Hundreds of particles getting into your mobile device ports is inevitable. The amassing of dirt in the lightning port of your iPhones and every other mobile device may be an issue to its charging, as it may prevent the contact between the cable and the charging port as they need this contact to be able to transport energy to the device battery.
There are a series of other non-charging symptoms that can be discovered in mobile devices, but for the sake of this article, we will be limiting the information to iPhone users, using the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X as a study.
Not charging or slow charging issues in the iPhone 8 are usually linked to four major issues which are, power source, charger or lightning cable (USB), charging port, and iPhone software malfunction.
Most people, as soon as their iPhones develop charging issues, think it is the battery fault, but this is misleading as many cases of charging issues in various iPhones are software related. Why? Once, your device is plugged into a power source, it is the software that decides and transmits the power to the phone and resumes charging.
If the program software goes wrong, then the problem is outputted through the hardware, by way of malfunctioning. The same thing happens if the hardware is damaged as there would be nothing to carry out the software transmissions again. So, once the software that is responsible for initiating charging command gets corrupted, the device won’t charge.
Underlisted are various solutions to charging issues on your iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X
1. Check the Charging Cable and USB Adapter
Make sure your charging cable and USB adapter are not damaged, broken or bent. Any possible damage on your charging accessories may result to your device not being able to charge, and it is not recommended for usage. In the case where your iPhone charging port is damaged, then there is the need for it to be serviced. In the situation where you are using a lightning cable, verify that no end of the cable (especially the end that connects to the phone) is fraying or wearing out. If you discover any signs of wear, then it will likely be the cause of your device not charging or charging slowly and thus you should get a new cable.
2. Use a Wall Power Outlet and Ensure that the Charging Accessories are Firmly Connected
In cases where your power outlet is not working or is not firm enough and intact to hold the USB adapter, your iPhone should detect the power fluctuation and automatically discontinue your device from charging, as a preventive measure. Once this happens, unplug your device from the outlet and find other charging options like plugging the USB cable into your computer to charge your device. If it still won’t charge, try making use of another adapter or USB cable just to be sure it is not from your accessories.
3. Give it Some time
At times, mostly when your iPhone is completely drained and goes off by itself, it takes some time for the charging indicator to come up. So, in this case, allow it to charge for some time before taking any measures or making any assumptions.
4. Charge your iPhone Wirelessly
This wireless charging technology gives you’re an easy and spontaneous charging experience. By default, the iPhone 8 Plus works with Qi chargers – this is a WPC (Wireless Power Consortium). Though no iPhone comes with this charger, so you need to procure one for yourself. They are available at Apple.com and Apple retail stores.
Tips / Helpful Recommendations to Charging Your iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X
- Initially, make sure you observe proper charging on your iPhone.
- If you are using the Qi WPC charger, be sure it is Qi-certified and compatible with your iPhone.
- When connecting your charger to a power source, try to use the power adapter that came with your iPhone, as that’s the recommended accessory by the manufacturer.
- While placing your iPhone on the charger, be sure to with the display facing up and position the device at the center of the charger.
- Allow your iPhone for some time to initiate charging. This usually takes a few seconds after placing the device on the charger.
On failure of all tips – take your iPhone, and its charging accessories to an Apple Retail Store for more evaluation, or contact Apple Support for guidance.