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Reasons Why the iPhone Charger Stops Charging After a Few Minutes/seconds (Causes and What to do)

As an iPhone owner, I have experienced the frustration of my phone charger suddenly stopping after a few minutes or seconds of charging. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved the issue and what other solutions I discovered.

In this blog post, I’ll be discussing the causes of why your iPhone charger may stop charging after a few minutes or seconds and what to do about it. I hope this information helps you get your iPhone charging again and keep it going for longer.

Various reasons could be causing your iPhone to discontinue its charging after a few minutes of plugging it in. With the consideration of the continuous upgrade of Apple devices over time, the other cause could also be beyond the typical cord or adapter problem.

IssuePossible CausesSolutions
Charging CableOld or worn out cableReplace the cable with a new one from the Apple Store or a reliable third-party manufacturer. Avoid cheap imitations.
Wall AdapterDamaged or incompatible adapter, or faulty power outletTest a different power outlet or purchase a new adapter from the Apple Store. Ensure the adapter is compatible with your iPhone.
Charging PortDirt, dust, debris or lint in the charging portInspect the charging port in a well-lit area. If you find debris, carefully remove it using a toothpick or toothbrush. Be gentle to avoid damaging the port.
Wireless ChargerPoor quality charger, misaligned coils, or phone movement due to vibrationsPosition your phone in the center of the charging mat, turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode to prevent vibrations from moving the phone, and use a high-quality wireless charger.

Why Your iPhone Charger Stops Working (And What To Do After)

Below are the causes of why your iPhone charger stopped charging.

Charging Cable

The cord or cable is one of the first things you have to check once your iPhone is connected and then very quickly disconnected while charging.

This will often be the case when your iPhone’s cable is old and worn out. You may notice the rubberized outer sheath bent, discolored, or frayed. Meanwhile, there are other times when the problem is inside the cord, completely unnoticeable but within the same cause. 

If you think it’s your iPhone’s cable that’s causing your charger to stop after a few minutes of plugging it in, then the first thing you have to do is to replace it. The cheapest replacement can be having an extra iPhone cord in your room and trying if it will be fit to charge your phone.

If there’s none, don’t settle on buying cheap lightning cables. An iPhone cable imitation usually has poor quality and doesn’t last very long.

The best thing you can do is buy a new cord from your nearby Apple Store. If not, buy one from a trustworthy third-party maker. 

Read Apple Support’s guide so that you’ll be able to identify if an iPhone charger is legit or a counterfeit.

Wall Adapter

If you bought a new cable and the charger is still not functioning right, consider that the damage may be in the charger’s wall adapter. It could be possible that you’re using an old adapter, one that’s damaged, or one that’s not compatible with your device.

There’s still the possibility that the problem could be the power outlet that you’re charging from. Try to move the adapter to another power outlet, one that’s in a well-ventilated room to avoid overheating, and see if the issue persists

If it does, try to find if you have an extra adapter lying around or buy a new one from the Apple Store to be sure that it’s compatible with your iPhone. 

Check out Apple Support’s tips on how to keep your power adapter working properly.

Charging Port 

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If switching cables or adapters don’t work, take the time to inspect the charging port at the bottom of your iPhone.

Small particles like dust, debris, or lint often end up in the port. This is a common occurrence since we can put our phones anywhere in our pockets, our bags, or even on tops that have gathered dust.

These small particles may be the culprit why the charger isn’t establishing a connection with your iPhone and why your charging keeps on being interrupted.

To inspect if this is the case, go to a well-lit room or look into the port using a flashlight. When you see visible dirt, get a toothpick or a toothbrush and carefully remove it from your iPhone’s charging point. Be gentle with the process, as the port is susceptible to damage

After this, try to plug in your iPhone to your charger.

Wireless Charger

One of the benefits of opting for a wireless charger is the convenience it could bring when you’re charging. But it can prompt your charger to stop halfway when the mat doesn’t have good quality or if the wireless charger’s coils and your iPhone aren’t directly paralleled. 

For the wireless charger to have the best performance, check if your phone is positioned in the center of the charging mat. 

There are instances when a notification’s vibration will cause the phone to move. To prevent this while charging, turn your Do Not Disturb on by going to Settings > Focus and tapping the Do Not Disturb option.

Read Apple Support’s pointers to learn more about how you can charge your phone wirelessly.


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Finding out that your iPhone charger stopped charging after a few minutes of plugging it isn’t the most outstanding experience, especially when you’re expecting to use your phone for the rest of the day.

The first instinct would always be to hard start your iPhone. However, if that doesn’t help, then you really do have to check on your charger. 

By reading this article and becoming aware of the problem, you’ll be able to lessen your time worrying and spend more time coming up with solutions that will be able to benefit you and your device.