iPhone Not Charging – What to Do (9+ Solutions)

If your iPhone is not charging, there could be several reasons for the issue.

Here’s a step-by-step troubleshooting guide to help you identify and possibly fix the problem:

Check the Charging Cable and Adapter

  • Inspect the Lightning cable for any visible damage or wear.
  • Try using a different Lightning cable and adapter.
  • Ensure the adapter is appropriately connected to a working wall outlet.

Clean the iPhone’s Charging Port

  • Use a soft-bristled brush or toothpick to gently clean any dust, lint, or debris from the iPhone’s charging port.
  • Be very careful to avoid damaging the pins inside the port.

Hard Reset

  • On iPhone 8 and later: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Volume Down and Sleep/Wake (Power) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
  • On iPhone 6s and earlier: Press and hold the Home and Sleep/Wake (Power) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.

Check for Software Updates

Sometimes, a software bug can prevent charging. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to see if there’s an update available.

Inspect for Physical Damage

If your iPhone has recently been subjected to any physical trauma, it could affect its ability to charge.

In such cases, it’s best to visit an authorized service provider.

Try Charging in Airplane Mode

Turn on Airplane Mode from the Control Center or Settings.

This will turn off all wireless connections, and sometimes, it can help in improving the charging speed.

Check for Third-party Apps

Sometimes, certain apps can interfere with charging.

Consider booting your iPhone in safe mode to see if any third-party app is causing the issue.

Battery Health

Check the battery health of your iPhone by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

If the “Maximum Capacity” is significantly low, or if there’s a message suggesting a battery replacement, it might be time to replace the battery.

Try a Different Power Source

Instead of a wall outlet, try charging your iPhone using a computer’s USB port or another power source.

Visit an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider

If none of the above steps work, it’s best to get your iPhone checked by professionals. They can diagnose the issue and recommend the best course of action.

Always use Apple-certified cables and adapters to ensure safe and efficient charging. Using non-certified products can damage your device or reduce its lifespan.

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