There’s nothing more frustrating than when your iPhone won’t charge. You may be starting to notice that your iPhone is starting to get low battery earlier and earlier throughout the day, or dying completely even if it’s showing that you have battery percentage left. You may also leave your phone on its cable all night, only to wake up in the morning to a lower percentage than when you started. Sometimes, the iPhone will only charge a few percentages in a long period of time, or it might not work at all unless it is connected to a power source.
There are tons of reasons why your iPhone might not be charging – we go through all of them right here, including all the possible ways to fix it.
Why Won’t My iPhone Charge?
If your iPhone won’t turn on or charge, there could be many things wrong with it. These can include such things as:
- Running too many apps. When you have too many apps on your phone, especially free ones, it can slow down your phone and drain your battery like no other. This is because apps are constantly searching for ads to serve you, as well as collecting data – such as location – from your iPhone. This happens even if your apps are closed, which causes your phone to die so quickly.
- Battery health issues. Battery life is different than battery health. If a battery has low battery life, you can plug it in and get more life into it. However, if the battery has poor health, it has no hope in holding a charge.
- Phone damage. If you have recently dropped your phone, got it wet or damaged the charging port or cords, this could by why your phone is not turning on or charging.
What To Do When iPhone Won’t Charge
Check Your Cable
This might seem like a no-brainer, but there could be some damage to your charging cable or it’s plugin. Try charging your phone using a different cord, plugin or outlet. If this fixes the issue, it is likely that your iPhone is absolutely fine and there are no issues with it.
Check Your Charging Port
If switching up your charging cord, plugin or outlets haven’t done the trick, unplug your iPhone and check the charging port. There might be some dust or other buildup inside, which gets in the way of charging cords being able to properly perform their job. Grab a toothbrush, get inside there and clear it out. You can also try using Q-Tips or giving a hearty blow, circa the Nintendo game era.
If your iPhone won’t charge even at this point, it is time to perform a hard reset. Your iPhone’s software is what performs the charge, not the hardware. Checking your phone for software issues by performing a hard reset usually does the trick. Here’s how you do it:
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X or higher
- Press and release the Volume Up button
- Press and release the Volume Down button
- Press and hold down on your Power button to the side until you see an Apple logo appear on your iPhone’s screen
- Let go of the Power button once the Apple logo appears
- Allow your iPhone to restart
iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
- Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down buttons at the same time
- Wait for the Apple logo to appear
- Let go of both buttons
- Allow your iPhone to restart
Fix Any Battery Issues
If performing a hard reset still hasn’t fixed the fact that your iPhone won’t charge, then it’s time to fix any battery issues you may have. These fixes are simple, easy and extremely inexpensive. You can save a lot of money by trying one of these fixes instead of purchasing an entirely new phone. You can fix your iPhone’s battery issues by:
- Checking battery usage statistics
- Calibrating the battery
- Adding a battery pack case
- Replacing the battery
For more on how to perform these fixes, check out our step-by-step guide here.
Resetting your phone to factory settings is a sure way to clear your phone of all it’s software and start fresh, just as if you picked it up from the Apple store. Performing a factory reset will completely erase your phone, so make sure you perform a backup just in case you might need anything important.
To perform a factory reset, follow these steps:
- Open iTunes on your Mac or PC
- If you can’t access a computer and your device still works, don’t worry, you can still erase and restore your device without a computer
- Connect your iPhone to your computer with the cable that came with your device
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps
- Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes.
In the Summary panel, click Restore [device].
- Click Restore again to confirm. Then iTunes erases your device and installs the latest iOS or iPod software
- After your device restores to factory settings, it will then restart
If you are a business owner selling used iPhones at a high volume, it would be in your best interest to use a diagnostics software to help fix any battery issues with your iPhone that won’t charge. Running a diagnostic through PhoneCheck will let you see exactly what is wrong with the battery, allowing you the opportunity to fix it before you sell it and get a better return on your investment.
PhoneCheck will print you a certificate to show you not only what might be wrong with the battery, but it will also include over 60 more diagnostics. These include such things as WiFi signal strength, camera functionality, Bluetooth strength and much more. Not only this, it will perform a full data erasure as well as reset it back to factory settings – all in under 2 minutes.