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June 5, 2024

iPhone Won’t Charge? Here's How to Fix It

There's nothing more frustrating than a dead iPhone, especially when it seems like it's losing battery life faster than ever. You might notice your iPhone shutting down early, even though it shows it has charge left. You might plug it in, only to find it's at the same percentage as before. 

There are many reasons why your iPhone won’t charge. Don't worry - we'll walk you through troubleshooting steps to get your phone juiced up again. In the meantime, use these tips to make your iPhone battery last longer.

Why Your iPhone Won’t Charge

There are several possible reasons why your iPhone won’t charge. Here are the most common culprits:

Faulty Charger or Cable: Over time, cables can become frayed or damaged, preventing a good connection. Try different USB ports or power adapters to see if that fixes the problem.

Dirty Charging Port: Dust, lint, or other debris can build up in your iPhone's charging port, preventing a secure connection with the cable. Use a compressed air can or a soft-bristled brush to gently clean out the port.

Software Glitch: Sometimes a minor software issue can prevent your iPhone from charging correctly. Try to restart your iPhone, it can often clear up these glitches. Here's how to do it, depending on your model:

iPhone 8, X, or later: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 7: Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.

iPhone 6S or earlier: Press and hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.

Wireless Charging Issues: If you're using a wireless charger, make sure your iPhone is properly aligned on the charging pad. Also, check if there's a case on your phone that might be interfering with wireless charging.

Still Not Charging? Let's Try More Advanced Fixes

If you've tried the basic troubleshooting steps and your iPhone won’t charge, here are a few other things to try:

Update to the Latest iOS: Outdated software can sometimes cause charging problems. Updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS can help resolve the issue.

Check Battery Health: If your iPhone has had the same battery for a long time, it may be nearing the end of its lifespan. Battery health can be checked in your iPhone settings. If your battery health is low, you may need to consider replacing it.

Restore Your iPhone to Factory Settings: This will erase all of your data and settings, so be sure to back up your iPhone before doing this. A factory reset can sometimes fix software problems that prevent your iPhone from charging.

Contact Apple Support: If you've tried all of the above and your iPhone won’t charge, it's time to contact Apple Support for assistance. They may be able to diagnose the problem and recommend a solution.

Why My iPhone Stopped Charging at 80%

You might notice that your iPhone stops charging at 80%. This is a feature called Optimized Battery Charging, which helps to reduce battery wear and tear. You can disable this feature in your iPhone settings if you prefer to have your phone charge to 100%.

By following these steps, you should be able to identify and fix the problem that's preventing your iPhone from charging. If you're still having trouble, don't hesitate to reach out to Apple Support for help.

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