iPhones use a Lightning cable to charge which is reversible so you can use either side of the cable. And if you have an iPhone 8 or later you can also charge wirelessly.
Below we’ll cover the most common issues that can keep your iPhone from charging as designed.
iPhone not charging: 6 solutions
- Make sure your iPhone isn’t overheated or too cold
- 32º to 95º F is the ambient temperature range suited for iPhone, let it cool down or warm up if it’s too hot or cold
- Try charging with the reverse side of the Lightning cable that you normally use with a power adapter plugged into a wall outlet you’re certain is working
- Apple says you may need to leave it plugged in for 30 minutes, but you’ll normally see if it’s charging within 5-10 minutes of being plugged in
- If it’s still not charging, try a second cable/power adapter if you have one and/or a different outlet
- Check the Lightning port for build-up or debris
- Use a magnifying glass or another iPhone camera if you need help seeing inside the port
- If you do see lint, debris, etc. be careful removing it as the charging pins can be damaged – gently using a plastic dental pick can be effective – the charging pins are located on the bottom side of the Lightning port
- If you’re not comfortable cleaning out the charging port, take your iPhone to an Apple Store, Apple Authorized Service Provider, or get in touch with Apple Support
- See if your iPhone charges with a wireless charger
- Force restart your iPhone then plug it in for 30 minutes
- iPhone 8 or later and iPhone SE 2/3: Press and quickly release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the side (or top) button and the volume down button until you see the Apple logo.
- iPhone 6s or earlier and iPhone SE (1st gen): Press and hold both the side (or top) button and the Home button until you see the Apple logo.
iPhone only charges to 80%?
If you notice your iPhone stops charging at 80%, that’s actually a feature called optimized battery charging that helps reduce battery aging. But it is possible to turn off the feature.
Head to the Settings app > Battery > Battery Health > and toggle off Optimized Battery Charging.
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