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Apple device users sure do love their device, it's their gateway to the internet and how they communicate. These iPhones and iPads often get pushed for hours of use per day and require a charge or several to keep the device ready and available when you need it. The constant slipping in and out of the lightning connector is often taken for granted because it usually just works, but from time to time, issues can arise from wear and tear.
These issues can stop your phone from charging, or your device may have trouble charging at times, which can be frustrating. Shaking the cable, dangling the phone, having it lay in a specific place to charge a phone is no way to live.
If you've found this to be an issue with iPhone or iPad and it's only charging at an angle, then you're in luck. We've put together a guide on how to troubleshoot the issue and find the ideal solution to your angle charging problems.
Why your Apple device charges at an angle
- The most common reason why this is going to happen is that the charging port inside your iPhone or Pad is dirty this can be due to dirt or pocket lint filling up the charging port ensuring the charger cannot establish a proper connection.
- The second possible reason is the charging port inside your iPhone may have broken down through wear and tear from regular use which can stop your iPhone from charging at certain angles.
- The third reason this is going to happen is that either the cable/connector on the charger is faulty or the connector/socket on the phone is damaged.
- The final reasons why your Apple device may not be charging is because you're not using an MFI certified cable, meaning that it's counterfeit and should not be used with the device.
How to fix an Apple device charging at an angle
Fixing a phone charging your phone at an angle requires you to do some troubleshooting, we will help you by working our way down the various fixes, so you find the one right for you through the process of elimination.
1. Clean out the charging port
If you've ever looked inside your pants pockets, you'll know that you'll find some grey fluff in there called lint and it isn't precisely charging port friendly. Lint can block the connection between your cable and charging port and if you're constantly stuffing your iPhone in your pocket more often than not lint is forced into the opening.
Your pocket is only one source of blockages and there also a plethora of micro items and particles that can get stuck in your port which will stop your device from charging.
Note: Before you try cleaning this out, you need to know that you shouldn't use anything metallic to clean out the port. When you use anything metallic, this can conduct an electrical charge inside your charging port and cause more damage.
The best way to clean your data port is by using an antistatic brush, which you can buy online or at many electronics stores. Using an antistatic brush will allow you to clean the charging port safely. Make sure you get right inside and get rid of any debris that could get stuck inside there. It would be best to conduct your cleaning in a place with good lighting or have a light on hand so you can see what's going on inside the charging port.
If you haven't got an antistatic brush and you're desperate to get your device working again, the best thing to use is a new toothbrush.
Note: If you use a brush that has any moisture, or you will damage the data port beyond repair.
If you don't have a spare toothbrush handy, but you feel you can be delicate and careful enough then a toothpick could also do the trick, but ensure not to break off the tips inside your device or use something that can break off. If you try and clean the port with anything that can get stuck in there, you may cause more problems because this will be tricky to get out.
After you've cleaned out the data port, you should now plug your charger in and see if this solves the problem.
If not, move on to step 2 or 3.
2. Replace the cable with an MFI certified cable
The next solution to fix this problem is to use an MFI certified cable. If you're using the original cable the lightning connector could be worn out from the constant in and out of charging the device. Altearntievel if you're using a generic iPhone cable, this could stop your iPhone from charging correctly. MFI certified means that the cable meets Apple standards, and this is approved by Apple and only given to specific manufacturers of iPhone cables.
So, how do you know if the cable is fake?
If you still have the box the charger came in, you can look for the 'Made for iPhone, iPod, iPad' logo, which is what MFI stands for as an acronym. You can also tell if your charger is fake by looking at the cable itself. It feels thin, and it doesn't feel rubbery, or you can't feel it grip to the cable, it's most likely fake or a generic brand.
The best thing for you to do is purchase an authentic cable from your local iStore and see if that fixes the problem.
If that doesn't work, move on to step 3.
3. Replace the charging block
This is probably the fix we would like to avoid since it will involve taking your phone and handing it in for repairs. If you know what you're doing, you could order a charging block online and have it installed yourself at a cheaper rate, but if not, you should seek out a professional apple repair service provider.
This is a simple procedure that shouldn't take too long as its the removal of one charing unit and replacing it with another. Since it's Apple, even a simple repair is going to cost you a pretty penny so if you're phone is still worth keeping, then, by all means, have it replaced. If not, perhaps its time to part ways and get yourself a new device.
Forget the angles
Have you have had trouble charging your Apple device, how did you fix it? Did any of these tips work for you? Are there any tips you feel should be added to this list? Please let us know in the comments below and share the magic with us.
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