How does wireless charging work?

I set my phone on a bedside wireless charger at night, and grab my fully charged phone each morning before I head downstairs for breakfast. No hunting around for a charger. No fumbling for plugs in the dark. That convenience is why I love wireless charging.

If you’re thinking about giving it a go, read on…

How does wireless charging work?

You need two things: a device with wireless charging capability and a compatible wireless charger. Plug the charger into a wall outlet and place your device on it to power up. It’s that simple.

Want a more technical answer? Wireless chargers emit an alternating magnetic field via the transmitter coil, which in turn induces an alternating voltage/current in the receiver coil inside the device. But really, it’s simple.

How do I know if my device can charge wirelessly?

If you have a wireless charger from Verizon, your smartphone must be Qi (pronounced “chee”) compatible; all wireless charging accessories sold by Verizon are Qi certified. Look for a Qi logo on the device or its packaging. The icon is easy to identify—a Q-shaped magnifying glass focusing on the letter ‘i.’ Qi wireless charging pads work with compatible smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth® headsets, cameras and smartwatches.

What are the best wireless chargers?

Can I charge a smartphone in its case, or do I need a special case?

It depends on the device. The Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola, for example, can be charged wirelessly with any case on, but some older smartphones require a special device-specific wireless charging back cover (sometimes called an inductive charging cover). You can find this information in your device manual, at or on the manufacturer’s website.

How do I set up wireless charging?

Despite the name, there is one wire involved: You must plug the charger into a wall outlet. But there’s no wire between the charger and your phone. Just place your phone on the charging pad and watch your device juice up. An indicator light lets you know when it’s charging.