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Why is My Phone Charging Slow? Possible Reason & Fixes

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So, you have plugged in your phone when it has a 25% battery and after two hours when you checked your phone, the battery was 31%. Which means your phone charged at a rate of 3% an hour.

Now, wait doesn’t just start throwing stuff around in anger. This issue is pretty common and sometimes is easy to resolve as well. 😎

If the problem is due to your battery being old then there is very little you can do, but on the other hand, it is not always your battery fault that will decrease your Phone’s charging rate. There are some other software issues as well. Resolving them can have a drastic change in your phone’s charging speed.

Here are a few things that can cause your phone’s charging speed to drop.

Why is My Phone Charging Slow? 🤔🤔

1. Charging Device:-

If you are facing charging issues then it is better to first blame your charger for the fault. There are two kinds of chargers available in the market, they are wireless chargers and wired chargers. Every charger comes with different Ampere rating and speed.

Wired Charger:-

Wired charging is a conservative mode of charging. From the dawn of the smartphone, it has served its purpose. A wired charging setting consists of two things a USB cable and an adapter.

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USB cable:-

USB cables have to go through a lot of beating and at the same time is inserted in a lot of different jacks. They are dropped, twisted, bent, and kept in places with changing temperature.

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Change Your USB Cable

So, if your phone charging has dropped it’s better to change. Its USB cable. If you are in the market looking for USB cable it is better to invest in something of higher quality and at the same time look at your jack and make sure that the port you are buying fits into that.

And one thing that you should do while shopping for a USB cable is to go for a thick USB cable as they carry more power in them. Even is your current USB is thin still it is better to go for a thick one.

Adapter:-

If you are still facing charging issues even after swapping your old cable with a new one you. Then it is better to change your adapter as well. As the one that came along with your handset sometimes are not the best when it comes withstanding the wrath of the world.

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Newer adapters can have a drastic change in your charging rates. If you are looking for an adapter in the market then try buying one with Ampere rating > 2.1A. As the higher, your ampere rating is the faster your charger will charge.

There is an App named Ampere (Download On Google Play Store) (Download on Apple App Store) that will help you to check which USB cable or adapter working fast for you.

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We did the test of different USB cable and adapter and found the original USB cable and adapter that’s coming with your phone is providing fast charging results.

Let’s have a look at our Test result.

Wireless Charger:-

Wireless Charging is not new it’s been here for almost a century. But its inclusion in the field of mobile phone is new. Wireless charging is also known as Inductive Charging.

This method of charging electricity is provided to the devices with the help of electromagnetic induction. In this, the device is placed on an inductive pad or near a charging station.

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Even though wireless charging is new in business it’s still not faster than the conventional wired charging.

Wireless charging comes with the rating between 5W to 30W which is fast but not faster than the recent flagships launched by Samsung S20 and Huawei Mate X are blessed with 45-55W wired charging. Which makes wireless charging a little inferior.

Working of Wireless/Inductive Charging:-

The wireless or Inductive charging works on the principle of Electromagnetic Induction. When the device is placed on the pad or near the station, transferring energy is initiated by the virtue of Inductive Coupling.

An Alternating current runs through the primary coil which will create a magnetic field(according to Oersted’s law, any moving charge will create a magnetic field). Then as the AC  changes its amplitude, the magnetic field starts fluctuating.

The variation in the magnetic field will give rise to EMF also knows as Electro-Motive Force, this phenomenon is known as Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction.

The EMF will get linked with the secondary coil, placed inside the device. Which then is transformed to the direct current due to the rectifier and is used to energize the device

Let’s have a look at this awesome video,

Why is my Wireless Charger not charging properly:-

Here, are a few reasons and solutions why your wireless charging is not working properly:-

  • Your phone might be placed incorrectly. Make sure to place the device at the center of your pad to ensure good Inductive Coupling.
  • Nothing should be between the device and the pad. There should not be any foreign materials in between your charger and the device.
  • Keep your device’s back and the pad clean.
  • Try to avoid using a charger from different brands as sometimes the input and the output rating are different.
  • Remove any kind of back cover or protective case, as the aim is to keep your phone as close to the pad’s surface as possible.

One of the most common reasons behind your wireless charger is charging slowly is the presence of weak signals. Using the wireless charger in areas with the weak network can cause the loss of reception, which in turn will decrease the charging speed.

Charging Jack:-

Charging Jack or Charging Port is one of the most roughly used parts in your phone. When you are in a hurry you just try inserting the USB cable without even looking at it.

