Phone Feels Fuzzy When Charging? Try These 7 Fixes

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Phone Feels Fuzzy When Charging

When you plug your phone to charge, there is static electricity which should not normally be detected by the hands or ears. This static occurs when electric current transfers from your charger to your phone.

However, many users report that they feel a buzzing or fuzzy sound when they plug their phone in to charge. When this happens, it means that the static electricity can now be felt by the naked hands and ears, and this is not normal.

It is an indication of a fault, usually either on the phone or the charging setup. So what could be the cause of buzzing while your phone is charging, and what are the possible solutions? Read on to find out more.

Why Does My Phone Buzz When Charging?

1. Haptic Technology Failure

We have found that one of the most common reasons why your phone buzzes when it is charging is because it has been set to do so in your phone settings.

Some smartphones, especially Samsung phones and iPhones, have the feature to make the phone vibrate when it is charging. The feature is meant to indicate to the user that the phone is indeed charging.

This feature is an aspect of haptic technology which creates an experience of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user of the device.

When the feature works properly, your phone is only meant to vibrate briefly when you plug it in to charge.

However, there are times when this haptic technology malfunctions, and the phone vibrates continuously long after you have plugged it in to charge.

When this haptic technology failure occurs, there are a couple of things that you need to try in order to fix it. Follow the steps below to fix the issue of haptic technology failure on your phone.

Fix One: Disable Vibrate On Charge

The first method to fix the issue of haptic technology failure on your phone is to completely disable the feature that makes your phone buzz on and vibrate when you plug it in to charge.

This will completely disable the charging haptic feedback technology that has run into a glitch on your phone when you plug it in to charge.

The method to disable vibrate on a charge depends on your smartphone operating system and brand. However, the steps are pretty much the same as outlined below:

For Samsung

1. Open Settings on your Samsung phone

2. Scroll down and select Sound and Vibrations

3. Under Sound, toggle to turn off Sound and Vibration at Charging

4. On some smartphones, you find this setting under Settings, Sound and Vibration, Additional settings

5. If doing this does not resolve the problem for you, you can turn off Haptic Feedback completely under the same settings of sound and vibration.

On iPhone

On an iPhone, there is no way to turn off vibrate and haptic feedback only when the phone is plugged into charge. To turn this off, you would have to turn off the haptic technology for your iPhone completely.

Follow the steps below to turn off haptic technology for your iPhone and stop the phone from buzzing when you plug it in to charge:

1. Open Settings on your iPhone

2. Scroll down and select Sounds and Haptics

3. Scroll down to System Haptics and then toggle to turn it off

Once you have turned off these settings, it should eliminate the issue of your phone buzzing when you plug it in to charge.

Fix 2: Restart the Phone

Another thing to try, especially if you do not want to turn off haptic feedback or sound when charging your phone, is to restart the phone simply.

This is because the issue of your phone buzzing when you plug it in to charge is likely a result of a bug in the charging mechanism on the phone.

Because the main cause of a bug is difficult to ascertain, it is always best to simply restart the device. Restarting a device reloads all the hardware and software functionalities on the phone and removes any bugs and glitches that may have occurred on your current use.

To restart a phone to clear the buzzing when charging issue, we recommend that you perform a hard restart.

A hard restart is the guaranteed method to completely offload all the hardware and software running on your phone, including the charging mechanism, and load them afresh to make it start functioning properly.

The method to force restart your phone depends largely on your phone’s operating system. Follow the steps below to force restart Android and iPhone OS.

To restart an Android phone:

1. Press and hold the power and volume down buttons for at least 7 seconds until the phone restarts

To force restart the iPhone with Face ID, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE Gen 2 and later:

1. Press and quickly release the volume up (+) button

2. Then press and quickly release the volume down (-) button

3. Then, press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears

Please do these in quick succession, or the sequence will break.

