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How to charge your Android phone battery faster

Update: Does your phone have a super-fast charging mode?

Authored by: Loie Favre — 3 months ago

We've all done it: you're halfway through the door and you realize that you've forgotten to charge your phone. Five percent power isn't going to get you through a whole day, but you don't have heaps of time to wait for your device to recharge. So what do you do? You can read our favorite tips on how to charge your battery faster.

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

Get the right plug and charger

While Android 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 fast: 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, and charge your phone more quickly.

Many Android phones support fast charging, which delivers a whopping 15 watts to charge your phone much more quickly. You'll find a good list of fast charging phones on the Qualcomm website (you don't need to have a Qualcomm processor; just Qualcomm's power system), but beware: just because a phone supports fast charging, that doesn't mean the charger that comes with it is a fast charger, so you may have to buy your own. For example, the LG G4 is fast charging-compatible but the stock charger isn't a fast charger.

You don't necessarily need to use your phone maker's own charger — buying a third party one can save you a fortune — but be wary of no-name grey market cheapies, which have a tendency to set things on fire.

Don't use wireless charging if you're in a hurry. Wireless charging can't deliver power as well or as quickly as good old-fashioned cables, so it's better suited to places where you don't mind your phone sitting a while. 

Get into airplane mode

The less your phone has to do, the more quickly it'll recharge — so at the very least, enable airplane mode to speed up charging. Every device is different, but you most likely know how to turn airplane mode on on yours.

Airplane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, which means you won’t receive any calls or messages, or have internet access, while it's enabled, but it’s worth it to get a faster power boost and have a device that will stay 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, turn it off completely, and allow it to recharge faster. Notifications won’t come through when it is off, but this is something you might just need to live without for a while if you are racing the clock.

Use power saving mode

Every Android Lollipop device has a battery saving mode of some description, 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 recharges.

Switch off unnecessary features

Check to see if you have any unnecessary features on, such as Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi or NFC. Close all your apps and stop your phone from doing any automatic backups or updating apps from the Google Play Store.

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

Don't touch!

If you need your phone on and out of airplane mode while it's charging, because you are expecting an important call or message, suppress the urge to check your phone every 30 seconds. Why? Because the screen is the biggest battery-drainer of them all.

These are small but golden tips for when you are in a rush. Everything can be easily switched back to normal once your phone has that bit of extra juice.

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

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.


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  • I'm using lot of resomanded thinks on my Nexus 5 and familiar on battery power.

  • I have a Moto G3,when I charge my mobile with the charger provided by Motorola which is of1050 milliamperes it doesn't get heated up but when I use a charger off 2 ampere it normally heats up.can anyone tell what is the problem? does my mobile support the fast charging?

  • Mel Fox 3 months ago Link to comment

    Nexus 5 Battery saver can & does cause problems when in use. I found the auto sync was not working causing up-date problems .I worked with google for a month trying to repair the problem, I found all was well not using the Battery saver. I now use it sparingly.

  • Did anyone notice that the micro usb plug in the picture is the wrong way round?
    On the Nexus 5 its flat side up.

  • Wow!
    Thanks for these incredible tips Favre but I wonder why companies don't make big chargers that can charge faster instead of making big smartphones?

    One more thing, batter saver doesn't work while charging. So I think you need to update it.
    Thanks again...

  • My device just battery drain. I try ask those but can't helpful.

  • You can use Galaxy Charging Current app to see which charger/Cable give more ampere
    more the mA the more faster the mobile charges

  • I’ve personally tried numerous chargers in addition to the stock chargers that ship with pretty much every generation of the iPhone since its inception and every time I have kept my charger on overnight, the battery life has steadily declined. I use the PowerTrip Elite 13000 for my son and my iPhone 6’s and my battery life has stayed consistent. Do NOT ask me why... and I am not an android user, so I can’t attest to whether it works the same on those.

  • anyone having trouble with nexus 6 randomly turning off.I've factory reset which is nightmare.seems to do it when battery is below 40%???????

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

  • 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.

    • Perhaps because your charger at home delivers lower current than the one you have in your truck/car.

  • 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...

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

    • Use Du Battery saver to see how "Healthy charging" of battery works. I've been doing it (except the step 3 of sprinkling current) since over a decade and I've never encountered my phone battery going down too quickly.

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