If your Android phone is not charging, this can be an incredibly frustrating situation.
Fortunately for Android users, there are some simple fixes that you can try to get your Android phone charging again.
All of these steps are possible todo at home and work for almost every Android smartphone from Samsung, OnePlus, HTC, Oppo, Huawei, LG and more.
This list is also arranged by what the most successful fixes are to the least likely.
Android Phone Not Charging – Fixes & Solutions (9 TIPS)
1. Check Your Charge Cable & Adapter
When it comes to charging issues with Android phones, 80% of the times it comes down to a faulty charging cable or adapter.
Depending on your Android device, every charging cable from MicroUSB to USBC all have a certain shelf life. So if your device is not charging, firstly inspect your cable to see if there are any breakages, frays or punctures.
Typically the weak spots are towards the ends of the cable where the phone is connected.
Also if you have been using a cheap/ knockoff cable, this can have many internal faults which cannot be seen. So it may be worthwhile investing in a good quality cable.
2. Try a Different Charge Cable Or Power Socket
For further troubleshooting, you can try and charge your Android phone using a seperate adapter and cable that you know works on another phone.
I recommend doing this on a power socket and not a laptop as some laptops can’t generate enough power to charge some Android devices.
If the Android phone not charging issue persists, plug the charger into another power socket to test if the power socket is faulty. Also be aware of some power boards as they can sometimes trip and cause no device to charge or be powered.
To troubleshoot the power board, look for an orange button that should be pressed in. If it is sticking out, it means your power board is overloaded. Simply press it back in.
3. Clean Your Android Phones Charging Port
If the above fixes didn’t work, another great solution is to clean your Android phones charging port.
As we have our phones in our pockets for most of the time, the charge port can quickly build up with dirt, fluff and lint which can block the connecters resulting in a device not charging.
To clean your Androids charging port, whether that be USBC or MicroUSB, I would recommend to use a dry toothbrush, wooden toothpick, q-tip or even a sim card tool to try and dislodge any build up of dirt.
This should now allow for a positive connecting resulting in a positive charge.
4. Remove Your Phone Case (For Wireless Charging)
If your Android phone is charging with a wireless charger, it may be a phone case (if using one) that is causing a connection issue (some thick cases make it hard for a wireless connection to happen).
Simply remove your phone case and try and charge with the wireless charger. If still no luck, try the first 2 steps above or more of the below tips.
5. Restart Your Device
Another great fix for the Android phone not charging problem is to simply restart your device. If there are any temporary software glitches, this should hopefully remedy that.
For most Android phones, you can simply do this by pressing and holding onto the sleep/wake button. From there, you should be promoted to either shutdown or restart your phone depending on what version of Android you are running.
To see how to shutdown your Android phone, you can check out this guide for more detailed information.
6. Try a Different Battery If Possible
Depending on what Android phone you are using, you might be able to remove the external battery and replace it with a new one.
This is done by removing the back case, removing the battery and then replacing it with a new one. Also, if you are using a newer Android device that is enclosed, you may be able to DIY.
7. Does Your Android Device Have Water Damage?
If you have dropped your Android phone in water recently or live in a humid climate, this could be to blame for your phone not charging.
This happens as water can sometimes ruin the lithium of a battery and also corrode the connectors which will result in a faulty battery.
I personally wouldn’t recommend to try and fix this yourself as things may go wrong when tampering with lithium. Instead, taking it to a licence repair agent might be best.
8. Update Or Downgrade Android Version
If there is still no success, there have been several reports that updating, or even some cases downgrading your version of Android may fixe the charging issue.
To access any updates, you can do this by going to Settings > Updates to see any new patch or bug issues that have to be fixed.
For downgrading your Android phone, it will be a bit more in-depth and is more of a last resort. For details on how todo this, check out this helpful guide.
9. Take It To a Professional
Last but not least for my list of Android phone not charging fixes it to take it into your local phone repair store. If your Android device is still not charging at this point, it’s highly likely that it is a faulty battery or even broken screen which is acting like the phone is off.
10. Try Using Ampere
While this isn’t exactly a fix, it is more of a tool to see if your battery is draining and the reasons as to why. Ampere is a awesome and free app that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store that tracks charging and discharging rats of your Android device.
It also shows you how different charging methods as shared charging, wireless charging and cable charging all effect your phones battery.
Hopefully this article has helped resolved any charging issues you have had with your Android phone. If any of these fixes has worked for you, please let me know down below in the comments as it will help other Android smartphone users.
Also, if you have come up or invited your very own solution, please also share down below as it will help hundreds of other Android users.