Has your iPhone 8 suddenly stopped charging? Don’t panic. There are several easy things you can try to get your iPhone 8 charging again.
In this article, I’ll walk you through the fixes to try when your iPhone 8 won’t charge. We’ll start with the simplest solutions first, like restarting your iPhone or using a different charging cable. Then we’ll move on to more advanced troubleshooting, like updating your iOS software, resetting your iPhone, or taking it to Apple for service.
Follow the steps below to get your iPhone 8 charging again.
iPhone 8 won’t charge
1. Restart Your iPhone
- Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button at the same time until the power off slider appears.
- Drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.
- After about 30 seconds, hold down the Side button again until you see the Apple logo to turn your iPhone back on.
Give your iPhone a few minutes to turn on completely. Then try plugging it into power to see if restarting helped get it charging again.
2. Try Different Charging Cables and Adapters
If restarting your iPhone didn’t work, the next thing to check is your charging cable and adapter. Use a different official Apple charging cable and wall adapter if possible.
Test your charging cable by plugging it into another iPhone or iPad to see if the cable works. Try different wall outlets too in case the outlet is the issue. Swap out cables and adapters to isolate the problem.
3. Check Your iPhone’s Lightning Port
Dust, lint, and debris commonly build up in the Lightning port at the bottom of your iPhone, which can prevent proper charging. Carefully inspect your iPhone’s Lightning port with a flashlight.
Use a toothpick or soft brush to gently remove any lint or dirt from the Lightning port. Make sure not to use anything metal that could damage the port. Using compressed air can also help clear out the Lightning port.
4. Update Your iPhone’s Software
Outdated software could potentially cause charging issues.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for and install the latest iOS update for your iPhone.
Updating to the newest iOS version can often resolve problems like charging issues. It’s a good idea to stay current with iOS updates.
5. Reset Your iPhone
Resetting your iPhone 8 erases its contents and settings and restores it to factory default settings. This can eliminate any software issues causing the charging problems.
To reset your iPhone 8:
- Go to Settings > General > Transfer ot Reset iPhone.
- Tap Reset, then Erase All Content and Settings.
- Enter your passcode if prompted.
- Tap Erase Now to confirm and reset your iPhone.
Your iPhone will reboot into a clean software state after resetting. Re-enable touch ID and passcode and restore a backup after resetting to get your data back.
6. Force Restart Your iPhone
If the standard restart didn’t work, you can try force restarting your iPhone 8. A force restart may help resolve any stuck processes that are preventing normal charging.
To force restart:
- Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
- Immediately press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
- Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo.
This will forcibly reboot your iPhone. Then see if it will charge after the force restart.
7. Put Your iPhone in DFU Mode
DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode restores your iPhone 8 to a blank, factory-fresh state. This can fix many serious system issues.
To enter DFU mode:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
- Press and hold the Side and Volume Down buttons for 10 seconds.
- Release the Side button while still holding the Volume Down button for 5 more seconds.
- Your iPhone screen will be black when in DFU mode.
Then you can restore or update your iPhone through iTunes or Finder to fully reset it. This often resolves stubborn charging issues.
8. Have Your iPhone’s Battery Serviced
If you’ve tried everything else with no luck, the battery itself may be the issue. Lithium-ion batteries degrade over time. The battery might need to be replaced if it’s no longer holding a proper charge.
You can take your iPhone 8 to Apple or an authorized service center for a battery replacement. This will typically fix charging issues caused by a bad battery.
9. Contact Apple Support
If you still can’t get your iPhone 8 to charge after trying all these troubleshooting steps, you’ll need to contact Apple. You can make a Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store. Or call Apple support to arrange a mail-in repair.
Apple support can diagnose what exactly is causing your iPhone 8 charging issues. They’ll then repair or replace any hardware that is malfunctioning. This will definitively fix any problems with your iPhone 8 not charging.
Keep Your iPhone 8 Battery Charged
Hopefully one of these 9 fixes got your iPhone 8 charging again. To keep it that way:
- Use original Apple charging cables and adapters.
- Keep the Lightning port clean.
- Update to the latest iOS version.
- Replace an aging battery when needed.
Doing these simple things will prevent charging issues and keep your iPhone 8 battery juiced up and running smoothly.