You need to charge Galaxy Note 10 before you can use it. Everybody knows it. But do you know how to charge Galaxy Note 10 battery properly?
If you are new to wireless charging or fast charging (quick charge), you may get confused on the charging options for Galaxy Note 10.
This Galaxy Note 10 guide starts with steps of charging Galaxy Note 10 battery with USB cable charging and wireless charging. Then it explains how to choose a proper wall charger and wireless charger for Galaxy Note 10. The typical charging time for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ was also discussed. Finally, some questions you may have on charging Galaxy Note 10 are answered.
As explained in this post, there are some differences, including battery capacity and Super Fast charging, between Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+. So, in this post, sometimes Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ is singled out. In other cases, Galaxy Note 10 refers to both Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
Two charging modes for Galaxy Note 10 battery
Since Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note devices support wireless charging natively (without using any mods).
So, for Galaxy Note 10, there are two charging modes (methods):
- USB cable charging. Galaxy Note 10 battery can be charged through the USB-C port (see Galaxy Note 10 layout).
- Wireless charging. You can put Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ on a Qi-certified wireless charging pad to charge the battery.
You should not confuse the wireless charging with the new Galaxy Note 10 feature of wireless PowerShare. Please refer to this guide on how to use wireless PowerShare to share Galaxy Note 10 battery with other devices.
Charge Galaxy Note 10 battery with USB cable charging
You may follow these steps to charge Galaxy Note 10 with USB cable charging.
Step 1: Connect the USB-C cable to Galaxy Note 10
As shown in the animation below, you can insert the USB cable connector into the USB-C (multip-purpose) port in the bottom of Galaxy Note 10.
In the Galaxy Note 10 box, you can find the USB-C cable.
Step 2: Connect the other end of the USB cable to the wall charger (power adapter)
The wall charger in the Galaxy Note 10 box has a USB-C port. So, you should use the USB-C to USB-C cable in the box to charge Galaxy Note 10.
All previous Galaxy Note devices shipped a wall charger with a USB-A port. You should try not to use these chargers unless you still have the authentic Samsung (or other branded) USB-A to USB-C cable. Using a poor quality USB-A to USB-C cable without a proper resistor may fry your charger and cause a fire (we will explain it later, read on).
Although Galaxy Note 10+ supports 45W super-fast charging, the wall charger in the Galaxy Note 10+ box (which is identical to that in Galaxy Note 10 box) only supports 25W charging. If you want to try 45W super-fast charging (it is usually not necessary), you need to buy one from Samsung.
Step 3: Plug wall charger (power adapter) into an electric socket
Step 4: Wait till Galaxy Note 10 to be fully charged
Now, once the charging begins, you should try not to use the phone heavily (e.g., play CPU/GPU intensive games).
Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 1o Plus do not have the traditional notification LED (as explained in the missing features of Galaxy Note 10). So, you cannot know whether the battery is fully charged or not without checking the screen.
By default, when Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ is being charged, Samsung will display the charging status on the screen even you turned off the always-on display (AOD).
Please note, you should wait till the status of “charged.” 100%, which is an estimation, does not mean fully charged.
Step 5: Disconnect Galaxy Note 10 from the wall charger
If it is convenient, you can disconnect the phone from the charger after Galaxy Note 10 is fully charged.
Leaving a fully charged Galaxy Note 10 on the charger will NOT cause any damage to the phone. It only creates a marginal strain on the battery (it is not good for the battery, but it will not cause any noticeable damage to the battery either). If you charge Galaxy Note 10 overnight, it is NOT necessary to get up in the wee hours to unplug the charger.
Step 6: Unplug the wall charger
The wall charger cannot power off itself. For safety reasons, you should unplug the wall charger if it is not in use.
Charge Galaxy Note 10 battery with wireless charging
You can also charge Galaxy Note 1o battery with any Qi-certified wireless charging pads.
Of course, it is recommended to use the official Samsung wireless charging pad, like Samsung wireless charger Duo Pad (2019) Samsung wireless charger Duo Pad (2019), which supports fast wireless charging 2.0 (up to 10W).
