Getting started with wireless charging is pretty simple. If you want to charge your smartphone wirelessly, you’ll need a smartphone that supports this type of charging and a compatible wireless charging mat to place your phone on. You can also purchase adapters to add support to phones that don’t include it.
Popular smartphones that support wireless charging include:
- Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active
- LG G6 (US and Canada versions only) and LG V30
- Motorola Moto Z, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z2 Play (with wireless charging mod only)
Android manufacturers have increasingly been abandoning wireless charging in recent years. Only Samsung has kept it on its recent high-end phones. Google for instance does not offer wireless charging in its Pixel smartphone, although earlier Nexus phones supported this feature. With Apple giving the Qi standard a thumb up, wireless charging could become more common on Android devices once again.
However, if your phone doesn’t support for it, you can add support for wireless charge with a special phone case or wireless charging adapter that you stick on the back of your phone and plug into its power port.
Once you have a phone or adapter that supports wireless charge, pick up a wireless charger that’s compatible with it. For most phones, you’ll want a Qi charger. Any Qi certified wireless charger should work with any Qi certified device. You can find them online on websites like Amazon.com or in electronics stores. Plug the charging pad into the wall and place your phone (or other Qi-enabled device) on it to charge. As long as your device and the charger support the same standard, it will just work.
In the future, wireless chargers will hopefully be more common in public locations, allowing you to just place your smartphone on a table to charge it.