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Does the Pixel 7a support wireless charging?

Pixel 7a has wireless charging, but it's not exactly the fastest.
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June 22, 2023

Today’s mid-range phones often rival flagships in design and even performance, but concessions have to be made to keep pricing down. Usually, one of the first things to go is wireless charging. If you’re considering picking up the Pixel 7a, you might wonder if it supports wireless charging. The answer is yes! Unlike most mid-rangers, Google Pixel 7a does support wireless charging.

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Yes, the Pixel 7a does have wireless charging. Although it's not the fastest, it is the first Pixel A-series device to include the feature.


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Does the Google Pixel 7a have wireless charging?

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The good news is that the Pixel 7a has wireless charging, but don’t expect it to have the same speeds as a flagship. For example, phones like the Galaxy S23 and Pixel 7 charge at 15-20W speeds. Early rumors claimed the Pixel 7a would have ultra-slow 5W charging, and that’s not too far from the mark. The Pixel 7a charges wireless at a speed of 7.5W. In our tests, it took around four hours to charge the 4,385mAh battery. In other words, you’ll really only want to use the wireless charger overnight as it’s not exactly the fastest.

For reference, a high-end phone like the Galaxy S23 Ultra can fully charge in around 90 minutes wirelessly, although it’s not the fastest on the market.

The Pixel 7a misses out on reverse wireless charging, a feature that allows phones to charge other devices wirelessly. The Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and previous Google flagships have Battery Share, but not their cheaper, newer sibling.

Can I use any wireless charger with the Pixel 7a?

Any modern wireless charger should play nicely with the Google Pixel 7a, including premium chargers like the Google Pixel Stand. The only catch is the Pixel 7a will only charge at a max speed of 7.5W. You’re often better off going after a cheaper, slower charger than one of the more expensive options since the Pixel 7a can’t take full advantage of the higher-speed chargers anyway.

Here are just a few options we recommend, all of which run you $40 or less:

If you want more options, check out our guide to the best wireless chargers.


FAQs

No, the Google Pixel 6a misses out on wireless charging.

No, the Pixel 7a’s maximum wireless charging rate is pegged at 7.5W. If you want to charge it more quickly, plug it in and use its 18W wired charging rate instead.