As explained in this guide, fast wireless charging and fast wireless charging 2.0 are not industrial standards. They are minted by Samsung.
Normal wireless charging can charge up to 5W (as in Galaxy S6). The fast wireless charging used by Samsung can charge up to 7.5W (as in Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 8, and Note 9). And the fast wireless charging 2.0 (introduced in Galaxy S10) can charge up to 10-15W.
Samsung does NOT include a wireless charging pad in the Galaxy Note 10 box. You need to buy one if you want to use wireless charging.
You may follow these steps to charge Galaxy Note 1o battery with wireless charging.
Step 1: Power on the wireless charging pad
Normally, a wireless charging pad is sold together with a wall charger or a power adapter.
You should use the bundled power adapter/wall charger to power the wireless charging pad.
Most wireless charging pads have one or more LEDs indicating the status of the charging pad.
Step 2: Place Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ in the wireless charging pad
For most wireless charging pad, the charging coils are near the center of the charging pad. You should place Galaxy Note 10 near this region as illustrated below.
As explained in the Galaxy Note 10 layout, the wireless charging coil is located near the center of the Galaxy Note 10 (and Note 10 Plus).
Most Galaxy Note 10 cases or covers will not affect wireless charging unless it is too thick. All official Galaxy Note covers, including the Galaxy Note 10 clear view (S View) cover, LED view cover, LED back cover, leather back cover, and protective stand cover work with wireless charging without any issues.
Step 3: Wait till Galaxy Note 10 is fully charged
Similar to USB cable charging, you need to wait till the battery is fully charged.
As mentioned, most wireless charging pads have an LED indicator for charging status. For example, on Samsung wireless charging pads, red means charging, green (blue) means charged.
Step 4: Remove Galaxy S10 from the wireless charging pad
Unlike USB-cable charging, wireless charging will stop once the battery is fully charged.
But it is a good habit to remove it from the charging pad when it is fully charged.
Step 6: Unplug the wall charger
Again, for safety reasons, you may want to cut off the power supply to the power adapter when the charging pad is not in use.
What are the compatible wall chargers for Galaxy Note 10?
Technically, you can use any branded USB chargers to charge Galaxy Note 10.
But because Galaxy Note 10 can charge at up to 25W and Galaxy Note 10+ up to 45W, you should be careful when using old wall chargers.
If the old wall charger has a USB-A port, you must use the original (or from trusted brand) USB-A to USB-C cable. Such USB-A to USB-C cable needs a proper (56K Ohm) resistor and a few other components. Some bad cables may deceive Galaxy Note 10 to draw more current than the wall charger can provide (or the cable can handle). In this case, you may risk frying the wall charger (and cause a fire) and damage the USB-C port on the phone as well.
The USB-A to USB-C cable for Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 complies with the standard, and they are safe to use. But you can only charge Galaxy Note 10 at a maximum of 15W if you use a USB-A to USB-C cable.
If the old wall charger has a USB-C port, there are usually no issues because a USB-C to USB-C cable does not have such an issue.
Anyway, you can reuse all old USB chargers if you have some good (or Samsung original) USB-A to USB-C cables. The drawback is the charging rate will be limited at 15W.
If you plan to buy a spare wall charger, you may try to get one with USB-C port.
Please note, to get the super-fast charging (25W), or super-fast charging 2.0 (45W), you should make sure:
- The charger must use the USB-C port.
- The charger must support USB PD (power delivery) 3.0.
- The charger must support PPS (Programmable Power Supply).
Most third-party 25-60W USB-C wall chargers in the market do NOT support PPS. Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ will not benefit from the high power output from these chargers. You should get a Samsung branded USB-C wall charger if you want to enjoy the super fast charging.
How to choose a wireless charger for Galaxy Note 10?
Although any Qi-certified wireless charger can be used for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+, it is recommended to use Samsung branded wireless charger to get the most efficient wireless charging.
