We have all been there. Exactly when you expected the less, your precious phone doesn’t charge properly. To be honest, I was both annoyed and worried when my Android phone all the sudden stopped charging properly.
Many thoughts came through my mind: it could be a battery issue or maybe there is something wrong with the charging port . Finally, the problem solved and I want the very same thing for you as well. Here’s what you should do if you ever experience such a situation!
How to Fix Your Android Phone that doesn’t Charge Properly:
The USB port and the microUSB charger
The problem is often that the metallic surfaces inside the USB port and the microUSB charger are not making good contact. In such a case, it might be a manufacturing defect or, even more probably, the result of the continual plugging and unplugging of the charging cable. How can you solve this problem?
You must first shut down your device, remove the battery (if possible) and then, use something small, such as a toothpick, to gently lever up the tab inside the USB port on your Android device. After you are done, reinsert your battery and plug it in again.
Clean the Ports
Lint or fluff can get stuck in the charging ports which might cause connection errors. In such a case, you must gently blow into the charging port to clean them of any blockage. If that doesn’t work, a can of compressed air can be used to clear the port at no risk to the handset itself.
Remember that in many cases the blockage is not even visible and the tiniest piece of dirt can cause the issues that you are experiencing.
Change the cable
The easiest way to diagnose a faulty cable is, as you can guess, to try a different one and see if that one works properly with your device. If it does, then you know the origin of you problems! The original cable was the one responsble, but if it doesn’t, this means that you have to keep digging for clues!
Avoid Using the Phone While Charging
Streaming videos, playing games, and other heavy tasks can use more power than some forms of charging can provide. Put down that phone and don’t use it any longer. The main battery drainer is none other than the screen, so even if it’s hard, stop checking you email or texting and have a little patience.
Take a look at the wall plug adapter
Don’t forget to check the wall plug adapter, especially if it’s one where the charging cable can be removed. There are many situations when the USB port had to suffer due to endlessly plugging in and unplugging the cable. And to be sure that not your phone is the problem, but the cable or charger, you can verify that the same charger/cable combination works on a different device.
Replace the Battery
Batteries are not meant to last forever. Some of them start to bulge or leak fluid, so you know from the start that they are the issue, while others give you no sign of a problem. So, remove your device’s cover and inspect the battery (if you can do that, of course).
If all you have tried is useless, then replacing the battery might be the only solution. Of course, many phones don’t allow you to remove the battery due the way the phone is built, but it can still be sent off to be replaced if it’s under warranty.
But if the battery of your Android device can be removed, a replacement can usually be ordered online. And even if they are more affordable, note that 3rd-party batteries can also be faulty, so it’s not the time to be cheap!