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Guide to iPhones that offer wireless charging

Welcome to our guide on iPhones with wireless charging—a futuristic feature that’s become a game-changer in smartphone convenience.

Dive into this article to explore which iPhone models support this cutting-edge technology, understand how wireless charging works, and discover the benefits of embracing a cord-free lifestyle.

Whether you’re planning to upgrade or just curious, this guide will illuminate the world of wireless charging for iPhone enthusiasts.

Devices on a MagSafe Wireless Charging Pad


Does iPhone have wireless charging?

Wireless charging has become popular in recent years, and since iPhone 8, all Apple phones come with the technology built-in.

It is a simpler way to charge your device without having to fiddle with cables, making it convenient and easy to do.

Read on to find out which iPhones have wireless charging capabilities…

Does iPhone 6 / 6s have wireless charging?

No, iPhone 6 models do not have the ability to recharge wirelessly. As shown on the table below, iPhone 8 is the fist product Apple released with this technology built in.

Does iPhone 7 / 7 Plus have wireless charging?

No, iPhone 7 doesn’t allow wireless charging. The iPhone 8 device range, released in 2017, were the first models of Apple phone that supported recharging wirelessly.

List of wireless charging compatible iPhones

All of the iPhone models produced since iPhone 8 are compatible with the Qi wireless charging, which is the most widely used standard.

However,  iPhone 12 and newer models are also compatible with Magsafe wireless chargers. They use a magnetic connection to ensure that the charger is securely attached to the device to ensure the device is charging properly.

ModelReleasedPad compatibility
iPhone 8Sept, 2017Qi wireless


iPhone 8 PlusSept, 2017Qi wireless


iPhone XNov, 2017Qi wireless


iPhone XSSept, 2018Qi wireless


iPhone XS MaxSept, 2018Qi wireless


iPhone XRSept, 2018Qi wireless


iPhone 11 ProSept, 2019Qi wireless


iPhone 11 Pro MaxSept, 2019Qi wireless


iPhone SE 2nd generation (2020)April, 2020Qi wireless


iPhone SE 3rd generation (2022)Mar, 2022Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 12 miniOct, 2020Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 12Oct, 2020Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 12 ProOct, 2020Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 12 Pro MaxOct, 2020Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 13 miniSep, 2021Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 13Sep, 2021Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 13 ProSep, 2021Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 13 Pro MaxSep, 2021Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 14Sep, 2022Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 14 PlusSep, 2022Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 14 ProSep, 2022Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 14 Pro MaxSep, 2022Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 15Sep, 2023Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 15 PlusSep, 2023Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 15 ProSep, 2023Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

iPhone 15 Pro MaxSep, 2023Qi wireless

MagSafe wireless

Pros and cons

Wireless charging is a technology that allows you to recharge your phone without having to plug it in using wires and cables. You simply place your iPhone on a charging mat.

Accessories that allow you to use wireless charging are not included with iPhone so you need to buy them separately.


Costs star at around $15 USD for Qi charging pads. Apple MagSafe pads are more expensive but can been bought for $30-$50 USD, if you shop around.

Wireless charging is a good alternative if your device won‘t charge using a standard cable. Find out more about fixing iPhone charging issues.


  • It’s more convenient
    You don’t have to worry about plugging in your device or dealing with tangled cords. You can simply place your device on a pad and it will start charging.
  • It is safer
    With wired charging, there is a risk of electric shock if the cord is damaged or if the device is plugged in incorrectly. With wireless, there is no risk of electric shock since there are no exposed wires.


  • It’s slower
    It typically takes longer to charge a device when compared to wired charging. This may not be an issue if you are recharging overnight but may be a problem if you want a quick top up.
  • It is less efficient
    Some of the energy is lost in the form of heat so your device requires more energy to achieve the same level of charge.
  • It costs more
    When you factor in the cost of the extra accessories required, and the extra electricity used it is more expensive.

Qi wireless vs. MagSafe chargers

Qi wireless

Qi wireless charging is the most widely used method on phones. It is an open interface standard that defines the communication between the device being charged and the charging pad.

It is used by many different manufacturers, including Apple.

These tend to be less expensive than MagSafe but take longer to recharge your device.

Qi-certified wireless charger recharging iPhone


Magsafe wireless chargers are specifically designed by Apple for iPhone 12 and newer models. They use a magnetic connection to ensure that the charger is securely attached to the device and that it is charging properly.

Qi chargers do not have a magnetic connection and don’t charge as quickly or as securely as Magsafe chargers. However, you pay a premium for these features.

MagSafe wireless charger magnetically attached to iPhone

Equipment list

In order to use wireless charging, you will need a charging pad:

  • QI or MagSafe pad
    The Qi wireless pads come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and power ratings. They can be found at most electronics stores. If you prefer, you can use a MagSafe charger instead.
  • Power adapter plug
    You will also need a power adapter for the wireless charging pad, although these normally are included.
  • Cable
    In addition, you need  a cable to connect the pad to the power adapter. These are usually included with most pads.

Fast vs. standard recharging

For models up to the iPhone 11 series, the maximum wireless charging power is capped at 7.5 watt. This means a 10W charger is all you need for fast charging.

The charger automatically adjusts the power output to the maximum output that your phone can absorb making a 10W model more than sufficient.

For the iPhone 12 series and up the charging power is increased to 15W but only for use with the official Apple MagSafe chargers. So if you want faster charging you have to buy the official product which is around 50% more expensive.

How the technology works

Wireless charging works by using electromagnetic induction. This is a process in which an electrical current is generated in a coil of wire when it is exposed to a changing magnetic field.

In the case of wireless charging, the coil of wire is in the device being charged, and the changing magnetic field is generated by the wireless charging pad.

According to Belkin, the charging process works as follows:

  1. A transmitter coil in the base sends out a signal.
  2. The signal searches for a receiver coil, like the one in your iPhone.
  3. When it senses one, electromagnetic induction begins.
  4. The electrons (electricity) inside the transmitter coil start to flow around in the coil.
  5. This generates a magnetic field, which is sensed by the electrons in the receiver coil.
  6. The electrons trapped inside the receiver coil start to flow around the coil due to the magnetic field.
  7. This flow of electrons inside the receiver coil is the electricity powering the battery in your smartphone.

How the wireless charger works


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