We've all done it: you're halfway through the door and you realize that you've forgotten to charge your phone. 5% charge isn't going to get you through a whole day, so what do you do? These are our favorite tips on how you can charge you battery faster.
While Android chargers have a universal fitting, that doesn't mean they're all the same. Connecting your charging cable to a laptop is a bad idea: a USB 2.0 port chucks out just 2.5 watts of power, while USB 3 is 4.5 watts. Your wall charger will deliver much more.
Many Android phones support fast charging, which delivers a whopping 15 watts to charge your phone much more quickly. You'll find a good list of fast charging phones on the Qualcomm website (you don't need to have a Qualcomm processor; just Qualcomm's power system), but beware: just because a phone supports fast charging doesn't mean the charger that comes with it is a fast charger. For example, the LG G4 is fast charging-compatible but the stock charger isn't a fast charger.
You don't necessarily need to use your phone maker's own charger - buying a third party one can save you a fortune -but beware of no-name grey market cheapies, which have a tendency to set things on fire.
If your phone supports wireless charging, great - but once again, don't use it if you're in a hurry: wireless charging can't deliver power as well as good old-fashioned cables, so it's better suited to places where you don't mind your phone sitting a while.
Get into airplane mode
The less your phone has to do, the more quickly it'll recharge - so at the very least, enable airplane mode on your device to speed up charging. Depending on your device, there could be various ways to get to this. For example, on my Nexus 5, I simply long press on the power button, and select airplane mode when it appears. You can also go into the Quick Settings, by swiping down with two fingers. Every device is different, but you most likely know how to turn it on. Airplane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, which means you won’t receive any calls, messages, internet access etc, but it’s all worth it when you think you’ll have a device that will still be on for the next few hours.
Turn that bad boy off
If you don’t actually need your phone at the moment, go ahead and turn it off completely. Obviously, any alarms or notifications won’t come through when it is off, but this is something you might just need to live without if you are racing the clock.
Check to see if you have any unnecessary features on, like Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC etc. Close out of all your apps and stop your phone from doing any automatic backups or updating apps from the Google Play Store. These are just small, but golden tips when you are in a rush. Plus, everything can be easily switched back to normal when you’re out of the door and sitting in the train or bus. That being said, we highly discourage doing this if you are driving.
If you need to have your phone on though, and even want to leave it off airplane mode, because you have an important call, message or something of the sort, try to suppress the urge to check your phone every thirty seconds. Why? Because the screen is the biggest battery drainer of them all.