So I recently upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S6 after my phone contract came full circle and one feature in particular I was looking forward to was wireless charging, especially given the S6’s terrible battery life.
Updated 13th September 2016
When the wireless charging pad arrived I immediately set it up and looked forward to casually throwing my phone on it whenever I sat down at my desk.
Unfortunately, every time I put the phone on the pad and it started charging, I’d get a message after a few seconds saying ‘Wireless Charging Paused’. I have heard from others that this problem also affects the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and various other Samsung phones.
I spent the next little while trying all sorts (see below)
Fixes to Try
The following are fixes that have either worked for me or for others (thanks for all contributions!)
- A different charger to supply power
- Try replacing the power cable with a high quality low resistance one (see below)
- Try charging from a PC
- Try disabling and re-enabling NFC
- Try removing your case
- Trying putting something between the phone and the charger to ‘raise it’ a little
- Implement the ‘Daydream Solution’ below
- Distance the charging pad from any speakers (as it uses magnetic induction)
- Try running updates for Galaxy Apps (and Google Play Updates
Galaxy S6 & Galaxy Note Wireless Charging: The Daydream Solution
In the end I found a solution on a forum somewhere (sorry – can’t find it now!), the solution is to prevent your phone from going completely ‘to sleep’ while charging by enabling the Daydream feature specifically when charging, to do this:
- Go To ‘Settings’
- Go to ‘Display’
- Go to ‘Daydream’
- Ensure the Daydream option is turned on
- Select your preferred Daydream visual (I opted for the ‘Colours’ screensaver)
- Select ‘More’ in the top right corner of the Daydream screen
- Select ‘Select when to daydream’
- Ensure either ‘While Charging’ or ‘Both’ is selected
Quite a few people have now contacted me and said that changing the cable to a shorter one worked for them. This confirms that in some cases, its a problem of not enough current (longer cables provide more resistance to the power). If the shorter cable option works for you, I highly recommend spending a bit more on some good quality (high gauge, low resistance) USB cables so you can still have them long but with plenty of power getting through, I purchased some of these:Sabrent 22AWG Premium Micro USB Cables
One thing that I found odd is that my wireless car charger – also a Qi charger – works fine without daydream mode of any of the other add fixes.
The only thing unusual about the car charger compared to my desk charger is that apparently has ‘3 coils’ to provide a “larger high-efficiency charging position”.Click here to see the car charger on Amazon >
Visual Screen by Screen Solution
Update Galaxy Apps & Google Play Apps
Samsung made the following official statement via their support forum:
We recommend checking your Galaxy Apps store and Play Store for any updates. In the play store go to menu, then my apps & games. Here you can select to update all or select applications. In the Galaxy apps store you will select the more option on the top, then tap my apps. Here you will click update and your device will show you which applications require update. After completing this, you may clear the cached partition of your device. To do this you will power down the device and upon start up you will hold the volume up, home, and power keys until the device powers on into a boot mode. Once there you will use the Volume keys to navigate to the wipe cache partition option. You will then use the power key to select this. This will delete only temporary files used by the device and should not delete any saved data. Once this is complete. You will navigate to the reboot system option and use the power button to select this.