Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – Device is Charging Slow – What to Do
Charging your phone from your computer or with a wireless charger can take a long time. If you’re in a hurry, you may want to stick to use a wall charger instead.
But what can you do if you’ve plugged your phone into a wall charger but it still isn’t charging as fast as you would like? If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, this article will cover some of your options.
Recharge Your Phone Turned Off or In Safe Mode
Obviously, turning your phone completely off before charging it boosts the battery recharging process. But this may not always be an option. If you can’t afford to turn off your phone, try charging it in Safe Mode. This ensures that no non-essential third-party apps are running in the background and draining your battery.
Here is how you enter Safe Mode on a Galaxy S6:
- Turn off your phone
- Hold the power key until the Samsung logo appears
- Press and hold the volume down button until the “Safe Mode” message appears on screen
Use your phone in Safe Mode until it’s charged and time how long it takes to reach 100% battery. This may be faster but perhaps still not fast enough. So, let’s look at alternative fixes.
Clear Cache for Third Party Apps
If you’re not satisfied with using Safe Mode when charging your phone, you could always resort to uninstalling third party apps that have a massive power drain. Of course, this may not be very efficient if you actually need the apps.
Instead, consider emptying the app cache:
- Go to Apps
- Tap Settings
- Scroll down and tap Storage
- Tap Cached data
- Tap Delete and confirm
Inspect Charging Equipment
A slow recharging speed may come from hardware malfunctions or inadequate equipment rather than a software issue. Check the cable integrity for any unnatural bends, cuts, or any other type of physical damage.
A bad cable could slow down the charging process. You should also check the compatibility and reliability of the charging adapter. If your adapter heats up really fast, it’s a sign that you should change it.
The best charger to use is the one provided by Samsung for the Galaxy S6. Third party adapters also work but they may not have a reliable power transfer speed.
Cleaning the Charging Port
Believe it or not, the dust particles, cat hair, and other debris that gets stuck in your phone’s charging port can also have a negative impact on the charging speed.
Use toothpicks, cotton swabs, or better yet – compressed air. Keeping the port clean should give you a minor boost in charge speed.
A Final Thought
You should also consider the possibility that the battery is on its last leg. The Galaxy S6 has been out for a couple of years, so your phone’s battery might be simply worn out by use.
If you’re fond of your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and you’re not planning to upgrade, consider finding a brand new battery for it. This might be the only solution to your phone’s charging problem.