CELL PHONE DOES NOT CHARGE –┬áSome of you may be suffering from this problem. Maybe they’ve even gone out to buy a new charger. However, before you assume the problem is the broken battery or the charger, check out five tips on how to handle a cell phone that does not charge.


Why does not a cell phone charge?

Either your phone does not fully charge when connected, or the connection drops, or the phone charges very slowly – sometimes only slightly faster than the speed at which the battery is consumed. This is really a very common complaint, which came to affect me in a device of my own. Here are some tips to solve the problem, and you can do it yourself.

1. Repair the USB port yourself

The fastest and easiest – and often successful – way is to simply make a little repair on your hardware. The problem is that the metal surface inside the USB port and the micro-USB charger are not having good contact, either through a manufacturing defect or because of the constant connection and disconnection of the charging cable.

All you have to do is turn off the device, remove the battery (if possible), and use something small – a toothpick, for example – to “leverage” the small “tab” inside the USB port on your smartphone or tablet. Do it very carefully and gently, reinsert the battery and turn it on again. Nine out of ten times this is all that is needed.

2. Replace cables and adapters

The most fragile part of a charger is undoubtedly the cable, not the adapter that plugs into the wall outlet. So if your device is having charging problems and the previous solution did not help, you may have a faulty cable.

Before you rush out to buy a replacement, just grab a spare USB cable from another device and try it instead. Often the cable will wear out inside because it is constantly being rolled up, twisted or something else. Instead of buying a new charger you may just need a new cable.

Likewise, if the cable does not appear to be the problem, check the wall outlet adapter. Also, check the same charger / cable combination on a different device and see if it works normally.


3. Do a cleaning: remove the dirt!

Sometimes the reason why a device is not loading properly is because there is something lodged in the port, or there is just a lot of debris blocking the connection. Spills from your pocket, dirt and other types of junk can get in all kinds of nooks and crannies on a smartphone, so take a look to make sure there is something housed inside the micro-USB port (or the charging cable also).

Of course, also make sure you never carry your phone near water or in excessively hot or humid conditions. Also, do not overload your device by charging all night when the battery only needs 2-3 hours.

In fact, modern appliances can detect when the battery is fully charged without danger of overload – as long as the equipment is original. If it has not passed tests to prove its safety, charging can continue even when the charge is full and may eventually cause problems. Therefore, if your equipment is “generic”, we reaffirm: leaving the whole night loading can be a bad idea.

4. Replace the battery

If your device is old, or appears to be acting very strangely with regard to the battery, it may be defective. If your Android has a removable back cover, remove it and make sure the battery is not deformed, leaking, or having any other problems.

If so, remove it immediately and wipe the area with care to avoid corrosion. If the cover is not removable, you can put the phone on the desk and try to rotate it to see if the battery is protruding or deformed (do not be alarmed by the result – it may just be the design of the phone). Replace the battery with an original from the manufacturer or a reputable third party.

A new battery should last about two years before it needs to be replaced, although this depends on the number of charge and discharge cycles. If this seems necessary in a short time, check your warranty: you may be eligible for a free replacement.

5. Charge the device

Charging through a wall outlet will always be faster than through a PC or laptop. This is because despite the voltage of a plug-in charger and the USB port of the PC is the same: 5V, the electrical current of the USB port of the PC and consequently generates a lower power (is proportional to current).

With the exception of the turbocharger, this sim has more voltage, but not double, it is 9V or 12V, depending on the chipset. As it has higher voltage, it has more power, which is currently limited to 15 Watts. Although Qualcomm says it’s 60, but that’s another story.

Of course, if you are using another charger cable and an adapter that came with the phone, it may also be that the charger is not powerful enough for your device. For example: if you are using a charger that came with a Bluetooth headset, it may simply be unable to charge your device.

There may also be a problem with your outlet, but this is much less likely. To charge faster, turn on airplane mode or turn off the phone.

If all else fails, just check that the power point is on and working. This is the first thing a technical team will ask you if you call the manufacturer for help, which will probably be your next step if none of these options worked for you.