iPhone Not Charging: 6 Potential Problems and Solutions to Repair Your Cell Phone!

When your iPhone is charging properly, you'll see a lightning bolt beside the battery icon in the status bar, or a large battery icon on your Lock screen. If you don’t see the lightning bolt or your iPhone doesn’t charge or charges very slowly, there’s something wrong with your iPhone charging ability. There are several reasons why your iPhone isn’t charging or charging very slowly. Main reasons include:

1. iPhone Software Limits Charging Above 80 Percent

Your iPhone might get slightly warmer while it charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, software might limit charging at 80 percent if the battery gets too warm. Your iPhone will charge again when the temperature drops. To charge your iPhone above 80%, charge your iPhone at a cooler location.

iOS 13 uses Optimized Battery Charging to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time that your iPhone spends fully charged. Your iPhone uses on-device machine learning to understand your daily charging routine so that it can wait until you need to use your iPhone to finish charging above 80 percent. Charging in this way reduces the wear on your battery and improves its lifespan. Optimized Battery Charging is active only when your iPhone predicts that it will be connected to a charger for a long period of time.

2. iPhone ChargePort Contains Debris

If your iPhone’s charging port contains debris, your iPhone may not charge properly.

To remedy this issue, there are a few approaches you can take:

  • Remove any debris from the charging port on the bottom of your device
  • Restart your iPhone
  • Try a different USB cable or charger
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.
  • Purchase a new lightning bolt

Please be careful when cleaning debris from the charging port as you may damage it without the right skills and tools. You can always book an appointment to have it cleaned at a CaseMogul location.

3. iPhone Power Adapter or Charging Cable is Damaged

Charge another iPhone with your adapter and cable. If the other iPhone charges, your adapter and cable are working properly. If the other iPhone doesn’t charge, there could be issues with your adapter and cable. In this case, you should replace your current adapter and cable with new ones. All CaseMogul Phone Repairs locations have iPhone charging cables and power adapters available - find your nearest cell phone repair location here.

If you have lots of dust or debris in your iPhone’s charger port, your iPhone won’t charge. To clean your iPhone charger port using compressed air or toothpick, you can take the following steps:

  1. Power off your iPhone completely. You can open the Settings app and then tap "General," followed by "Shut Down."
  2. Holding the compressed air can upright and shoot a few bursts of shots into the port.
  3. Turn your phone on and try to charge it again. If it's still not working, book an appointment with a cell phone repair shop such as CaseMogul and one of our trained cell phone repair technicians will conduct a full diagnostics of this issue and repair your iPhone.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t try to clean your iPhone port using a toothpick. When you insert a toothpick into an iPhone port to scrape the side walls of the port, you may damage delicate pins in there. The sides are home to two small spring-mounted anchors that latch onto the lightning port when you insert it. If anything breaks in the port, your iPhone charging port may be damaged permanently.

4. iPhone Requires Software Update

An iPhone may not charge because the software needs an update. To check for an available update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The screen shows the current iOS version and whether an update is available.

5. iPhone Has Water Damage

Water damage is detrimental to an iPhone and can affect an iPhone’s charging ability. When your iPhone faces water damage, wipe all excess water using a tissue paper and never turn on the phone immediately. Turning on the phone immediately leads to permanent damage to the iPhone. When your iPhone encounters water damage, book a cell phone repair appointment immediately at one of our phone repair stores near you and one of our cell phone repair technicians will be more than happy to help!

6. iPhone Is In Use While Charging

If you’re using your iPhone such as talking on the phone, playing different mobile game apps while listening to music on Spotify, your phone battery is using a tremendous amount of power to run all these tasks. Running a bunch of different applications or talking on your phone while your iPhone is charging prevents your phone from charging quickly and adequately. We recommend you to rest your iPhone when it’s charging and use it when your iPhone battery is rejuvenated!

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