It’s been a long and eventful day. When you reach home with a virtually dead smartphone battery, you plug it in only to discover that it no longer charges! It’s natural to panic for a while, but don’t give up hope just yet. When your Phone not charging, here are several easy fixes you may try.
What’s the deal with my charging port being blocked?
Because your phone’s charging port isn’t covered, it’s susceptible to any dust, filth, or debris it comes into contact with. Every time you slide your phone into your pocket, it will be exposed to pocket fluff, and if you’re like me and have pockets full of debris from washing your pants with old receipts in them, you’re asking for problems. That’s not even taking into account the biscuit crumbs. Do not inquire as to why my pockets are littered with biscuit crumbs.
This won’t be a problem day today, but over the months or years you have your phone, those tiny bits of dust and fluff will accumulate, compacting each time you plug in your charging cable until it forms a solid barrier that prevents your charger from going all the way in and allowing it to connect and charge.
If you’ve owned your phone for more than six months and you’ve noticed that the charger is becoming less and less stable (especially if you have to move it to get it to start charging), dirt in your port is most likely to blame.
How to clean the charging port on your phone
Unclogging the port on your phone is a simple operation. To scrape out the filth, you’ll need a cocktail stick, toothpick, or another tiny object that you can put into the port. It’s preferable to use wood or plastic because it’s less likely to brush against something inside and cause harm. I used a metal SIM removal tool to achieve this, and while it worked, it’s not the safest option for your phone.
Gently scrape away at the charging port with your instrument of choice until it won’t go any further. You can scrape back and forth with an iPhone’s Lightning port, but with USB-C, you’ll have to scrape around the charging connector, which is in the middle of the port.
You’ll eventually be able to work the compacted debris loose, allowing you to push the stuff out of the port. It’s a pleasurable experience, and you might be shocked at how much material comes out. Work gently on the port’s sides as well, but be careful not to scrape against any of the metal charging connectors.
Eventually, you’ll have figured out the majority of it. Even with good light, it’s tough to tell if you’ve gotten rid of everything because it’s impossible to see within the port. You can try your charging cable again once you’ve gotten a significant bit of rubbish out.
Hopefully, it’ll start charging now that it’s plugged in more firmly. If it doesn’t work, keep trying to extract more dirt and then retest the charger. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to look into alternative options, such as a new cable or charger. See more at our Occupychristmas website!