How can I tell me iPhone 5 is charging when dead?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bbishop93, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. bbishop93 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    So my charging has been all eff'd up lately and idk why but in any event my phone died and when I go to charge it it has that display of the lightning cord and a dead battery but when I charge it and hold the charger as I do normally the screen just goes black and doesn't flash that dead battery animation. Is it charging? Like when the phone is completely dead and you plug it in how do you know if it is charging properly?
  2. bbishop93 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    Figured it out never mind but for future reference to anyone with the latest version of ios7 if your phone is completely dead and it flashes the dead battery and lightning symbol when it IS plugged in, that means it is NOT charging. When it is just black as in looks completely off while it IS plugged in then it IS charging and will turn on automatically in about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Twimfy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2011
  4. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    It is really not an iOS7 thing.

    If your battery is dead it will take 15-20 minutes of charging for it to boot up and know where it's battery is. This has always been the case.

    It is not good to let your battery discharge till dead.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    People get all freaked out seeing something different.

    What else you gonna do other than plug it in? This is not a car battery, can't be "trickle" charged.
  6. bhl243 macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2015
    Ummm.... My iphone isnt charging. I have a iPhone 5. I plug it in and it has just a empty battery with red lines to the left of it. What do i d0? Its been charging for a very long time
  7. bhl243 macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2015
  8. cavmary63 macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2016
    thanks - I have been messing with my phone for about 20 minutes thinking it was messed up because when it was connected to the charger there was nothing on the screen but when I disconnected it there was the little cord and lightning bolt which to me would mean it was charging. Right after I read this post, it came on - so magic :)
  9. electronicsguy macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2015
    Pune, India
    there are many things you can do. For example, you can use this in series with your phone charger:

    very simple to use. If it shows the current as greater than 200mA, your phone is definitely charging.

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