iPhone SE 2020 not charging? Fix

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If your iPhone SE 2020 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 SE 2020 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 iPhone SE 2020 problems is when your phone will 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 phone, 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 SE 2020 charges with one cable, but not another, you know it’s the cable. If your cable charges other phones but not your own, you know it’s your phone. When your phone starts to charge again, whatever the last thing you changed was the problem so you know what fixed your iPhone SE 2020 not charging Issue.
Some of the iPhone SE 2020 charging issues include:

  • iPhone SE 2020 not charging or charging very slowly
  • iPhone SE 2020 not charging past 80%
  • iPhone SE 2020 not charging wirelessly
  • iPhone SE 2020 not charging when plugged in
  • iPhone SE 2020 not charging with cable

What to Do When Your iPhone SE 2020 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 phone still has enough battery life, restart the phone and then try to charge it again. If your phone 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 SE 2020 is not charging. Connect your phone however you usually do to charge it plugged into an AC adapter, plugged into a computer’s USB port and check the phone’s display. If the battery is already dead, leave it to charge for about two 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.

If you charge your iPhone SE 2020 using a wireless charger let’s simplify our troubleshooting by eliminating that as a possibility right away.

Remove the phone from its wireless charger, if you’re using one, and plug the phone into a power source with a Lightning cable. Again, check to see if it’s charging. If it is, congratulations you solved the problem. There’s some sort of problem with the phone’s wireless charging solution.

You might need to take your iPhone SE to an Apple store for service (or replace your wireless charger, but in the meantime, you can keep the phone charged the old-fashioned way, with wires.

Check your iPhones Lightning port

If your iPhone SE 2020 isn’t charging the way it usually does, 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.

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, discard it and purchase a new cable.

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.

Check where your phone is plugged in

On the long list of potential problems, you should also check your power source. If you’re charging your iPhone SE 2020 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 AC adapter like the one that came with your iPhone. 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.

Take your iPhone in for service

If none of these troubleshooting steps gets your phone back up and running, it’s pretty likely that there’s something wrong with the iPhone SE 2020 itself. You should contact Apple or go to an Apple store for service.

See also: iPhone SE 2020 Not Booting Up or Turning On? Fix

If any of the above methods help in fixing your iPhone SE 2020 not charging issue, do drop a comment and let us know about it!

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