Use Wireless PowerShare on your Galaxy phone

Note20 Ultra using wireless PowerShare to charge Galaxy Buds Pro

What if you could charge all your devices on the fly, even if you forgot their chargers? It's not too good to be true. With the new Wireless PowerShare feature, your phone can reverse wireless charge another phone, watch, or Galaxy Buds. All you need to do is place the two devices together.

Note: Wireless PowerShare works with most Qi-Compatible devices. This feature may not work with some cases, accessories, or other manufacturers' devices.

Share power and charge with Wireless PowerShare

When you're ready to perform a charging trick, here’s how to activate Wireless PowerShare and charge another device.

Note: Adjust the position of the devices to ensure their connection is good, because the location of the wireless charging coil varies by device. Foldable devices will need to be closed. Using Wireless PowerShare may affect call reception or data services, depending on your network environment.

First, confirm that the phone with PowerShare is charged to at least 30 percent. Swipe down from the top of your screen with two fingers to open Quick settings, and then tap the Wireless PowerShare icon. You may need to add the PowerShare quick setting if it's not there.

Next, place the PowerShare phone and a compatible device back to back. To stop charging, just separate the two devices from each other. The PowerShare feature will automatically turn off after 60 seconds when no other device is detected.

Wireless power sharing icon highlighted on a Galaxy phone

You can also charge your Galaxy phone as it charges another device. Simply connect your phone to the charging cable that came with it while using PowerShare to wirelessly charge your second device.

Compatible Samsung devices

Most Qi-Compatible Samsung devices can be charged with Wireless PowerShare, but check out the full list of compatible devices just in case. The speed and power of the charge will vary by device.

Devices that can share power and can also be charged with Wireless PowerShare:

  • Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra

  • Note20 5G and Note20 Ultra 5G

  • Galaxy Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G

  • Galaxy Fold and Z Fold2

  • Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Flip 5G

  • Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, and S20 FE

  • Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G

Devices that can be charged by Wireless PowerShare:

  • Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds Pro

  • Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch3, Gear Sport, and Gear S3

  • Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, S8/S8+, S9/S9+, Note8, and Note9

  • Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active2

Best practices for using Wireless PowerShare

If you are having some trouble getting Wireless PowerShare to work, we have some helpful tips that you can follow:

  • Do not use wired earphones while sharing power. Doing so may affect nearby devices.

  • If devices aren’t connecting properly for wireless PowerShare or if their charging speed is low, please remove any accessory or cover that could be causing the issue.

  • Do not move or use either device while charging.

  • The decrease in battery percentage on the charging device will not necessarily correspond to the same percentage increase on the charged device.

  • If you charge the other device while charging your device, the charging speed may decrease or the device may not charge properly depending on the charger type.

  • The charging speed or efficiency may vary depending on the device’s condition or the surrounding environment.

  • If the remaining battery power on your device drops below a certain level, power sharing will stop.

  • To see more ways to troubleshoot problems with Wireless PowerShare, please see our guide on Wireless PowerShare issues.

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