Wireless Powershare – What Is It? How Does It Work?


When the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones were released they had a number of new features. One of the new features on these phones is a feature that Samsung refers to as Wireless Powershare (WPS).


Wireless Powershare

What Is Wireless Powershare?


Wireless Powershare is a relatively new reverse charging technology which was invented by Samsung. This feature debuted on the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus.


This feature gives you the ability to use any of the Galaxy S10 phones as a power bank to wirelessly charge other Qi-enabled devices.


When using this feature to charge another device it charges a bit slow because it charges at 4.5W at all times. This feature is still in its infancy so there’s room for improvement.


In the future, it would be great if Samsung can speed up the amount of time it takes to charge a device via this method.


However, Samsung isn’t the first major smartphone manufacturer to give the user the ability to use their phone to wirelessly charge other devices.


Huawei has a feature that’s almost identical to Samsung’s Powershare. Huawei refers to this feature as Huawei Wireless Charging.


Huawei phones such as the Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei Mate 20 Pro utilizes Huawei Wireless Charging in the same way the Galaxy S10 phones do.


What Can You Charge?


What Can You Charge?
Galaxy Watch

This technology gives you the ability to charge other Qi-enabled smartphones and accessories i.e. earbuds and smartwatches.


The Qi-enabled smartphones that are compatible aren’t limited to Android phones. The iPhone XS is also a compatible Qi-enabled phone that can be charged via the Galaxy S10 phone.


As I stated earlier, charging another Qi-enabled smartphone via WPS will be slow.


Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds

However, this feature is more effective when charging other Qi-enabled devices such as earbuds and smartwatches.


These devices are smaller so it will require less time and power to charge them and you will not have to worry about carrying these additional chargers with you when you’re away from home.


How To Use WPS:


Let’s assume that your Galaxy S10 phone has ample battery life and you need to charge another Qi-enabled device. Here are the appropriate steps to follow:


  1. Go to the Home screen, then drag down the Notification panel.
  2. Then drag down the Quick settings panel.
  3. Select WPS.
  4. Put your phone face down on a flat surface.
  5. Put the other device that has to be charged on the back panel of the phone in the center.
  6. When the devices are connected the screen will confirm it, then you must tap “OK”.
  7. When the device is finished charging, you should remove it from the back panel of your phone.


Before attempting to use this feature you must make sure that you have a decent amount of battery life left on your phone.


When you use this feature to charge another device it will automatically turn off when the battery capacity on your phone reaches 30%.


Will Other Smartphone Manufacturers Adopt This Feature?


Smartphone manufacturers have a tendency to adopt great features from their competitors.


I think this is one of those features that other smartphone manufacturers will adopt in the near future.


It would be great if we can get Fast WPS in the future. I think more people would be interested in using this feature if it wasn’t so slow.


If you have any comments or questions about any of this information, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.



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