Android Phone Won’t Charge? Try These Tips

Having a charging issue with your Android phone? This is a common problem faced by many Android users. You plug in your phone to charge it, and nothing happens. You make sure that it’s securely connected on both ends, and it still won’t charge.

This is the part where you may start to panic since the problem may be a little more serious than you thought. Not to worry, as the following tips will help pinpoint the reason as to why your Android device is not charging and what you can do to fix it.

1. Try a Soft Reset

A soft reset is just turning your phone off and back on again. Before you start doing anything else to troubleshoot your problem, this is the first solution you should try. Certain apps that run in the background can affect the battery. By rebooting your phone, it allows your phone to work without these apps getting in the way.

2. Try Another Charging Cable


The charging cable goes through a lot of twisting and may not be handled with care. If it’sĀ not connected to your device with ease, damages are more likely to happen. There’s a good chance that you have more than one cable lying around, so try switching cables to see if that’s the problem.

3. The USB Port Needs a Fix

The constant plugging and unplugging might have moved some of the metallic surfaces inside the USB port. If so, good contact isn’t being made, and your phone will obviously not charge or will charge slowly.


Turn off your device and remove the battery as well. Ask a friend to light the port for you and with a toothpick (or something just as small), level up the small tab in the port. Be very careful when you do this to avoid causing any permanent damage.

4. The Wall Adapter Is Not Working

If you have the kind of charger that can be separated from the cable, then this is another possibility. The constant removal of the cable may have caused damage to the USB port. To check if the adapter is the problem, try switching adapters.

Ask a friend if you can use theirs, or you can always buy a new one. You can also try connecting your device to your computer. If it charges, then that new adapter is sounding pretty good right now, right?

5. Is It Time for a New Battery?

With time, bad battery maintenance habits can catch up with you. Sooner or later you’ll need to replace the battery, but those bad habits can speed up the process. If you can’t replace the battery on your own, this could be the perfect excuse to get that phone you’ve wanted for some time now.


The obvious signs that you need a new battery are if it’s swollen or leaking. Take out the battery and place it on a flat surface and try to spin it. If it spins, even a little, it’s time for a new battery. Another sign that your battery is no longer working is that it won’t hold a charge anymore. (Battery life drops from 100% to 50% instantly after charging.) If your phone comes with an unremovable battery, bring it to your local phone repair shop, and they will have the tools to get it changed.

6. Clean Out the Ports

You’ll probably be amazed as to how much dust and food crumbs can get into your phone. Maybe you didn’t put your phone in the same pocket as the snack you were eating, but you can bet that the crumbs were still there.

If you can, using a can of compressed air is your best bet. If not, try blowing into the ports. See if you can take out any tiny debris that may have made its way in there.

7. Install Ampere


To know if your phone is actually charging, you need to install Ampere. It’s free to download on Google Play and gives you all sorts of information on the health and performance of the battery. You can see how much current is being drawn, build ID, the Android version, temperature and if it’s on battery or AC charge.

8. Use the Original Charger

It’s something we’re all guilty of. You can’t find your new charger, so you just grab your old phone’s charger because the plug fits. Chargers are made to meet certain voltage and amperageĀ specs for each phone.

If you don’t use the original charger, you could face a slow charge, or the phone might not charge at all. There are certain phones that won’t charge or power on if you’re not using the original charger. Also, some phones may take up to fifteen minutes before you can see that they’re charging.


Not being able to charge a phone is something that you’ll experience sooner or later. Thanks to these useful tips, you’ll be prepared on how to handle the situation. Did we miss a tip you use? Leave a comment and share your method.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.