If your iPhone 12 mini won’t charge, don’t panic. It might be a simple problem that’s easy to fix.
You should methodically troubleshoot your iPhone, cable, AC adapter, and computer to see if one of those parts is preventing your iPhone 12 mini from charging.
The most common glitches are frayed or broken Lighting cables, and dirt or lint in the phone’s Lightning port.
One of the most frustrating and most troubling problems is when your iPhone 12 mini won’t not charge. But don’t panic. There are some fairly mundane reasons why this might happen, and they’re generally easy to solve.
On the other hand, keep in mind that to do something even as simple as charge your iPhone, there are a lot of parts that need to work together so to figure out what is to blame and to get things working properly, you should methodically test everything to eliminate potential problems one at a time.
If your iPhone 12 mini charges with one cable, but not another, you know it’s the cable. If your cable charges other iPhones but not your own, you know it’s your iPhone. When your iPhone starts to charge again, whatever the last thing you changed was the problem so you know what fixed your iPhone 12 mini not charging Issue.
Some of the iPhone 12 mini charging issues include:
- The iPhone 12 mini not charging or charging very slowly
- iPhone 12 mini not charging above 80%
- iPhone 12 mini not charging wirelessly
- iPhone 12 mini not charging when plugged in
- iPhone 12 mini not charging with cable
What to Do When Your iPhone 12 mini is not charging
Turn it off and back on again
Anytime you are troubleshooting a problem, it helps to restart the system and see if that fixes the issue. If your iPhone still has sufficient battery life, restart the phone and then try to charge it again. If your iPhone battery is very, very low under 5% or already complete dead, don’t bother with this step.
Verify that your phone is not charging
Start by making sure your iPhone 12 mini is not charging. Connect your iPhone however you usually do to charge it wirelessly, plugged into an AC adapter, plugged into a computer’s USB port and check the iPhone’s display. If the battery is already dead, let it charge for about one hours and then check on it.
You should see a lightning bolt in or beside the battery icon at the top right of the iPhone’s lock screen. If there is no lightning bolt in sight, it’s not charging.
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If you find your iPhone 12 mini not charging wirelessly, let’s simplify our troubleshooting by eliminating that as a possibility right away.
Take off the iPhone from the wireless charger, if you’re using one, and plug the iPhone into a power source using a Lightning cable. Again, check to see if it’s charging. If it is, congratulations you fixed the problem. There’s some sort of problem with the phone’s wireless charging solution.
If iPhone 12 mini won’t charge with MagSafe, you might need to take it to an Apple store for service (or purchase a new MagSafe charger, but in the meantime, you can keep the phone charged the old-fashioned way, with wires.
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iPhone 12 mini not charging when plugged in? Check your iPhones Lightning port
If you find your iPhone 12 mini not charging when plugged in, your next stop should be to inspect the Lightning port. This is a lot more common than you might think. After all, we spend a lot of time jamming the phone port-end first into pockets, bags, and other places filled with dust, debris, and lint.
Look carefully, and if you see anything, carefully remove it gently with a toothpick or any other non-metallic, pointed object that will fit in the port. If you have a can of compressed air, briefly blast the port with that as well.
Try to charge your iPhone again. If it still doesn’t work, move on to the next troubleshooting step.
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iPhone 12 mini not charging with cable? Inspect your cable
If you’ve had an iPhone long enough, you’ve probably seen a broken or frayed cable the rubberized outer sheath breaks from repeated bending, and the wires become exposed. If your cable looks like that and it isn’t properly charging your iPhone 12 mini, dispose it and purchase a new one.
But Lightning cables get a lot of abuse, and problems aren’t always apparent to the naked eye. Sometimes wires can break while they’re still inside the sheath. And inexpensive third-party Lightning cables have been known to spontaneously stop working, often because the power regulator chip inside the cable has failed.
There’s no good way to see any of this visually, so the best way to test your Lightning cable is to simply try a different one ideally, a fully-authorized cable from Apple that’s brand new.
iPhone 12 mini won’t charge above 80? Check where your phone is plugged in
If your iphone 12 mini won’t charge above 80, you should check your power source. If you’re charging your iPhone from a computer’s USB port, make sure the computer is fully awake (not in sleep or hibernation mode). Also try a different USB port, in case the USB port you were using has failed. Don’t try charging from a USB port built into a keyboard or USB hub connect it directly to a USB port on the computer itself.
If it still doesn’t work, plug it directly into a wall outlet with an original AC adapter. If you have been using an AC adapter this entire time, then try a different one borrow one from a friend who has an iPhone or use the one that comes with an iPad.
iPhone 12 mini won’t charge after getting wet? Dry Out Your Wet iPhone
If your iPhone 12 mini won’t charge after a liquid spill or after falling in a bucket of water, your only choice is to put it in a bag of rice or in a box filled with silica gel packets for a few hours to drain all the moisture. As a precautionary measure, your iPhone will automatically shut down in case of a major liquid spill. In such cases, instead of trying to charge your iPhone, you should put it in a bag of rice or in a bag with silica gel for a few hours so that it absorbs all the moisture. Do this after drying your iPhone using a cloth though.
Another option is to blow it dry using a hairdryer. You should also try getting all water out from the ports of the iPhone before putting it on charge otherwise the device could malfunction. You should then try charging your iPhone again and if that does not work, your only option is to take it to your nearest repair shop.
Take your iPhone in for service
If none of these troubleshooting steps fixed your iPhone 12 mini not charging problem, it’s pretty likely that there’s something wrong with the iPhone itself. You should contact Apple or go to an Apple store for service.
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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!
Jim Brannan says
The main reason mine doesn’t charge is right after an update. It seems like mini updates come down to my phone after the main one and does minor adjustments that I don’t see and it will not charge the next day. Then voila’ , it fires back up and works correctly from then on. I don’t care for it myself, so it’s gone.