iPhone Isn't Charging? Here's What to Do
31 Oct 2017 11:59:18
If you're iPhone isn't charging, it's not the end of the world! This article will break down what you should do if your iPhone has stopped charging.
We've all had the big scare.
You plug in your iPhone and head to bed, only to wake up the next morning and realize your iPhone isn't charging. The dreaded black screen won't go away.
Your brain begins to churn. How many calls have you missed? How many work emails are currently filling your box?
It's a common problem the longer you've had your phone. But stress no more.
Let's break it down into several easy diagnostic tests. That way, you'll be sure that you always have a solution to get your iPhone back up and running.
It's not the end of the world, but it can feel like the end of yours.
1. Check the Power Source
First things first, let's check your outlet. Sometimes a fuse trips in your home and certain outlets no longer work.
A quick test: Take a small portable lamp and plug it into the same outlet. If the lamp doesn't turn on successfully, you might have found a quick fix.
Just switch outlets. If your iPhone isn't charging still, then move on to another possible solution.
Keep in mind that the iPhone USB cable requires a large amount of power. Using a keyboard's USB outlet doesn't often meet the power demand. If you were attempting to charge there, switch to a traditional outlet to test.
2. Are You Overcharging Your iPhone?
There is an urban legend going around about overcharging your phone, especially overnight. This eventually damages your phone and makes it harder to get a full charge later on.
Nickel batteries had a tendency to forget that they were at a maximum charge. However, new batteries are made of lithium and do not experience that problem.
Extreme temperatures seem to be more of the culprit. Batteries are sensitive to high and low temperatures and can force the battery to shut off.
Keep your iPhone out of the sun and avoid using covers that don't allow the heat to dissipate.
3. Hardware vs. Software
There are many people selling replacement iPhone batteries online. Don't get sucked into buying one too quickly. They can be expensive, and also have the added installation cost.
Also, a simpler solution can often be attempted first.
If your iPhone isn't charging, most problems can be fixed through software.
Ultimately, it's the software that communicates to the battery telling it to power the phone.
A hard reset might be just what you need to restart your software. Simply hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time.
Hold for approximately 20 seconds. This may feel like forever but in most cases, it resets your software and solves the mystery of why your iPhone isn't charging.
4. Check Your Cables and Chargers
Let's face it, most of us are not too gentle with our chargers. We throw them in our bags and we don't know how to wrap them correctly. Cable technicians use the "Over and Under" method to preserve the life of the cable.
The internal cabling can get damaged even though the outside seems undamaged. And, most often the metal contact points of the USB side are worn out.
There are nine contact points in the lightning cable. If even one is covered, the phone will not take a charge.
Also, if the cord is fraying it is definitely time for a new charger. It's affecting your safety and the ability to charge your iPhone.
5. Peek Inside Your Port
The majority of people who use a cell phone store it in their pocket. Our pockets are full of lint, dirt, and dust.
These small particles can get trapped inside the charging port. As they build up, they can block the metal contact points from touching.
Take a dry toothpick, cotton swab, or toothbrush and carefully attempt to remove any debris. Use a lamp or flashlight to get a clear look inside the port. As well you can, use a can of air to blow out some of the blockage.
Try plugging in your iPhone. Most often this is the fix you were looking for.
6. Water Damage
Have you ever spilled a glass of water on your iPhone? It can be a scary feeling, but if the phone still works you consider it a true miracle.
However most likely the damage is already done.
Liquid inside of the charging port can create a short in your phone. Sometimes, the signs of damage are immediate and the phone will not turn on. Other times, it could be the reason your iPhone isn't charging.
You can always try the rice trick and see if it gets any better. Put your iPhone in a plastic bag full of white rice. The rice will act as a drying agent, reducing the humidity in your phone.
7. Factory Reset if iPhone Isn't Charging
You can always return the iPhone to its factory settings. This is also called DFU Mode. This is usually a last ditch effort before deciding whether to purchase a new iPhone or perform costly repairs.
If you still have a small charge on your iPhone, make sure to back up to iCloud.
It sounds like a pretty drastic measure. Nobody wants their entire memory erased, but if your iPhone isn't charging it might be your only option.
It's common that a full factory reset fixes an unseen software issue that a hard reset couldn't fix.
In the Apple Store, they will have you try DFU Mode before attempting any hardware repairs.
Back Up and Running?
An iPhone that won't charge can make you feel like you've lost touch with the world. After all, so many of us conduct our business online and must operate from our mobile devices.
By now you should be back up and running. So many iPhone charging issues can be solved by following simple strategies.
If any of your equipment is failing, take it as an opportunity to upgrade. There are so many amazing new products to make your life easier.
If you have any other inquiries on how to keep your phone accessories, especially your cables, at peak performance, don't hesitate to contact us today!