In a world where our smartphones have become an essential part of our lives and are in constant use, wear and tear eventually takes its toll.
Imagine a situation where your phone won’t charge properly or even worse, not charge at all. It’s a problem many of us have experienced at some point or the other– at the end of a long day, when your phone is on the brink of dying, you get home and plug it in only to realize that it isn’t charging. This can be frustrating enough but trying to diagnose the issue can be a bigger pain.
While most of us run to the service centers at the first sight of the problem, it should be the last option as the fix could be a lot simpler than you think it is.
Let’s look at some common problems and how to get rid of your charging woes without any expert intervention!
In most of the cases, phone charging is affected when the insides of the USB port and the charger do not come in contact properly. The connection may feel insecure and wobbly. Continuous inserting and removal of the charger into the port can lead to minor hardware defects that lead to improper contact. The port can also get clogged with dirt, dust and lint.
To fix this, switch your phone off and remove the battery if you can.
Then take a pin, a toothpick or something similar in size to remove the dirt and straighten the small tab inside the USB port on your phone. Make sure you’re not too rough with it or you could actually end up doing more harm than good. Then put your battery back in, switch it on and try charging again.
More often than not, your battery charging problems would be miraculously solved when you restart your phone.
Faulty charging cables can cause charging issues. While the main adapter of the charger is fairly hard and can stand the test of time, the same cannot be said for the charging cables.
A cable often frays because it is consistently bent and curled in a way that ruins the wires or the insulation and can take a toll on their life. It is unsafe to use a charging cable that is not properly wrapped or insulated.
To rectify this, replace the cable with a new one from a trusted source and with the right specifications.
If it is not the cable then it could very well be the adapter that you plug into the electric socket, especially in the chargers in which the charging cable can be removed. Try using the adapter and cable combination on some other device or with a different adapter.
If the cable works well with a different adapter, the issue is with the adapter.
Every battery is generally rated for a certain number of charging cycles. One way to check if the battery is the problem is to charge the phone fully and then turn it off. Leave the phone off for a couple of days and then turn it back on. There should have been a minimal drain of battery during that time but if the battery status level has significantly reduced, it probably means it doesn't hold good anymore.
To fix this, replacing the battery is the best way out.
In cases when you use the phone while charging, the battery consumption might be so high that the battery may not charge at all or even lose charge – giving the impression that your phone won’t charge even when connected to a power source.
In addition to this, if you keep using your phone while charging it, it will become prone to overheating and also affect its charging capacity.
To check if this is the root cause of the charging troubles, you just need to not use the phone for a while and let it charge.
If your phone still won’t charge, look at the other points listed here.
If a phone is charging slowly, it usually means the power supply is not providing enough electrical current to the phone to charge it at an acceptable speed.
Secondly, apps that you are not actively using but are running in the background can cause your phone to charge slowly. So, the next time, close the apps or services running in the background. If there is any noticeable difference between the charging pace, you have your culprit!
There are a few apps that could wreak severe havoc on the charging of your phone. If you have recently downloaded an app after which the charging issue occurred, then uninstalling that app should get the job done.
Also sometimes, if your device has battery charging problems and an OS update is available, it is worth it to update the software on the phone and see if it solves the problem.
If nothing else, you will almost certainly rule out a software cause for your phone not charging.
If you find that the charging issue started around the same time you updated the software, you may need to roll back to an older version, although in most cases installing the latest operating system always keeps your device more secure. There are plenty of guides out there to help you roll back on your software version but you may need some technical know-how.
All the things stated above should help you identify a root cause for your phone’s battery charging problems.
If not, you may have a damaged charging port or your phone might just be a faulty piece and may need a replacement. In that case, contact customer care or visit a store to see what options you have to get rid of the problem.