How to charge your iPhone faster

iPhone 15 Pro Max
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Your iPhone's battery doesn't always charge as fast as you need, but luckily, there are ways to charge your iPhone faster and more efficiently.

Every new iPhone generation brings with it faster processors, better cameras, and improved software. Charging speeds, however, continue to lag behind the competition, where fast charging is found on most Android devices. That's not to say that there aren't ways of improving power efficiency on an iPhone to make sure your iPhone charges faster than usual, though.

Here's how to charge your iPhone faster with just a few simple tweaks.

Charge your iPhone faster with Airplane Mode

Tap Settings, then tap Airplane Mode to turn it on, then tap it again to turn it off

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This is the simplest and most effective iPhone charging tip of them all. One of the easiest ways to charge your iPhone faster is by turning on Airplane Mode when you’re pressed for time. Airplane Mode, as the name suggests, is made for when you’re 10,000 feet in the air and need to switch off a cellular signal from your device. 

If you use Airplane Mode when you need to speed up the charging time of your iPhone, you’ll temporarily pause your cellular signal, but you can enable Wi-Fi in Control Center so you don’t miss any pressing notifications. Obviously, the fewer radio signals your iPhone is using, the better the charging speed will be, so turn off Wi-Fi if you need that extra bit of pace.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Toggle On Airplane Mode
  3. Alternatively, swipe down on the top right corner of your iPhone to open Control Center. Press the Airplane icon

Switch on Low Power Mode

Low battery alert on the iPhone 14 Pro

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If Airplane Mode sounds too inconvenient, your iPhone also has a Low Power Mode to help with saving battery. Low Power Mode switches off the background functions on your iPhone that aren’t vital to it running properly. This means Background App Refresh is turned off, and your phone’s brightness will be reduced to save battery. 

In addition, when it comes to charging your iPhone faster, enabling Low Power Mode speeds the process up by eliminating battery drain so your iPhone gets closer to 100% faster.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Battery
  3. Toggle On Low Power Mode

Get a fast charger

The best way to charge your iPhone faster is by getting a fast charger with Power Delivery. While not as fast as some of the Android smartphones out there, having a fast charger like the Ugreen Nexode 65W fast Power Adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable means you can recharge your iPhone up to 50% battery in around 30 minutes.

Apple’s 18w and above power bricks work with fast charging, as do third-party products with Power Delivery (PD).

Supercharged

These three simple options will help charge your iPhone faster, so you never have to worry about running out of battery. If you combine all three, you’ll get the best iPhone charging speeds possible regardless of whether you own the best iPhone on the market, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, or an older model. 

John-Anthony Disotto
How To Editor

John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.

Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.

John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019. 

John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.

In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.