3 Reasons iPhone Won’t Charge
Well, there is always the frustrating time you need your iPhone to download pictures for your website or blog post, and your iPhone won’t charge. When it is me, I run around frantically trying every lightning cable in the house. I have even been known to stop at the gas station and buy a $3.99 versions to no avail. Well here is a way to get to the bottom of your problem before you trade your iPhone that won’t change in at the Verizon Store and spend way more than you need.
Bad Lightning Cable or Charger
The bad lightning cable can be checked out by checking for frays or broken connectors on the cable end. If you see this and your cable is less than one year old, it is under warranty. Go to Apple Support site and get a support ticket open. Apple will get a new one in the mail ASAP. A gas station cable may work for a while, but this is not a great option. If you are out of warranty, an Apple-certified Lightning Cable is what you need. Click for a good solution. If it is your power supply that is toast, you can follow the same process. First, plug your lighting cable into your computer or laptop and if it charges you speed charger is faulty. The Same rule applies. You will need an Apple certified speed charger. If not under warranty you can get one here. Problem solved.
Faulty Power Port
If it is neither your cable or charger, and you think it is, in fact, hardware related. Your port inside the iPhone may be faulty. Look inside the lightning cable port for a small pebble or a piece of rice. You know the rice from when you dried the phone out after dropping in the river. Yes, I have done this before. Yes, it was a piece of rice. An obstruction will prevent a connection. Look inside the port for broken or frayed connections. If no obvious damage is noticeable, we can try one more option.
Software not Communicating with Hardware
I know it may seem oversimplified but without software to tell the hardware what to do, your iPhone won’t charge. Where this may be the obvious first step, I do the hard reset regularly. Sometimes I hard reset if I do not get the email response I am expecting in a timely fashion. So I often forget when I have a real problem. Do a hard reset. Hard resetting is pressing the round button on the bottom middle of the front of your iPhone, and pressing the power button on the right upper side of the phone simultaneously. If Siri tries to join the conversation you are pushing the round button first. Hold the two buttons down until the Apple appears on the screen and wait until your phone completely resets. You may be pleasantly surprised when you plug your phone in, and everything is back to normal. The reason this doesn’t work when you power off the phone and do not reset fully is that the software is still running in the background. The software will re-establish communication with the hardware after it has fully reset.
I hope this helps you out. I hope you don’t have to spend a bunch of time running around getting new iPhone. If you’re struggling and have a question, put a note in the comments. I will see if I can help you out.