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How to Let a Device Charge when You Really Want to Play on It

How to Let a Device Charge when You Really Want to Play on It

How to Let a Device Charge when You Really Want to Play on It

We’ve all been there before.

Your device is at only five percent. You’re home all day and you really want to use it, but you can’t use it while it charges and you can’t use it while it’s dead. So what are you supposed to do in the meantime to take your mind off of the device long enough for it to successfully complete a charging cycle?

This guide outlines a couple great tips and tricks that should help you do just that!

Not All Devices Function While Charging

There are plenty of devices that can’t be used (or can’t be used safely) while charging. Although your phone enjoys such a nice function, your electric drill or your remote control helicopter most likely doesn’t. Instead of stressing and becoming frustrated while playing with a dead device, these tips can help ease your mind.

Taking Your Mind off of the Device

Each of these tips provides a different function. If you find that one doesn’t work well for you, simply move on to the next one, but it’s important that you at least try each tip in order to find one that works for you.

Distract Yourself

As long as you’re thinking about your device, you’re not going to be able to put it down without stressing. To solve this problem, try to think of something else. A few of the most common distractions that other people use are watching movies, streaming their favorite shows on Netflix, or simply using another device while that one charges.

If you’re reading this article to find ways to deal with your screaming children who want nothing but to play with their favorite electronic toys, then consider letting them play with one toy while the other charges. That way, only one is inoperable at any given point in time.


If you’re not much of a social butterfly, then that’s perfectly fine. However, assuming you have at least one or two close friends, your device’s loss of power could be an opportunity or an excuse to hang out! 

Maybe you can go online and play a game together. Perhaps you can even go out to an interesting event in your neighborhood together. There is always something going on somewhere that you can find a way to be involved with.

If you don’t have the time, energy, or money to go out with your friends, consider going on social media and joining a message board. Are you a superfan of Supernatural? Go on Reddit and strike up a conversation about your favorite scenes with Cass and Dean.

In the age of technology, anything is possible.


If you find that nothing can distract you from your device and none of your friends or family or even strangers are available for you to socialize with them, then try out any of the litany of other possible tactics. You can listen to music, go for a walk, hit the gym. Just do whatever helps you feel more like you and less like a slave to your device.