Does iPhone XR Have Wireless Charging?

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Angela Otero

If you have an iPhone XR and don’t see “wireless charging” mentioned anywhere, you might be wondering if it has wireless charging.

Quick Summary: iPhone XR supports wireless charging. It might not be built-in, as in the iPhone XS and XS Max, but it can be made to charge wirelessly by an iOS update. It’s compatible with Qi-certified wireless chargers with a minimum charging speed of 7.5W. It also supports fast wireless charging.

I’ll show you how that’s possible.

Wireless Charging on the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR can be charged wirelessly using a Qi-certified wireless charger with a minimum charging speed of 7.5W.

It might not charge if the charger operates at a lower charging speed.

So, look for a “Qi-certified” wireless charger for your iPhone XR. They are available from Apple and other vendors.

Enabling Wireless Charging

If your iPhone XR is not charging wirelessly, it might be due to a software issue.

Apple implemented wireless charging on the iPhone XR via a system software update. That’s why it might not be a built-in feature when you buy it brand new.

However, it’s easy to make it support wireless charging. Look for an iOS update by opening the following:

Settings > General > Software Update

Update the iOS on your iPhone XR and try charging wirelessly again. It should work this time. If no system update is available, contact Apple Support for assistance. Also, ensure the wireless charger is compatible with your iPhone XR.

Note that even if a phone doesn’t support wireless charging, you can easily charge it wirelessly by purchasing a wireless charging adapter compatible with your charging port (MicroUSB or USB-C).

Fast Wireless Charging the iPhone XR

Place the iPhone on the charging pad to charge the iPhone XR wirelessly.

But before you do that, ensure that “Fast Wireless Charging” is enabled. You do that by going to this part of the settings:

Settings > Device Care > Battery > Charging > Fast Wireless Charging

Toggle the switch to enable fast wireless charging. It should turn blue.

With fast wireless charging enabled, charging the iPhone XR takes approximately one hour if the charger operates on at least 18W. Fast wireless charging works best under conditions that are neither too hot nor too cold.

Overnight Charging and Overcharging

iPhone XR charging on a wireless charger

It’s best not to leave a phone charging for too long, as in overnight charging, but new smartphones like the iPhone XR have built-in safety features to prevent overcharging.

So, it’s generally safe if the iPhone XR is in good condition and you comply with the safety requirements. The wireless charging system will switch to trickle charging when the charging is nearly full. If in doubt, use only an Apple-approved (Qi-certified) wireless charger.


iPhone XR. https://www.mobiledokan.com/apple/apple-iphone-xr/

iPhone XR charged wirelessly. https://9to5toys.com/2018/09/13/ravpower-fast-wireless-charger/

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