Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

How to make your phone charge faster


You need to be out of the house in 20 minutes. In that time, you need to shower, eat, book a cab and charge your phone. 

While we haven't got any tips on those former topics (don't tread on the soap, chew your food and get an Uber), we do have some pointers for the latter. 

Here's how to get your phone charged in super quick time.


Turn it to Aeroplane Mode

Obvious, but effective. By making your phone do less while it's charging, it won't be draining away those precious extra minutes gathering data, pulling in Facebook updates and changing weather stats. You could turn your phone off, but the process of shutting down can actually gobble up a surprising amount of battery life.

To squeeze maximum juice into your handset in the shortest amount of time, shut down all your open apps, switch to Aeroplane Mode, turn off the screen and plug in to charge. 

Don't use your laptop or computer

Most USB ports on laptops or computers only provide a little trickle of charging juice (roughly 2.5w on a standard USB port, up to 4.5w on a USB 3.0), so if you're in a hurry, don't take the easy option of plugging in to a computer...


Use a wall charger

...find your 'official' charger and plug it into the wall. For iPhone users, better still is using an iPad charger, which will kick out a larger number of Watts (it's safe, don't worry). 

If you're using an Android phone, you might want to check here if it's compatible with new Quick Charge chargers: these are devices that will pump your phone faster than your standard model, but may shorten your battery life a little in the long run.

Avoid: Crappy, cheap chargers that you can buy for £2 from Amazon. Likewise, don't use some random old USB cable you found knocking about the office. 

(Images: Shutterstock)



How to make your phone faster and cure short battery life


How To Stop Your iPhone Charger From Breaking So Easily


10 Times Apple Failed Spectacularly At Technology


This Phone Hack Will Really Annoy Your Friends


Leaked Images Of Samsung's New 'Bigger' Smartphone


The best smartphone you've never heard of



The Samsung Galaxy S8 is being released in less than a month

This is the Korean giant's first major new release since all that embarrassment with exploding Galaxy Note S7s...

by Tom Mendelsohn
29 Mar 2017

Someone's built a robot that prints and burns all of Trump's tweets

Robo-lighter knows what's up

by Gary Ogden
29 Mar 2017

Apple has patented a new laptop chassis which is powered by your phone

Is this the future of laptops?

by Dave Fawbert
27 Mar 2017

Amazon's new Alexa update means it can bring you beer in two hours

"Alexa, we're going to need more booze"

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

This terrifying gadget allows you to make private calls in public

Be like Bane

by Gary Ogden
15 Mar 2017

You'll soon be able to pay for your shopping with your sunglasses

I'm still not happy until I can pay with my underwear

by Gary Ogden
15 Mar 2017

This iPhone case is actually just an entire new Android phone

A phone within a phone

by Gary Ogden
14 Mar 2017

There's a new app for opening bottles because everyone is lazy now

Put that wrist away!

by Gary Ogden
06 Mar 2017

These comments from 2001 about the world's first camera phone are gold

"Take pictures of friendly dogs I see when I walk around""I would use the camera phone to take pictures of my best friend, my dog Benson"

by Gary Ogden
01 Mar 2017

This projector turns anything into a touchscreen

We're living in the future

by Gary Ogden
28 Feb 2017