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Turn off your phone
A simple trick that you may never have thought of is to just turn off your phone while it is charging. Reducing the number of tasks your phone performs at the same time makes charging faster.
Pulling a wagon full of stones up a hill will slow you down a lot. The more stones you take out, the faster you can move. The same logic applies here. Take some of your phone’s workload and it doesn’t have to be overcome that much to charge quickly.
In other words, when you turn off your phone while it is charging, all of its power can be charged instantly instead of being used to power and charge the phone at the same time.
Connect to an electrical outlet
To ensure that you run as much power through your charging cable as possible, you should use a power outlet. Using the USB port on a laptop or desktop computer will allow you to charge your phone, but often it will be that much slower.
If you are using the USB port on a computer, you may even see a message saying “Device is charging slowly”. If you want to maximize the output power of the charging cable, a power outlet is always the faster option.
Do not use wireless charging
Wireless chargers are very useful and they are great for charging overnight, but they don’t offer the fastest speeds. This is because they are much less efficient than chargers that are charged with a cable.
What makes wireless charging slower is the energy lost to heat. This is compounded when the coils in your phone are not perfectly aligned with the coils in the wireless charger. Not only is this method slower, but it also consumes more electricity.
You might not care if your phone is on the nightstand for eight hours, but it’s not great for a quick snack. Instead, opt for the cable. There are faster wireless chargers out there, but finding one that supports your device is a different story.
Faster wireless charging
Use a supported fast charging cable
Perhaps the biggest key to getting the fastest charging speeds is to use a fast charging cable and adapter supported by your phone. There are several fast charging standards to keep in mind when it comes to Android devices.
Qualcomm Quick Charge
Qualcomm Quick Charge is a proprietary charging standard found on many Android smartphones. There have been several versions of Quick Charge over the years, including the Quick Charge 5, which was announced in July 2020.
Each version of Quick Charge has different requirements and charging options. Many phones come with cables and adapters that maximize the potential of their Quick Charge capability. If not, however, make sure you get cables for the version that your device supports.
Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
Adaptive Fast Charging is Samsung’s fast charging standard based on Qualcomm Quick Charge. That means that a Quick Charge cable works with a device that supports Adaptive Fast Charging and vice versa.
As with Quick Charge, there are multiple iterations of Adaptive Fast Charging. Samsung usually ships cables that support fast charging in the box with phones, but you’ll have to buy them separately for some of the newer, faster speeds.
OnePlus Dash Charge
Dash Charge is another proprietary standard also known as Oppo VOOC or Dart Charge. The most important thing to know about these standards is that they are not compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge.
As with the other standards, there are different versions of Dash Charge. To get the most out of your device’s charging capacity, you’ll want to use the included cable or find out which version you have.
USB power supply
USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) is a fast charging standard that can be found on both smartphones and laptops. It’s not as popular as Qualcomm Quick Charge, but it has some advantages.
First, USB-PD only works with USB Type-C cables. That means it is possible to get a cable that can quickly charge both your laptop and Android smartphone. Google Pixel smartphones use the USB-PD standard and Samsung Galaxy devices also support it.
How to check which fast charging standard to use
OK, so there was a lot of talk about fast charging standards, and there are actually quite a few other details. But what does this all mean you? How do you find the standard that supports your device and the charging cables to use?
Here’s the good news: you don’t have to worry about choosing it wrong standard, at least in terms of damaging your phone. Connecting a cable with an incompatible standard will not blow up your phone. Precautions have been taken with these devices to ensure that they are charged safely.
That said, you do need the right cable if you want to charge your Android device as quickly as possible. A good rule of thumb is to just use the cable that came with your device. If you see a message on the lock screen or a notification that says ‘Fast charging’, you’re all set.
Some newer Android devices, including some from Samsung, don’t come with fast chargers in the box. In these situations, you want to go straight to the source to find the compatible cables and chargers.
For example, if you have a Samsung phone, you can go to the company’s online store and select your device from the menu. Then you can easily find the exact Adaptive Fast Charger to use for your specific phone.
The same goes for any Android device. Visit the manufacturer’s website and find the accessories specifically listed as compatible with your phone.
However, if you shop on Amazon, you should be more careful. Let’s say you want to find a cheaper option for Samsung’s 45W “Super Fast Charging Wall Charger”. Here’s a charger from Anker that is also 45W that specifically says ‘compatibility with Samsung Super Fast Charging’. That’s what you want to see.
The moral of the story here is to do some simple research before you go out and buy a charger. You may already have what you need, and if you haven’t already, check the manufacturer’s website before making a purchase.