When your iPhone isn’t charging for an extended period, the battery will eventually die. A dead phone is as good as a paperweight. If you don’t want to turn your iPhone into a paperweight, you need to take some precautions while charging your device which can elongate your phone battery life. There are some tips you can go through to solve your iPhone not charging issue.

If the issue is not serious, then the solutions mentioned below can solve the iPhone not charging issue. The older iPhone series had battery issues, which are mentioned in the latter section. If your phone was charging normally till morning, and it stopped in the evening, then it may be because of a minor glitch, which you overlooked.

While these solutions are specific to iPhones, Android users should check out this phone not charging solutions list if they are facing the same issue. 

Common Solutions to iPhone not Charging Issue

Charging issues can be fixed with usual tactics and some precautionary measures. Go through the solutions below and start charging your iPhone again.

1. Charging Cables and USB adapters

This might seem improbable to some or obvious to others, but this is a pretty common issue. If you are using a damaged cable or adapter to charge your phone, then this is the main reason your iPhone won’t charge. The accessories used for charging should be in proper condition and Apple certified.

You get prompted when you use the accessories which are not apple certified. However, just to be absolutely sure if the accessories are Apple certified, visit the manufacturer site or check the manual. If you have all that is mentioned above and still your iPhone is not charging when plugged in, then you can go through the below-mentioned solutions.

2. Force Restart your iPhone

At times, a force restart might work wonders when your iPhone is not charging, especially if it is because of some software causing the trouble. Some apps can also prevent your iPhone from charging; hence, a force restart can work in this case.

Follow the instructions mentioned below to force restart iPhone SE to iPhone 11 Pro.

To Force Restart iPhone X and later, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus

Force Restart Your iPhone

iPhone ModelsForce Restart StepsImage to Identify Buttons
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X and later
  1. Press and quickly release Volume Up button, followed by Volume Down button
  2. Press and hold the Side button, until you see Apple logo on the screen
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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  1. Press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously.
  2. Release both buttons when you see the Apple logo on the screen.
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iPhone 6s, 6s plus and SE
  1. Press and hold the Power button and Home button simultaneously.
  2. Release all the buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
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After force restart, reconnect your iPhone to the charger and leave it unattended for 30 mins. Check after 30 mins, if your iPhone should start charging. However, if the iPhone is not charging, then go through the below solutions.

3. Check for Dust, Lint, and Debris

The charging port of your iPhone is prone to dust and dirt accumulation, and this can cause issues and in return, the iPhone is not charging.

Firstly, check if there is any debris or lint in your iPhone’s port. If yes, then remove it blowing air from the compressed air can. We do not recommend using toothpicks and needles to remove the accumulated dust, as it can damage the iPhone’s port.

After removing dirt, clean the USB cable from both the ends before connecting it to the USB adapter and your iPhone. Now check, if your iPhone is not charging! If the problem persists, check the solutions listed below.

4. Check Wall Outlet

Sometimes, the wall outlet may not have the power supply, or the output may not be as required, which might be the reason for your iPhone not charging properly. You can try connecting your charger to any other wall outlet and check if your phone is charging there.

If you are charging your iPhone via computer, then try connecting it to some other USB port. The problem with USB ports or drivers on your computer can also affect your iPhone’s charging.

You can use a USB Ammeter and check the outlet of your wall or computer. USB ammeter provides you readings of the current drawn from the wall socket or USB port to your mobile phone. If the current is not as required, then your iPhone wont charge.

5. DFU (Device Firmware Update) Restore

If there is some software issue on your iPhone, then DFU restore can solve it. However, it is an advanced process and should be carried out only if you have technical expertise.

The DFU restore process completely erases your iPhone, making it as new as before. So, you should have a backup of the data before performing DFU restore. Please refer to our DFU Restore guide for the complete details. 

iPhone not Charging at 80 percent

The iPhone’s temperature increases while charging and consequently the battery becomes warm. If the battery reaches a specific temperature, the software stops charging your phone to increase the lifespan of your battery.

In such cases, try removing your phone’s case or moving to a more ventilated space. You also need to avoid placing your iPhone on cloth, fabric or other electronic devices to prevent your iPhone from increasing temperature.

Your iPhone may also stop charging at 80% due to the Optimized battery charging feature of iOS 13. iOS 13 uses Artificial Intelligence to predict when you will unplug your phone from the charger.

If your iPhone senses that the phone would be for a longer duration after it reaches 80%, then it uses Optimized battery charging to increase the lifespan of your battery.

iPhone 8 or later, not Charging?

If you are experiencing an issue with your iPhone not charging with a wireless charger on iPhone 8 or later, then you can try switching to wired charging. You can connect your iPhone to the wall outlet or computer’s port and check if your iPhone is charging or not.

After connecting to a wired connection, wait for some time and then check if it is charging. If the issue resolves with a wired charger, then you need to get your wireless charger checked. This is one of the most common issues with the iPhone 8.

iPhone 6 or 6s not Charging or shutting down?

If you own a 6s phone with battery issues, here’s the good news for you. You can get it replaced for no or minimal cost. However, this scheme is only for iPhone 6s users with a limited batch of the serial number.

You can get your series checked on the Apple support site or visit the Apple care store near you and get your iPhone’s battery replaced. There are some terms and conditions on this, which you can read here.

Visit the Apple Care Store

If you are still wondering why wont my iPhone charge even after performing all the solutions mentioned above, then you need to visit the Apple Care store near you. There might be some issues with internal device hardware.

Some users also reported the issue with logic board IC; for such issues, you need an expert technician. The one you can find in the Apple Store.

The damaged iPhone can cause a charging issue; hence, you need to visit the Apple Care Store to get your device checked.

Final Thoughts

The solutions mentioned above can help you solve your iPhone not charging issue. The common precautionary measure needs to be taken while charging your phone to avoid the problem with the phone’s battery. Using unauthorized accessories with any electronic device is a big no-no, as it can damage not only the battery but also reduce the lifespan of your device.

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(Article updated on 25th December 2020)