10.24.2014Updated on 02.21.2018Personal Tech

Fact or fiction: Does airplane mode make phones charge quickly?

Mobile phone charging

One popular phone charging tip circulating the internet is that putting your mobile phone into airplane mode will decrease the time it takes to charge its battery. Because airplane mode turns off all radio frequencies on your device, the thinking goes, the battery should charge faster in this state.

It might be true, but is it worth it?

CNET, the leader in tech product reviews, news, how-tos and more, published a video that takes a deeper dive into this charging tip to compare how quickly a phone’s battery charges in airplane mode versus when it’s not. According to the CNET video

“Enabling airplane mode results in a charging time that was four minutes faster than when you charge your phone normally.  But the question remains, is it worth it? In my opinion, no, it's not."

So, it’s true -- airplane mode may save you a few minutes of charging time. But you'll have to decide whether it's worth losing all connectivity while charging just to save those extra four minutes.

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