Samsung released 3 types of wireless chargers (the explanations of these wireless charging, fast wireless charging and fast wireless charging 2.0 can be found here) :
- Wireless charger (up to 5W). This is the Galaxy S6’s era wireless charger. Samsung discontinued it as a standalone product. Instead, in the wireless charging Duo series, one charging pad offer this type of wireless charging.
- Fast wireless charger (up to 7.5W).
- Fast wireless charger 2.0 (up to 15W). Samsung claims Galaxy Note 10 can draw up to 12W and Galaxy Note 1o Plus up to 15W. Normally, it is about 10W only.
Like other gadgets, the wireless charging pad is backward-compatible.
You can use fast wireless charger 2.0 pad charge your Galaxy Note 9. But the maximum charging capacity will be limited by the phone (7.5w).
You can also use a normal wireless charger to charge Galaxy Note 10. But the charging capacity will be limited by the wireless charger (5w).
For Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+, you may consider getting the latest wireless charging pad that supports fast wireless charging 2.0 (e.g., Samsung 15W fast wireless charging pad, or Samsung wireless charger Duo Pad (2019 version)).
If you want to save part of your budget for other accessories, you can get a fast wireless charger (e.g., fast wireless charger duo pad 2018 version, or fast wireless charging stand).
Typical charging time for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+
The charging time depends on many factors. The charger is only one of them. The ambient temperature, the working load of the phone, may also affect the charging time considerably.
We tested the typical charging time with different Samsung branded chargers:
- 45W super fast 2.0 wall charger.
- 25W super fast wall charger (as in Galaxy Note 10 box).
- 15W adaptive fast charger (bundled with Galaxy Note 9 and Note 8)
- 10W quick charger (bundled with Galaxy Note 3)
- Fast wireless charger 2.0.
- Fast wireless charger.
- Wireless charger.
The typical charging time (from 0% to fully charged) for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ is summarized in the following table.
Table 1: Typical charging time for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+
|Note 10+||Note 10|
|45W super fast wall charger||56 mins||91 mins|
|25W super fast wall charger||66 mins||94 mins|
|15W adaptive fast charger||102 mins||105 mins|
|10W quick charger||135 mins||136 mins|
|Fast wireless charger 2.0||151 mins||158 mins|
|Fast wireless charger||221 mins||213 mins|
|Wireless charger||277 mins||261 mins|
Please note, this is not scientific research. The numbers are just indicative when the phone is powered on with screen off.
As shown in the table, it is interesting to note:
- Although Galaxy Note 10 has a smaller battery than Galaxy Note 10+, the charging time (with the bundled 25W charger) for Galaxy Note 10 is significantly longer than that of Galaxy Note 10+ (94mins vs. 66 mins).
- Although Galaxy Note 10+ supports up to 45W charging, the official 45W wall charger can only cut the charging time by about 10 mins.
- The 45W charger can charge Galaxy Note 10 considerably faster than the 25W charger when the battery level is less than about 60%. The 45W charger takes about 22 mins to charge Galaxy Note 10+ from 0 to 50%. The 25W charger requires about 30mins.
- If you use 15W adaptive fast charger or 10W fast charger, the charging time for Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ is very close.
- If you use an old wireless charger, Galaxy Note 10 may charge slightly faster than Galaxy Note 10+.
Anyway, these are just indicative numbers. Your mileage may vary.
How long should you charge Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10 Plus for the first time?
For today’s smartphone battery, the first charging is NOT important.
You just need to charge the battery to full.
Actually, you can use Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ out of the box. When leaving the factory, Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ were charged to about 50% (which is the ideal capacity for long-term storage).
Should you “top up” Galaxy Noto 10 battery?
No, it is not necessary to “top up” Galaxy Note battery to keep it at a certain level.
It may create unnecessary strain on the battery, and therefore, it may affect the lifespan of the battery.
You should charge Galaxy Note 10 battery only when you need to do so. If you know the battery can last till you can access a charger and you have to charge it then, you should not charge it now.
