Good day readers! Welcome to the 4th part of our Samsung Galaxy S6 Tutorials, How Tos and Tips. In this post, you will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) relevant to the Galaxy S6 wireless charging feature as well as some basic guides on how to use wireless charging feature on the new Galaxy S6 device.
To give you a hint, here’s an outline of all the topics that are being tackled in this post:
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Wireless Charging Overview
- How does wireless charging work with the Galaxy S6?
- How to use the wireless charging pad with the Galaxy S6?
- How to check whether the device is charging normally while using the wireless charging pad?
- Is it okay to use an old wired charger with lower power like 5V/1A or 5V/0.7A to supply power to the wireless charging pad on my Samsung Galaxy S6?
- What to do when the phone is not charging properly using the wireless charging pad or charging yet slow?
- Can I use a third-party back cover during wireless charging?
- How long will it normally take to complete a full charge using the wireless charger?
- What is the right input and output voltage or current of the wireless charging pad?
- Is it possible to charge using a wired and wireless charger simultaneously?
- What to do when the wireless charging pad gets warmer while charging?
- Can I use the wireless charging pad for the Galaxy S6 with other devices?
- Wireless charger LED on my Galaxy S6 is blinking while charging. What does it mean?
- Is it true that magnetic cards can be damaged while charging wirelessly?
- Is it okay if I use the phone while charging wirelessly?
- Is the electromagnetic field generated while charging wirelessly harmful?
What is Wireless Charging?
Both the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge come with a built-in wireless charging feature that allows you to charge the battery faster while the device or its screen is inactive or turned off. Samsung implements fast charging feature with battery charging technology that charges the battery faster by increasing the charging power.
How does wireless charging work with the Galaxy S6?
Fast wireless charging with the Galaxy S6 is made possible with its built-in wireless charging coil that allows you to charge the battery with a wireless charging pad (separately sold). The built-in charging coil is entrenched inside the wireless charging pad that is responsible for generating an electromagnetic field that transmits energy by means of inductive coupling to the induction coil found inside the device. As a result the device’s battery is charged with this transmitted energy.
You can purchase the wireless charging pad through Samsung Online Store or Samsung Offline Authorized Shop.
How to use the Wireless charging pad?
If you haven’t yet tried wireless charging on your previous Android devices and/or not sure how it’s supposed to done, here’s a quick guide for you to refer to.
- First, connect the wired charger to the charging pad. To avoid having any battery charging issues, it is recommended to only use Samsung-approved wired chargers.
- When the wired charger is properly connected, place the phone in the center of the charging pad in any direction.
- Check the charging status of the battery from the battery icon on the screen. Make sure it’s charging. If it the device is not charging properly, try to check for any foreign materials between the device and the wireless charging pad that may have caused some barriers.
- Wait until the battery is fully charged, and then disconnect the device from the wireless charger.
Tip: To prevent losing network reception, please use the wireless charging pad in areas with strong network signals.
How to check whether the device is charging normally while using the wireless charging pad?
You will know if wireless charging properly initiates if you see a charging pop-up that shows along with a sound that plays on the device. Another indication is when the battery icon changes to the charging icon and the LED indicator on the device turns RED. You should also see the LED in the wireless charging pad lights up in BLUE.
When another event like SMS or messenger occurs during charging, the indicator LED on the device will be overwritten.
Once the battery is fully charged, you will see the battery icon turns to a full charged icon and LED indicator on the device will light GREEN. The wireless charging pad indicator LED also lights up GREEN.
Indicator LED colors may vary depending on the wired charger you used. If you’re using an old wired charger with lower power to supply power to the wireless charging pad, you will see the indicator LED on pad turns Cyan. While it’s possible to charge, the charging speed may be slow and charging time for full charging could take longer than normal.
The recommended power for a right wired charger to use with the wireless pad is a Samsung-Approved 5V/2A.
Is it okay to use an old wired charger with lower power like 5V/1A or 5V/0.7A to supply power to the wireless charging pad on my Samsung Galaxy S6?
As mentioned earlier, it is possible but you expect that the charging speed to be a lot slower than when using a fast charger. When using a low power charger, the wireless charging pad indicator LED lights up Cyan.
What to do when the phone is not charging properly using the wireless charging pad or charging yet slow?
Like wired charging, wireless charging issues are also inevitable and can happen due to various reasons between the wireless charger and the device itself. If you notice the phone is not properly charging or charging slow with the wireless charging pad, here are a few recommended workarounds you can try on:
- Ensure to properly place the center of the phone’s back on the center of the charging pad.
