If your iPhone doesn’t charge properly or charges too slowly, it probably has some kind of problem. If you have noticed problems when charging your iPhone, it is likely that you can solve them yourself by following a series of tips. There are many possible solutions to an iPhone that won’t charge well and these are our tips.
1. Clean the iPhone connector
It seems incredible but this is one of the most common causes for an iPhone with a charge. Carrying the iPhone always in your pocket can cause dirt to enter the charging port and that causes the cable to not enter correctly, even if you do not notice it.
Turn off the iPhone and with a wooden or plastic toothpick clean the charging port very carefully to remove the dirt. Do not use a clip or SIM removal tool as the metal can damage the port.
2. Check that your iPhone is not too hot
The recommended temperature for using the iPhone is between 0 and 35 °C, so at higher temperatures the iPhone may stop working properly. Excess temperatures especially affect the battery and the iPhone may stop charging if it is too hot. In this case, we recommend you turn it off for a few minutes, wait for it to cool down and resume charging.
3. Change your cable or power adapter
It is possible that the problem is in the cable itself or in the power adapter that we are using. Remember that it is advisable to always use certified products that do not have appreciable damage. You can also try turning the cable to see if it charges on the other side.
4. Connect iPhone to a computer
This option can be very interesting, if you connect the iPhone to a computer and it detects it but the iPhone does not charge, it is most likely that the iPhone has broken down. It can also be used to rule out problems with the power adapter.
5. If your iPhone had run out of battery, wait about 30 minutes
In case your iPhone has completely drained its battery, you should wait a few minutes and not worry about the iPhone not turning on immediately. When the battery is completely depleted, the iPhone will not turn on until it has recharged a few percent. It is completely normal.
6. Use a wireless charger
An interesting option to rule out problems with the iPhone charger or connection is to try wireless charging. If the iPhone charges wirelessly, then clearly the problem will be at the point of the iPhone.
7. Force restart
In case nothing works, the best thing to do is to force restart the iPhone. This is done differently depending on the iPhone we have:
- iPhone 8 or later and iPhone SE (2nd generation): Quickly press and release the volume up button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Hold down the side button until the Apple logo appears.
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod touch (7th generation): Press and hold the Side (or Top) button and the Volume Down button until the Apple logo appears.
- iPhone 6s or earlier, iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPod touch (6th generation) or earlier: Press and hold the Side (or Top) button and the Home button until the Apple logo appears.
8. If the iPhone does not charge more than 80%
If your iPhone does not charge more than 80% it is because you have activated a function called Optimized charging. What this option does is learn from our charging habits and only charge the iPhone up to 80%, keep it there and charge that last 20% before we go to unplug it. In this way the battery of the device is protected.
But if you notice that it is not working well and iPhone only charges up to 80%, you can turn it off from Settings > Battery > Battery Health and turn off the Optimized Charging switch.
Charging your iPhone well can make battery degradation less noticeable, so it’s important. And if you can’t get it to load, these tips will surely help you. If nothing works, we recommend you go to an Apple Store or authorized technical service to check your iPhone, it may have some kind of problem.