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Top 9 Ways to Fix iPhone Not Charging

by Subham Raj
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Rushing to your iPhone charger just to find out that your iPhone is not charging at all? This can be really frustrating at times of urgency. There could be a few reasons why your iPhone is not charging. Here they are in no particular order.

1. Check the Switch or Plug

Many times we plug in our iPhones and forget to turn on the switch and we blame our iPhone or the charger. In that case, the first obvious thing to check is your switches and plugs. If there are no issues with them, let’s look below at what other things can we fix in order to charge your iPhone effortlessly.

Switch on a Wall

2. Check Your Charger and Cable (MFi)

If you are using a generic cable or charger with your iPhone, then this might also be the culprit for your iPhone not charging. In such scenarios, I would suggest you go with an MFi-certified charger or cable for your iPhone. It might end your charging problem right away. Plus, in the long run, it would help you maintain battery health of your iPhone.

Use MFi Certified Charger to avoid any battery or charging related issues on your iPhone

3. Check the Lightning Port

The Lighting port is always vulnerable to outside debris as it is always exposed. And since the port is small, even a little bit of dust can clog it. So if your iPhone is having trouble charging, try cleaning the Lightning port gently either by blowing some air or by using some cloth or pointed cotton. I would suggest you not use a metallic pick or something like that, as it might further harm the charging port of your iPhone.

Check your iPhone Lightning Port

4. Try Charging From the Laptop

If you have MFi-certified gadgets and are still unable to charge your iPhone properly, I suggest you try charging your iPhone with your Mac or a PC. This can help you conclude if the problem lies with your iPhone or charging accessories. Once you diagnose the problem, either you can replace your charging brick or if it’s a phone issue, proceed to the next fix.

Charge Your iPhone with your Mac or Laptop

5. Lower iPhone’s Temperature

iPhones are notorious for limiting their performance when the ambient temperature gets too hot. So if this is the case with your iPhone, try closing all apps on your iPhone and avoid using it to let it cool down. Once the device cools down, it should charge like normal again.

Lower the Temperature of your iPhone

6. Turn Off Optimized Battery Charging

Your iPhone has a safety feature that delays or slows down charging to maintain battery health at times. This could also be why your iPhone is not charging when plugged in or if it’s stuck at a particular percentage. Here are the steps to disable optimized charging on your iPhone.

1. Open the Settings app and tap on Battery.

Battery Settings on iPhone

2. Now tap on Battery Health & Charging.

3. Turn the toggle off named Optimised Battery Charging.

Turn off Optimised Charging on iPhone

7. Remove Back Cover (For Wireless Charging)

We all love to flaunt our style by throwing out a case on the back of our iPhones. But just like non-MFi-certified accessories, it might also cause your iPhone to not charge properly if your case doesn’t support MagSafe charging. In such CASEs (pun intended), removing iPhone’s case before charging it wirelessly can be a quick fix. Or you can also buy a supported MagSafe case for your iPhone to not go through the hassle of removing a case every time you wish to charge it.

Remove the case from the back of your iPhone

8. Reset iPhone

If you have tried all the fixes mentioned above and are still struggling to charge your iPhone, I suggest you reset your iPhone before taking it to Apple Care. Resetting can be helpful at times for your iPhone if it’s facing any software issues. Here are the simple steps to follow.

Note: Make sure to take a back up of your data to iCloud or iTunes first. So you don’t lose data.

1. Open the Settings app and tap on General.

General Settings on iPhone

2. Scroll down and tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.

3. Now tap on Erase All Content and Settings and follow the prompts to reset your iPhone.

Transfer or Reset iPhone Settings

9. Visit Apple Care

If your iPhone is still not responding to the charger, the last solution is to take it to Apple Care or an authorized service center. And if the condition of your iPhone is good they might be able to revive it.

Visit Apple Care with your iPhone

Keep Your iPhone Charged and Ready

Sometimes when an iPhone is not charging, it’s because of something that goes unnoticed by many people like the back cover or the temperature of your iPhone. In such scenarios directly visiting Apple care would be a waste of time. If the problem still persists, I would suggest you visit Apple Care, to get your iPhone up and running.

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