How to Charge iPhone without using a Charger

Did you know you could charge iPhone wirelessly? To charge iPhone wirelessly simply means recharging the iPhone’s battery without plugging it in. The good news is that it even reduces wear and tear or possible damage to the Lightning port.

The wireless charging setting usually consists of a circular plate wider than the iPhone display.  Simply put, the iPhone’s face onto the plate, and the battery begins charging.  You can charge Apple Watch wirelessly only by docking or a third-party compatible solution.

Technically, the power transfer process requires a wire – the power cord that connects the wireless charging pad to the electrical outlet.  The power passes from the power outlet through the wire to the charging plate.

When your phone starts charging, the screen lights up a circular animation, along with the message “Charging.”  A small lightning bolt also appears over the battery icon on the status bar.  Meanwhile, the charging pad lights up a multi-color LED light or a ring as a visual indication of the current charging status.

How does wireless charging work?

Wireless charging relies on inductive charging, where energy is generated by passing an electrical current through two windings to create an electromagnetic field.

This current is then converted to direct current (DC), which in turn charges the built-in battery.  Before you learn how to wirelessly charge your iPhone, you will need to know the differences between charging speed and know what to look for.

For iPhone users, two charging speeds are currently available when it comes to wireless charging: 5W and 7.5W.  In general, any wireless charger equipped with Qi technology will charge 5 watts as this is the basic minimum and will charge any 5 watts smartphone.  The iPhone wireless fast charging rate 7.5W is special for all iPhone devices to adopt a fast charging medium. However, the wireless you intend to use must support the supported rating by iPhone which is 7.5W.

iPhone Devices that Support Wireless Charging

iPhone models that support wireless charging have a glass appearance, allowing receiver coils to connect to the charging coil inductance.

However, you can install a protective cover on your iPhone and benefit from wireless charging.  Avoid situations where items are stored with magnetic stripes or RFID chips, such as credit cards, passports, hotel keys, etc., because recharging may harm its functionality.  Remove these items before charging your phone or use a different protection cover.

Thick cases and covers may also be a problem.  If charging does not start automatically, remove the case, and try again.

  1. iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
  2. IPhone 11 Pro (2019)
  3. iPhone 11 (2019)
  4. IPhone XR (2018)
  5. IPhone XS Max (2018)
  6. IPhone XS (2018)
  7. IPhone X (2017)
  8. iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
  9. iPhone 8 (2017)

How to charge iPhone wirelessly

  • Connect the charger to power.
  • Use the power adapter supplied with your accessory or the manufacturer-recommended power adapter.
  • Place your iPhone on the wireless charger with the screen facing up. Make sure the center of the phone is aligned with the wireless charger.  For best performance, place it in the center of the charger or at the manufacturer’s recommended location.
  • Your iPhone should start charging for a few seconds after placing it on the wireless charger.

Your iPhone will offer to charge it the same way it does when your iPhone is connected via USB and charging.   Magnetic cases, carriers, or other items that have magnetic properties between the iPhone and the charger can reduce performance or damage magnetic strips or RFID chips.  Never put anything like a credit card between an iPhone and a charger.  It is better to remove all sensitive items before shipping.

There are a few things to keep in mind when using a wireless charger.  First, the iPhone will not charge wirelessly if it is physically connected to a charger or USB port.  You can only ship it from one source or another.

Second, your iPhone may look a little warmer than usual when you charge it wirelessly due to the unused power that represents the heat.  This occurs when the files inside the charging pad and the phone are not aligned correctly, or if the battery does not fully collect or store power.

According to Apple, iOS may limit charging above 80 percent if the battery is very warm.  If that happens, Apple suggests that you move your phone and charger to a cooler location.  When the temperature drops, your iPhone will charge normally.

Vibrations may also extend wireless charging time or even prevent the iPhone battery from charging wirelessly.  Notifications, texts, and other alerts that use vibrations may divert your iPhone while it is on the charger and turn off the power transfer.  To prevent this from happening, just put the iPhone in “Do Not Disturb” mode or turn off vibrations completely when it charges.

Finally, putting your phone and charging pad next to your bed may be a problem if you tend to fall a lot while you sleep.  Place it elsewhere in the room, so the iPhone can recharge properly, and you won’t be distracted by notification sounds.

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