iPhone not charging properly? Battery draining too quickly? We’re dedicated to helping people solve their cellphone battery issues and have compiled a list of the top 15 common iPhone battery problems.
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1. My iPhone usually charges without the sim card, but now it is impossible to charge the phone at all.
First, always try resetting the phone. It’s usually one of the top remedies for iPhones that are feeling a little under the weather. If that still doesn’t work, try restoring the phone. Restoring the phone isn’t fun for anyone, because it means that you have to take a while making your phone all pretty and full of life again, but it solves the problem a lot of the time too. And if that’s not working, you may want to then look into getting a replacement model.
* Tips: There are websites that exist to take your lousy phone off of your hands- while they pay you too! Gazelle.com will pay you $40 for a broken iPhone. If you go directly to Apple, a broken iPhone could be replaced with a completely new one for $200, which is a pretty generous offer- if you ask me. Some websites also are able to help diagnose your issue for fairly reasonable prices, such as ifixdirect.com.
It’s most likely either the contact, the wire, or the build of the cable- but most likely the cable. You can easily buy a new chord online (it’ll probably be cheaper than the shirt you’re wearing on your back right now), but if you bring your cable into the Apple store within a reasonable length of time from purchase (about 60-70 days), they’re usually happy to replace it. Talk about excellent customer service.
Tips: If you have Apple-care on your phone, they’ll do it for two years from the date of purchase. Use this opportunity to try our most portable charger.
3. After 8 hours of charging, the battery shows 93%, but after unplugging and re-plugging it shows 100%.
It doesn’t sound like much like software issue; first try leaving it on the charger for an hour or longer, and see if it charges all the way. Mostly likely, there is an issue that is slowing down the charging process, such as some type of foreign object or corrosion on the contacts inside your phone, (For example, if you went to the beach yesterday and you’re having some phone troubles today, some of that sand that was stuck in between your toes yesterday might be clogging up the internal workings of your phone today) .
Tips: DIY. You can buy a 3rd party replacement charging port for $20 and install it yourself, which a caveman could easily do. All it takes is some screwing, unscrewing, and a couple minutes out of your precious time that I’m sure you’re willing to spare for your oh-so-precious phone.
Since the latest update, all lightning cables that are not MFi certified may not charge your iPhone. If you bought a cable online and now it won’t charge, you may have to buy one that is MFi certified to avoid future headaches.
Although it could be the cable’s fault, it is probably Apple’s update that locks down counterfeit cables that is the issue. Bring your iPhone with you when you buy a cable and try it as soon as you walk out the store. If you don’t want to wait until home, attach the cable to our portable charger and see if your phone chargers.
5. After charging the iPhone all night, the charger says “this accessory is not compatible” when I detach and then reconnect the two.
The issue could either be:
1) The charger, and you should purchase a replacement ($10-15 3rd party)
2) The charging port, which you could also replace yourself (refer to #3)
Tips: Try charging your phone with another charger, and if it works, buy a new charger. If it doesn’t, try try cleaning it with compressed air. Sometimes dirt can mess up the connection between the device and charging device.
Use the standard tips for every iPhone (decrease your brightness, keep wireless, Bluetooth, and location services off when not in use, and cycle through your battery in full at least once a month).
Oh what, that doesn’t work for you? You’re a busy person who has to constantly be on their phone? Perfect! Try our most portable charger, to be able to stay on the go all the time!
The better battery life can be more attributed to your newly revived phone, and not how you restored it. It’s like waking up from your afternoon nap and feeling like you can conquer the world.
To learn how to restore from iOS7, click here to go to step 8 and learn how to restore your iPhone to its former glory!
Given the recent updates to iOS7 by Apple, it could be the auto update features that are turned on by default. Follow the steps below to turn these off and recover your battery life.
Parallax is the effect of seamless scrolling that can eat up battery life. If you don’t care about the visual effect and want to turn it off:
Go into Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Deselect Reduce Motion.
You can manually update your apps and save battery life by doing the following to turn off auto app updates.
Go into Settings –> iTunes & App Store –> Deselect Automatic Updates.
Background app allows applications to refresh themselves while they are in the background. Turning this off allows your apps to refresh only when you select them.
Go into Settings –> General –> Turn off Background App.
Airdrop is Apple’s newest feature that allows users to share files to other iOS users within the same wifi zone. Most people do not use Airdrop and have reported improved battery life from disabling it.
Go to Control Center –>Turn off AirDrop.
iOS7 has given users issues with their wifi and bluetooth so we recommend a restart, reset or worst case, a restore.
Most people know how to restart their iPhones but for that one person who doesn’t, hold down the lock button and then slide the red bar to reboot your iPhone.
You can reset all of your settings back to factory default, which means all the prior changes you’ve made in tip 1 will be lost. Go figure. Use this as a second to last resort.
Go to Settings –> General –> Reset
This should be your last resort to fix network issues as you will have to manually re-sync your data back after a complete wipe and restore.
In iTunes, click on Summary and then Restore to convert the iPhone back into its factory settings.
Some users have reported issues with iMessage after upgrading to iOS7.
To fix this, try going into iCloud’s settings –>Turn off Documents & Data.
If your phone won’t charge even with a new cable, charger, or outlet, then a broken or loose connector port may be the culprit.
Thanks to Apple’s trade in program, you can still trade it for credit towards a new iPhone!
You can also take your iPhone to the nearest repair store and ask how much it will cost to repair the connector port.