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iPhone Charging Port Not Working? 6 Ways to Fix

Imagine being in a situation where you have to recharge your iPhone and make an urgent call or an online bank transfer. Unfortunately, because of one reason or the other, your iPhone device fails to charge.

This can be frustrating, especially when you want to book an essential service. Fortunately, there are easy ways of fixing an iPhone charging port that is not working without having to incur the expense of taking the device to a technician.

Taking the device to a technician

Read on for tips on fixing an iPhone charging port that is not working. But first;

Reasons Why Your iPhone Charging Port is Not Working

Here are the main reasons why your iPhone charging port is not working;

  • You are using a charging accessory that is not Apple certified: There are many counterfeit iPhone charging accessories on the market. Fake charging cables and adaptors can damage your phone's charging system, thus rendering your iPhone's charging port useless.

You can avoid this mishap by buying Apple-certified charging accessories. Look out for the “Made for iPhone” label and ensure it is genuine.

Made for iPhone label and ensure it is genuine

  • A damaged charging cable or adaptor: Check out for bent prongs and broken charging cable signs. A damaged cable or adaptor will lead to the malfunctioning of your iPhone's charging port and your phone in general.

If you suspect your charging accessories are damaged, replace them with new ones.

Damaged replace them with new ones

  • A loose outlet connection: Sometimes, your iPhone's charging accessories and the charging system are in perfect condition, but your device is still not charging. A loosely fixed charging cable can make your charging port stop working, thus not charging your iPhone. The lost connection could be from the socket or on your device.

Ensure the charging components are correctly plugged in.

Charging components are correctly plugged-in

  •  A dirty charging port: One of the common reasons why an iPhone's charging port may fail is dirt and debris. It's easier for the dust to accumulate on the charging port than anywhere on your iPhone. The accumulation of dust and other debris makes it difficult for your device to establish a secured charging connection.

Device to establish a secured charging connection

  • Software problems: Every activity on your iPhone, including charging the handset, is controlled by the operating system, iOS. The software (operating system) has a charge management feature that controls the battery charging activities. If the software malfunctions, then the charging port will not work.

iPhone charging port is likely to fail

With the above issues at hand, your iPhone charging port is likely to fail.

Here are quick fixes that will take you a few minutes;

1. Restart Your iPhone

Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is one of the easiest ways to fix any odd behavior with the device, including the malfunctioning of the charging port. Restarting the device will refresh the operating system, and it can also clear software malfunctioning. However, this solution can only work if your iPhone already has enough battery charge to restart. If the battery charge is below 5% or completely dead, this solution is not for you. Try the next fix.

2. Inspect Your Charging Cable and Adaptor for Damages

Inspect Your Charging Cable and Adaptor for Damages

This is the second most effortless solution for a charging port that is not working. Before working on the charging port, ensure that your charging cable is not frayed. If it is worn out or the charger is weak at the charging port, then the charging port will not work.

Try charging your iPhone using other people's charging accessories to ascertain whether the charger you are using has issues. If the device charges, your charging accessories are defective; if not, your iPhone's charging port has problems. Proceed to other solutions. As part of troubleshooting, try recharging the device from a different socket.

3. Clean the Charging Port

Clean the Charging Port

In most cases, smartphone users put their devices into their bags, pockets, and other places filled with dust and other debris. Unfortunately, the end with the port is the one that goes first, thus likely to trap dust and debris.

Inspect the port for debris and dirt. You can use a flashlight to illuminate the inside of the port. Whether there is any debris, dust or not, it's good to clean the port;

  • Shut down the phone before you start cleaning it.
  •  Use a pointed but non-metallic object such as a toothpick or toothbrush to clean the port. Ensure the cleaning object fits in the port. Metallic objects are not recommendable because they bend and damage the pins inside the port.
  • Alternatively, you can use a can of compressed air to clear dust and other debris from the port. However, when using compressed air, be careful not to burst it directly into the microphone hole and speakers as this can damage them. You can use tape to cover the microphone hole and the speakers.

Try to recharge the phone again; move to the next solution if it doesn't charge.

Note: You should undertake this procedure with a lot of care. Or else you will damage your charging port or other components in the device.

4. Update Your iOS

Sometimes it's not about hardware issues but your iOS. Software glitches can cause your iPhone's charging system to malfunction. If this is the case, updating your iOS to the latest version can be all you need.

To update iOS on your device;

Step 1: Go to Settings and tap on General.

Step 2: Proceed and tap the menu option for Software Update

Update Your iOS

Step 3: Check if there are any software updates available.

Step 4: If available, tap on Install Now to start downloading.

Install Now to start downloading

Try the next solution if your iPhone still doesn't charge after updating the iOS.

5. Perform a Factory Reset

Perform a Factory Reset

If none of the solutions above seems to be working for you, you should try factory resetting the device. A factory reset will send your iPhone memory and settings to its factory default settings. This procedure should be among the last resort, and it should fix all software-related issues with your iPhone.

Even though this solution will fix most software issues, it will erase all your data and settings saved on the device's memory. So ensure you have a working backup before you undertake this procedure.

6. Visit an iPhone Service Centre

Visit an iPhone Service Centre

Visiting an iPhone service center should be the last option. If you have failed to restore your iPhone's charging system by following the quick fixes above, there is something wrong with your phone's charging system. It would help if you now considered hiring a technician. The technician will identify whether your iPhone's charging port is faulty or has a severe problem with the handset.

Did Your iPhone Stop Charging at 80%?

iPhone Stop Charging

iPhones are made with unique features protecting the battery and other components from overheating. Usually, when a phone is charging, it might get a bit warmer. If the battery becomes too warm when it's charging, the iOS will limit the charging not to go beyond 80% to prolong the battery's lifespan.

Charging will resume once the battery's temperature falls. You can speed up the resumption by moving the phone and charger to a cooler spot. Therefore, when your iPhone stops charging at 80%, check the phone temperature before undertaking any solutions above.


Smartphones have become an essential aspect of our lives in the modern-day world. And iPhone is among the world's number one smartphone brands. Even though iPhone devices come with top-class features, the charging port may sometimes fail. But with the tips above, you can quickly resolve the problem and continue using the device.