How to Start a Charge on a ChargePoint Station

Charging your electric vehicle (EV) anywhere you go is easy and convenient with ChargePoint. Just create a free ChargePoint account to access hundreds of thousands of charging spots on the ChargePoint network and many partner networks, then use the app to find a charging spot. Once you’re at a charging spot, here’s how to start charging.

How to Charge

You have three ways to start a charge:

  1. Tap your phone (signed in to the ChargePoint app) on the station
  2. Tap your ChargePoint card on the station
  3. Tap the orange “Start Charge” button in the station details page in the mobile app
Use your card or push the "Start Charge" button in the app to use your account with non-ChargePoint stations.

Push the button on the connector and lift it out of the holster on the station.


Plug the connector into your EV to start charging. Check to make sure your EV is charging.

Many EVs have an indicator light on the dashboard that shows if the vehicle is charging.

When charging is finished, just unplug and return the connector to the station (hit the stop charging button on the station if you’re fast charging). We'll send you a receipt by email, and you can view your charging history in Charging Activity in the app.

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