How to Get Fast Wireless Charging on iPhone X and iPhone 8

Randall Craig
November 15, 2017

With the new software update iOS 11.2, Apple is planning to unlock faster wireless charging capabilities on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

In that update, the phones will accept 7.5-watt charges on Qi charging pads, rather than the current 5 watts.

Wireless charging on the latest iPhone is convenient, but it hasn't been very fast.

When it comes to Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone X, it feels like in many respects, the company is catching up to features that have always been featured on Android devices.


If you own an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, you are probably already aware that they are only capable of using the slowest Qi speed (five watts).

MacRumors tested the upcoming feature using the Belkin charger. On a non-7.5W charger, the same period of time only saw the phone charge from 46-percent to 60-percent. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 all support the Qi 1.2 standard, which allows for 15W charging. Still, 7.5W is faster than what you can get right now, so if you're buying your first Qi charging pad, check the box to make sure it outputs at least that much of a charge. That requires a compatible smartphone, of course, and not all charging pads are compliant with that maximum rate.

Since iOS 11.2 is now in beta, available to developers and those enrolled in Apple's public beta, tests on the upgraded charging speeds have already been possible.

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