iPhone 5 won't charge but the cable works on my iPad

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gusping, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. gusping macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    London, UK

    When i plug the lightning cable into my iPhone 5, it doesn't charge unless i wiggle it, in which case it will charge for a split second then stop again. The cable works fine on my iPad 4 and my iPad mini so the cable isn't broken. There is nothing in the port blocking it so what could be stopping the lightning cable working and charging my iPhone? Could it be a problem with the new iOS 7 update?

    Thanks :)
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Nope, not due to the update pretty much. Sounds like a bad connection. I would take to Apple Store and set up a genius appointment. Also, if you bring to Apple Store, you can try their cables.
  3. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    London, UK
    Forgot to mention, i've tried 2 other cables, and it works on both my iPads fine so its 100% not the cable.
  4. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Are you plugging the cable into the phone before or after the charging cable is energized (connected to something) ?

    Also, does your PC or Mac detect your iPhone when it is connected?
  5. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2012
    This means nothing. He said it charges if he wiggles it, happens on all cables. It's the port.

    Take it to Apple, they will fix it. Done.
  6. chase35 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    I had same problem. Solution here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5099156
  7. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    I lost an iPod touch 5 to something similar...just would not connect/charge anymore.

    I'm SUUUUUPER paranoid about my iPhone 5s as a result...don't really trust that lightning connector, and I'm SUPER careful to never ever allow it the slightest chance to get dirty, to the point where I've got 4 cradles I use in various places so the connector can never possibly touch anything but the connector on my iPhone lol

    Worried about the newer iPads too. My 2's connector has never had an issue, but wish they'd just use microUSB or something for the new ones like everyone else (or even keep using the OLD connector which seemed more robust to me).

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