To force restart, iPhone 7

1. Press and hold the volume down button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously

2. Hold until the Apple logo appears, then release them

To force restart the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE Gen 1

1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button simultaneously

2. Hold until the Apple logo appears, then release them

2. Issues With Charging Devices

Another common reason why your phone buzzes when charging is because there is possible damage on one of the charging devices. By this, we mean that the cable, adapter, or even the wall socket may be faulty.

When there is a fault on any of the charging devices, it can cause too much electric static to flow to the phone causing it to buzz when charging.

To check for this, you would need to use a step-by-step elimination method to determine where the fault is from in the charging setup and then fix it.

Fix 1: Change Cable

The first elimination step to take is to change the charging cable for your phone. By default, you should only use a charging cable that is authorized by the manufacturer for your phone.

While it is not mandatory to use such authorized chargers only, it is the best way to eliminate issues that may develop from using third-party chargers for your phone.

Third-party chargers are not optimized for the particular specifications of your phone and battery. Therefore using them can expose your phone to malfunctions, such as buzzing when you plug it in to charge.

Also, even if you are using an authorized cable, it may have developed a fault that causes it to make your phone buzz when you plug it in to charge.

Whatever the case, change the charging cable that you are currently using to see if the issue has been resolved.

Fix 2: Change the Adapter

If the problem persists after changing the charging cable, the next thing to try is to change the charging adaptor for the cable.

This is another important aspect of your phone charging setup because it is responsible for supplying the right voltage, power, and charging frequency for your phone.

So you need to change the charging adapter to see if it is responsible for the buzzing sound when charging. As with the charging cable, we recommend that you only use charging adapters that are authorized or supplied by your phone’s manufacturer.

Fix 3: Change Wall Socket

The final step to take when troubleshooting issues with the charging setup is to change the wall socket where the charger is plugged in.

It is possible that the wall socket is malfunctioning and is no longer supplying the right level of electricity that it should to your phone.

So you simply need to remove the charger from the wall socket where it is currently plugged and plug it in another wall socket to see if the issue of your phone buzzing when charging is resolved.

3. Issues With Charging Port

Some users have found that the reason why the phone buzzes when charging is that the charging port is faulty.

And it makes sense. The charging port is responsible for converting the current received from your charger into a usable form for your phone’s battery.

So if the charging port is faulty, it will not be able to make this conversion effectively and hence result in the buzzing or fuzziness when the phone is charging. There are two things to do to fix the issue of faulty charging:

Fix 1: Clean Charging Port

Some users have found that the reason for the constant buzzing when the phone is charging is that the charging port is dirty.

When your charging port accumulates dirt in the form of smudges and dust, for example, the charging port will no longer be able to convert electricity effectively for use by the phone.

Follow the steps below to clean your charging port thoroughly and have your phone working properly again:

1. Make sure that the phone is powered off

2. Blow compressed air into the phone’s charging port

3. Dip a piece of cotton wool in a little alcohol

4. Get a toothpick and cut off one of the sharp ends

5. Wrap the wet cotton wool around the blunt edge of the toothpick

6. Remove most of the cotton wool, leaving only a tiny amount on the tip of the toothpick

7. Rub the toothpick with the cotton wool on it along the inner walls of the port. Do this gently and in horizontal lines around the port

8. Blow compressed air into the port again to remove any dirt that has been loosened by the wool

Fix Two: Fix Charging Port

If cleaning out the charging port does not fix the issue of your phone buzzing when you plug it in to charge, then you should consider taking the phone to a repairer to fix the charging port.

The technicians usually have a way to test the charging port to see if it is faulty, so you do not need to worry about fixing a charging port that is functioning properly.

4. Phone Out Of Date

We have found that another reason why a smartphone may buzz when it is plugged in to charge is that the phone is out-of-date.

While being out of date does not exactly cause a phone to start buzzing when plugged in to charge, updating the phone can fix bugs that may be causing the phone to buzz when charging.

Many phone manufacturers discover that the buzzing issue is a manufacturing fault and often release updates to fix such faults.

Therefore, updating your phone can fix the bug that is causing your phone to buzz when you plug it in to charge. To update your phone, follow the steps below:

Android:

The interface to do this depends on your Android phone brand and OS version.

