iPhone 12 series was launched in October 2020. Although it’s an example of great innovation, remarkable design, and excellent fabrication; still many users reported- the iPhone 12 not charging.
Here we shall discuss the various situations in which iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max are not charging and will try to figure out easy solutions.
Why is my iPhone 12 Not Charging With Cable?
Apple’s research team is known for research and innovations. iPhone 12 series is powered by an Apple 5nm A14 Bionic processor that won’t drain the battery faster. It’s the most power-efficient processor in a flagship.
If your iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max is not charging then it could be due to multiple reasons.
The most common reason is faulty USB C to Lightning cable or unsupported power adapter. There are many other reasons too due to which iPhone 12 is not charging when plugged in.
Let’s find out the possible reasons due to which iPhone 12 Pro & Max series are not charging when plugged in.
- Faulty USB-C to Lightning Cable (most common)
- Defective or incompatible power adapter.
- Dirty/clogged charging port.
- Defective power socket.
- Outdated device firmware
How To Fix iPhone 12 Not Charging When Plugged In?
I’ve listed the five common reasons why your iPhone 12 not charging when plugged into a power adapter.
Let’s do quick troubleshooting and find out an easy solution.
1. Check Lightning Cable
In most cases, the lightning cable is the prime culprit. If your iPhone is not charging even if it’s plugged into a power source then check your lightning cable first.
First of all, ensure that you’re using the original iPhone 12 USB-C to Lightning cable for charging your iPhone. If you’re using a different cable than the one which came in the box, make sure that it’s MFI-certified.
Secondly, inspect your cable physically and ensure that there is no sign of damage, torn, breakage, exposed wire, etc. on the cable.
2. Check Your Power Adapter
Apple has removed the power adapter from the box at the launch of the iPhone 12 series saying that they aimed to be 100 percent carbon neutral by end of 2030.
Due to this decision, a lot of customers bought third-party chargers to charge their iPhones.
If you’re also using a third-party charger to charge your iPhone 12, then make sure that it’s MFI-certified.
Anker is the most popular charger brand for iPhone 12 and 13 series. They supply fast chargers for iPhones. You can buy Anker PIQ 3.0 Fast Charger from Amazon.
However, I still recommend you to stick with Apple Original 20 Watt adapter to charge your iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Using the original charger will fix the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max not charging issues.
3. Clean Your Charging Port
If you’ve replaced your charger and cable but still your iPhone 12 not charging, then it’s time to clean your charging port with an alcohol-based cleaner. The charging port attracts dirt and debris along with time.
If you find that your iPhone 12 charging port is dirty or clogged with debris, use a toothpick and soft cotton to remove it. Now, dip the fabric in an alcohol-based cleaner and clean the charging port thoroughly with the help of a toothpick.
4. Plug Your Charger Into a Different Power Socket
If you’ve followed the above tips but your iPhone 12 still not charging then try changing your power socket. Sometimes, we try everything to fix the charging issue of iPhones but we don’t think of a defective power socket.
Plug your original Apple charger into a different power socket and check if the issue has been fixed or not. If not, please check the next solution.
5. Update Your Device Firmware
An outdated or buggy firmware can also stop the charging functionalities. If your iPhone is running on old iOS then update it to the latest iOS version.
Also, restore your iPhone 12 DFU (Device Firmware Update). After restoring your iPhone firmware, do not forget to force restart it.
Note: Do not forget to take a backup of your iPhone data to your Macbook/PC or iCloud. Otherwise, there is always a risk of data loss during firmware upgrades.
If you’ll follow the above-mentioned steps correctly, your iPhone 12 will start charging again.
If it still not charging, there could be some hardware issue on your device, and the Apple Service Center is the last hope.
Book an appointment with your nearest Apple care service center and get it fixed by the Apple-certified engineer.
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Why is my iPhone 12 Not Charging With Power Bank?
Although, iPhones provide great battery life sometimes a power bank is needed while traveling. Many iPhone 12 users reported that- the iPhone is not charging with a power bank.
This could be due to the following reasons:
- Your powerbank is not charged fully.
- You USB to lightning cable is defective.
- Your power bank is not compatible.
Let’s find out the easy solutions for this-
1. Fully Charge Your Power Bank
First of all, fully charge your power bank before plugging an iPhone into it. Electricity flows from higher potential to lower and if your power bank is not charged fully then it can not charge your iPhone.
