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10 tips to make your iPhone charge faster

If you need to juice up fast before heading out, here's how.
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November 2, 2022

We all like things to go fast. Nobody likes waiting longer when they don’t have to, whether it’s the release of a hotly-anticipated TV show or waiting for your phone to charge. The latter is especially true if you have somewhere urgent to be and you suddenly discover your phone is at 10% and dropping like a rock. We’ve already covered how to charge your iPhone 13, but how can you make that iPhone charge faster? Here are 10 tips for you because we’re nice like that.

Read more: Is your iPhone not charging? Here’s what you need to do

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If you want to make your iPhone charge faster, basically shut down all unnecessary functions that are drawing on the battery while it is charging. Don't use damaged charging cables. Use a cable that is fast charging, and make sure the charging port is clean.


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Enable Low Power Mode

You have to shut down all non-essential functions for the charge to make any serious headway. That means turning on Low Power Mode, which will temporarily halt all background functions, such as app refreshing and mail fetching. The less the phone has to do, the more it can focus on charging the battery.

You can enable Low Power Mode in one of two ways. The first is to go to Settings > Battery and toggle on Low Power Mode. The second, fastest, and easiest method is to swipe down from the top-right of the home screen to access Control Center. An icon to toggle Low Power Mode on and off is there.

Turn the phone off

restart iphone

I know it’s heresy to even suggest it, but if you can survive without your phone for an hour or so, switch it off. By that, I don’t mean sleep mode — I mean actually turning it off. I know. I’ll wait for you to get over your dizzy spell and pick yourself up off the floor.

Like Low Power Mode, you need to shut down all unnecessary functions, and how better to do that than by just switching the iPhone off? I promise the world won’t come to an end, and you can always enable voicemail to catch those missed calls. To preserve your street cred, just tell your friends you were in an area with a bad Wi-Fi signal.

Don’t use the phone while it’s charging

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If turning the phone off is too radical for you, then simply don’t use it while it is charging. Or at the very least, no usage of battery-intensive apps. This means no games, no social media live streaming, no iMovie editing, and no Apple Music. Basically, if it consumes a lot of battery, stay off it during the charging process.

Not sure what uses up a lot of battery on your iPhone? Then go to Settings > Battery. A list is there of all the apps that have used the battery since it was last charged. The ones at the top of the list are the worst offenders.

Don’t use damaged charging accessories

Apple products are very high-quality (with the price tag to match), but like any product, they will eventually wear down and get damaged. This is especially true with electrical cables. Plug prongs will eventually get slightly warped from being pushed into the socket one too many times. The cable will start to brown slightly from the electricity passing through it, and the most common issue — the outer plastic coating of the cable will eventually crack open, revealing the thin electrical wires inside.

As well as not charging your devices properly, this is obviously a big safety hazard. Once your charging cable degrades to this level, it’s time to properly dispose of it and buy a replacement. Be very wary of cheap knock-off third-party cables from Asia as they are also potential fire hazards. Get a cable from Apple or one approved by Apple. It will cost more, but you can rest easier knowing your phone won’t explode when you charge it.

Use a charging cable, not a wireless charger

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Charging Lightning Cable
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Wireless charging pads are gaining in popularity, but they are limited in how fast they can charge. They’re good for popping on the phone when you have a few hours to spare, but in a hurry, a wireless charging pad is like asking a snail to run a marathon. That’s why you need an actual USB-C to Lightning charging cable to plug into a wall socket instead.

USB-C cables can power the latest iPhones at up to 100W. But when buying a charger, make sure it is certified MFi (Made for iPhone).

Don’t charge your iPhone from your computer

You can connect your iPhone to a Windows computer or Macbook via USB and charge from there. But a USB connection is a terrible and slow way to charge. A USB port gives out a very slow and low charge, so if you want to make your iPhone charge faster, doing so from a USB port is a huge step backward.

The previous recommendation still stands — use a USB-C to Lightning cable and a wall socket. Keep the computer out of this one.

Make sure the charging port is clean

iPhone 11 Pro Max Charging Port

It stands to reason that if you want your iPhone to charge faster, the entry point for that charge has to be clear and clean. If it’s clogged up with your skin cells, remains of tissues, lint, and the remains of the Dead Sea Scrolls, then that charge is going to struggle to get through.

Ensure that you clean the iPhone charging port on a regular basis, and try to keep the phone out of your pocket as much as possible. Try to find a small bag made of anti-static material to put it in, for example.

Turn down the screen brightness

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A simple tip would be to turn down the screen brightness, although this is automatically done when you enable Low Power Mode. But if you want to keep Low Power Mode off for any reason, you can lower the screen brightness by going to Settings > Display & Brightness. Move the slider to the left to lower the brightness.

It is also good battery optimization practice to keep the screen brightness as low as possible.

Turn off Optimized Battery Charging

iphone battery health

In an effort to help prolong the life of their device batteries, Apple recently introduced a new iPhone charging feature called Optimized Battery Charging. Your iPhone now stops charging when it gets to 80% when it is connected to a charger for a long period of time.

Therefore, if you need to charge your iPhone to 100%, you will have to disable the Optimized Battery Charging feature by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. You’ll be warned that turning it off is a bad idea, so you need to remember to switch it back on again as quickly as possible.

Remove the iPhone protective case

Caseology Nano Pop Mag iPhone 14 case

iPhones tend to get rather hot when you charge them in their protective cases, and that heat can slow down the charging process. So if you feel your phone is getting a bit too hot for comfort, take the cover off to give it some breathing space to cool down.

iPhone protective cases are getting better all the time and are designed to work well with wireless charging pads. But electricity still makes things get too hot, regardless of how well-designed they are. Cool that baby down.


Read more: Is your iPhone battery draining too fast? Try these tips

FAQs

If the iPhone battery has got to the point where it is not holding a large enough charge, then yes it can be replaced.

Yes, Apple can do it or a licensed third-party repair shop.

Once the overall battery health on your iPhone screen drops to around 50%, you should consider getting it replaced.