How To Clean Your iPhone’s Charging Port?

GadgetsHow To Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port?

Apple iPhones have way too many problems that can make their users go crazy after a point in time. But the charging port not working is not one of them.

Do you know why? The reason for this is not the software or the hardware of the phone itself, but you! Yes, no matter how much you wipe the screen of your iPhone squeaky clean, there are always ports that require a deeper look.

So, let’s understand why your iPhone is suddenly not charging in the first place and see if our recommendations work for you. They have for a thousand other users, so we are sure your iPhone will benefit from it too.

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Why Is Your iPhone Not Charging?

Your iPhone may not be charging for various reasons, but if you’re stuck with less than five percent battery, we are short of time here. Restart your iPhone and check if it’s working. However, if it’s not, check if your other apps and programs are working fine. Check for viruses in the phone and do a deep scan when the software is alright. Maybe it’s your hardware.

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How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?

Did you drop your iPhone hard on the floor while sleeping? Did you accidentally drop water on it? Did a baby throw it into the pool? If none of these things happened or not one that you can recall, you can be relieved that the hardware is good too. However, you can still check for any cracks or scratches that you might not have noticed before.

Now we come to the third part, check the power source before connecting your iPhone for charging. If you feel something is off or the power is fluctuating, change the power source and then see if it is charging. And if still not, then check if your charger cable is alright. At times, when the charging cable becomes old, it can have brakes and kinks that affect the charging. So you can replace it with a new one.

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?

How To Clean Your iPhone Charging Port?

As we also discussed before, it could be that you have skipped cleaning the charging port for years now. I know what you’re thinking. Who cleans that tiny port that is barely visible, right? However, your iPhone likes to think otherwise.

The problem: You have been using your iPhone every frikking place that you have been to. Whether to the beach, clubhouse, dinner table, work desk, deep within your trouser and jacket pockets, your backpack and while travelling.

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?

So don’t be surprised to know that the tiniest of dirt, gunk and lint is stuck in that little port of your iPhone for what, years now maybe (if you didn’t clean it, which is quite obvious now). So today, we will be cleaning the charging port, which by the way, will require a lot of your time, energy and a good deal of patience. So let’s get into it.

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Method To Clean The iPhone Charging Port

What you need: A flashlight, toothpicks, cotton swabs and compressed air.

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?
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Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your iPhone and click on General. Then select Shut Down.

Step 2: Now, take a good look at your iPhone’s charging port with the help of the flashlight, and it will help you get an idea of what you’re dealing with. Of course, there will be dust and dirt after thrusting the charger’s pin for such a long time. Besides, the layer of gunk will form a thick wall on the inside wall of the port.

Step 3: After getting a rough idea of what is inside, switch off the flashlight and place it aside. Furthermore, take the compressed air bottle or whatever you are using and hold it upright. Once the position is perfect and you are sure no wet propellent will come out, shoot the compressed air directly into the charging port.

Step 4: Do it in short bursts alternatively with breaks. Usually, with the help of this, tint, loose dirt will fly out. Check now by connecting the charger if it’s working. If not, we move on to the next step.

Step 5: Use the wooden toothpick to clean it by gently inserting it into the port and scraping it inside the port. At first, don’t apply too much pressure and see if you can get the gunk out. However, if the dirt is still deeply stuck, you can apply some pressure and scrape the insides.

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?

You should keep in mind that you cannot hurry the process, even if it’s annoying you. Two spring-mounted anchors help the lightning port latch onto it, and even the slightest damage to it will require you to replace the charging port altogether.

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Try To Clean It With This Trick

If you feel the toothpick is not enough and some extra help will work, you can alternate the cleaning process with the toothpick and the short bursts of compressed air. Moreover, you can now check for the dirt, which I am sure will be pretty much gone by now.

In addition, once you see the charging port working well and connecting fine with the charger, you can use the cotton swab to clean it with alcohol. Just a mild dose and not too much. This is your sure-shot solution to cleaning the charging port of your iPhone thoroughly.

Tip: Completely avoid using a sharp pin or metallic rod as they can damage the port permanently.

This video tutorial by Tech Insider will help you understand the above process clearly if you need a demonstration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Rubbing Alcohol To Clean My iPhone Charging Port?

You can use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean the iPhone charging port if it’s not charging. Moreover, it is ideal to use a cotton swab on a toothpick with alcohol to remove the griminess and dirt. Do not use Ethyl alcohol as it can be damaging to the inside port of your iPhone.

How To Clean The USB-C Charging Port?

It is relatively easier to clean a USB-C charging port with compressed air, shaved toothpick or dental pick. Take a can of compressed air and blast it into the USB port. It will remove all the loose dirt, and you can clean it out with a toothpick or dental pick.

How To Thoroughly Clean Your Apple iPhone's Charging Port When It's Not Working?

What Is The Best Way To Clean A Charging Port?

The best way to clean any charging port is to use a can of compressed air, a toothpick and a cotton swab. You can also use the bulb syringe to get compressed air. Moreover, all you have to do is blast the compressed air in short bursts into the charging port and remove the loose dirt with the help of a toothpick.


Use the steps above and let me know in the comments below if they work for you or use a different approach. Also, let me know if it doesn’t work so that we can look for other options. However, I am sure it will work. If the problem is hardware-related, you can contact the nearest Apple service center and get a technician to take a good look at it.

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