You may not think much about the process of charging your phone: plug in the cable, listen to the little tone. But due to a number of reasons, your phone battery might refuse to charge even though you swear you did everything right.
Fortunately, you don’t have to rush to a service center right away when this happens. Here are some fixes to try if your Android phone won’t charge.
Reboot Your Phone
Oftentimes, smartphone problems like this are caused by a simple hiccup. To rule out that a temporary error is the cause, a reboot should be your first step.
Restarting your phone will turn off all background services. It also refreshes the core components of your phone, in case any of them crashes while running a task. To quickly reboot, just hold down the Power button and tap on the Restart option.
If your phone’s charging capabilities work fine again after reboot, you should review all third-party apps and uninstall the ones you don’t trust.
Try Charging Your Phone in Safe Mode
As a next step, try booting your phone in safe mode. Basically, safe mode is a gritty environment that restricts your phone to only the software it originally shipped with. This means any third party apps you download will not run in safe mode.
If you can charge your phone in safe mode, you know for sure that the culprit is a third-party service. Once you’ve confirmed that, consider any apps you just downloaded. One of them can be the cause of your charging problem.
Try uninstalling recent apps and anything you don’t trust or haven’t used in a while. Then reboot your phone normally and see if it recharges. If you are unable to fix the problem with this method, a factory reset is the most efficient fix.
To enter safe mode on most new Android devices, press and hold the power button. In the resulting prompt, touch and hold the Power Off button. After receiving the confirmation, your phone will immediately restart in safe mode. To exit safe mode, repeat the procedure, selecting the Restart option instead.
Since not all Android skins work the same way, the process may be different on your phone. If the steps outlined here don’t work, try visiting the support website for your device or Googling the key combination for safe mode.
Switching to a Different Cable/Socket/Adapter
Difficulty charging your phone can be caused by a faulty accessory. The cable may have loose wires, the adapter may not work, or even the socket may fail to transmit current properly.
Therefore, you should try charging via a different cable, adapter or power source. The easiest way to check if the cable is good is to connect your phone to the computer via USB.
If your phone can be charged via PC, you can narrow down the troubleshooting to adapters and sockets. If alternative cables or bricks do the trick, invest in a new one. We recommend buying genuine, first-party accessories, or those from a trusted third-party name like Anker to avoid junk knockoffs.
Make Sure It’s Not a Software Bug
A common bug found in mobile operating systems prevents the charging icon from appearing when you plug in the phone. Installing an app called Ampere lets you know if your phone has this problem.
Ampere allows you to see how much your phone is currently charging or charging at the moment. So once you plug it into a power source, fire up the Ampere app and if it says your phone is charging you can breathe easy. Since a software glitch is to blame here, you can either wait for an OS update or try a hard reset to fix it.
Ampere comes with several other features that you may find useful. It tells you if your phone’s battery is in good condition, available voltage and current temperature.
Another way to test this problem is to turn off your phone and then insert the charging cable. Your phone screen will flash with charging animation if it is working properly.
Download: Ampere (Free, premium version available)
Clean Charging Port
Because it’s always exposed to debris, the charging port is one of the most vulnerable elements of your phone. Dust particles can quickly build up and block your phone’s connection to a power source.
Check the charging port of your phone and if you see any dirt or other debris, clean it. You can do this easily by rubbing it with a dry cotton swab. Since it is a little tricky, you should approach it with a soft hand.
To get a better view, use a flashlight to fully inspect the charging port area. If you see foreign debris stuck in it, you can perform a more vigorous cleaning using a SIM ejector or toothpick. After cleaning the port well, try to charge your phone.
Fall into the Water? dry
You should not charge the phone at all if there is a possibility of water damage. First, you have to make sure the internals of your phone are completely dry.
There are various methods to save a phone that has fallen into water. You can blow hot air into it with a hairdryer, throw it in a bowl of rice, or try another method. However, you should wait at least a day before plugging in your phone again.
Visit Service Center
If all else fails, your last resort is to have your phone checked by a professional. Since none of the above techniques worked, you are most likely experiencing a hardware failure.
Hopefully your phone is still under warranty so you won’t have to pay anything for the repair. Otherwise, you may have to pay to replace the charging port.
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