Are you having problems with your iPhone charging system? Cleaning out your Lightning port could address the issue. Most iPhones are dust and water-resistant, but the charging port remains susceptible to elements. So, it is always advisable to regularly check and clean it for the ultimate experience.
Why You Should Regularly Clean the Lightning Port
Even if your iPhone is always in a bag or its case, the Lightning port remains exposed to external elements. Chances are lint or other debris in your purse or pocket will find its way into the port. Although the debris might not penetrate the inner sections of the port, it might get deeper when you plug in your device to charge. This complicates the situation as the lint may not fall out on its own after you unplug the device.
A repetition of this process will lead to the build-up of debris in the Lightning port and an additional layer on the charging contacts. In worst-case scenarios, hard debris might dislocate the charging contacts in the Lightning port, creating problems with the charging system depriving your device of the much-needed power. You don’t always want to wiggle your cable to get your device charging.
It would be best to periodically clean out the port to save yourself from the bother caused by debris accumulation. Besides, you will avoid quality time wastage reaching out to an Apple store trying to find a solution. Even if you take your iPhone to an Apple Store, the technicians will start by checking the charging port and removing all the debris and lint.
How to Clean iPhone’s Charging Port
Now that we know what the Apple technicians are likely to start with when you bring them a device with a faulty charging system, it doesn’t mean that you should do everything yourself. Be careful when handling the charging system, as doing things wrong could damage the contacts. Any damage to the port means that your iPhone won’t charge again, and you may need to dig deeper into your pocket for a technical repair.
If you think that the issue in your charging port emanates from debris accumulation, avoid cleaning the section with a metal object. Instead, go for a soft object such as a wooden toothpick for ultimate gentleness. The key here is to avoid using too much pressure, which could damage the interior parts of the port, break the toothpick, or potentially cause it to become stuck. It would be best to avoid the charging contacts altogether so as not to bend them.
Before you think of inserting objects into the charging port, the first thing is to take a clear view of the interior section. Grab a light source and peep into the port to understand how dirty it is. Then take a soft pin or a wooden toothpick and insert it gently into the charging port. Run the object along the port’s wall and ensure that you don’t touch the anchors on the side. Remove the toothpick and clean it off any lint or debris. Repeat this process until the port looks clean and check whether the port functions.
Apple discourages the use of compressed air to clean the iPhone. Cotton swabs are also discouraged as they may introduce more fiber or lint into the port. The cotton swabs are only recommended when dipped into isopropyl alcohol to disinfect exterior parts of your iPhone.
What if Problems Persist?
After the thorough cleanup discussed in the previous section, plug a lightning cable into your phone to test the charging capability. If you still encounter problems with the charging system, consider replacing the power adapter or the Lightning cable. Test the power adapter and the cable with a different device to ensure they aren’t to blame.
If the cable and adapter function correctly on other devices, it’s probably time to take your iPhone for repair. You can make an appointment with Apple and have the device serviced, especially if it is covered by AppleCare+ or under warranty. You can check the warranty status under “Settings.”
This is not the end of the road if your device is out of the warranty, as you have other options to repair your phone. Sticking with Apple will provide peace of mind, and you can find third parties offering affordable services. The best thing would be to request accurate quotes from the best repair shops to decide whether to proceed with repair or acquire a new iPhone.