All of us have been there, we have somewhere to be but our iPhone or iPad desperately needs to be charged. If you don’t have a battery pack at your disposal and are stuck waiting around, there’s a simple way you can make your iPhone or iPad charge faster.
I figured this one out on a long flight last month. I plugged my iPad Pro into a charging brick and noticed an hour or so later that it charged a lot faster than it normally did. I had used this specific power bank many times, and it never charged this fast, so I knew that wasn’t the reason.
There was one main difference to how I usually charge, my iPad Pro was in Airplane Mode.
I had turned it on as to not lose anymore battery before our flight, and since we wouldn’t have WiFi on our flight, I didn’t want the cellular radios draining the battery even more by trying to search for service.
When tested, Airplane Mode also worked to make my iPhone charge faster as well. This is because Airplane mode turns off all cellular radios, WiFi, and Bluetooth. That means connected devices, bad service, and incoming notifications that light up the screen don’t slow your iPhone or iPad from charging. If you’ve ever played a game or used your iPhone or iPad while charging, you already know these things slow down the charge process significantly.
Of course this isn’t something that’s always an option, especially if you’re waiting for an important call or email, but if you have another device you can use while your iPhone or iPad is charging, it’s an easy way to get some power quite a bit faster.
For those that don’t already know, to enable Airplane Mode, just follow these steps:
- Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad’s screen to launch Control Center.
- Tap on the Airplane Mode icon to toggle Airplane Mode on.
- After you’re fully charged, or have an acceptable amount of charge, just turn it off again.
Give this a try and let me know, did your iPhone charge faster? Did you not notice any difference? Let me know in the comments!