Tip of the Day: Quick Charge Your iPhone Battery

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The other day, I was about to head out on the trails for my annual attempt at completing a couch-to-5K program, when I realized that my iPhone battery was almost out of juice. I didn't want to risk having my phone die while I was out on the relatively deserted trails (what if I got attacked by angry squirrels and needed to call for help?) And I needed to leave the house soon or I wouldn't be able to complete the workout before sunset.

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Fortunately, there is a way to charge your iPhone more quickly: Just swipe up from the bottom of your homescreen to bring up Control Center and turn on Airplane Mode before you plug your phone in. With your iPhone's wireless radios and GPS turned off, the battery will charge faster.

In Airplane Mode I was able to charge my battery enough to get me through my workout with power to spare, and quickly enough that I was out of the woods before the sun went down.

charge your battery in airplane mode

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.