This problem was pretty much solved after the invention of USB type ‘C’. But micro USB or USB type B is very vulnerable to the “jack” problem.

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Look for any corrosion or scuffed-up Jack bristles or any particle which might get stuck in between the bristles. Use a flash-light to have a more clear and brighter look at it. Then you should use toothpicks and brushes with soft bristles to get rid of any dirt or particle.

If your jack is corroded, then it is better to replace is. As it is an easy and cheap fix.

Dirty Charging Port:-

You don’t clean the charging port this is one also a reason for Why is My Phone Charging Slow. Even though most of us clean our phone regularly, we often missed the very important detail “the Charging Port”
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Always Clean Me
It got very dirty with your pocket, this will not help you once you are charging your phone. So make a habit to clean this with a pointed cue tip or toothpick.

Bright Wallpaper:-

Another important factor for your slow Phone Charging is your phone bright wallpaper. It’s always looking good to have a good looking wallpaper but it’s draining the battery a lot.
It’s always good to go with a Black and White wallpaper.

Background Apps:-

So, your phone is charging before blaming your phone’s manufacturer, I just want you to do one thing. Go to setting and check your battery usage, and delete the most used app.

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If you are a PUBG or Fortnite Addict or a Social MediaHolic you might run out of battery most of the time. To compensate that you will plug the device more often. That will decrease your batteries health.

If you are someone who doesn’t turn off the background apps and clear the cache if needed then the chances of your phone’s battery to deteriorate are higher. All the smartphone provides you with the option of clearing the caches and closing your background apps.

So, if you are facing battery issues then try clearing your chases and clearing your background apps.

Battery:-

If your phone is still charging slowly even after implementing the above tactics. Then it is a chance that your battery is in bad shape.

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Before the invention of non-removable batteries, it was easy to find out if your battery is having some problems. Just remove the battery and check if it is bulging then the chances of your battery being in a state of the malfunction are high.

If your battery is old then the chances of it being in that state are high. Sometimes, relatively new batteries can cause such misery due to overuse or some manufacturing defect.

Why is My Phone Charging Slow? Maybe it’s your fault 🤷‍♂️

Yes, you heard it right. Look! don’t bash me for telling the truth. You might be your phone’s biggest enemy if you are using it while charging.

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Using the phone while charging can officially decrease its health. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are notorious for sucking out your phone’s battery.

If you want to make the process even fast, try switching your device out.

My Phone is Charging Slow: Ways to Fix It

After knowing all the reasons behind your phone charging slowly, you might want to do everything in your control to fix this issue. Here are a few things that you can do to increase your phone’s charging speed.

1. Turn-off all the connectivity tools

A smartphone comes with an enormous number of built-in connectivity tools such as Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, etc. In my opinion, you should probably switch off all of these tools. As it will do two things,

  1. It will help your device to charge quicker by restricting its activity
  2. It will stop you from checking your phone every single time that notification bell rings.

2. Enable Airplane mode

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If you are turning off the connectivity tools and your phone charging speed has increased but not as per your need. Then I want you to go above and beyond by enabling the Airplane mode, This will switch off the cellular networks and your device will not receive or send any calls or messages.

3. Use Battery Saving Modes

Almost 90% of the smartphones out there in the market has some sort of Battery Saver built-in. The battery saver will kill the background applications and will, therefore, increase your charging speed.

Enable Battery Saver Mode in Android:-

Navigate to the Setting app and Find out the Battery option or pull down the notification screen from by swapping your hand from the top and tap on the battery gear.

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Tap the menu button and tap the “Battery saver” option here and enable it. Now once your batter is going down battery saver will be on.

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Enable Battery Saver Mode in iOS:-

In iOS battery saver mode comes with the name of “Low Power Mode” that you can enable by tapping on the “Setting” then select the battery option.

Here you will find the “Low Power Mode” option, just tap to enable it if you want to enable. Your battery icon will be Yellow after enabling this if your battery is not fully charged.

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4. Do not charge your phone with your laptop/desktop

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If you are someone you just plug-in his phone to his PC, because you were feeling lazy. Then you should know that the aim of connecting your phone to your PC was to transfer data. So, you using it to charge your device is not a wise decision.

5. Get a suitable charger

One should not use a Third-party charger to charge your phone. As every manufacturer builds their devices in such a way that all of them tend to work better when used in a synchronized manner.

6. Update your Software

Sometimes the reason why your phone is charging like a tortoise is that the phone is A lot of time brands releases a new software patch to get rid of that bug. So, if your phone is charging slowly then try updating it to the newer version.

