Wireless charging has been around for a few years now, but the technology hasn’t been adopted enough to truly impact user experiences. Definitely a huge convenience, only a handful of smartphone companies have adopted the tech, and that too in only a few of its devices. Apple, is one of the many manufacturers who continue to steer away from wireless charging, for now at least.
With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not supporting wireless charging, Ewan Spence at Forbes decided if Apple wasn’t going to go for it, he himself will, courtesy of some home-brewed innovation. Spence shows us how to add the wireless charging feature to the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, without prying it open. Here’s what he did:
Please note that this workaround is no way a definitive solution and as such, is just a “proof of concept” as put by Spence himself. Charging your iPhone with non OEM chargers is unsafe, and not recommended.
- Qi Wireless Charging Card. (You can easily find one on eBay, and make sure it has the Lightning port.)
- Qi compatible wireless charging pad.
- Protective case. (Not necessary, but recommended)
Step 1: To begin, make sure to set up Wi-Fi syncing for iTunes, and you’ll have to plug in your iPhone to your PC / Mac for that. This step is necessary to avoid constantly removing the Qi Wireless Charging Card for syncing, otherwise it would wear down the Lightning port.
Step 2: That done, unplug the iPhone from your computer, and plug in the Lightning connector of the Qi Wireless Charging Card to your iPhone.
Step 3: With the card connected, flip it to the back of your iPhone so that the rings on the card are exposed.
Step 4: We need to secure the card in place. You can do that with some double tape to stick the card to the back of your iPhone, but placing the device in your pocket will become a cumbersome and tedious task. A protective cover will help keep the card in place, and safe as well.
Step 5: That done, pop in the compatible charging pad into a power source, and place your iPhone onto the pad to begin charging.
That’s it! Your iPhone can now be charged wirelessly, but, we recommend that you avoid replacing wired charging for your iPhone with this one. Chances are that your iPhone will heat up if exposed to longer hours of wireless charging.