iPhone or iPad not charging? Try this simple tip for a solution

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If you find that your iPhone isn’t charging with your Lightning cable anymore, try this simple tip for a solution.

According to reddit user bedell37, a little tinkering around the Lightning port with a toothpick should do the trick, and get your iPhone to charge again. He writes:

Was at dinner with a friend who works for Apple. Told him my charger wasn’t working, so he went to the front of the restaurant and got a toothpick. Started picking in the lightning charger input, picking out tons of lint. Like it had to be BURIED in there. He said phone gets lint built up in the pocket. Picked it out, and it’s good to go. Said they would probably have charged me at the Apple store, but it took all of 2 minutes.

I doubt an Apple Store would actually charge you for such a small thing, so if you have one near your house, you could go there if you don’t want to mess around with the device yourself.

Let us know in the comments below if you were facing such an issue with your iPhone, and if so, did this solve

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  • zemetras

    What about unofficial cables ? Got some from dealextreme, 3m length, nylon coated durable, but useless – no charging, no data sync with my iPhone 5S @ 7.0.4 …. Any solution for this ?

    • Brian Keith Minnick

      Probably because Apple fixed it with the new iOS where third party cables wouldn’t not work. I remember reading an article talking about something to the effect. That could be why it’s not charging.

    • Damage3108
    • Sam McCully

      Try a tweak in cydia by biteyourspple

      • zemetras

        Thanks a lot for the tip ! But unfortunately I get rid of all non working cables so cant test it :(

        • Sam McCully

          It’s worth remembering next time you need a new cable :)

          • zemetras

            I gave it to my brother, So next time I will go home that I am far away from now, I can test the very same cables with this fix.

      • j

        did not work for me

  • Steve

    Has anyone looked at the reviews here? http://store.apple.com/uk/reviews/MD818ZM/A/lightning-to-usb-cable-1m?page=3&rs=mostUseful
    NOT one good review, what going on?

  • Brian Keith Minnick

    Toothbrush or brush from electric razor works good as well. I had this problem with my 4S and used an electric razor cleaning brush to fix the problem.

    • raebaybee_02

      do you know what problem I might have? I charge it and when I hold the power button it shows that battery logo and lightning picture.PLEASE HELP !

      • Brian Keith Minnick

        Usually when you see that logo it means you need to charge. Charge it overnight and if it stills shows that logo then try another OEM cable. If that doesn’t work then most likely need a battery change

  • FurryToe

    This is what I use on my iPhone 5.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Nice, any link to buy it?

      • FurryToe

        Search eBay for “iPhone 5 dust plug”

        This is the one I bought. 281121431629

        • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

          thanks

          • Gautham0123

            Buy a Capdase case it comes along for free

  • Guest
  • Gautam
  • iGold

    Using 3rd Party Lightning iPad isn’t charging.

  • Indiablo

    Same goes with all kind of jack stick, have been working with HTC phones and they come in with jack problems, all due to lint… ;0)

  • Kumar Shah

    Just suck on it and the lint will come out (in your mouth!)

    • Bala.

      that worked :) interesting how we can find simple solutions for other complex problem. Way to go!

    • G-Mon

      If replacing the cable works the problem was most likely a bad cable and not lint in the charging socket.

  • Sam McCully

    Biteyourapple have a cydia tweak to enable unauthorized lightning cable to be used

    • http://bit.ly/VomboMultimedia Liam

      What is the tweak called?

      • Sam McCully

        Hi Liam, it’s called unauthorized lightning cable enabler.
        In the byte your apple repo
        Also parrot geek repo

        • http://bit.ly/VomboMultimedia Liam

          Thanks Sam!

          • Sam McCully

            No probs, hope it helps :)

  • Chris

    this worked – i got a small knife to get the lint out – and boom! it started charging!!! Thanks so much for the tip!!!

  • http://gonzofan.mdcapper.com/ John Orban

    w00t! Worked for me!

  • ayce

    deff works !

  • Aibek

    Thanks! This helped me a lot

  • Thad

    Just did this and my phone works perfectly now. It started charging slower and slower and eventually stopped charging completely. Cleaned it out and had 3 giant things of lint that probably took up the entire back half of the port. Another sign is if your charger doesn’t go in completely. That’s what was happening with mine.

  • Avinash

    Did not believe this solution would work…. I picked a thick layer of lint from the lightning port and now my phone is charging flawlessly….

  • Spoiled

    I don’t know what apple store he works in but I took my phone in and I was not charged took all of 5 minutes and I was on my was. Was tols a can of air can help too

  • bruce t

    wow…..thanks a lot…….been struggling for days

  • Alex

    Where do you pricked the toothpick at ?

  • Manan

    Thank you So Much!!

  • tholly

    toothpick worked for me. picked out two fairly sizeable pieces of lint.

  • Fendi NoStress

    my problem is that while its charging and SAYS is charging, it won’t open. it has been 3days that my phone is charging and wont open
    HEEELPP!!

  • Ben

    it worked, thanks!

  • Rumel Jala

    My iPhone 4 is not being charged but the battery is being charged will give. Help me please, I’ll do it for you?

  • ESA

    SO HAPPY! It worked!

  • Tricia Martineau

    Not happy for the ios5 my family three of us are always buying new cords. What a freaking rip off and scam apple always changing things up and now the cord falls off by doing this turtle necking thing. Totally bogas dude!

  • Holly

    my ipad mini charger isent charging my ipad but its not open
    i dont have any tooth picks WHAT SHOULD I DO ?????

  • michellerocks

    Someone please help me ! My Iphone 4s is not charging it only shows me a battery picture, a Mini lighting bold, and the picture of a white charger. I have no idea what to do but if someone knows please tell me!! :) Thank you, God Bless.

    • Percabeth Caleo frazel jiper

      same happening with mines i need help and i don’t want to buy a new one