Welcome to our Wireless Charging Guide. Below you will discover the wonders of wireless charging; let’s get started!
What is Qi?
Wireless charging is a technology that allows charging over (very) short distances without cables.
The advantage of wireless charging is that it’s quicker and easier, as you don’t have to plug and unplug each time – you just place your device on top of your wireless charging pad. It also looks neater.
There are various competing standards for wireless charging. The most popular is Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), which has been supported by companies like Samsung, Google and Nokia. However more and more manufacturers are taking advantage in some form or another.
A few phones have wireless charging built right in. See them here.
Other phones need a replacement rear cover or case. These are built to fit specific phones, so make sure you choose the right one. To make it easier, we’ve linked to appropriate cases and rear covers.
If a wireless charging cover isn’t available for your phone, you can use a universal adapter instead, allowing even much older devices to support wireless charging.
If your phone appears here, you just need to buy a wireless charger.
- Samsung Galaxy: S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge
- Microsoft Lumia: 1520, 1020, 930, 929, 928, 920
- Google Nexus: 4, 5, 6, 7 (2013)
- BlackBerry: Priv
If your phone appears here, you need the accessory linked and a wireless charging pad.
- Apple: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 5S
- Samsung: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2
- Microsoft: Lumia 930, Lumia 925, Lumia 830
- Sony: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z
If your phone isn’t listed above, then you’ll need a universal adapter and a wireless charger. You can get these for phones with Micro USB ports (e.g. Android) and Lightning ports (e.g. iPhone).
You have a choice of an internal adapter, which slides into the back of a case, and an external adapter, which hangs outside. In most cases, we recommend internal adapters.
|Internal adapter||External adapter|
|Micro USB (Android)||Maxfield||aircharge|
Once you’ve determined your phone has wireless charging built in or you’ve added it with an accessory, you just need a wireless charger.
There are plenty of Qi wireless chargers available, in different sizes, shapes and colours. You can get Qi chargers for your desk, for your car, or even portable Qi battery packs. Try one of the recommendations below, or see all of our Qi wireless chargers here.
Our video team has made some excellent videos explaining wireless charging. Take a look at one of the videos linked below!
- How to add wireless charging to an iPhone
- Official Samsung Fast Wireless charging stand review
- Best wireless chargers for Samsung Galaxy phones
Have any questions about wireless charging? Leave them in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you with the answers you seek.