Here’s what might appear as a happy marriage finally; the iPhone 12’s MagSafe wireless charger can also be used to power some Android phones. With this discovery, the MagSafe charger might live up to Apple’s push for reducing e-Waste created by a pile-load of charging accessories — sort of.
Now the selling feature of the MagSafe charger is the magnets that snap at the back of the iPhone 12 thanks to magnets built around the wireless charging coil. This takes out the guesswork of correctly aligning the wireless charger with the phone as has been the case with other wireless chargers. The Magsafe charger does work with previous iPhone versions too at lower charging speeds but won’t stick because the previous models didn’t have a magnet around the charging coil.
The MagSafe wireless charger is capable of delivering upto 15W of power wirelessly to the iPhone 12 model. However, because it’s also compatible with Qi standard, the charger should be able to charge compatible Qi-enabled devices including smart watches, fitness bands, earbuds and smartphones. However, this will be at reduced 7.5W power output.
Some early testers have been trying out the MagSafe charger to check if it can stick on the back of select Android Smartphones. So far, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 5, LG Velvet are some of the Android smartphones that have passed the Stick test. Here’s a list of Android Smartphones that will charge and stick on the MagSafe charger;
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Google Pixel 4 XL
- Google Pixel 5
- LG Velvet
So if you happen to have both iPhone 12 and Android Smartphone with wireless charging support, now its possible to just use the same charger for both devices. Your Android phone will just charge slower than the iPhone.