Wireless charging issues in iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max is a common problem. Many users have reported this issue. However, in most cases, the problem is quickly resolved and doesn’t require high technical know-how.
If you are facing the same issue with your iPhone, here is a quick list of some easy fixes that you can apply.
Fix iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max Wireless Charging Issue
Fix 1: Place the phone at the center of the charger
Though it may sound ridiculous, not placing your phone properly on the charger can cause the problem. In such a case, charging may be slow, or charging may not happen at all.
The optimal position is the keep the phone at the center of the charging pad. If you are unsure, check the user manual to get a visual idea.
Fix 2: Wipe the charging pad and the phone
Dirt, dust, grime, or even water on the charging pad or back of your iPhone can interfere with charging. Thus, it is important to wipe them clean every time you charge your phone’s battery.
Use a lint-free microfiber cloth to wipe the charging pad and the back of your phone. Make sure that the cloth is not wet.
Fix 3: Check for incompatibility (or defective) issues
Wireless charging can fail if your wireless charging pad is incompatible with your iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max. Also, if the charging pad is defective, you cannot charge your iPhone.
To find incompatibility issues, try charging a different iPhone using that charger. If the other phone receives charge properly, there might be an incompatibility issue.
However, if the other iPhone fails to charge, the charging pad might be defective. Try a different charging pad to check whether it works. If it does, you will need to replace your charging pad.
Fix 4: Use a different charging cable and power adapter
The charging pad itself may have no problem. The problem may be with the charging cable or the power adapter.
Thus, it might be worth looking into this scenario and using a different power adapter and a different cable. Try to pair your existing adapter and cable with a different device like a different iPhone or an AirPod.
Fix 5: Remove your iPhone case
The science behind wireless charging is quite simple. Wireless charging uses electromagnetic induction for transferring current from the charging pad to the sensors of your iPhone.
In some cases, the iPhone case you are using may be incompatible because of extra details. To rule out the possibility, remove your iPhone’s case and try to charge your phone. If the phone charges properly, the case is the culprit.
Apple has clarified that using magnetic cases or cases with RFID chips or other types of insulating materials between the charging pad and the iPhone can prevent the proper flow of current and hence, prevent smooth charging.
If removing the protective case ensured smooth charging, you must get a new wireless-charging-compatible case, or remove your case every time you need to charge your iPhone.
Fix 6: Force restart or reboot your phone
Software glitches, memory issues, etc. can prevent the wireless charging of your iPhone. You must try to remove those glitches.
You don’t need to be a software developer. Just reboot your phone. This kills the current power cycles and kills all processes that might be causing the issue. Once you restart the phone, try charging it.
Here are the steps that you must follow to force restart your iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max:
- Press and release the Volume Up button.
- Next, immediately press and release the Volume Down button.
- Now, press and hold the Side button on the right side of the phone.
- Once you see the Apple logo appearing on your screen, release the Side button.
That’s all! Your phone will restart now. Once the phone restarts, remove the case, wipe the back of the phone and the charging surface of the charging pad, and try charging your phone.
If it works, try to charge your phone with the protective cover on your iPhone. If it works, it was just a software glitch.
Fix 7: Update your phone’s operating system
Another obvious way to get rid of software glitches is to update the operating system of your iPhone. OS bugs are very annoying, and they can lead to a lot of other problems other than charging issues.
Follow the steps below to update your iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max operating system (if available):
- Tap on the Settings app.
- On the next screen, tap on the General option.
- On the next screen, tap on Software Update
If an update is available, you will see a notification to download it. Make sure you download and install the update.
Fix 8: Enter DFU Mode
This is an extreme measure. So, use it with caution. The DFU or Device Firmware Update Mode is a way to perform a custom restore on your iPhone.
Just like a factory reset, the DFU Mode restoration will also wipe your phone’s data. Thus, make sure to take a backup of all your important files, contacts, and other data before you take this step.
Here is how you put your iPhone in DFU Mode:
- Use the lightning cable to connect your phone to your PC or Mac.
- Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
- Then quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
- Then immediately press the Side button until the screen goes black (that’s about 10 seconds).
- Keep pressing the Side button and then press the Volume Down button for 5 seconds.
- Now, keep pressing the Volume Down button but release the Side button.
- Keep pressing the Volume Down button for nearly 10 seconds.
- Release the Volume Down button once you see a popup in Finder on your Mac or in iTunes on your PC stating that the phone has been detected in recovery mode.
- Now click OK and restore your iPhone.
If the fixes work, it is time that you take your phone and the charging pad to Apple’s service center. If there is a hardware issue, they will take care of it.