How To: Activate Wireless Fast-Charging with the iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus

Activate Wireless Fast-Charging with the iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus

It was a long overdue announcement when wireless charging was revealed as a feature in Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup. While certainly a welcome addition, wireless charging would only work with up to 5 watts of power, which meant no fast-charge capabilities. That's not the case anymore — here's how to fast-charge wirelessly with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or iPhone X.

There are two things you need for wireless quick-charge functionality, after owning an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus, of course; You need to update to iOS 11.2, and you need a compatible Qi wireless charger. The iOS 11.2 version is currently available as developer and public betas. You can join right now to install the beta update, or you can wait until iOS 11.2 hits everyone later this month.

Once the software update is installed, compatible iPhones will be able to charge wirelessly at up to 7.5 watts, according to accessory maker RAVpower. It's not the 15 watts that Samsung devices can reach, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

As for the compatible Qi wireless charger, there are chargers specifically designed for fast-charging, from companies like Mophie or Belkin. However, as long as your wireless charger has the right 7.5 W output, quick-charging should commence.

For more information on Qi and wireless chargers for the newest iPhones, check out our guide below.

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