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How to fix an iPhone 7 Plus that is charging very slowly after iOS 11 update (easy steps)

This post highlights helpful charging tips and methods that are used to deal with charging problems on the iPhone 7 Plus particularly on slow charging after the latest update to iOS 11. Read on and get some inputs on how to get your iPhone 7 Plus to speed up its charging function again.

Generally when your iPhone 7 Plus is suddenly charging very slowly, it could be due to damaged charging equipment like a damaged or incompatible charging cable or USB adapter in use. It is also possible that the power source isn’t able to supply the required amount of power to charge up the device in an expected pace. This is likely the case when charging your iPhone through a computer USB port or portable power banks. There are also other instances when the iPhone suddenly stops charging or charging very slowly after installing a new software update, app or other files. Many iPhone users have encountered this problem after installing the latest iOS 11 version. In this case, the problem is apparently associated with a faulty software update and therefore can potentially be resolved by performing some workarounds.

But before anything else, if you have other concerns with your iPhone 7 Plus, make sure you drop by our troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most commonly reported issues with this new iPhone. If you need further assistance or if you can’t find what you’re looking for in that page, fill up our iPhone issues questionnaire and hit submit. Don’t worry, it’s a free consultation service so you don’t have to worry about anything. Just give us more information about the problem and we’ll do our best to help you fix it.

Potential fixes to slow a post-update slow charging issue

Don’t forget to test charge your iPhone 7 Plus after completing each of the following workarounds so that you’ll know if it’s already able to charge properly. If not, then move on to the next possible solution.

Before you start troubleshooting software issues that have caused your iPhone to charge very slowly, refer to the following charging tips.

Make sure the charging cable and USB adapter have no visible signs of damage

The problem could be  due to a damaged charger or USB adapter. To make sure this isn’t causing your trouble, carefully inspect the cable and USB adapter for signs of damage like bent prongs or breakage. Do not use damaged charging accessories to prevent causing more damage to your device.

Use wall socket or power outlet when charging

Charging your iPhone using a wall power outlet is highly recommended. Furthermore, make sure that the connections between your charging cable or USB wall adapter. You can also try a different outlet just in case the problem is on the current outlet you are using.

Clean up the charging port

Check and remove any debris from the charging port of your iPhone 7 Plus. If there’s no need for cleaning, just ensure that the charging cable is firmly plugged into your device.

Give your iPhone more time to charge

Sometimes, it could take longer than usual for your iPhone to become fully charged especially if any of your apps is misbehaving or using up much of the battery. As recommended, allow your iPhone to charge for about half an hour or so.

Normally you will see the charging indicator within an hour for as long as your device is properly connected to the charger. If you don’t see the charging icon after an hour, or you see the Connect to Power screen, double-check the jack, power adapter and USB cable. Make sure that everything is plugged in firmly, free from any dirt or debris, and most importantly not damaged. Using a different USB cable or power adapter can help you isolate whether or not the problem is with the USB cable or power adapter your are using.

Troubleshooting software errors that caused your iPhone 7 Plus to charge very slowly

If your iPhone 7 Plus is still charging very slowly after applying all the aforesaid charging tips, then you may go ahead and troubleshoot software issues on your device that might have caused you this trouble. Here are your options:

Force restart your iPhone 7 Plus

Forcing your iPhone to restart can help rectify minor software glitches that might prevented your iPhone from charging faster. Try to plug your iPhone into the power outlet then do a forced restart by pressing and holding the Power button and Volume Down button simultaneously for about 10 to 20 seconds. When the Apple logo appears, release both the buttons. If you see the charging icon after doing a forced restart, let your device charge up to 50 percent (at least) then perform the next workaround.

Check for new iOS update to install

Charging issues that occur after the major iOS update rollout are usually addressed by Apple through minor firmware updates that contain the required fix patch. If you haven’t already, then check for available software updates on your iPhone to install.

To do so, head over to Settings-> General-> Software Update. If an update is available, you will see a notification containing details of the new firmware update.

If there is, then back up your iPhone data then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the update download and installation.

Perform a factory reset or restore iOS through iTunes

This should only be deemed as last resorts as they will result in the loss of data stored on your device including your downloaded apps and contents. Thus, creating a backup of your iPhone data is recommended before you proceed. A factory reset and iOS restore can be carried out through iTunes. You will need to secure a Windows or Mac computer that has the latest version of iTunes software first. Once you have everything ready, follow these steps to factory reset or master reset your iPhone 7 Plus in iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to your computer using the Apple-supplied USB connector or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Select your iPhone from the list of devices or click the iPhone icon in iTunes.
  4. If prompted, tap the option to Trust This Computer on your iPhone screen.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section.
  6. Click the Restore iPhone button.
  7. If prompted to automatically check for iTunes and iPhone updates, click on Check.
  8. If prompted to back up the settings, click to select your preferred option.
  9. Read and review the iTunes alert message and then click Restore.

Wait for iTunes to wipe your data and restore your device to its default settings. Do not disconnect your iPhone from the computer until the reset is complete.

Should you opt to downgrade your iPhone to a previous iOS version, make sure you have the backup iOS file ready and then follow these steps to restore your iPhone 7 Plus in iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone 7 Plus to your computer using the Apple-supplied USB connector or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Select your iPhone 7 Plus from the list of devices or click the iPhone icon in iTunes.
  4. If prompted, tap the option to Trust This Computer on your iPhone screen.
  5. Navigate to the Summary section.
  6. Click the Restore Backup button.
  7. Click the iPhone name drop-down list and select the desired backup.
  8. Click Restore.
  9. If necessary, iTunes will download necessary files as it restores your device. Wait until it’s done restoring your files then click OK.
  10. If prompted, enter the passcode to unlock your iPhone and complete the restore process.

Then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the initial setup on your device.

Engage with us

If you have other issues with your Apple iPhone 7 Plus, we are always willing to help. Contact us through our iPhone issues questionnaire and provide us with all necessary information about your problem so we can find a solution to your issue.

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