Android smartphones have had the ability for years to use a USB-C cable to charge other devices from your phone’s battery, which is very convenient in a pinch. And with USB-C finally coming to the iPhone 15 series, Android phones and iPhones will be able to share their power.
Since the introduction of USB-C on Android phones around 2015, almost every device could use its battery to charge another device, even if it’s a different phone. Essentially, this means that you always carry a battery with you as long as you have a spare charge. And while Android phones have been able to share charge with iPhones since Apple introduced USB-C to Lightning cables a few years ago, it hasn’t been possible to do otherwise.
However, with the introduction of USB-C in the iPhone 15 series, that has changed, and we already have proof that Apple devices can share power with Android phones.
In a short YouTube video, PetaPixel tests power sharing between the Google Pixel Fold and the iPhone 15 over a USB-C cable, and the iPhone immediately begins sharing its power with the Pixel when the cable is connected. Glad to see!
This is also easily possible in the other direction.
Android phones can monitor USB usage when the cable is connected, as well as the ability to “charge the connected device” when this ability is recognized. We haven’t had a chance to test this on the iPhone 15, but there’s no obvious reason why it wouldn’t work.
In case you’re wondering, using a USB-C to Lightning cable, even with the switch turned on, prevents an older iPhone from charging an Android phone.
When could you actually do it? In fact, this is not a feature that is used very often. Although my Android phones have had this feature for several years now, I’ve only used it a couple of times. Most often, I use the USB-C port on my phone to charge accessories on the go, as I did a couple of times with my Pixel Watch while travelling. The ability to grab a USB-C charger and use your phone to charge the accessory is perhaps even more convenient.
And with an accessory like ChargeKey from Nomad, it really is very convenient.
But no matter how or when you use it, it continues to allow iPhone users and Android users to feel a little more unity between their phones, and that’s great.