6 reasons why your phone may be charging slowly

6 reasons why your phone may be charging slowly

The truth is that this problem affects all smartphones after some time, regardless of the brand, and usually for the same reasons. In this article, we’ll show you why your smartphone charges slowly, and what you can do about it.

Choose a theme:

  1. Your cable
  2. The power source
  3. Wrong power adapter / charger
  4. The phone itself is old
  5. You are using the phone while it is charging
  6. Background apps are running out of battery

The first offender in any case of slow charging should always be your USB cable. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person. My USB cable is often dirty and battered! Considering the horrible treatment my USB cables are subjected to, it’s no wonder that this is usually why my phone doesn’t charge faster.

USB cables are bent, twisted, coiled, run over with chair wheels and generally abused: these cables are not very good for maintaining a solid connection and energy flow. Be sure to check the tips as well: they can very easily become full of down.

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The USB cable should be the first thing to check. / © NextPit

The cables are not immune to physical wear and tear and the USB connector itself also wears out and can feel loose when you connect the phone. If the cable that came packaged with your device is no longer reliable or if you simply lost it, be careful when buying the cheapest charging options online.

Higher quality cables have copper wire (some cheap ones use aluminum and other substitutes that do not hold as well) and thicker rubber enamel around the wire, making it more resistant to damage.

The next obvious question is where are you getting your power from? If you have a USB cable connected to your laptop, then your phone will charge insanely slowly and it will deserve it. In the same way with Qi wireless charging, which we know of the latest flags from Samsung, LG and Google, for example. Although Qi is a brilliant technology, that brilliance comes at the expense of speed.

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Wall chargers are always the fastest. / © NextPit

Your best bet is to have your phone plugged directly into the wall outlet. However, even this can be problematic, especially if you are in an old building where the wiring can be a little schematic. If you think this may be the problem, go to another outlet (and then call an electrician).

To top it off, if it’s not your power source or your cable, it’s likely to be the real adapter you’re using that’s causing your battery to charge slowly. There is a reason why each manufacturer provides a specific USB adapter for each phone they send.

Switching adapters between phones can combine voltage, power, amperage and so on. That is why it is better to keep the adapter that came with your phone or, at the very least, take a look at the fine print and replace it with another adapter of the same type.

Sorry, but it’s true. If you’re sitting there wondering why your Galaxy S5 takes so long to charge, it’s probably because the veteran is getting worn out after many years of use. The latest processors not only support fast charging, but the latest phones even come with turbo chargers. Many newer phones can give you four hours of use after just ten minutes of calling.

Other phones that support fast charging will have a lightning bolt icon on the charger itself, possibly with the turbo power output numbers. Your phone can also become a pocket lint cave, so check your microUSB door and make sure the small flap on the door isn’t folded while you’re looking inside.

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Your battery may also be destroyed, so ask yourself how old you are. At least one advantage of older phones is the removable battery, so if you can put it out, consider replacing it if it can never seem to charge normally.

At the end of the day, entropy brings a slow but sure end to all things. If your phone is old, it’s time to accept that it’s past its peak.

It’s true – you are the worst thing that keeps your phone from charging quickly when you can’t keep your hands off it. Seriously, if time is of the essence, your best bet is to leave it alone. Making sense of your feed Insta while watching the percentage of your battery going nowhere is nobody’s fault, except yours.

So, leave your phone alone when charging it, turn off your Wi-Fi / data / data / Bluetooth teeth, or better yet, turn it off completely. This is actually the best way to charge a phone quickly: turn it off, plug it into a wall with the original charger and take a short break from your digital life (or go to your computer if you need to). Even after just 15 minutes.

Have you filled your smartphone with a lot of cool apps? That’s great, but how many of them are running in the background and draining your battery? Background apps are an annoying problem on Android, and it can be easy to ignore what really happened under the surface of your device.

If you have many applications running in the background, they will consume energy. This, in turn, will cause your device to charge more slowly. After all, if apps are draining power as quickly as you are putting it on battery, it will take forever to reach 100%.

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Some applications run in the background and consume power and data, but it is easy to prevent them from doing so. / © NextPit

How long does your phone take to charge? How do you usually charge your phone? Let us know in the comments.