Your iPhone X won’t charge for an unknown reason. Whether you utilize a Lightning cable or a wireless charging pad, this is one of the most frequent issues that iPhone users have. In this post, I’ll explain why your iPhone X won’t charge and how to permanently cure the issue.
Is My iPhone X Broken? What’s Really Going On
It’s unclear at this time whether a hardware or software issue is to blame for your iPhone X’s inability to charge. There are four essential components that function together while charging your iPhone over a wired connection:
- Software for your iPhone
- Your Lightning cord
- Your iPhone’s charger
- Your iPhone’s Lightning port
Your iPhone X won’t charge or will charge more slowly than normal if one of these components isn’t functioning properly. We’ll walk you through how to identify the damaged iPhone X component and how to fix it in the detailed instructions that follow.
The issue wasn’t that your iPhone X wouldn’t charge, as I’d want to emphasize if a hard reset (step 1 in the method below) works for you. The appearance that your iPhone X wasn’t charging was caused by a software fault on your iPhone. While you were unaware, your iPhone was continuously on and charging.
My iPhone X Won’t Charge Wirelessly!
The biggest difference between the iPhone 7 and earlier models and the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is that the iPhone 8 and iPhone X can be charged without a cord. Still, wireless charging isn’t as good as most other iPhone features.
Here are some things to try if your iPhone X won’t charge wirelessly:
- Take off any case or other item that might be getting in the way of your iPhone X charging wirelessly.
- Turn off and then back on your iPhone. This can fix small problems with the software.
- Update iOS to the most recent version. Wireless charging was added to the iPhone X through software updates, and future updates could change how it charges wirelessly.
- Make sure to plug in your wireless charger. Even though it sounds silly, your iPhone X might not charge wirelessly because your wireless charger isn’t plugged in all the way.
- Make sure you use a Qi wireless charging pad to charge your iPhone X. Your iPhone X might not work with other pads. Mophie and Belkin make Qi-enabled pads that Apple recommends on its website.
- DFU, fix your iPhone (step 6 in the guide below).
Hard Reset Your iPhone X
You may hard reset your iPhone X to start it over if it has frozen or won’t function. A hard reset will never be a long-term cure for a software issue because it doesn’t address the underlying cause, so keep that in mind.
- For increased loudness, click the button.
- For a lower volume, press the button.
- Once the Apple logo appears on the screen, continue to hold down the Side button.
- It won’t take long for your iPhone X to restart.
Inspect Your iPhone Charger
iPhones can be charged using laptops, wall adapters, vehicle chargers, and more. iPhone’s software will stop charging if the power source changes.
How Do I Inspect My iPhone Charger?
- different ways to charge your iPhone. If you usually plug your laptop into the wall, try plugging it into a USB port instead.
- If one power source charges your iPhone but the other doesn’t, you know the problem is with the charger.
Back-Up Your iPhone
Before doing a major restore on your iPhone, it’s important to make a backup (such as a DFU restore). Having a backup means you won’t lose any of your data if something goes wrong while you’re trying to fix your iPhone (such as contacts, photos, apps, and more). It’s much easier to restore from a backup than to go back and re-enter all the information that was saved on your iPhone.
Backup Your iPhone Using iCloud
- As long as you have WiFi, you can back up your iPhone using iCloud.
- Open the Settings application.
- Tap Your Name at the very top of the display.
- Touch iCloud.
- Click the iCloud Backup button once you’ve scrolled down.
- A switch should be on next to “iCloud Backup,” so make sure it is. You’ll be able to tell it’s on when the switch is green.
- Select Now Back Up.
- You’ll notice a status bar that displays the remaining time.
Backup Your iPhone Using iTunes
- Connect your Lightning cable’s connection to the Lightning port on your iPhone to start charging it.
- The USB port on your computer should receive the opposite end of your Lightning connection.
- your computer’s iTunes programme.
- In the upper left of iTunes, choose the iPhone symbol.
- You may choose to back up your iPhone to your PC or iCloud by clicking the circle next to either location.
- Click Back Up Now to create an iPhone backup.
- The time and date under Latest Backup will be modified after the backup is finished.
Backup Your iPhone Using Finder
- Use a charging cable to hook up your iPhone to your Mac.
- Under Locations, click on your iPhone.
- Click the circle next to Back up all the information on your iPhone to this Mac.
- Click Now to Go Back Up.
- When the backup is done, the time and date under Latest Backup will be changed.
Put Your iPhone In DFU Mode
The last thing you can do to rule out a software problem on your iPhone is to do a DFU restore.
Follow the steps below or watch our step-by-step DFU restore guide on YouTube:
- Just connect your iPhone to a computer.
- Open iTunes or Finder on a PC or Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier (Macs running macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer).
- Press the volume up button and let go of it.
- Press the volume down button and let go of it.
- Hold down the side button until the screen on your iPhone goes black.
- When the screen goes black, press and holds the volume down button while still holding the side button.
- For five seconds, press and hold both buttons.
- Let go of the side button after five seconds, but keep holding the volume down button.
- When your iPhone shows up in iTunes or Finder, let go of the volume-down button.
- If iTunes or Finder can see your iPhone, it’s in DFU mode.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to DFU restore your iPhone after you click “Restore.”
Repair Your iPhone With Apple
Apple fixes iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through an online mail-in service. Apple repairs are good, but once the warranty expires, they can cost a lot more than third-party solutions. If you want to save money and aren’t covered by Apple’s warranty, you might want to look at some of our other suggestions.
How to get your phone repaired at the Genius Bar inside your Apple Store
- Visit Apple’s website prior to visiting the store to schedule a Genius Bar appointment. If you do not have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or be turned away from Apple Stores. (Editor’s note: I formerly worked for Apple; this is not a fabrication. Please do yourself a favour and schedule an appointment in advance!)
- Check in at the Genius Bar when you arrive to confirm your appointment.
- At Genius Bar sessions, diagnosis is always provided free of charge. Many repairs can be performed on-site if you have a warranty, depending on what components are in stock. If you are not protected by a warranty, Genius will estimate the cost of a repair.
Whether you employ a Lightning cable or a Qi-compatible charging station, your iPhone X is once again charging. You will know just what to do if your iPhone X fails to charge again. If you have any further questions concerning your iPhone, please post them in the forum below.
iPhone X Won’t Charge FAQ
Why is my iPhone X not turning on or charging?
If the iPhone still won’t switch on, the battery might be dead or the charging connector could be faulty. Replace the battery with one that is just fifty percent charged and test the phone’s functionality. If not, a fault may exist with the power button or the logic board. If it does turn on, plug it in and see whether the charging indicator illuminates.
What happens when iPhone won’t charge?
If your iPhone will not charge, examine the cord, Lightning connector, and AC adapter. You may also attempt to restart, update, or restore your iPhone. As a result of Optimized Battery Charging, your iPhone will finish charging at 80%.
How do I clean my iPhone charging port?
The safest way to clean the port on your iPhone is with a can of compressed air. Hold the can upright, but don’t get too close to the port. Blow a few short blasts of air into the can. Small pieces should fall out of the phone’s charging port. This is also an option if you need to clean your AirPods and their case.