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How to charge your Android phone battery faster

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 5 months ago

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

Anker PowerCore+ mini portable charger
$9.99
Amazon

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

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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

  • Sarvesh 1 month ago 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.

  • Omkar Mak 3 months ago Link to comment

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

  • 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?

  • Mel Fox 9 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.

    • Du Battery saver works best with Nexus 5. I'm using it since over 20 months.

      • Hmmm.... Can you explain to me how does an application make hardware changes and charge your phone faster? Is it logic?

  • 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.

  • Junaid Q. 9 months ago Link to comment

    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 ?

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