Is your iPhone 13 mini not charging past 80%, not charging while plugged in, or charging slowly? There are several reasons why your iPhone 13 mini might not charge, and most can be fixed without any extra support. Take a look at our suggestions below to find out what you can do to fix it.
Why is my iPhone 13 mini Not Charging?
If you find your iPhone 13 mini not charging, check if the socket is switched on or try a different plug socket. It’s an obvious one, but one that comes across quite often (!), so always check if electricity is actually flowing when you plug in your Apple device.
A faulty cable, charger, socket or adapter
This is a very common issue. As we keep our iPhones in our pockets or handbags and our lighting cables travel with us too, they can get damaged quite easily. Whether it’s a crumb stuck in your charging port or a broken lightning connector, even a small amount of damage can prevent your iPhone 13 mini from charging, so make sure you take good care of your device and accessories.
If your iPhone gets wet, it can cause charging issues. Why? The charging port is one of the few places that has exposed electrical components, so there is a lot of potential for corrosion.
It’s down to the version of iOS on your device to determine whether it needs charging as it manages the battery health. If you’re experiencing software issues or your newly updated iOS wasn’t installed properly, your iPhone 13 mini might fail to charge, even if there’s no physical damage.
Is your iPhone 13 not charging past 80 percent? According to Apple, if the battery gets too warm, iOS might limit charging above 80 percent until your device cools down.
How to fix iPhone 13 mini not Charging issue
Here’s what to do if your iPhone 13 mini is not charging.
Solution #1: Check your charger
The first step is to check to see if the problem is related to your charger or charging cable.
Are you using an official charger?
Although most iPhone chargers and charging cables look similar, there can be a huge difference between their quality and charging speed. It is always recommended to use an official Apple charging cable as these have been specially made for your device and are designed to maximise battery life.
Using an unofficial charger can even cause damage to your iPhone. Official chargers are designed to have the correct voltage for your device whereas alternative chargers may operate to a different voltage. Check to make sure that you are not using counterfeit accessories.
Check for damage
If you’re using an official Apple charger, check to ensure that there isn’t any damage to the cable or plug. If you notice any damage, stop using the charger immediately.
Try a different cable and plug
Even if there is no obvious physical damage to the cable or the plug, try using a combination of different cables and plugs to eliminate these as a potential problem. To make sure that your cable / plug works, you can also try using it to charge a different iPhone.
Try a different power source
Once you are sure that your cable / plug works, try plugging them in to a different power source. For example, connect the charger to a power socket rather than a laptop or PC.
Solution #2: Restart your iPhone 13 mini
If your iPhone still has power remaining, try a soft reboot. This will allow the device to reset its temporary memory and will help you determine if the problem is software related. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Shut Down.
Solution #3: Update iOS
As we already mentioned, many charging problems for iPhone 13 mini users are actually the result of software bugs. This was particularly true for iOS 15 users, who experienced a wide range of battery-related problems.
Apple releases small updates all the time to fix bugs like this. Update your iPhone 13 mini to the latest version of your operating software to ensure you aren’t suffering from old bugs.
- Use Wi-Fi to connect your iPhone to the Internet. See this article if your Wi-Fi is not working, slow, or dropping out.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- Wait for your iPhone to check for new updates, then download and install them.
Solution #4: Clean the charging port
One of the most common causes of iPhone 13 mini charging problems is the charging port becoming clogged with dirt, dust, or debris. Dirt or lint can build up inside the charging port and prevent the charging cable from engaging properly with the charging contacts inside the port. This can stop your iPhone 13 mini from charging properly or prevent it charging at all.
Follow the steps below to clean your charging port:
- Power off your device
- Shine a torch into the lightening port and look inside. If you can see dust or dirt, especially if it is covering the metal charging contacts, the charging port needs cleaning
- Try gently blowing into the charging port to remove dust and debris
Please note: do not insert any object into the charging port. This can result in damage to the charging port.
- If the charging port is still clogged, take it to an Apple Store to be cleaned
Solution #5: Reset or restore your iPhone 13 mini
Having tested your charging accessories, it’s time to reset the software on your iPhone. But before you do that, you should make a backup of your device using iCloud, iTunes, or Finder.
We suggest you try resetting the network settings first. This is the least destructive option and has proven effective for some users.
Back up your iPhone so you can’t lose important content or settings.
If that fails, reset all your settings. This affects things like your Notifications, Alarms, Apple Pay, Home Screen Layout, and more. But it doesn’t delete your actual content, such as photos, videos, apps, or notes.
If your iPhone 13 mini still charges slowly or doesn’t charge at all, you should restore it using DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode. This is the deepest level of restore possible; it reinstalls every piece of software and firmware on your device.
How to reset the network settings on your iPhone 13 mini:
- On your iPhone, head to Settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset.
- Select ‘Reset Network Settings.’
- Confirm you want to ‘Reset’ your network settings.
Don’t reset your network settings unless you know your Wi-Fi password.
How to reset all the settings on your iPhone 13 mini
- On your iPhone, head to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset.
- Select ‘Reset All Settings.’
- If asked, type in your iPhone’s passcode.
- Confirm you want to ‘Reset’ all settings.
Resetting all your settings doesn’t delete any content, but changes many other settings.
How to restore your iPhone 13 mini using DFU mode:
When you restore your device using DFU mode, it erases all the content and settings on your device. Anything you don’t have another copy of is lost forever. Make a backup before you begin.
Steps to Doing a DFU Restore
- Make sure you have a valid backup in iTunes.
- Using an USB cable, connect your iPhone to the PC with iTunes installed.
- Press Volume up and release.
- Press Volume down and release.
- Press and continue holding the Side button for 10 seconds.
- While still holding the side button, press and hold the Volume down button for 5 seconds.
- Release the Side button and continue holding the Volume down button for an additional 10 seconds.
When you successfully enter DFU mode, your iPhone should remain on a black screen, (if not start the process again from the beginning.)
Solution #6: Try a wireless charger
If you think the problem is related to wired charging and you have a wireless charger, try charging your iPhone 13 mini using a wireless charger. Make sure to remove any cases or covers first and lay the back of your iPhone onto the wireless charger, making sure to line up the charging coils to establish the strongest possible connection.
Solution #7: Contact Apple Support
The troubleshooting suggestions we detailed above are a great start, but some problems can’t be fixed at home. If your iPhone 13 mini is still not charging properly, it must be due to a hardware fault. You need to speak to Apple to repair this.