iPhone not Charging | What to do if your iPhone is not Charging

If your iPhone is not charging, there are simple steps that can be tried before changing the port entirely. Sometimes battery won’t charge or takes time to charge. Learn what to do.

What to do if your iPhone is not Charging

Firstly, for an expensive piece such as the iPhone, extreme handing care should be taken.  Make sure to safeguard your accessories properly and only charge with the USB adapter with the USB that came with the phone. Else get a replacement from a third-party accessory and check if it’s Apple certified.

Steps to charge your device

  1. Connect your device to the USB cable.
  2. Plug into one of the three approved power sources:

Wall power outlet

Plug USB charging cable to the adapter then plug the adapter to the wall socket/power source.


Plug USB charging cable to the 2.0 or 3.0 USB port on a computer. Make sure the computer is switched on.

Power accessory

Plug USB charging cable to a powered USB hub.

If your battery is charging, a lightning bolt will appear beside the battery icon.

Take the following steps if the iPhone is not charging

If your iPhone is not charging or charging slowly.

Try the following steps:

  1. Check for signs of damage on your USB charging cable. Check for breakage or bent prongs. Note do not use damaged USB cable.
  2. Connect the USB charging cable and plug to a wall power outlet. Check if the connection is firm. If the iPhone is not charging, try a different cable and adapter configuration and then a different outlet.
  3. Check and clear the charging port of any form of debris or dirt, then firmly plug your USB charging cable again and try once more. (if it doesn’t work then see a technician at an Apple repair center)
  4. If it is charging, plug the device for a half hour.
  5. Then Force restarts on the device:
    • For iPhone 8 or later: Press the Volume Up button and quickly release. do some for the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
    • For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold Side and Volume Down buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds.
    • For iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold the home and Top (off) buttons for about 10 seconds, until it restarts.
  6. Then charge for another half hour.
  7. If still the iPhone is not charging properly or charging slowly or stops charging again, then visit an iPhone repair center with the iPhone, USB charging cable, and adapter for evaluation.
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iPhone is not Charging at 80 Percent

Your iPhone is programmed to stop charging if it gets warm/hot. This is done to extend the battery lifespan. The software limits charging to 80 percent. However, it will charge again when the temperature drops.

If the iPhone is not charging because the accessory isn’t supported or certified

This alert appears for the following reasons:

  • The charging port is dirty or damaged.
  •  USB charging cable or adaptor might be defective, damaged, or not-Apple-certified
  • The USB charger isn’t designed for charging purpose.

Please comment if the article is helpful. Visit an apple support center if your iPhone is not charging after trying all the steps.