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What to Do If Your iPhone Won’t Charge

iPhone charging

Sometimes, when you’re going to charge your iPhone or iPad, you won’t always be able to get a charge going. Now, this could be for a variety of reasons, but regardless, it’s a pain when you have low battery and you need to get it charging. This isn’t an uncommon problem with Apple products, so, there are a variety of ways you can deal with this problem. Here are some helpful ways to get your iOS device charged.

Plug into power

Though you tried plugging it into the wall and you cannot seem to get a charge going, try to use other power sources. Not sure what we mean? You can try to use a USB power adapter instead which the USB cable that comes with your iOS device. If you’re using a USB cable that’s from a third-party, make sure that it’s Apple certified. Once that’s completed, you’ll want to try out these options.

Connect your iOS device to the USB cable. Then, you have three power options in which you can use to power your iOS device.

Wall Power Outlet

Make sure that you try this as your first option. If it doesn’t work, it could be the power source itself, maybe your plug isn’t receiving electricity. Plug your charger cable into the USB wall adapter, then plug the adapter into the wall.


This is another option for charging your iOS device. You can plug it into either a laptop or desktop as both have a USB cable outlet. Plug your USB charging cable into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on either your desktop or laptop. Make sure that your computer is on and not on sleep mode, if it’s on sleep mode, it won’t be able to charge your phone.

Power Accessory

You can also try to plug your cable into a powered USB hub, docking station or any other Apple-approved accessory.

If your device is charging, you’ll see a lightning bolt in the battery icon. If you do not see the lightning bolt while your iOS device is plugged into a power source, then your iOS device is not charging.

If Your iOS Device Doesn't Charge

Now if you’ve tried these methods to charge your iOS device and nothing works, you’ll want to check out couple things out to find out what the problem is. If your iOS device is on low battery, you’ll notice that the battery icon will be red or your screen may just go completely black. If this happens try out these methods to fix this problem.

• Check your charging cable and USB adapter. You’ll want to look for signs of damage such as breakage points or bent prongs. If you see any of this, your inability to charge your iOS device could be because of this. Do not continue to use any damaged accessories, instead, replace the cable or USB adapter.

• If using a wall power outlet, check for a firm connection between the USB wall adapter, the wall outlet itself, and the charging cable. If possible, test the wall power outlet with other USB adapters and charging cables. This way, you’ll be able to rule out if it’s the wall power outlet itself.

• Remember, if you’re using a non-Apple certified charging cable or adapter, this could be another reason as to why it’s not charging properly. Make sure you test your iOS device with an Apple-approved charger and cable. If it works with an Apple-approved cable/charger, then you know what the problem is.

• Clean your iOS device charging port. It’ll be located at the bottom of your device where you plug in your charging cable. Check for any damage or debris. If you see debris, You can try to blow out the debris but if that doesn’t work, take it for cleaning. You don’t want to push the debris further into the iOS device.

• After cleaning out the debris, if possible, try to charge your iOS device again.

• If after all of this, your iOS device still is not functioning properly, then you should go to an Apple Retail store or an Apple authorized service provider for further assistance.

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