1. However, a general method is to open Settings

2. Select About Phone

3. Click on System Updates

4. Then click on Check for System Updates

To update iPhone and iPad:

1. Go to Settings

2. Select General

3. Select Software Update

4. Select to Download and Install the available update(s)

Please note that if you see both updates and upgrade on your iPhone, you should always select upgrade because this function will update your iPhone as well as upgrade it to the latest operating system version.

5. Water Damage

We have found that another cause of buzzing when you plug your phone in to charge is that the phone may have been damaged by water. If your phone has come into contact with water recently, it can cause the phone to start vibrating when you plug it in to charge.

To fix this, you can either try drying it out or taking it to a repairer if the damage is serious.

6. Factory Reset Phone

The final step to take when trying to fix the issue of your phone buzzing when you plug it in to charge is to perform a factory reset of the phone. This is because the phone might have developed a serious bug that a mere restart will not fix.

Such bugs are usually a result of some incompatible software that has been used or integrated with your phone over time. The only way to fix such serious bugs is to reset the phone to factory settings.

To reset your phone to factory settings, follow the steps below:

iPhone:

1. Make sure that you have backed up your iPhone to the cloud or to a computer

2. Then go to settings on your iPhone and tap on General

3. Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone

4. Next, tap on Erase All Content and Settings

5. Then tap on continue

6. Next, you will be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode. Enter the passcode

7. If you have screen time enabled, you will also be prompted to enter your screen time passcode. Do that

8. At this point, iPhone will begin to backup your data to the cloud

9. When this is completed, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password

10. Next, tap on erase iPhone

Then give the iPhone time to reset to factory settings.

When the process is complete, you will see the Hello screen on your phone to begin setting up the iPhone afresh.

If you want to restore your iPhone to factory settings using a computer, the method you use depends on the computer operating system that you have. If you are using the latest macOS Catalina, you can use the Finder application.

If you are using macOS Mojave and earlier or Windows PC, you would need to use iTunes

Please note that if you want to use a computer to restore your iPhone to factory settings, you must first turn off Find My on your iPhone if you already have it turned on. To do this:

1. Open settings on your iPhone

2. Then tap on your name at the top of the screen

3. Scroll down and tap on Find My

4. Then click on Find My iPhone and then toggle turn it off

5. Next, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID password.

6. Enter the password and then tap on Turn Off at the top right corner of the screen

7. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer and open Finder or iTunes

8. Then select your iPhone from the sidebar

9. Then click Trust on a computer and also tap on Trust on the iPhone to sync your iPhone to your computer

10. If prompted, enter your iPhone passcode on your phone to continue the process

11. Then go back to your computer and click on restore iPhone to begin restoring your phone to factory settings

12. You will then be prompted to choose whether you want to back up your iPhone on the computer or not. If you already backed up your iPhone to iCloud, then click on don’t backup.

13. If you have not already backed up your iPhone, then click on Backup to backup your iPhone to your computer

14. Finally, click on Restore to begin the restoration of your iPhone to factory settings

15. When restoration is complete, you will also see the Hello screen on your iPhone to begin setting up the phone afresh

Android

Unlike on the iPhone, the method for resetting your Android phone to factory settings depends on the brand and model of the phone you are using. However, we have presented below a general method for restoring most Android phones to factory settings:

1. Open settings on your Android phone

2. Tap on About Phone

3. Tap on Factory Reset

4. Then click on Erase All Data

5. You will be prompted to enter your pin if you already have a pin setup on your Android phone

6. After entering the pin, you will be asked to either backup your Android phone or go ahead and reset the phone to factory settings

7. As always, we recommend that you backup the phone first before resetting it to factory settings

If you choose to back up, you are likely to be presented with three options, namely:

1. To backup up the phone locally to the phone

2. To back up to a computer

3. To backup to a Cloud service

Select the option that works for you, and then after backup, you can begin the factory reset process

Many users have found that resetting the phone to factory settings fixes the issue of the phone buzzing when they plug it in to charge.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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