How to Fix iPhone Showing Charging but Battery Percentage Not Increasing

If your iPhone is charging but the percentage is not changing, you can try to restart the device, check the charging cable and the power source, clean the charging port, or update the software to fix it.

Hi! My name is Yana, and I’ve been an active iPhone user for the last ten years. During this time, I’ve used various models and at times I have experienced charging issues, so I know a thing or two about how to fix this problem.

In this article, I will explain to you what you can do if the battery percentage on your iPhone is not increasing.

Let’s dive in!

Key Takeaways

  • Resetting your iPhone may help to resolve any battery performing issues and software bugs.
  • Check the battery health in the iPhone’s settings to see if it has an older battery and for low capacity issues.
  • If none of the following methods solve the problem, contact Apple support or visit the closest Apple store to get professional help.

Fixing iPhone Showing Charging but Battery Percentage Not Increasing

If you plugged in your iPhone to charge, but when you checked it an hour later the battery percentage was the same, there are some factors that may cause this problem: outdated software, software bugs, or even some simple problems such as old or broken charging cables.

Let’s take a look at each possible situation to try and make the battery percentage appear again.

1. Reboot iPhone

Restarting your device is the easiest thing to do to see if it stops acting strangely. Depending on the iPhone model, choose one of the following methods:

  • iPhone X or later models. Hold down both the side and one of the volume buttons simultaneously until the power-off slider appears on the screen. To turn it back on, press and hold the side button.
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus. Click the volume up and next volume down buttons, and after that, press and hold the side button until the device turns off. Keep holding the side button to turn on the iPhone.
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus. Press and hold the volume down button and the side button at the same time until the iPhone turns off. To start it up, press and hold the side button.
  • iPhone 6 and earlier. Press and hold the main and side buttons at the same time until the screen turns black to turn it off. Keep pressing these two buttons to restart the iPhone.

After you restart and turn on your iPhone, it should work and perform normally. When you charge the iPhone, you should be able to see the battery percentage start to increase.

2. Check the Cables and Charging Block

Using an old cable or a damaged charging block can sometimes lead to problems. Try to charge your iPhone with an original iPhone cable and charging block if possible to see if the issue persists.

Additionally, you will want to make sure that the outlet is working. Consider plugging in another device to the same outlet to test if the power source is functional.

3. Clean the Charging Port

If you’ve been using your iPhone for a while, it could have some dust, sand, or dirt in the charging port which can cause issues. Turn off your iPhone and use a flashlight to see inside the charging port clearly. Then, use a toothpick or small brush to clean the port. 

After cleaning it, turn on your iPhone and try to charge it.

4. Check the Battery Health

Using your iPhone over an extended period can drain the battery. If your device is a few years old, it’s possible that your battery has lost its capacity. You can check the battery life in the Settings app on your iPhone.

Open Settings on your iPhone, scroll down, and click on the Battery tab. Next, tap the Battery Health and Charging button to see your battery capacity. 

According to Apple’s official website, a typical battery is made to hold up to 80% of its initial capacity. Over time, the battery’s health and performance will decrease. Check your battery health score to see its update.

5. Update the Software

Hardware is not always the issue, so your iPhone should be updated to the latest software version if you want it to perform correctly. To update your iPhone, open the Settings app, then tap General, and find Software Update to see the latest software version available. If there are new updates, just press the Download and Install button.

After installing a new software update, your iPhone’s bugs may be fixed. Keep in mind that this process will take some time to complete.

6. Reset All the Settings

Resetting the settings will return you to the default settings of your iPhone without losing any content or personal data. Additionally, it will stop the apps and processes that are happening in the background which can drain your phone battery and cause some issues.

To reset all the settings, open iPhone’s Settings and go to the General section. Scroll down and click on the Transfer or Reset iPhone button. Select Reset and confirm the reset by pressing the Reset All Settings button.

The iPhone will restart and all the configurations will be returned to the original settings. After that, you can try to charge your device again to see if the battery percentage increases.

However, if none of the methods we mentioned above is working for you, you can contact Apple support or visit the closest Apple store. Apple’s experts can help you to diagnose and fix the charging problem.

Final Thoughts

Even when your iPhone doesn’t charge correctly, you can try these methods to fix it. One bonus tip is to completely drain the battery and then recharge it. Also, closing all the background-running applications can also help.

Have you ever experienced similar problems with charging your iPhone? Share your experience in the comments below.

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