorter cables, batteries charged faster. Thanks.

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      Loie Favre 2 months ago Link

      Hmm I've never had experience with the longer ones, I've had success with the standard chargers by my phone's manufacturer.

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    • Steve Rand 2 months ago Link

      I had a 3m long cable for my Note2 for my bedside and it was cheap and thin and charged at 460mah. I bought another 3m cable from eBay for a few more dollars than the first, but the new one was listed as "thick" and indeed it was much thicker. It does a full 1.8amp charge over the same distance.
      More distance, more resistance, more loss. A thicker cable helps a lot and in my case gives exactly the same result as the genuine 1.2m cable.

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  • Akram Najjar 2 months ago Link

    I also found that USB chargers that plug into sockets have widely varying amperages. They hover around the 1000 while some can go much higher than that. I try not to use anything less than 1000 but avoid the top end as someone told me, that might damage the battery. Thanks again.

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    • Steve Rand 2 months ago Link

      You can have a million amp charger if you like.. your phone will only draw what it wants and is capable of drawing... it is not possible to give your device too many amperes as that's not how it works.

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  • muddinmama 2 months ago Link

    Yeah been there, done that & never had issues w charging or battery life until that latest stupid Kit Kat OS upgrade. It also affected my SG3's ability to effortlessly connect to WiFi as before. Now I have to restart or airplane mode the thing to get it to connect, even my own home network. WTF Android??!? Totally screwed up my phone w no appreciable improvement in the OS. I think I hear Apple calling.....

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  • Robert Futty 2 months ago Link

    I really don't do anything. I never needed my phone that bad when battery was low and if I did and wasn't home I'd turn it off unless I really needed it. Otherwise I just go about what I do on my phone while it's charging or don't use it at all and my note 3 seems to charge fine while it's not in use leaving everything on, on

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  • Zdravko Tzenov 2 months ago Link

    I usually charge my Nexus5 using some Qi wireless charger - I have them in my office, in the car, home - mainly to protect the USB phone slot.

    But I know the wireless charging is about 15-20% slower than the one with cable. So, I simply plug the cable directly into the switched off phone when I need quick charging.

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  • Karen Nelson 2 months ago Link

    How do I save recipes from Facebook without sharing them. I would like to be able to have a recipe site where I can save them to.

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      Loie Favre 1 month ago Link

      Hey Karen! You should try asking this question in our AndroidPIT forum :-) My suggestion would be opening the page, and simply bookmarking it in your browser. You can even create files and subcategories to organize them. Or you could copy and past the recipe, including pictures, to Google Drive, which is really handy because you can use it on any device via your Google account. Hope that helps!

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  • Geek on a Bike 2 months ago Link

    The phone# I give out is a Google Voice # so II can get voice mail if the phone is powered off, by far the quickest way to charge.

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  • Gonzague de Barbès 2 months ago Link

    Plan the charge before sleeping (for exemple) and turn off your device, well done your electric consomation donw and the battery is full charge more quickly.
    Your tips is not exceptionnaly
    sorry for my poor english and good charge :o)

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  • Neo 2 months ago Link

    Most of the tips you have given are just to save battery usage.
    So the title should not be "How to charge your Android phone battery faster" instead it should be "How to save your Android phone battery"

    No matter what you do the charging IC in the phone is going to charge at the rate it can.
    for example 2 Amps.

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    • Bojan M. 2 months ago Link

      You're actually wrong. charging - consumption = battery.

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    • Steve Rand 2 months ago Link

      Agreed, and then only if the cable is good enough, and the charger is capable of giving the right signal to the phone to indicate that it is capable of providing 2 amps.
      The speed at which the battery will charge is still valid for this article though.. if you are charging at full speed (2 amps) and your phone is sucking 500mah from the battery, obviously it won't charge as quickly as a phone that is drawing from the battery less (or not at all if it it turned off while charging).

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  • Robert Kawalec 2 months ago Link

    Hi Loie,
    Your tips are great except for the airplane mode. You can keep your WiFi running to use the internet in airplane mode. My tablet has no phone, so I keep airplane mode on 100% of the time.
    Also just dimming your screen will allow you to leave phone turned on, but buy you some extra battery time if you can't charge it.

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  • mark baker 2 months ago Link

    longer cables creates more resistance to current flow which means longer charge time so the shorter the cable would give better current flow.

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  • Mehul Pandita 1 month ago Link

    Can you tell me how to upgrade the Android system of my tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 620. I have done everything. I have gone to settings >about device >check fupdates but there is no update available. Please tell me

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