Is your iPhone 12 mini not charging? In this article, I’ll tell you exactly why your iPhone 12 mini won’t charge and exactly how to fix the issue.
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If your iPhone 12 mini isn’t charging properly, don’t immediately assume your phone charger or your battery is broken. Based on personal experience, the problem – and solution – may be much simpler than you think. If your iPhone 12 mini isn’t charging properly or at all, take a look at these nifty ways to fix the problem.
Why an iPhone 12 mini doesn’t charge
The problem occurs in various degrees. Either your iPhone 12 mini won’t charge at all when it is plugged in, or it will only charge very slowly (sometimes barely faster than it is discharging). It’s a very common complaint, so here are a few solutions. Most iPhone charging problems are related to your USB cable or charger or even the port itself.
Use these tips to fix an iPhone 12 mini that won’t charge properly
1. Clean the charging port
Do you keep your iPhone in the pocket of your jeans? If so, lint could be the culprit: we’ve lost track of the number of times the reason for unreliable USB charging turned out to be lint from the pocket of our Levis.
We’ve seen iPhones with charging ports choked with chocolate after they were chucked in a handbag alongside a packet of sweets.
If your iPhone 12 mini charging port is filthy, you can clean it yourself. You don’t need special cleaning kits, nor do you need compressed air. Despite many tutorials online recommending it. Here’s how to clean your iPhone charging Port:
First, turn your iPhone off. While cleaning, keep away from the power button so that you don’t turn it on again by accident. Safety first!
Carefully inspect the Lightning port for signs of gunk using the flashlight. You will probably see buildup on the contacts at the very end, but also in the grooves that run along each side of the port.
Grab your toothpick, SIM ejector tool, or other thin object. Insert it into the Lightning port and scrape as much grime out as you can. It’s best to scrape the port, wipe down the toothpick or SIM ejector tool, then scrape again.
It might take a while to loosen the dried-on gunk. Keep checking with the flashlight till you can see the contacts at the end, and the port looks significantly cleaner.
Be careful not to apply too much pressure, even if you’re using a toothpick. You don’t want the toothpick to break and cause a bigger problem. You also don’t want to damage the contacts by applying too much pressure with a SIM ejector tool.
It doesn’t hurt to remember that the use of liquids to clean the contacts damages the device. Water, cleaning products, or any type of abrasive product will damage the connector, so they should be avoided at all costs. Likewise, cotton swabs, toilet paper, and cotton can not only leave lint but also damage the contacts on the USB plug. One of the few exceptions regarding liquids is the use of 70% isopropyl alcohol, recommended by some manufacturers.
2. Switch cables
The flimsiest part of a charger is the cable, not the adapter that plugs into the wall socket. Apple users are particularly vulnerable here because Apple’s proprietary (and expensive) Lightning cables appear to have a life expectancy of around 15 minutes (just kidding!). But all cables have a tough life, and endless flexing and curling can take their toll. Substituting a random lightening cable for the one that came with your iPhone is another shortcut to an unenjoyable charging experience.
The easiest way to diagnose a faulty cable is to try a different one and see if that works properly with your device. If it does, you know the original cable was at fault. If it doesn’t, that’s another potential villain we’ve ruled out.
3. Diagnose a dodgy adapter
If the lightning cable doesn’t seem to be the problem, check the wall plug adapter –. We’ve encountered issues in multiple chargers where the USB port becomes a little loose after endlessly plugging in and unplugging the cable.
Also, check whether the same charger/cable combination works on a different iPhone because this will help you eliminate the possibility that it is your iPhone at fault, rather than the cable or charger. You should also make sure there isn’t a problem with your wall socket.
It’s also important to check if the combination of charger and cable is compatible with the iPhone 12 mini, which helps rule out the phone as the cause of the problem. In the case of the charger, some models offer combinations of voltage and amperage for specific models, which can cause the charger to not charge the iPhone 12 mini battery, and even if it does, it happens at a very slow rate.
4. Charge from the right source
Charging from a wall socket will always be faster than charging via PC or laptop because computers’ USB ports deliver less power. A wall socket can deliver twice as much power as a USB port, and fast chargers can deliver as much as five times the power. All this results in much faster charging speeds. So if your iPhone 12 mini is charging slowly and you’re connected to a laptop: there’s your problem.
If your wall charger doesn’t appear to be delivering the goods, check that it’s appropriate for your device. A charger from another phone might not deliver the right amount of juice — for example, a charger for a Bluetooth headset won’t put out as much power as one designed specifically for smartphones.
5. Switch it off
Using battery-intensive apps/features while you are charging your iPhone 12 mini will affect how quickly it gains battery life. If you are charging while playing Call of Duty: Mobile at 100 percent brightness, the iPhone 12 mini will naturally take longer to charge than it would with its screen, Wi-Fi, and 4G turned off.
Switch the device to airplane mode or off completely when you are charging if you want to see the fastest energy injection. Think of it as making your device take a power nap.
See also: iPhone 12 mini overheating? Here’s How To Fix It!
6. Contact a pro when all else fails
In rare cases, when replacing the adapter or cable doesn’t do the trick, you may have a hardware issue with your iPhone 12 mini. In this case, you need to contact Apple for support. If you live near an Apple Store, make a genius bar appointment and go to the store rather than calling the main Apple technical support line. Apple Store employees are accommodating and can most likely address the problem while you wait.
Fixed iPhone 12 mini not charging issue!
You’ve fixed the problem and your iPhone 12 mini is charging again. Do share this article with your friends and family to show them what to do when their iPhone 12 mini is not charging. If any of the above methods help in fixing your iPhone 12 mini not charging issue, do drop a comment and let us know about it!
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