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How to charge your Android phone battery faster

Loie Favre

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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Here's how to charge your phone faster! © ANDROIDPIT

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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  • davin singh 2 months ago Link

    Hi Loie , how can update android 5.0 in galaxy note 3 , plz anw me ?

  • terry follmer 3 months ago Link

    I usually turn my phone off as mentioned earlier, but I also found that DC charging in my truck/car is faster than AC charging in the office or at home.

  • Not1not2not3 3 months ago Link

    How about just buying a phone with a removable battery and just swapping your dead battery out for a fully charged one? 0 to 100 real quick...

  • Stuart Male 3 months ago Link

    Also does it damage the battery if the battery is full and you still keep it on charge?

  • Myron 3 months ago Link

    I had an old Nokia phone that came with a longer charging cord for the USB/charger and it does a wonderful job with my N5. The cable is fairly heavy compared to even the stock charging cable. The cable is an easy 4ft long.

  • Myron 3 months ago Link

    The USB 3.0 port only works for phones that support the fast charge mode.

  • Stuart Male 3 months ago Link

    Does a usb 3.0 charger charge faster?

    • Moni Mihailov 3 months ago Link

      Would also like to know this as I'm getting an S5 in February :-)

  • Mehul Pandita 6 months 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

  • mark baker 7 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.

  • Robert Kawalec 7 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.

  • Neo 7 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.

    • Bojan M. 7 months ago Link

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

    • Steve Rand 7 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).

  • Gonzague de Barbès 7 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)

  • Geek on a Bike 7 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.

  • Karen Nelson 7 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.

    • Loie Favre
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      6 months 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!

    • Stuart Male 3 months ago Link

      Or how about taking a screen shot of the recipe.

  • Zdravko Tzenov 7 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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