How to wirelessly charge your iPhone

Learn how to wirelessly charge your iPhone with Qi-certified charging accessories.

What you need

You need an iPhone 8 or later.

Your iPhone features integrated wireless charging that allows for an easy and intuitive charging experience. Your iPhone works with Qi-certified chargers that are available as accessories and in cars, cafes, hotels, airports, and furniture. Qi is an open, universal charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

Many Qi-certified chargers charge iPhone with the latest version of iOS at rates up to 7.5 watts. These chargers are available at the Apple Online Store and Apple Stores.

View a list of Qi-certified chargers.

Other Qi-certified chargers might vary in functionality and performance. If you have questions, contact the manufacturer.

Charge wirelessly

  1. Connect your charger to power. Use the power adapter that came with your accessory or a power adapter recommended by the manufacturer.

  2. Place the charger on a level surface or other location recommended by the manufacturer.

  3. Place your iPhone on the charger with the display facing up. For best performance, place it in the center of the charger or in the location recommended by manufacturer.

  4. Your iPhone should start charging a few seconds after you place it on your wireless charger.

You should see the Charging iconthe Charging icon in the status bar.

iPhone on a wireless charger with the Charging icon on-screen.

Learn more

  • Wireless charging uses magnetic induction to charge your iPhone. Don't place anything between your iPhone and the charger. Magnetic mounts, magnetic cases, or other objects between your iPhone and the charger might reduce performance or damage magnetic strips or RFID chips like those found in some credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs. If your case holds any of these sensitive items, remove them before charging or make sure that they aren’t between the back of your iPhone and the charger.

  • If your iPhone isn't charging or is charging slowly and your iPhone has a thick case, metal case, or battery case, try removing the case.

  • If your iPhone vibrates—when it gets a notification, for example—your iPhone might shift position. This can cause the charging mat to stop providing power to your iPhone. If this happens often, consider turning off vibration, turning on Do Not Disturb, or using a case to prevent movement.

  • Depending on the charging mat you have, you might hear faint noises while your iPhone charges.

  • Your iPhone might get slightly warmer while it charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, if the battery gets too warm, software might limit charging above 80 percent. Your iPhone will charge again when the temperature drops. Try moving your iPhone and charger to a cooler location.

  • Your iPhone won't charge wirelessly when connected to USB. If your iPhone is connected to your computer with USB, or if it's connected to a USB power adapter, your iPhone will charge using the USB connection.

  • With iPhone 15 models, if you're in the European Union or in a country or region that's part of the European Free Trade Association, the first time that you use a wireless charger, you'll get a notification. Mandated by the EU, the notification says that wireless charging might use more power than wired charging.

  • Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging provides optimal magnetic alignment for faster, more efficient charging. MagSafe wireless charging includes technologies that reduce energy waste when compared to other wireless charging methods. Learn about charging with the MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger.

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