How To Enable Reverse Wireless Charging On iPhone

Samsung introduced a reverse wireless charging feature (aka PowerShare) in Galaxy S10 series smartphones.

With reverse wireless charging, smartphone users can charge another smartphone and accessories, such as Galaxy Buds, AirPods, and Smartwatches, that support the wireless charging feature.

Apple also introduced a wireless charging feature in iPhone 8 or later devices.

So, Apple users started asking – can I charge my AirPods with iPhone reverse wireless charging?

Wait… That feature is only available to Samsung Galaxy users. (until now)

If you are also looking for such answers, you should know that iPhones don’t support reverse wireless charging.

However, if you have a Samsung smartphone, then you can charge your iPhone with Samsung’s reverse wireless charging feature.

Also Read: How To Fix iPhone 13 Battery Not Charging?

Can I Enable Reverse Wireless Charging On iPhone 14 Pro Max?

iPhone 14 series are the latest smartphones that Apple launched on 7th September 2022.

Although iPhone 14 Pro Max is the most powerful device by Apple, but it won’t support reverse wireless charging.

So, it’s impossible to activate/enable reverse wireless charging on iPhone 14 Pro Max or any older iPhone.

Why is Apple Not Adding Reverse Wireless Charging in iPhones?

iPhone 14 Pro Back

Apple’s iPhone is considered the most powerful and feature-rich smartphone in the world.

Then why is Apple not bringing a reverse wireless charging feature despite great hardware?

Samsung (yeah, Apple’s rival) has already added reverse wireless charging (aka Samsung PowerShare) in the Galaxy S10 series, which was launched in 2019.

It was rumored that iPhone 12 hardware was capable of reverse wireless charging, but iPhone 14 has been launched, and there is no official announcement of reverse wireless charging from the officials.

Apple never reveals iPhone battery capacity, but mostly, they are rated between 2800mAh to 3300mAh.

Due to the tight integration of iOS and extremely power-efficient Apple Silicon A15 and A16 (5nm and 4nm) processors, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series provide a whole day battery life.

The smaller battery makes the iPhone lightweight despite of metal body and powerful components.

For wireless charging, there is a requirement for a larger battery size, which will make the iPhone heavy.

Wireless charging is not that efficient because the energy transfer mode is air.

So, reverse wireless charging will drastically reduce the backup and lifespan of the battery.

That’s why Apple is ignored reverse wireless charging features on iPhone 12, 13, and 14 series smartphones.

However, Apple’s research and development (R&D) team is constantly working on it.

I’m sure Apple will sooner come with a reverse wireless charging feature because it will be easier to charge Apple’s AirPods and iWatches.

How To Turn On Reverse Wireless Charging on iPhone 13?

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 is a powerful smartphone in terms of battery life and performance. It supports a wireless charging feature, and you can charge it with any QI-certified wireless charger.

Follow these steps to turn on wireless charging on iPhone 13-

  1. Buy Apple’s original wireless charging pad.
  2. Remove the case (if you’re using it) from your iPhone 13.
  3. Connect the wireless charger with an Apple 20W adapter.
  4. Now, place your iPhone 13 in the center of the charging pad.
  5. Your iPhone will start charging automatically.

If your iPhone doesn’t charge wirelessly, then first clean your charging pad and the backside of the iPhone.

Note– iPhone is designed to charge wirelessly but can not emit power outside; hence, reverse wireless charging will not work.

How To Turn On Reverse Wireless Charging on iPhone 12?

If you search on the internet, you’ll find plenty of rumors about the iPhone 12 reverse wireless charging. But the reality is a bit different.

iPhone 12 hardware is capable of reverse wireless charging, and it works with a MagSafe battery pack.

But you can not charge any other accessory or another smartphone with a reverse wireless charging feature.

iPhone with MagSafe Battery Pack

Here is how to turn on reverse wireless charging on iPhone for the MagSafe battery pack-

  1. Remove any third-party case on the iPhone (Apple’s MagSafe case works).
  2. Put a MagSafe battery pack on the back of your iPhone.
  3. Go to iPhone Settings.
  4. Go to General > About > tap on MagSafe Battery pack.
  5. Check for its firmware version and update if it’s outdated.
  6. Take off the MagSafe battery pack from the iPhone back panel.
  7. Connect your battery pack with a lightning connector and charge for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Now, paste the battery pack on your iPhone.
  9. Connect your iPhone with a lightning cable.
  10. Leave it for 3 hours, and your MagSafe battery will be charged reversely.

Conclusion

Apple introduced a wireless charging feature in iPhone 8. But, even after five years, they haven’t provided a reverse wireless charging feature.

However, rumors floating on the internet indicate that iPhone 12 has a hidden reverse wireless charging feature.

It’s just a rumor! (sources confirmed with officials).

Apple will surely announce on the stage when reverse wireless charging is added to iPhone.

Till then, enjoy Apple’s wireless charging.

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Daniel is a tech enthusiast and repair technician who loves experimenting with various gadgets and home appliances. On this blog, he shares a troubleshooting guide for software and hardware faults.

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