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How to charge your Android phone battery faster

We've all done it: you're getting ready to leave the house and you realize you've forgotten to charge your phone. Its battery level is perilously low, but you have 15 minutes to spare, so you plug it into its charger to give the battery a boost – and it gains a measly two percent. How do you avoid this in future? Read our guide on how to charge your Android battery faster.

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Frustrated by your battery? Here's how to make it charge 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 quickly: 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, so this is the best bet if you want the speediest charging.

Many modern Android phones support fast charging, which delivers a whopping 15 watts and can therefore 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).

Be aware that just because a phone supports fast charging, it doesn't mean the charger that came with it is a fast charger. You may have to buy your own. For example, the LG G4 is compatible with fast charging but the stock charger isn't a fast charger.

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

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Your phone might support fast charging, but may not come with a fast charger. / © ANDROIDPIT

We also don't recommend using 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 best used when you have more time on your hands. The exception to this rule is wireless quick charging. This will be more effective than USB charging, but less effective than cable charging from a wall socket. 

Put it into airplane mode

The less your phone is trying do while it's charging, the more quickly it will recharge. Airplane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, reducing your phone's capabilities and therefore stopping it from doing so much.

It won't receive calls or messages while it's in airplane mode, but it’s worth it to 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 it off

Turning your phone off completely will allow it to recharge even faster than putting it in airplane mode. Again, you might miss out on a few notifications while it is off, but you'll have to live with that if you want your phone to last until you come home again.

Use a battery-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.

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No matter what Android phone you have, you can always find some battery-saving solutions. / © ANDROIDPIT

Switch off unnecessary features

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

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

Don't touch it

If you need your phone on and out of airplane mode while it's charging, because you are expecting an important call, try not to keep using your phone every 30 seconds. Why? Because the screen is the biggest battery drainer of them all.

The more you wake your phone, the faster its battery will drain. So try to avoid the urge to check every notification that comes through, leave it to charge, and it will reach the desired level much faster.

Find out how to manage notifications in Android Lollipop at the link.

Buy a portable USB charger

This won't actually charge your phone faster, but it will solve the problem of having a low battery and not enough time to fully charge it. Portable USB chargers come in small, lightweight packages and often can be picked up for less than US$20.

Carry one of these in your pocket and you can charge your phone on-the-go – meaning you don't have to worry about that last minute dash to pump some juice into it. Have a look at what we're talking about over at Amazon.

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The lipstick-sized Anker PowerCore+ mini can be picked up for just 10 bucks. / © Anker

Did you try any of these suggestions? What do you do to make your phone charge faster? Let us know in the comments.



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  • bison1947 10 months ago Link to comment

    Ive just got a Alcatel Pixi 4 5" 3g when the battery was low and i plugged the usb cable in i got a screen with a rocket on it say charging faster then a picture with a wave going across the screen but i cannot seem to find how to switch it on again.
    Not sure weather it was a pp i have installed or if its a phone setting any ideas????

  • I have huawei y6 pro having 4000mah battery. I have its own branded charger which i receive at the time of purchasing. I am facing the problem of slow charging. It took more approximately 5 hours to charge fully 100% and its a very long time. Kindly guide me on how I make my phone charge faster? Kindly help????

  • Clear AJ Jan 28, 2017 Link to comment

    my phone has been charging for 3 hours (no the charger isn't broken) and my phone is still on 1%, i tested my friends phone on the same charger and hers got to 100% in the same time or less, idk what's wrong, i did everything this website told me to do ;-;

    • Victor Feb 9, 2017 Link to comment

      Not sure if this is too late,but anyway,your battery is dead for good.I've also had this with an older phone,the battery just got swollen up and stopped charging.The only thing you could do is getting a new battery.

    • Optimist_B 10 months ago Link to comment

      I have the same situation months ago. It says it's in charging state but it already took 4 hours but still on the same percentage. What I did was I change the connector of my charger with a new one. Hope that it helps

    • Hi. Probably late if not. Double check the phone connectors probably with some dirty, sand or damage it or the cable.
      If any second hand shops around ask for a cable for charging but to check it firstly. They will try to find out why is not charging indirectly and fix the problem you got. Don't tell them the main problem! There are a few quick visual checks and eventually the charging cable. You can't do them all even simple.

  • Oh man my phones on 12% battery i better stop typing this ans start waiting

  • What if... I took a charger and took it apart and then I attached it to a very big battery(d or bigger).........

    • Hmm. Well if you didn't know. The charging block that came with your phone is made to slow down current so it's not as much so you don't fry your battery. If you remove that component and add a bigger and stronger source.. chances are your phone's gonna die

  • Sarvesh Mar 27, 2016 Link to comment

    I own samsung galaxy grand prime I used to brag about its battery charging speed like it would be fully charged from 0-100 within two hours I recently tried some baytery booster apps and when i uninstalled them my battery charging speed got an sudden drop and now it takes nearly 3-4 hours for a fully pumped up batery.Is it becoz of a timespan of 9months or are their other agents involved.

    • yes I 2 have that phone and the same exact thing happend to me! It charges so danm slowly now like wtf?!

      • Ikr!!! I used to boast about my phone to my classmates because it charges faster and my battery lasts longer but recently after I downloaded DU battery saver,it worked for a few days then after that it just drained my battery more faster and it will take 12 hours for my phone to reach 100% ,it used to be 2-3 house but now....ughhhhhh

  • Omkar Mak Feb 24, 2016 Link to comment

    you can charge your phone fastest by keeping it under cool or very cool conditions while charging

    • Don't use ur phone when it charges it will permanently damage ur battery life

      • Omkar is kinda right. Using your phone while charging *might* reduce your battery life by a tiny, tiny amount, but most people don't care. You charge your laptop and use it at the same time, and that is actually way worse for the battery of a laptop than the battery of a phone. Omkar- Keeping your phone cool will not speed up the charging. The optimal range is 20-40 degrees Celsius. Under that and the battery start gaining a lot of resistance. Over that, and you start losing battery life pernementally. And also, augie, what do you mean by "Don't use your phone" when Omkar didn't say anything about using the phone

  • I'm way ahead on this subject note 4 great life on battery and my mophie portable charger so no pblm thier, but nice article let's me know I have spent good money on a great phone and the necessary accessories to keep my phone fully charged at all times .

  • 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?

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