Charging your Samsung Galaxy , or any smart device for that matter, is a subconscious affair. You plug your device in and walk away. But when you came back, it wasn’t charged at all. You check your components and make note that everything was plugged in correctly.

But it isn’t working. Your Samsung Galaxy is not charging. Thankfully, you can try these fixes before making your way to a service center.

1. Reboot Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Did you try turning it on and off again? That question, while the subject of ridicule, is actually quite elpful in many ways. What you could be experiencing is nothing more than a simple glitch, a hiccup, a flump, a mistake. As soon as you start experiencing any kind of glitch, a reboot should always be your first step.

By restarting your device, any and all processes that were running in the background and foreground are effectively shut down. Once successfully shut down and rebooted, you give your Samsung Galaxy a clean space to work again. It’s possible the component used to oversee the charing portion of your phone crashed.

1. Hold your Power button until your power options appear. Choose Power Off and or Shutdown, depending on your Samsung Galaxy.

2. Give your device about 60 seconds just to ensure it shuts down properly.

3. While your Samsung Galaxy is powered off, try charging it. If it doesn’t work, continue on.

4. Boot it back up by holding the Power button.

2. Clean the Charging Port

You may not realize, but due to your charging port always being exposed to the elements, it leaves it wide open for dust and debris to stick to the inside of the charging port.

This collection of dust and dirt, believe it or not, creates a thin layer that coats the charging port. That thin layer, as tiny as it may be, is enough to create a barrier between your charging port and your charging cable, resulting in a failed connection. Sure, you can still slide your charging cable in, but the dust and dirt is keeping it from creating a stable connection. You’ll have to clean it.

A great way to clean the inside of your Samsung Galaxy’s charging port is with the help of a cotton swab, wooden toothpick, a flashlight and patience. And by all means clean it gently. Your charging port is a very delicate component. Any heavy handed approach to cleaning could bend connectors out of place.

Once cleaned, you can try your hand at charging it again.

3. Replace Your Charging Cable, Adapter and Charging Source

In the off chance that it doesn’t work, consider replacing your charging cable, the adapter and switching the charging source.

Not every charging cable, adapter and charging source is created equally. You may very well be experiencing a faulty charging cable, adapter and charging source. Try a combination of all three. Switch your charging cable but keep the adapter and switch a different electrical outlet. Then keep the same charging cable, switch out the adapter and move to another electrical outlet.

This step can be used in conjunction with any and all the steps provided here.

4. Charge Your Samsung in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a wonderful way of pinpointing software issues. When you boot into Safe Mode, you may notice that it doesn’t look much different than what you would see normally. And you would be right, on the surface. You’ll quickly realize that many of the functions and apps are disable.

Safe Mode only enables the processes that your Samsung Galaxy needs to run. Video games aren’t going to work in Safe Mode, including other third party apps. Why does that matter? Because it’s possible you installed a third party app that’s causing a conflict with your charging port or worse, but unlikely, malware.

In order to remove such filth, you have to boot into Safe Mode and remove it while it’s been disabled.

1. To boot your Samsung Galaxy into Safe Mode, press and hold the Power button. This will prompt your power options.

2. When your power options appear, press and hold Power Off and or Shutdown menu option. This will prompt another response.

3. Accept the reboot into Safe Mode.

Uninstalling an App from Your Samsung

While you’re in Safe Mode, any pesky applications that were barring your Samsung Galaxy from charging are disabled. This is the perfect opportunity to remove them now before rebooting normally.

1. Locate and open the Settings app. Its app icon is a gear. You can find the Settings app by checking on one of your home screens, swiping back and forth to reveal more than one.

2. In the Settings menu, scroll your way down until you come to the menu option Apps and or Applications & Notifications. Select it.

3. In the Apps menu, all currently installed apps are listed in alphabetical order. Find the app you believe to be the culprit and select it from the list.

4. In the app’s info page, choose Uninstall. When prompted to confirm the removal of the app, choose OK.

Once the apps have been uninstalled, shut your Samsung Galaxy phone down and reboot it like normal. After it has successfully booted normally, trying placing your charging cable in.

5. Check Your Phone’s Battery

So, you’ve tried everything listed above and you’re still cursed with a Samsung Galaxy that isn’t charging. Well, then it’s possible that your battery was damaged at some point. Have you dropped your device often? Does the backplate feel tight?

Your smartphone is equipped with a lithium ion battery. Its design creates a pressurized environment. The small partitions between cells and the compounds that make it a lithium ion battery can swell when coming in contact with too much heat, overcharge and age.

The swelling a lithium ion battery may experience is actually a safety measure. It’s still relatively safe, but removal of the battery is certain. To check if your battery is swollen, simply remove the backplate. If it’s indeed swelling, then it needs to be removed and disposed of properly. Failing to do so can result in a fire or an explosion of noxious gas.