7. Change your charging port

Sometimes the most inexpensive item in your mobile can create a tantrum for you. So, it is better to switch your jack with a new one.

These were a few tricks that you can use to improve your phone’s charging speed.

How to increase Battery Life of your Phone:-

If you have implemented the tips prescribed above and are still dealing with charging issues, but you don’t have either the time or the funds to consult an expert. Then, try saving your battery.

Even if you are not facing charging issues, still it is very difficult to make a phone last for a day. But after reading this article I am 100% sure that you will be able to save your battery and make it last a day.

1. Check-out what’s consuming your battery:-

Before concluding anything it is better to know the actual reason behind draining your battery. Every smartphone has a different interface but all of them have a built-in portal that allows the user to check their battery consumption.

Just go to the settings and navigate to the battery section. Afterward, check a suitable option for it.

If there is an application that is sucking a lot of power out of your battery, then it is better to just uninstall the application.

However, if there is an application that can not be deleted like “Google Play Services” then you might want to stop it temporarily by clicking on the “force stop” or try clearing the data and cache. If nothing works then wait for the developers to launch the next version as the application might be bugged.

2. Use Power Saver Mode

As I said earlier in this article, every single smartphone out there in the market has a built-in Power Saving Mode. This mode aims to kill all the background apps and increase your phone’s standby time.

One thing that you should consider before switching on the power saving mode is that it will decrease your phone’s performance, limits background data and Synch activities. If you are comfortable with, it then you should go for it.

3. Decrease your brightness

Try to lower the brightness of your screen at least 30 to 40%. This amount of light is usually more than enough to see all the information on the screen. it will help you to increase the life of your battery dramatically.

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If you check your battery consumption portal you will see that your display is one of the most power suckers and it is better to dag it down to a minimum.

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Note: Make sure that your “adaptive brightness” is turned off while decreasing your brightness.

4. Go! for Low Resolution

Streaming Netflix HD+ or playing PUBG in the highest display ever is not the best option if you are trying to save your battery. Try decreasing your resolution for longer battery usage.

Make sure that your refresh rate panel is 60Hz. As the recent advancement in the refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz has caused your phone to run out of battery quickly.

5. Enable Dark Mode

A lot of smartphones nowadays come with an option that will switch the background color from white to black. Having a black background is good for your battery many displays are able to create that black background by switching off the pixels, and using backlight instead.

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Just browse into settings>display and enable dark mode.

6. Say ‘NO’ to live wallpapers

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If you are someone who likes moving pixels on his home screen then I am sorry, you have to suppress your desires. As moving wallpapers are not good for your battery.

7. Check your connectivity

Your mobile phone has various kinds of connectivity tools in its arsenal. So, it is better to switch off your Wifi, Bluetooth, Hotspot, etc when they are not in use as it can save a huge percentage of your battery from draining out.

Another network tool, that is your Mobile’s Internet is like a devil for your battery. It sucks out most of its battery by just simply being there. So, it is recommended to switch off your data when you are not using it.

On the other hand, if you are someone who must be online 24*7 we recommend you switch your 4G network with 2G at times. It will allow your phone to receive notification and saving battery at the same time.

8. Switch off the Animation

Animations may look good at times but they are not good for your battery. So, if the battery is your concern then try switching your animation off.

9. Handle Your Phone Carefully

Don’t put your phone on the dashboard while you are driving. Content moving and bumping can cause lots of damage.
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It doesn’t happen quickly, but all the little things add up over time. Try not always to carry your phone in your hands when the weather is hot, due to high-temperature smartphone heats up to. The warmth of your hands brings an even greater chance of the phone battery running low.

10. Use Cloud Storage

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Even if your phone has lots of internal storage but it’s better to use cloud storage. This way your phone will not be cloaked with lots of data that will help your phone to perform much better. Another important benefit is something that happened to your phone, you will not lose your data.

11. Don’t Charge your phone 100%

Don’t charge your phone to 100%, Watch out this awesome video to get to know this.

You may like to read our definitive guide on Myths about Battery Charging.

Conclusion

I have tried to answer your question “Why is my phone charging slow?”. As mentioned there can be multiple reasons behind this misery. Your charging set might be faulty or there is something wrong with your charging port or something else.

Then there are ways to resolve this issue on your own like Turn-off all the connectivity tools, turning battery saver on, updating your battery, get a suitable charger, etc.

If this doesn’t work then we would recommend minimizing your battery consumption by decreasing your brightness, switching off the animations, and many more.

But if you are not able to heel this problem on your own then it is better to consult an expert. As he will help you with your problems

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