There are four main components in the iPhone charging process. That’s right. The first one is the power source itself, which could be the wall charger, your computer, or a car charger.
The second is the lightning cable or charger cable. The third is the charging port on the bottom of your iPhone. The fourth is the iPhone software itself.
The most common reason why your iPhone or iPad won’t charge is due to the data port in your iPhones charging socket. You can clean this by brushing the port with an antistatic brush. But, if it still won’t charge, your data port is damaged and you’ll need to get your iPhone repaired. Down below are some more ways to get your iPhone or iPad to charge and the best way you can get your phone repaired.
Hard Reset Your iPhone
To do a hard reset:
1. Hold down the power button and the volume down button (iPhone 7 & above)
2. Wait for the Apple logo to show up
3. If you have iPhone 6 or older, you have to hold down the power button and the home button
If you performed a hard reset and your phone didn’t turn on, you didn’t hold down the buttons for long enough.
Hold the buttons down for not just 5 or 10 seconds, but hold them down for 20 seconds or 30 seconds.
You need to hold it down for a lot longer because there’s a problem with your iPhone which means it’ll a little bit longer to turn on.
Make sure you perform a hard reset a few times before going to the Apple store to get your device repaired. If hard resetting didn’t work for you, go to step 2.
Inspect the Charging Process
If the hard reset didn’t work, the next thing to do is to go through each of the components of the charging process and inspect those for damage.
First of all, start with the power adapter. If you’re using your computer, car charger, or wall adapter, just take a close look inside them for any debris or gunk that may have gotten in there that could be interfering with the charging process.
You’d be surprised, all sorts of things can sneak into them without you knowing.
If you think you found anything inside the power adapter, don’t use a paperclip or anything sharp because that can cause problems with static electricity and it can do physical damage to your iPhone or other components.
In order to clean out any debris, use an anti-static brush. If you don’t have an anti-static brush at home, which most people don’t, the next best thing you can use is a new toothbrush.
Make sure you’ve never used this before because the moisture from your mouth can cause serious damage to the internal components of your iPhone or your charger.
Make sure you gently brush out using a circular motion. The other way you can try and fix your iPhone or iPad is by simply using another power adapter or using a friend’s. This is probably the easiest way to fix this issue.
Inspect the Lightning Cable
Let’s say the last method didn’t work, it’s time to move on to the lightning cable. iPhone cables are susceptible to fraying so make sure you try and keep them in the best condition possible.
Take a close look at the lightning cable itself and make sure that there isn’t any damage. Just like the wall charger, take a look at the USB side of your lightning cable to make sure there isn’t any gunk or debris in there.
If you need to, brush it off with the anti-static brush or use a toothbrush and just like the wall charger, try using a friend’s cable. Before buying any Apple charger, make sure that the cable is MFI certified.
What is an MFi certified cable? MFi certification is only given to certain manufacturers of iPhone cables. Cables with the certification are given made to work specifically for iPhone.
So, if you’re buying a $3 Cable from the gas station, it’s probably not MFI certified and it could have all sorts of problems. Where can you get a great certified cable? Apple cables are all certified but other places have cheaper cables. For example, the Amazon basics cable.
How do you know if an iPhone/iPad cable is MFI certified? On the packaging, look for the ‘Made for iPod iPhone and iPad logo’. If you see that, the cable is certified. If you don’t, then the cable may have issues with it.
Inspect the Charging Port of the iPhone
You might be surprised to find out how much gunk can get into your charging port. It’s common to find lint from your pocket or dirt stuck inside the post.
Rice is one of the most common problems that you’ll find and this can be really hard to get out. This is why you shouldn’t use rice to dry out an iPhone because it can sometimes ruin an iPhone that would have come back to life.
If you find debris in your charging port, brush it out gently with anti-brush or toothbrush.
Check the iPhone Software
So you’ve checked the cable, the charger, and the lightning port on your iPhone. The next thing to check is the iPhone software.
The iPhone software is probably the most important part of the iPhone charging process because it’s the software that decides whether to charge your iPhone when you plug it in. So how do you fix that problem? To fix the software, you have to do a DFU restore on your iPhone.
This is kind of tricky to perform, especially if it’s your first time. You should always do a DFU restore if your iPhone is having an issue because the DFU restore is Apples last-ditch effort to fix any software problems before they decide if it’s a hardware problem.
Make sure that you try and perform a DFU restore at home before you go into the Apple because you could end up wasting hours. The only drawback to Puls is that it can void your warranty when you replace an internal component that was originally on the phone.
Put Your iPhone Into Recovery Mode
First of all, you’re going to need to power off your iPhone.
You can do this by:
1. Holding the home key and the power button for 10- 15 seconds.
2. Connect the USB end of your cable into your PC
3. Hold the home button on your device while connecting the other end of the USB into your iPhone
4. Keep holding the home button until your iPhone has gone into recovery mode
Once your device is in recovery mode (iTunes mode), you can go into iTunes on your PC and check whether your device connected properly.
From here, you can try and restore your iPhone and see whether it turns on.
The Special Trick
With this tip, you need to be careful because you could actually break your phone while doing so I recommend going to the Apple store and letting a professional do it.
Here’s what to do:
1. Squeeze next to the home button while the phone is plugged-in
2. Move the plug upwards just a little bit to allow the pins to snapback up
When you plug in your device, the six pins may not make contact with the cable because they were down which meant that the charging cable couldn’t make the contact and it could not charge.
Get Your iPhone Repaired
The last option is to get your iPhone repaired. Going to the Apple store is the best option for this.
Don’t go to a corner store of an off-license store to get your phone fixed because they are known for being shady and swapping different parts from another damaged device.
The Apple store is a good choice if your iPhone is out of warranty and it’s not damaged because they’re likely to give you a new iPhone.
The caveat with going through Apple is that they’re likely to give you a new iPhone which means that you’ll lose all the data on your iPhone if you didn’t backup your device and this could be tragic.