Of course, do NOT often drain up the completely (i.e., until the phone shuts down by itself). If you drain the battery completely very often, it may damage the battery and the phone as well.
How to turn off fast cable charging and fast wireless charging on Galaxy Note 10?
First, fast charging and fast wireless charging do NOT affect phone battery if you use the branded or bundled chargers.
The only downside of fast wireless charging is the fan noise from the charging pad. All fast wireless charging pads need a fan for active ventilation. The noise can be annoying in the night.
Anyway, here is the recommendation:
- There is no reason to disable fast cable charging on Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
- If the fan noise of the fast wireless charging pad is an issue, you can disable fast wireless charging.
To disable fast cable charging and fast wireless charging, you can do it in Settings– Device care.
As shown in the screenshot below, in the Device care page, tap Battery.
In the battery page, tap menu key (3 vertical dots) as shown above.
From the battery settings menu, tap Settings, as shown below.
Now, you can enable or disable fast cable charging and fast wireless charging, as shown above.
Please note, you can disable them only when you are not using it. If you are using the fast cable charging, then you need to disconnect the charger. Once the phone is disconnected from the fast charger, you can disable fast cable charging.
The fast wireless charging option appears only after you connect the phone to a fast wireless charger once. If you cannot see the fast wireless charging option, it means your phone has never connected to a fast wireless charger.
FYI, you can also disable Galaxy Note 10 fast wireless charging in Settings — Advanced features —Accessories —Fast wireless charging.
How to extend the lifespan of Galaxy Note 10 battery?
There are many tips on the Internet on how to extend the lifespan of Galaxy Note 10 battery. However, most of them are outdated, or just BS.
Here are some principles to properly maintain the Galaxy Note 10 battery:
- Use your phone. You get the best value only when the phone improves your productivity, or makes you happy. If you limit the phone usage to save battery, you are wasting money. Of course, if you are wasting time on the phone, you are wasting (not using) the phone.
- The phone battery has a lifespan of about 2-5 years even you do not use it. For heavy users (e.g., charge the battery more than two times a day), you may have to replace the battery after 12-18 months. For most users, the battery should last at last 28-24 months.
- Charge the battery only if you need to do so. You need to predicate and estimate your usage to see whether you can charge it later.
- If it is convenient, disconnect the phone from the wall charger once it is fully charged. As mentioned earlier, it is OK to leave the phone on the charger overnight. You should disconnect it only if it is convenient to do so.
- Do not often discharge the battery completely. If you often let the phone to power off by itself due to empty battery, you may damage the battery AND the phone.
- Use high-quality chargers and cables. If you are not sure, get a Samsung one. Low-quality chargers and cables may damage your Galaxy Note 10 and may cause a fie.
How to show battery percentage on the Galaxy Note 10 status bar?
By default, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ only show a battery icon on the status bar.
If you want to show the percentage of the battery level, you can enable it.
In Galaxy Note 10 Settings, tap Notifications.
In the Notifications page, tap status bar as shown below.
As shown in the screenshot above, you can enable or disable Show battery percentage.
The wireless PowerShare feature on Galaxy Note 10 (and Note 10+) is similar to that on Galaxy S10.
You may check this guide on how to use wireless PowerShare to charge other devices.
Do you know how to charge Galaxy Note 10 battery properly?
If you encounter any problems or have any questions on charging Galaxy Note 10 battery for Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+, you may let us know in the comment box below.
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You can read online or download a PDF version of the official Galaxy Note 10 users manuals in your language here.
You may check our Galaxy Note 10 guides if you have any other Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ related questions.
Great post. Whenever I know I’ll have continuous access to chargers, I recharge when the battery goes down to 25% charge and disconnect when it reaches 75%.
If I need to be outdoors or away from wall chargers for a long time, it’s wiser to move in the 20%-100% range and carry an external battery charger.
Going lower than 10% battery charge is really bad for your battery and will definitely have an impact on battery longevity, not noticeable in 12-14 months but definitely noticeable in 20/24 months.