If your iPhone is not charging after iOS 16 update, there are a number of potential fixes available, from restarting your iPhone to changing your Lightning cable. They’re all easy to try, and in the vast majority of cases, they’ll get your iPhone juiced back up again.
Ways to fix iPhone not charging after iOS 16 update
Here are some quick solutions you can try when you’re having issues with your iPhone not charging after iOS 16 update.
1. Is your cable in good condition?
An iOS 16 device not charging could be due to many reasons, but the cable is one of the first things to check. Especially if it’s an accessory you’ve had for a long time, possibly since the phone was purchased. Our cables go through plenty of torture. They go with you to many places, not to mention we can often step or trip on them, they often get tangled up, we throw them in bags carelessly, and so on.
Inspect your charging cable thoroughly and see if there are any evident signs of damage. Any rips, bends, cuts, or general damage will be a good reason for cables not functioning correctly.
Make sure your cable is connected properly. This means making sure it’s inserted properly into your iPhone and into either the wall charger, a computer, or a USB hub.
Try using the cord that came with your phone first, then try a different cable, if you have one. If other cables work, then it’s clear the first cable was the problem.
If no other cables work, then it’s likely that something else is causing the problem. That said, the cables you’ve tried may all be faulty, so you may want to purchase a new Lightning cable anyway.
2. How about the adapter?
Of course, the wall charger is just as important as the cable. Go ahead and put it through the paces. Inspect it for any obvious damage. Cracks or bent outlets are obvious red flags. Likewise, try using it with other devices and switching it with another brick to see if this is the problem.
3. Check your charging port
If your cable and charger work with other devices, it’s time to start looking at your iPhone. A common culprit is the charging port. For starters, go ahead and check if there is any dirt or debris in the port. Something as simple as a dirty port will mess up your charging. You can try cleaning it with a brush or compressed air.
Have you noticed the port feeling loose lately? Ports can get worn out with excessive usage. You could also find signs of corrosion in there. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do about this, other than replacing the iPhone or trying to have the port replaced.
4. Test a wireless charger
Given that your iOS 16 device supports wireless charging, and you have a wireless charger, this is an easy way to test if the problem is related to the phone or accessories. Just try to charge your phone with a wireless charger. This could also be a temporary solution to keep your phone working until you figure out the problem and get it fixed. If your iPhone isn’t charging, you might have a bigger battery-related issue.
5. Try a different power source
Plug something else into the same outlet you’re trying to charge your iOS 16 device with and see if it works. Sometimes outlets go bad, or a section of your home might be having electric problems. Additionally, some power sources can be weak. If you find issues with your outlet, try out other outlets in the house.
Those trying to charge using a USB port in a computer or power strip might not be getting the juice the iPhone needs to charge correctly. Move to a regular outlet and see if this gets rid of your charging woes.
6. Turn your iPhone off or restart
Restarting your iPhone is one of the safest and most dependable solutions to virtually any iPhone problem. The same thing applies when your iOS 16 device won’t charge. Any heavy usage or background processes can affect charging performance. Turning your iPhone off will leave all resources clear so that your device can solely focus on charging. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down.
7. Did you completely deplete your battery?
Your iPhone needs at least a bit of power to continue operating correctly. Devices actually turn off a bit before the battery reaches zero, just so they can have some energy to manage things next time you turn them on, or even while turned off, charging. It’s common to run into problems when you deplete batteries completely. Luckily, those in this position are the luckiest of the bunch, as it’s not really a serious problem to deal with.
You’ll have to be more patient and leave the iPhone plugged in for a longer time. Eventually, the iPhone will wake itself back up and start receiving a charge.
8. Check for iOS updates
A simple solution might be to check for iOS updates. Of course, this is given you actually have some power to go through the upgrading process. Just go to Settings > General > Software Update. Follow instructions to upgrade if an update is available.
9. Cool your iPhone down
In cases where your iPhone won’t charge past 80%, Apple recommends moving your iPhone to a cooler location because iOS 16 contain a feature that prevents your iPhone’s battery from getting too warm, something which can reduce its longevity. If it’s already warm, charging it may make it too warm, so the iPhone will limit itself to charging up to 80%.
Again, if it stops at 80%, take your iPhone somewhere cooler and keep it out of sunlight. Also, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and tap Optimized Battery Charging, so that its slider moves into the off position. This isn’t recommended, since it may accelerate the aging of your battery, but it will prevent your iPhone from charging up to 80% in some cases.
10. Repair options
If you’ve tried all of the above and your iOS 16 device still won’t charge, you may have a faulty battery. In this case, you need to go to Apple’s website and arrange to have your battery replaced. You can also take your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store, which you can also locate on Apple’s website.