- Remove any foreign materials between the wireless charger and the phone as they may cause the device not to charge properly.
- Keep the phone’s back and charging pad clean. If you see any dust or dirt, use a soft cloth and gently wipe it. Make sure the pad surface is clean before charging.
- Some kinds of back covers may also halt the wireless charging. Please check the back cover of your phone or remove the back cover and then try to charge again.
- As much as possible, please avoid using the wireless charging in areas with weak network signals because you may lose network reception while charging. This then results to slow charging speed and charging time for full charging to take longer than usual.
Can I use a third-party back cover during wireless charging?
While it’s strongly recommended to use official Samsung accessories, you still can use a third-party back cover and charge your device through wireless charging pad. If the phone will charge normally, then that shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, try to place your phone very close with the wireless charging pad during so a protected back cover that is too thick can prevent the phone from charging properly. If it still won’t charge, then please remove the back cover and try to charge again.
How long will it normally take to complete a full charge using the wireless charger?
Normally, it would take three hours for the battery to be fully charged using the wireless charger. However, the actual charging time may vary depending on the device status and charging conditions as mentioned above.
What is the right input and output voltage or current of the wireless charging pad?
The right input voltage and current of the wireless charging pad is 5V/2A while its output voltage and current is 5V/0.8A. However, the output voltage and current may change depending on wired charger connected to the charging pad.
Is it possible to charge using a wired and wireless charger simultaneously?
Please note that if you connect Galaxy S6 with the wired charger and placed it on the wireless charging pad, it will not charge through both methods simultaneously. Instead, it will be charged only through the wired charger. Even if it first started the charging using the wireless charging pad and then connect it to the wired charger.
What to do when the wireless charging pad gets warmer while charging?
It’s normal for the wireless charging pad to become warmer while charging. That said, it’s not a device fault. According to the charging environment or device state, the wireless charging pad or device itself may heat up while charging. Normal as it’s deemed, this should not affect the device’s performance or lifespan.
As guaranteed by the device’s manufacturer, the wireless charging pad or device has already been tested for security and satisfies Samsung’s strict internal standards.
But the charger may stop charging if the battery gets hotter than usual. It is also possible for the charging pad to become a little warmer than normal if the phone is not placed on the exact center of charging pad or is charged using non-authorized or third-party charger.
Can I use the wireless charging pad for the Galaxy S6 with other devices?
While the Galaxy S6 wireless charger is compatible with Qi-certified devices like wearable devices, you may still need to buy another cover for wireless charging and some devices according to manufacturer. Otherwise, the product may not be compatible.
Qi (inductive power standard) – certified devices are those with an interface standard that is developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer. The Qi system is made up of a power transmission pad and a compatible receiver in a portable device. For you to use this system, your mobile device must be placed on top of the power transmission pad, which charges it through resonant inductive coupling method.
Wireless charger LED on my Galaxy S6 is blinking while charging. What does it mean?
When you see the wireless charger indicator LED is blinking when you place your device on the wireless charging pad, it could mean that the device is not supported or an unsupported device is placed on the charging pad or the device is not charging properly.
A blinking indicator LED could also be a sign that the device supports wireless charging but requires another cover that is compatible with the Galaxy S6’s wireless charging pad. If this is the case, then please verify if your device is supported and its request to purchase another cover or contact surface is correct.
Is it true that magnetic cards can be damaged while charging wirelessly?
The Galaxy S6 wireless charging pad uses electromagnetic field and yes, it is possible to damage magnetic cards like your credit cards. To prevent this from happening, please take out your credit card from the device while charging if you use the back cover with card pocket.
Is it okay if I use the phone while charging wirelessly?
Yes, it’s possible to use the phone while charging wirelessly but doing so will slow down the charging speed. Just make sure not to dislocate your device from the wireless charging pad if you really want to use it while charging. There’s a tendency that it will stop charging if the phone is not properly positioned on the charging pad.
Is the electromagnetic field generated while charging wirelessly harmful?
Responding to those who worry about the potential danger caused by the electromagnetic field generated while charging wirelessly, the manufacturer guaranteed that all electronics generate electromagnetic fields during operation are managed by the respective national standards. Furthermore, all Samsung wireless chargers that come with the Galaxy S6 met the European CE standards and Global Electromagnetic Specifications. That being said there’s no need to worry about it.
And that concludes everything in this post. Please keep posted for more tutorials, how tos and tips on the new Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge devices to populate soon in this site.