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If you have an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you can take advantage of wireless charging to power up your device without plugging in a Lightning cable. This is possible thanks to the glass back design of these iPhones.
These devices use inductive charging, which means they will draw power when placed on a compatible charging mat. In many situations, this is much more convenient than plugging in a cable. Many users keep a charging mat on their bedside table to avoid fiddling with wires in the dark.
To use a wireless charging mat, simply plug it into a power outlet. Place your iPhone face up on the mat and it should vibrate gently to indicate a connection with the mat. You’ll notice the familiar lightning bolt icon in the top right to signify the device is charging. That’s it! There’s no complicated setup involved.
Choosing a charger
Apple has designed a charging mat called AirPower that can simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods – but it’s not yet available for purchase, and you can bet it will be more expensive than a third-party charger.
In the meantime, if you want to start using wireless charging you’ll need to find a charging pad elsewhere. They all do much the same job, but you’ll want to pick one that uses the Qi charging standard to ensure compatibility with iPhone.
It’s also a good idea to buy a product with the MFi (Made For iPhone) symbol to ensure that quality meets Apple’s standards. Finally, to get the fastest charging speeds possible you’ll want a charger with at least a 7.5W power rating.
Though convenient, it’s worth noting that wireless charging is not especially fast – when placed on a charging mat, iPhones charge around half the speed they would through a Lightning cable.