2. Change Your Cable
If your power bank has a USB type C port for power output then plug your original lightning cable into it. If the power bank doesn’t have a USB type C port, change your cable and look for MFI-certified accessories on the Apple website.
3. Get a Compatible Power Bank
Apple itself provides a wireless power bank to charge iPhone 12 wireless. Although it’s not included in the box; you can buy it separately. Otherwise, you can buy an MFI-certified power bank to charge your iPhones.
iPhone 12 Not Charging Wirelessly
All the iPhone 8 or newer models support wireless charging. iPhone 12 series supports 7.5 Watt wireless charging. If your iPhone 12 not charging wirelessly then follow these troubleshooting steps.
1. Use Apple Certified Wireless Charger
Apple strictly recommends people use the original wireless chargers to charge their iPhones. If you’re using any third-party wireless charger then it could be possible that it doesn’t meet the required power rating for iPhone 12. Get an original wireless charger for iPhones.
2. Remove Your iPhone Case
Wireless charging may not work if your iPhone has a case. If you’re using any polycarbonate or any other case on your iPhone, remove it. Now, put your iPhone 12 on the wireless charger and it’ll start charging.
If you’re using an original Apple wireless charger, without a case but still your iPhone 12 not charging wirelessly then visit the nearest Apple care.
iPhone 12/12 Pro Not Charging After Water/Liquid Spills
iPhone 12 series are IP68 water-resistant. It means, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max can survive under 6 meters of water for 30 minutes. However, sometimes iPhone sends an alert that liquid is detected in the charging port.
If your iPhone 12 not charging after water damage, then follow these steps to fix it:
- Keep your iPhone charging port in downward directions and gently tap on the back of you iPhone. It’ll remove the excess liquid from the charging port.
- Leave your iPhone into a dry area with airflow or near the sunlight (do not directly expose to sunlight) for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, insert the charging plug and see it’s charging.
- If you still get the warning, leave your iPhone for 24 hours in dry area.
- Next day, insert the charge and it’ll start charging again.
- Do not dry your iPhone with any external heat source or compressed air. The external heat and air pressue can push the water droplet inside and damage your iPhone motherboard.
- Do not put your iPhone into rice or any other similar place. Small rice particle can stuck inside the charging port and it can damge it permanently.
- Do not insert any foreign object such as cotton swab or paper towel to clean the lightning connector port.
If your iPhone 12 still doesn’t charge and gives liquid detection warnings in the lightning connector port then bring it to the nearest Apple care center.
Why is my iPhone 12 Not Charging Past 80%?
We all love fast chargers to charge our smartphones quickly. Eventually, it drains the battery lifespan faster.
Apple provides an option to enable the Optimized Charging feature in battery settings. If you’ve enabled the Optimized Battery Charging option, your iPhone will charge slowly after 80%.
There could be other reasons like a warm environment due to which iPhone’s battery won’t charge faster after the 80% level.
Let’s find out the solution-
1. Disable Optimized Charging
Go to iPhone settings > tap on Battery > Battery Health > then disable Optimized Charging.
Apple provided these features to save battery life. If you want to charge your iPhone faster then follow the above steps and disable it.
2. Cool Your iPhone
Heat decreases the battery health of any smartphone. iPhone processor detects the temperature of your device and it stops the charging functionality if your phone is too hot. Due to this, you can not charge iPhones beyond the 80% level.
You should cool down your iPhone to charge further. You can follow these steps to cool down your iPhone-
- Disconnect the charger from the lightning connector.
- Remove the case from your iPhone.
- Trun OFF your iPhone.
- Put it on a cool and dry place for few minutes.
Note: Do not use an external air supply such as a blower or fan to cool down your iPhone. Leave it for a few minutes, it’ll cool down itself.
Why is my iPhone 12 Not Charging in Car?
If your iPhone 12 not charging with your car charger then the issue could be with your charging port. It’s also possible that the charging cable is damaged or the charging port doesn’t have a power supply.
You can try wireless charging in your car to charge the iPhone. You can take your car to the service center if your iPhone 12 is charging in your home but not charging in the car.
Apple provides solid build-up to the iPhones however the quality of the charging cable is not great. Most of the time, the lightning cable is damaged if not handled carefully. That’s why your iPhone 12 mini not charging when plugged in.
I have mentioned all possible reasons due to which your iPhone 12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max is not charging. I’ve also provided an easy solution to fix this. If nothing works, Apple care center is your last hope.