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Your iPhone is plugged into the socket on the wall or into your computer, but it won’t charge. You’re worried that there’s something wrong with your device. You plug it in, plug it out and plug it in again. You’ve tried to boot your device in hopes that it shows some life, and now you’re at your wit’s end. You key into Google “Why my iPhone won’t charge” and land on this page. You’re lucky! Because we are, in this article, going to take you step by step in troubleshooting your device and see if you can make your iPhone spring back to life again.

Why My iPhone won’t charge

So you’ve just discovered that your iPhone isn’t charging.  You’re perhaps thinking by now that your battery is done for.

Wait!

Before you jump onto the diagnosis, you should know what happens when you plug your iPhone into the power source.  It doesn’t matter if you’re using a wall socket, your computer USB socket or a charging Hub. Whenever you attach your iPhone to a power source, you’re not attaching the cord directly to the battery.  There are essentially two main components before it comes to the battery.  First, you connect your charger to the lightning or 30-pin dock connector port.  Then comes the logic board that decides whether to let you charge your battery or not.

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To sum it up, if your iPhone isn’t charging, it is most probably a software glitch rather than a hardware malfunction.

Hence, First things First!

The Software

Check if it’s not just a simple software crash.  Restart your iPhone and try charging it again.  Most of the times, it does the trick.

If your iPhone isn’t charging even after restarting, try hard resetting your iPhone.  Press and hold Power button and home button together for 30 seconds or so.  Release the buttons once you see Apple Logo appearing on your device.  Wait for your iPhone to reboot.  Then plug it into the power source again and it will start charging magically.

The Hardware

We must consider three hardware parts to diagnose our problem.

The first thing you need to inspect is the USB cable of your charger.  USB cables of iPhone are prone to wear and tear.  It is not uncommon to see charging cables fraying at the ends and it does prevent your iPhone from charging.  If that is the case, it might be time to get a new cable.  But USB cables for iPhone are expensive.  Hence people often buy 3rd party iPhone charger cables that are a cheaper alternative.  But, such cables wear out even more easily.

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However, if there are no visible signs of damage in your USB cable, try using another cable.  If your iPhone starts charging, then there is surely a fault in the cable.  Otherwise, we move onto the next step.

Since cable is not creating any issues, it’s time to inspect the charging port of your device. Sometimes dust and dirt accumulate in the port and clogs it.  This interrupts the power supply to iPhone because the circuit isn’t completed or the software can’t detect the power.  Take a Q-tip or a dry toothbrush and try to dust out any gunk accumulated in the charging port.

Lastly, the third part of hardware that you need to inspect is your wall socket or your power source.  Remember, it’s the software that decides whether to allow a battery to charge or not.  If there are power fluctuations iPhone software may not allow you to charge as a protective measure.

If you’re still unable to charge your iPhone, it’s perhaps time to take it to an expert.

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