Dave, a friend who noticed I have a Google Pixel phone said that I could use my phone to charge other devices wirelessly. That’s pretty cool. How do I get that set up and use it (without completely killing my own phone)?
Wireless charging has been a really cool addition to quite a lot of devices, centered around what’s known as the Qi Wireless Charging system. By having a standard for this in the industry, your car can have a wireless charging spot for Android or iPhone, companies can offer desks with power hotspots, and much more. Rather surprisingly, your phone can also charge other Qi-compatible devices too, from earbuds to other smartphones!
Well, let’s be candid here: The majority of phones that have wireless charging capability only offer it as a way to power that device, not a way for that device to supply power to others. Apple, we’re looking at you here! Samsung and Google Android phones utilize something called Wireless PowerShare, which lets you easily turn that Qi Wireless charging spot on the back of your phone into a charging hotspot that can power other devices! Yes, even an iPhone. 🙂
ENABLE WIRELESS POWERSHARE ON AN ANDROID PHONE
Be aware that most Android phones do not have this capability, and not every Samsung or Google phone includes it either. Samsung says that the following support Wireless Powershare: The Galaxy S10 series, Note10 series, S20 series, Note20 series, S21 series, and the Z Flip and Fold. Google has had this feature in the Pixel 6 on forward, so if you just bought a shiny new Pixel 8 Pro, you’ve got it too!
The easiest way to access it is to check your shortcuts. Just swipe down from the top of your screen then swipe right-to-left to see if you have Battery Share:
Can you spot it in the above grid of shortcuts? A tap and it’ll be turned on:
Now the back of the phone, approximately in the middle of the back, is seeking a compatible device so it can allow wireless charging. I flipped over my Google Pixel 6 Pro (in its swanky case!) and placed an iPhone atop so that the Apple device could get a bit of charge:
If you’re not familiar with iPhones, the top right shows the charge status:
The lightning bolt through the battery icon means that it is indeed charging. Amazing, really, and so friendly of the phones to be able to share power like this! 🤪
ANDROID WIRELESS POWERSHARE SETTINGS
Turns out that there are a couple fo settings you might want to tweak if you’re going to use this feature (and even if you’re not). Go into the Settings app and search for “battery share”:
If you don’t see “Battery Share” in the results, your device probably doesn’t support Wireless Powershare, sorry to report. If you do see it, good on you! Tap on “Battery Share” from the results list. I found that it took me directly to the “Battery” settings:
Notice that “Battery Share” is highlighted and that the current status is “On / Charge other devices”. There are a few settings to explore, so tap on that. At the top is a simple on/off toggle:
Not a fan of wireless charging or just don’t imagine a scenario when this would be helpful? No worries, disable it here and you can safely ignore it forevermore.
On the other hand, if you do want to experiment with it, scroll down a bit because there are a couple of important settings to consider:
Most importantly, decide how much of your device power you’re willing to share with other devices. The default is 10%, meaning that it will let your phone almost go to kaput before turning off the back-of-device charging feature. I’m not a fan, so I changed mine to 25%.
Also notice the interesting “Turn on automatically” option that has it auto-enable for a few minutes every time you plug the phone into a power source. This can be a great emergency solution to charging multiple devices simultaneously, particularly helpful if you’re at school and your ‘buds are dying!
Pro Tip: There are lots of ways to manage your Android devices and ensure the best possible experience. Learn more by checking out my extensive Android help area while you’re here too!