How to Fix iPhone and iPod Won’t Charge

Do you suffer from recurring charging problems in your iPhone or iPod? If so, then you are not alone. Unfortunately, there are plenty of iPhone users out there who regularly witness such infuriating charging issues on their devices, with no end in sight. 

In this informative post, we will walk you through each and every fixes that you can try to cure your device’s charging problems. If your iPhone stops charging after a certain percentage, or the battery drains fast, here you will learn what to do in each case.

Plug the device into Power

The simplest way to charge your iPhone is as follows: 

1. Connect your phone to its custom USB cable

2. Plug the USB charger into any of these three power sources; a Wall electric outlet/ Computer or Power accessory, and check now your device is charging properly.

Suppose you have an iPhone 8 or any later models that require charging wirelessly. First, assure that the phone can get charged with the USB cable that came along with it. If it does charge, then you can also get help with wireless charging. Before using a third-party accessory, make sure that it is apple certified. 

Note: If your device begins to charge through any of these three sources, it will show a lightning bolt inside the battery icon in the status bar, or a large battery icon with the lightning bolt will appear on your lock screen.

What to do if your iPhone model charges slowly or won’t charge at all?

If your iPhone is taking longer than usual to charge, or it won’t charge at all, here are some ways to fix it: 

  • Always check for any sign of physical damage to your USB cable and adapter in case a problem in charging arises. You can look for any bent prongs or breakage on them, and if you do find any, do not continue using them.
  • If you are using a wall power outlet, you should check if there is a firm connection between the charging cable, the USB adapter, and the wall outlet. If you find any loose attachments, try charging with another wall power outlet.
  • At the bottom of your phone, clean the charging port. Remove any debris or dust present there. Then firmly connect the USB cable to the port. If the main issue arises in your device’s charging port, you will probably need to take your phone to the service center.
  • After your device is connected to the charger, let it charge for 30 mins.
  • If your phone is still unresponsive, force restart on it by following ways: 
  • For iPhone 8 or later models and iPhone SE (2nd gen): Press the Volume up button and quickly release it. After that, press the Volume down button and quickly release it. At last, press and hold the side button, and wait for the Apple logo to appear on the black screen.
  • For iPod touch (7th gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the side (or top) button and the Volume down button together, and hold them until the Apple logo appears. 
  • For iPod touch (6th gen) or earlier, iPhone 6s or earlier, iPhone SE (1st gen): Press and hold both the side (or top) button with the home button, and hold them until Apple logo appears. 
  • After your device restarts, let it charge for another 30 mins.
  • If your phone still doesn’t respond or charge, it is recommended that you: 
    1. Take your iPhone along with its charging accessories to a nearby Apple Store or Apple Authorised Service Provider for evaluation.
    2. Contact apple support for further information. 

What to do if your device stops charging at 80 percent?

Another common issue found in an iPhone device is that it stops charging at a mere 80%. Users also experience their phones getting slightly warmer while it charges. The reason behind this is the device’s software limits charging to protect your battery from trouble. If you move your device to a cooler location or wait until the temperature lowers, your device will resume charging. 

iOS 13 and later versions use Optimised Battery Charging. This function helps in extending the iPhone battery’s life span by decreasing the time your phone spends fully charged. In addition, iPhone models use on-device machine learning to detect your daily charging routine; it helps the phone correctly estimate when you need to use your iPhone, so it can finish charging past 80% at that time specifically. 

Optimized Battery Charging is only active when your device estimates that it will be connected to a charger for a long period of time. 

What to do if you get an alert that says your accessory isn’t supported or certified? 

These alerts can show due to the following reasons: 

  • Check your device’s charging port may be damaged.
  • Your device’s charging accessory may have gotten damaged, or they are not apple certified. 
  • Your USB charger is not approved to charge iPhones. 

To fix each of these issues, follow these steps: 

  • Clean your charging port by removing any dust or debris present in it.
  • Restart your iPhone device.
  • Try charging with a different USB adapter and cable, but make sure they are apple certified. 
  • Make sure you are using the latest version of iOS, or simply update your iPhone if a newer version of iOS is available.
  • If none of these methods work, try contacting the Apple Support Centre to set up a service appointment. 

These were the solutions for every iPhone charging issue you may get. If you follow these steps, you can certainly cure your device of any such arising issues. From battery not charging beyond 80% to alert messages, after reading this informative guide, you shall be able to resolve the infuriating problem. 

However, it is important to remember here that even after implementing all these steps, if your device still doesn’t resume charging at its normal pace or if it goes back to its initial issue. Then, it is safe that you get it checked along with its charging accessories from a nearby Apple Service Centre for safety reasons.