How to Charge Your Android Phone Faster

Dan Price 11-12-2019

Having to charge your phone constantly is frustrating. If your usage is above average, it’s unlikely your handset can make it throughout the day without a top-up of power in the early evening.


Sadly, the twice-daily charging routine shows no sign of dying off anytime soon. As battery capacity increases, so does the power draw from apps and the ever-evolving operating system. It’s a stalemate.

And although the steady introduction of USB-C cables is whittling away at the time it takes to give your device some extra juice, hanging around while your battery reenergizes itself can be tortuous.

But don’t worry, there are some tips, tricks, and gadgets that can make the charging experience less painful. Here are the eight smartest Android charging tricks you’re not using.

1. Enable Airplane Mode

One of the biggest draws on your battery is the network signal. As a general rule, the worse your signal, the faster your battery will drain.

Consequently, if you live in an area with a poor signal 8 Effective Ways to Boost Your Cellphone Signal If you're ever in a position where you aren't getting enough reception, here are some tips you can use -- some easy, some not so easy -- to boost your signal. Read More , charging your phone takes longer than if you reside in a place with a strong signal — the signal is eating through your power as you charge.


The quick solution? Put your phone in Airplane Mode before you plug it in. Testing suggests it could reduce the amount of time needed for a full charge by as much as 25 percent.

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To put your phone into Airplane Mode, simply swipe down on the notification bar with two fingers and tap the Airplane Mode icon.

Just make sure you turn it off again once your battery is full!


2. Turn Your Phone Off

Simple, obvious, but often overlooked. If your phone is turned off while it’s repowering, it’s going to charge a lot faster. Nothing will be drawing on the battery while you fill it up.

3. Ensure Charge Mode Is Enabled

Your Android device lets you specify what type of connection it makes when you plug in a USB cable. On the most recent versions of Android, it’s hidden in the Developer Options menu.

To access the Developer Options, you first need to enable them. To do so, head to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Quickly tap on the build number seven times. After the first two presses, your device will give you an on-screen countdown for the number of necessary taps remaining.

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Next, head to Settings > Developer Options > Select USB Configuration. On the list of options, make sure Charging is selected.

4. Use a Wall Socket

Using a USB port on your computer or in your car leads to a much more inefficient charging experience.

Typically, non-wall socket USB ports only offer a power output of 0.5A. Wall socket charging will usually give you 1A (depending on your device). There’s nothing wrong with receiving a lower amperage — it won’t harm your device — but you’ll definitely be twiddling your thumbs for a lot longer.

And, make sure that you have a safe charging device 7 Ways to Check Your Smartphone Charger Is Safe to Use Defective smartphone chargers cause fires. So how can you check if the charger that recharges your phone or tablet is safe? Read More by checking out these tips:


5. Buy a Power Bank

If you need to recharge your phone while you’re on the go — for example, if you’re often out travelling all day — a power bank can be a lifesaver.

Many power banks offer the same amperage output as a wall socket, and in some cases, even more. But a word of warning, while your phone might charge faster with a two-amp output, you need to make sure your USB cable can handle the extra power.

Amazon is packed with inexpensive but good-quality power banks. Check out the JENTXON offering (above). It’ll only set you back $29, but it comes with a two-amp output and 20,000mAh — enough to charge your phone several times over.

6. Avoid Wireless Charging

I’m not going to criticize wireless chargers What You Need to Know About Wireless Charging Until our devices offer week-long battery life, charging on the go will remain a reality for us all. Read More  — they entail fewer cables, and that’s something I’m sure we can all get onboard with.

However, if charging speed is your number one priority, you should avoid them. They offer a considerably slower charging experience than their wired counterparts. In fact, testing suggests they could be as much as 50 percent slower.

Why? There are two reasons. First, it’s more efficient to transfer energy through a cable than via simple contact. Second, the wasted energy manifests itself as excess heat. More on that in point seven.

7. Remove Your Phone’s Case

All smartphones currently rely on lithium-ion batteries. The chemistry behind the way they work dictates that the charging process works much more efficiently when the battery is cool.

For optimal charging, the battery temperature (not the air temperature) should be between 41 and 113 F (5 and 45 C). Obviously, the battery temperature is in part controlled by the ambient surrounding temperature, and removing your case will help lower it.

And in case you’re thinking of putting your phone in the fridge to repower: don’t. The efficiency drop-off is even more severe at temperatures below the ideal range.

