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Old Oct 31, 2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Exclamation iPhone 5 Does Not Charge While Using Personal Hotspot

Has anyone had the issue of their iPhone 5 not charging while actively using Personal Hotspot? Currently, I have my iPhone plugged into the wall and have 3 active Personal Hotspot connections and my phone does not charge. Is this normal?
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Has anyone had the issue of their iPhone 5 not charging while actively using Personal Hotspot? Currently, I have my iPhone plugged into the wall and have 3 active Personal Hotspot connections and my phone does not charge. Is this normal?
Yes, you're using more energy than can be replenished with charging.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Has anyone had the issue of their iPhone 5 not charging while actively using Personal Hotspot? Currently, I have my iPhone plugged into the wall and have 3 active Personal Hotspot connections and my phone does not charge. Is this normal?
What do you mean it's not charging? Is there no electric bolt in the battery Icon?

Or is it that even though it appears to be charging the battery is still depleting?
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 10:24 PM   #4
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I've had this issue on my 4S and resolved it by closing all running apps (double-press home button then tap and hold on apps). This may or may not work on a 5.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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Yes, you're using more energy than can be replenished with charging.
Exactly.
You're tethering to 3 other devices.
I'd be happy if it just stays on and doesnt lose power while plugged in.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 11:24 PM   #6
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Try using the iPad charger while tethering.
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 05:43 PM   #7
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My phone is currently charging from a 1amp car charger while tethering my Nexus 7.
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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I would expect it to not charge if it's plugged in to a computer via USB, but not a mains charger.
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 08:37 PM   #9
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Depends on the computer. Most current-generation macs (and even my late-2009 Mac mini) will pump out the voltage needed to charge and iPad and an iPhone 5 running personal hotspot.
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Old Nov 1, 2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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Try using the iPad charger while tethering.
So it can burst into flames?
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:46 AM   #11
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What do you mean it's not charging? Is there no electric bolt in the battery Icon?

Or is it that even though it appears to be charging the battery is still depleting?
I meant that although there is an electric bolt in the battery icon, the iphone is still depleting.

I closed some apps, restarted my iphone, and it seemed to resolve itself then and allow for the battery to replenish while tethering 3+ devices.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:56 AM   #12
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plugged into my cars usb which delivers 2.1 amps mine charges while my 3 kids are all on my hotspot
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 01:26 AM   #13
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So it can burst into flames?
that is ridiculous. It won't burst into flames. It'll just charge faster.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 02:34 AM   #14
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that is ridiculous. It won't burst into flames. It'll just charge faster.
First of all it was a joke, sort of. 2nd, have you ever felt what the phone feels like while wifi tethering? Have you ever felt what it feels like while charging from an ipad charger?

Combine those 2 and its not something i'd want to be dealing with.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 03:36 AM   #15
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First of all it was a joke, sort of. 2nd, have you ever felt what the phone feels like while wifi tethering? Have you ever felt what it feels like while charging from an ipad charger?

Combine those 2 and its not something i'd want to be dealing with.
Then don't. In the meantime, it's wise to use the higher watt charger of the iPad (10w or 12w depending) while pushing the power of the device.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 08:57 AM   #16
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So it can burst into flames?
I guffawed
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 09:34 AM   #17
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First of all it was a joke, sort of. 2nd, have you ever felt what the phone feels like while wifi tethering? Have you ever felt what it feels like while charging from an ipad charger?

Combine those 2 and its not something i'd want to be dealing with.
That's your choice but the ipad charger is officially listed compatible on Apples site with the iphone.
Your statement that it will catch on fire is absurd.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 12:22 PM   #18
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Is your screen on? Turning off the screen will still maintain your hotspot connection.
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