Android Only Charges When Turned Off

By now, you probably own a mobile phone that you’re well-acquainted with. You know your device’s quirks, and often a new device is either not in your budget or not happening for a few months when your plan permits.

Putting up with what your phone does is usually a part of your day. One of the common quirks that you might need to deal with when you’re using your Android is a phone that only charges when you turn it off. This can be frustrating since using your phone while it charges is so much easier than not being able to use your device when it charges at all.

Here’s a few things that you can try to fix this situation. Of course, if the problem persists and your have access to a professional, then you might want to try that just in case it’s something that you can’t fix on your own.

New Power Source

You’re probably quick to blame your device, but one of the issues could be the outlet that you plugged your charger into. If you’re using a wall outlet, then you should try charging your device without turning it off in one of the other outlets near you. You can also try plugging your device into your computer through USB so that you can see if this will allow you to charge your device while it’s on.

If you’re already charging on your computer through USB, then you might want to try charging from a wall outlet. If your device charges when you try a new power source, then you know that it wasn’t your device. It was the wall outlet or computer. You might want to see about getting your computer or power source fixed if it is the issue.

New Charging Cable

Check the wall adapter and the charging cable also before you blame your device. The cable is a common issue since you do a lot with the cable. It bends when you travel with it. It flexes when you’re in the bed or when you plug or unplug it from an odd angle. These are all instances when you could be damaging the cable. Switch out your charging cable and see if a new one allows you to charge your device when it’s on.

Most chargers have an adapter that can be removed, so you should try a new adapter after you check if it’s the cord. You can see if the phone will charge with the new adapter. If not, then the adapter wasn’t the issue.

Make sure all your background apps are closed

Having a lot of apps running in the background can make your device lose charge faster than it can gain it, which might be why your device charges when you turn it off. You can usually see what apps are running by tapping the three vertical lines in the bottom left side of your Android screen.

If you’re using an older Android with the home button, then you can press and hold on the Android home button to see all your open apps. Close all these apps by swiping them off the screen.

Make sure your phone is updated

If you constantly put off updating your device, you aren’t alone; however, updates may include changes that make your charge last longer. To check if your device has any updates available, launch your Settings app. The Settings app resembles a gray gear, which you can also access by pulling down the notification panel and tapping the small gear that you see on the upper right side of the screen.

Scroll down the Settings menu until you see “System Updates.” Under the System Updates menu, you can tap “Download and Install” to make the newest update install on your device. You can also see when you last updated your device here.

If none of these fixes work, then you might be dealing with an internal issue that you can’t fix. Taking your device to a repair shop or where you got the device can make your life way easier. It may be tempting to just turn your device off whenever you want to charge it, but you’ll be relieved when you can charge your phone and send a text message at the same time again.