8. Use a High-Quality Cable

The difference in quality between two cables can be vast.

Inside your single charging cable are four individual cables — red, green, white, and black. The white and green cables are for data transfer, the red and black ones are for charging. The number of amps the two charging cables can carry is determined by their size. A standard 28-gauge cable can carry around 0.5 amps; a larger 24-gauge cable can carry two amps.

Generally, cheap cables use the 28-gauge setup, resulting in slower charging speeds.

If you want to test your cable for charging efficiency How to Test If Your Micro-USB Cable Is Charging Properly Find out exactly how fast your charger is charging your smartphone or tablet, and discover how to make it even faster. Read More , download Ampere. It lets you measure the charge and discharge rate of your device.

What Charging Tips Do You Have?

I’ve introduced you to eight ways you can make your charging experience less painful. If you work through the tips methodically, you can save time charging your phone.

I’d love to know what else you’d add to this list. Have you found an Android setting that considerably alters the amount of time it takes to recharge your battery? Do you know about a gadget your fellow readers can buy to make the charging process easier?

Now that you’ve fixed slow charging, check out apps to solve other common Android annoyances. And if your Android phone refuses to charge at all Your Android Phone Won't Charge? Here Are 7 Fixes to Try Find that your Android phone won't charge? Follow these tips to figure out why and get it working again. Read More , try these fixes:

Related topics: Android, Android Tips, Battery Life.

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  1. 3bdel7mid
    June 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    put in ultra power ??? just try it

  2. 3bdel7mid
    June 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    put in ultra power mode?? just try it

  3. dhinesh kanna
    May 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

    we can cover phones with aluminium foil while charging it will reflect the electromagnetic waves and it charged more fastly and saftely

  4. Jim Hawley
    May 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    The "inexpensive but good-quality power banks." link is incorrect. It leads to an article on computer power supplies.....

  5. Glen LeBarr
    May 2, 2017 at 1:25 am

    I bought a hi-speed charger on Amazon, Elzo Quick HTC ONE now charges 3x faster than before; a full charge within an hour

  6. Eric
    April 30, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Leave the phone rest. Some phones charge slower when the sensors move... Charge at 5% battery... To keep healthy and do not go over 95% use a shorter cable...

  7. Jacob
    April 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I got Nexus 5X and the battery is great. But it has Li-Pol battery (besides usb-c). I would really appreciate an article about differences between Li-ion and Li-Pol and how to charge them correctly.

  8. Aboyhasnoname
    April 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I can't manage to find if this is a troll or not...
    Sorry to be this rude but 90% of those pieces of advice are known since May, 1492...
    The only one that are not always told (or seem obvious even for a monkey) are the 3, 6 and 7, (I only didn't know the 7)
    For a website that deals with a lot of technology, this post really looks like a troll...
    (Hey I like the site anyway, just remember to not do this too often so it doesn't become bad)

    • td
      April 29, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Many might already know this info, but I just got an Android phone for the first time ever. I really appreciate articles like these.

    • Mark Davies
      April 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Yeah I also just got an Android & I didn't know all these tips!

    • Glen LeBarr
      May 2, 2017 at 1:27 am

      you know this stuff, as do I, but many don't...this is a great guide for Android users especially newbies

    • J.J.K.
      April 23, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Phones were made in the 1900s...

    • Vip
      February 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Phones were not there in 1492

  9. vferg
    April 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Get a phone that supports USB C! I have now tried out 3 phones with USB C and the charge times for it which support rapid charge bring charging down to an hour for a full charge about. 15 minutes will get you like 20 percent. On top of that the charge seems to last way longer than the older phones probably due to newer processors. While using the newer phones I have almost never worried about charging or running out of battery at all anymore. Also I just got the wireless charge pad last week to go along with the S8 and I didn't expect it to be that great but it charges fast enough. Its crazy that I would think plugging in your phone would be that annoying to do but after trying out this pad for only a week I have fallen in love with it!

  10. superkitebr
    April 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Root your phone and install Hibernation Manager (buy the pro version; it's worth it!), and throttle the CPU and turn off the apps. My favorite phone is an old Samsung, and I went from charging every day to charging 1-2 times a week. After seeing this difference, I can't believe that manufacturers don't give us this option out of the box, especially if we're paying full price for our phones.

    • Anounymous47
      January 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      They actually do but indirectly; samsung android 7 ux nougat offers us an eco energy mode that instead of using 8 cpres for exaple it uses 6 depending on your phone and your usage...