How to Fast Charge iPhone and iPad (Ultimate Guide)

Many users who get tired of slow charging, look for ways to fast charge their iPhones and iPads. The simplest solution is to use a fast-charging adapter with supported models. Besides, let’s dive in and talk about some general tips to make charge iPhone faster.

List of iPhones and iPads That Support Fast Charging

    • iPhone SE 2020
    • iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone 11 Pro
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone Xs Max
    • iPhone Xs
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone 8
    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation and later)
    • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
    • iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Air (3rd generation)
    • iPad mini (5th generation)

Use 18W (or more) Fast Charger and USB C Cable

The first and most definite way to top up your device quickly is to use a powerful charger. Apple claims you can fast-charge compatible iPhone models up to 50 percent battery in around 30 minutes.

Things Needed to Fast Charge iPhone and iPad

Note: In the box, Apple provides an 18W adapter only for iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and new iPads. Other iPhone models, including the less expensive iPhone 11 and the newest iPhone SE 2020, still have the decade-old 5W brick in the box.

Now you may have some related questions. Let me make them clear for you?

Will a 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, or 96W adapter charge my iPhone faster than 18W charger?

Not necessarily. Even if you use a higher power charger, the iPhone’s input port will accept charging up to 18W (to max 22W). That means, even if you can use an 87W charger, it will charge almost at 18W speeds.

Should I Buy an 18W Charger or Higher?

Besides an iPhone, if you have a MacBook and iPad, go for a powerful adapter. You can charge everything with just this. However, if you only have an iPhone and since 18W or 30W adapter charge at the same rate, you can save some money buying a less capacity one.

Will a Higher Wattage Charger Harm My iPhone?

It is natural to worry that ‘won’t a powerful 61W or 96W brick harm my iPhone?‘ It won’t. Your iPhone controls how much power it intakes, not the charging adapter. So, with your iPhone, you can comfortably use the higher capacity charger that came with your iPad or new MacBook. You can even use the fast charger of reputable Android phones like Samsung.

Note: In the box, many iPads have 12W adapters. It is not a true fast-charger. But you can use it to charge your iPhone. It will reduce charging times when compared with the 5W adapter.

How Can I Check The Wattage of My Apple Charger?

You will find this information at the bottom or side of the adapter. It is mostly written inside a rectangle with the number and the word ‘W’. (see the image below)

check wattage of apple charger

After this, let us look at some other general tips to make any iPhone and iPad charge faster.

Disable Mobile Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location Services

LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth consume a significant amount of power. They’re powered on even when your device is locked and in sleep mode. One way to get battery life is to disable them when charging.

Let me tell you that “Location Services” and “Background App Refresh” drain the battery the most. So, it’s better to turn them off while your device is charging.

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone → PrivacyLocation Services and turn off the switch next to Location Services.

Charge Device with Certified Cable and Wall Charger Instead of Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is convenient but slow. It also heats the device significantly. If you have less time and wish to charge your iPhone at a faster rate, make sure you use a proper cable and adapter instead of relying on wireless charging.

When it comes to charging; you should always go for the MFi certified chargers and cable. It’s because only the certified cable can deliver fast and secure charging. Therefore, it’s better to pay a bit extra for an efficient charging solution.

charge iphone with cable

Force Quit All the Apps before Charging your iPhone

Don’t let apps keep running in the background. Force quit the running apps before charging the iPhone. Give it a chance and see the difference. It can go a long way in cutting down the extra time.

Remove The Case, If Needed

Heat (dust and water) are the main enemies of all electronics. If you use a thick case with your iPhone or iPad, it may be the reason for unnecessary slow charging. While charging (especially if you are using a fast charger), removing the case may lead to better heat dissipation. The less extreme temperatures your device battery stays in, the better it will perform (in both short and long term).

Avoid Using the Phone While Charging

Finally, as far as possible, try to avoid using the iPhone while it is charging. This will considerably decrease the charging time.

Signing off…

These are some of the tips to fast charge your iPhone and iPad. What other tips and hacks you use to juice up your device quicker? Please share it with us in the comments down below. Finally, you may like to see how to improve battery life on your iPhone.

I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.