How To Charge Smartphones Quickly At Airports


In a pinch and need to charge a smartphone quickly? Layovers at the airport can mean a lot of time between flights, but sometimes travelers have just enough time to go from one gate to the next.

And if it’s crowded, anyone hoping to juice up their smartphone between flights may have competition for open power outlets.

So what can you do when you need to charge your smartphone but don’t have much time?

Save these tips to help charge your smartphone quickly:

Low Power Mode

If you need to still use the cellular part of your phone while it’s charging, put it in low power mode. Low power mode temporarily reduces background activity like downloads and mail fetch until you can fully charge your phone.

Airplane Mode

Don’t have to use your phone while it’s charging? Put it in airplane mode. This will greatly reduce the power being consumed by your phone while it’s charging, resulting in a shorter time to full.


If you don’t need to have your phone connect to Bluetooth-enabled smartwatches or headphones, try turning Bluetooth connections off. While not as effective as airplane mode, this will incrementally lower your phone’s battery consumption while charging.

Cellular Connected Apps

You can still be picky when conserving energy and charging your phone – and you can do it by choosing what apps connect and update with cellular data. Turning this feature off for apps one-by-one can help charge smartphones quickly.

It’s true that more airlines than ever now have in-flight power right at your seat, but some don’t, so be sure to check with your carrier for specifics.

Learn Your Phone’s Battery Consumption

As smartphone operating systems improve, the ability to track power consumption also improves. Check your settings to find out what consumes battery power the most.

Don’t Forget

When you’ve finished charging, be sure to re-activate your phone’s settings by either taking it out of airplane mode or connecting Bluetooth or cellular data on apps.

Have you experienced crowded power outlets during layovers? Share your experience in the comments.

Featured image courtesy of Adrianna Calvo via Pexels.

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