Wireless charging means you can re-energize your phone’s battery without a physical tether. It also prevents possible damage to your phone’s charging port. Unfortunately, not all phones support wireless charging, but we’ll tell you which iPhone models do.
When you recharge your iPhone’s battery without plugging a cord into it, this reduces wear and tear or possible damage to the Lightning port.
Technically, the power transfer process does require a cord—the power cord that connects the wireless charging pad to an electrical outlet. The energy passes from the power outlet through the cord and into the charging pad.
Qi is a Chinese word that means “life energy.” In this case, the word refers to a wireless standard developed and maintained by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). It defines energy transferred from one device to another without a physical cable.
An induction coil within the wireless charging pad station continuously receives small amounts of power to remain in a standby state until it detects the receiver coil located inside your iPhone. It then draws more power from the wall outlet.
The iPhone models that support wireless charging feature glass backs, which enable their receiver coils to connect with a charging pad’s induction coil.
The following iPhones are compatible with wireless charging:
- iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
- iPhone 11 Pro (2019)
- iPhone 11 (2019)
- iPhone XR (2018)
- iPhone XS Max (2018)
- iPhone XS (2018)
- iPhone X (2017)
- iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
- iPhone 8 (2017)