Charging your iPhone 13 Pro Max quickly isn’t as simple as just plugging it in. Learn these tips and tricks to charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max faster.
Having to charge your iPhone constantly is frustrating. If your usage is above average, it’s still often unlikely your handset can make it throughout the day without a top-up of power in the early evening.
Hanging around while your battery reenergizes itself can be tortuous. But don’t worry, there are some tips, tricks, and accessories that can make the charging experience less painful. Check out how to fast charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max in 2022.
Use these nifty tips to charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max faster
1. If you have a fast charger, use it
The quickest way to charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max is with a fast charger: connecting a 20W power adapter with a USB-C to Lightning cable. You can fast-charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max from dead back up to around 50 percent battery in about 30 minutes. If you have an hour to spare, you can fully charge it. Even just 10 minutes of fast charging can boost your battery by double digits, so if you’re short on time, always go for the fast charger option.
Since the launch of the iPhone 12 series, Apple no longer includes power adapters with its new phones, but you can purchase Apple’s 20W power adapter from Apple and Amazon. According to Apple, you can also use other compatible fast-charging power bricks, but you’ll need at least a 20W brick to fast-charge an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
2. Use a wireless MagSafe charger if you don’t have a fast charger
The second-fastest way to charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max is with Apple’s MagSafe charger and a 20W power adapter. If your iPhone is dead, you should get to around 30% battery in about 30 minutes of wireless charging.
However, this doesn’t mean you can use any Qi wireless charger, which is the industry standard, for fast charging. While the MagSafe charger supports 15W, a Qi charger only gives you up to 7.5W — which is much slower than a MagSafe, and only slightly faster than the traditional 5W wall charger. Be aware that magnetic wireless chargers that aren’t MagSafe-certified will also charge at the slower 7.5W speed.
3. Use the wall charger instead of a computer
Your laptop is a very convenient way to charge your iPhone, especially if you spend most of your day in front of a computer and want to keep a close eye on any incoming text messages and notifications. Unfortunately, your computer will always charge your phone slower than any wall charger or wireless charger out there.
Your computer’s USB port, whether it’s a bigger and older USB-A or the newer, smaller USB-C, cannot deliver the same amount of power as any wall outlet can — even a 5W power adapter. And that’s especially true if you have an older computer with a faulty USB port or an incompatible charging cable, both of which can slow down the charging process even more.
4. Avoid using your iPhone while it is charging
This goes without saying, but if you want your iPhone 13 Pro Max to charge as quickly as possible, try to stay off of it as much as possible. If you’re streaming videos or playing mobile games while charging your iPhone, the battery will charge much slower, so just leave it untouched if you can.
5. For better results, turn your phone off while you’re charging it
Even if your screen is off, your phone is still working in the background, constantly refreshing applications, sending out notifications and turning your screen on — all of which wastes battery. If you want your iPhone 13 Pro Max to charge quicker, the best thing to do is to turn it off. Nothing will be drawing on the battery while you fill it up.
Of course, turning your iPhone off while it is charging has its downsides—you will not be able to receive urgent calls or messages. But if you’re looking to give your iPhone a quick 15-minute boost before you leave the house, powering it down is definitely the way to go.
6. You can also put it in Airplane Mode while it’s charging
If you don’t want to turn off your iPhone 13 Pro Max, but still want to help it charge faster, you can turn on Airplane Mode, which disables all wireless transmission functions like cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — all of which consume power. If they’re off, your iPhone 13 Pro Max can charge quicker. And this way, you can also quickly turn Airplane Mode off to quickly check on any text message or phone calls you might be waiting on.
7. Use Low Power Mode, Dark Mode and turn down your brightness
You know all of those tips that help you preserve battery in the first place? You can use those same features and settings to help your iPhone 13 Pro Max charge faster if you don’t plan on turning it off.
- Low Power Mode. Turn it on to reduce or affect battery-consuming features like 5G, display brightness, auto-lock, background app refresh, automatic downloads and more.
- Dark Mode: The jury is still out on exactly how much Dark Mode actually saves battery life, but turning it on while you’re charging your iPhone doesn’t hurt, especially if every percent matters.
- Lower your screen brightness: The brighter your screen, the quicker your battery drains, so turn it all the way down while it charges.
8. Disable the Optimized Battery Charging feature
Apple has a built-in tool that helps prevent your iPhone battery from degrading as fast, but this same feature also makes your device charge slower. While the feature typically only slows down your iPhone during long periods of charging, and usually overnight, it still might be worth disabling when you’re charging your phone. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and toggle off Optimized Battery Charging to turn off this feature.
9. Maybe it’s time for a new battery
In the same settings page where you can disable optimized battery charging, you can also check out your battery’s health. If you see a message, like “Your battery’s heath is significantly degraded,” you should look into making an appointment with Apple to replace your battery. A degraded battery doesn’t hold charge as well, so it’ll drain more quickly. A new battery will improve your overall battery life.
How to charge iPhone 13 Pro Max faster: now you know!
These were some tips on how you can charge your iPhone 13 Pro Max faster than usual, with or without a fast charger. I personally use these tips in my daily usage to charge my iPhone 13 Pro Max as quickly as possible. Anyway, try them and let me know if they make any difference for you in the comments.