How To Fix iPhone Not Charging

Is your iPhone not charging?

If your iPhone does not turn on and the red battery icon blinks, the power is too low. When the device reaches this state, it needs to be charged for at least ten minutes before it can be used.

In a few seconds, the charging icon will appear on the phone screen. If you are using a laptop, you may need to disable sleep or hibernation. It may take about four hours for the device to be fully charged. When it is “Charged”, a message will appear on the screen.

iphone-6s-batery-deadDoes this sound familiar to you?

  • When you plug your iPhone into the power outlet using the Lightning cable, all you see is the battery drained icon appears, and nothing else happens. And when you un-plugged the phone you still see the drained battery with a lightning cable icon.

If you run through the issues mentioned above, then your iPhone is not charging. Before you walk to the Apple store and have them change your battery, check the simple steps below that to help you save some time and money.

It is recommended to use certified Apple accessories. Sometimes knock-off version of the Lightning cable might just cause the issue itself. If you don’t have it, you can still follow the steps below.

iphoneChargingFirst method: make sure there is no debris inside the lightning port. This alone might cause your iPhone not to charge. Also, check the USB port as well.

After getting rid of debris, then connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable or the AC connector to start the charging process.

If that does not work then go to:

2. Before you start, reboot your phone to see if the problem is solved. Press the Sleep/wake button, slide the red slider until it goes off, and press the same button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

If the battery problem persists, put your device in recovery mode. If you are using a laptop to charge it, make sure it is connected directly to a USB port on the system and not to a hub or a USB port on a keyboard.

If the device still does not start, you may want to restart it with iTunes, but keep in mind that resetting will erase the content stored on your phone, make sure to have your files and data backed up somewhere.

3. Change the USB port or power outlet

Another common reason why an iOS device does not charge properly is a problem with the USB port or the power outlet.

Checking if this problem is as simple as connecting the charger to another outlet or checking that the outlet connected to another equipment that needs the power to operate is working correctly.

In case you are trying to charge your device using a USB port, change the connector to another port to rule out a possible failure. Of course, you should also check if the charger works properly and rule out that the problem does not come from there.

4. Check for possible damage to the Lightning Cable

Physical damage to the iPhone Lightning Cable can cause the upload or transfer of data not work correctly.

In this case, you should check that the charging cable is intact and be able to test it on another device or try another cable with your device.


If all the steps mentioned above failed, and your iPhone is not charging still, before taking your phone to the Apple store or taking any further steps, use this little trick (at your own risk). You still need to replace your battery after it works:

  • To start your iPhone,  use a heat gun or hair dryer (at least 12-inch away, not too close) for a minute or so to jump-start, then put your phone on the charger. You should see the Apple logo.


Apple indicates that rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, and at some point, you will need to replace it eventually.

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