Before you buy new lightning cable...clean the port

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by satchmo, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. satchmo macrumors 68000

    Aug 6, 2008
    Perhaps this has been mentioned before, but this happened to me and I thought I'd share.

    My lightning cable seemed to charge my iPad okay, but not my iPhone. I'd always have to crimp or angle the connector to get the charge icon to appear.

    I was perplexed. I then noticed there was a physical sounding click with the iPad when I plugged the lightning cable in. Not with the iPhone.

    This led to the realization of how much lint had gathered up in my iPhone's lightning port.
    I simply used a wood toothpick and gently picked the lint and dust out.
    It's all good now. No need to buy another lightning cable. :)
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It's common with lint clogging the charging port. A tooth pick works as you did. Quite a few forum members have had this problem where the iPhone wouldn't charge And the clogged port was the issue.

    I have also used compressed air (Not duster) from a compressor with a needle and blown it out, which works too.

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