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How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port

How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port

How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port

How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port If you're having trouble connecting or charging your iPhone using the Lightning port, it's time to clean it and we'll show you how to do it safely and troubleshoot other potential issues.

First, rule out a cable problem

The charging port on the bottom of all iPhones produced since 2012 is called the Lightning connector, and if you try to insert a Lightning cable and the connection seems wobbly - it disconnects if you lightly tap the cable or phone - or it's not fully inserted , the problem could be the cable itself or your iPhone's Lightning port, to find out which component (phone or cable) is causing the problem, borrow or buy a Lightning cable that works, plug it into your iPhone and see if the connection problem is still there, and if the cable was fixed If the new cable is damaged or dirty, rub the flat contacts on the old Lightning cable with a pencil eraser to clean the dirt and try again. This means your iPhone connector has a problem, a common problem with iPhones is that it accumulates lint or dust on the Lightning port over time and this really interferes with the Lightning cable connection, luckily It is very easy to clean the port yourself , as we will discuss below.

Second: Start and turn off your iPhone completely

To safely clean your iPhone's Lightning port without causing an accidental malfunction that could damage your phone It's important to turn off your device first, the way you do this depends on the type of iPhone you have:

On iPhones that don't have a Home button: Hold the Side button and the Volume Up or Down buttons for about four seconds until the power off slider appears.

On iPhones with a home button and a side button: Hold the side button for a few seconds until the power off slider appears on the screen.

On iPhones with a home button and a top button: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.

When the "Slide to Power Off" slider appears on the screen, slide it to the right and your device will turn off.

Third: Find a wooden stick and use it

Now that your iPhone is off, you'll need a small tool that can fit inside your phone's Lightning port without doing any damage, and based on our experiences, here's what you shouldn't use to clean your Lightning port:

How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port

Do not use metal items: A metal tool such as a paperclip can easily damage the pins inside the Lightning connector and can also cause an electronic failure that can damage your phone if you forget to turn it off and if you short it with a metal tool will usually reset your device Your iPhone to reset circuit protection.

Don't use compressed air: Years ago, we tried using compressed air to clean the Lightning port, but it backfired, pushing the dust into the iPhone behind the screen, where it was impossible to clean without completely disassembling the iPhone.

We've found that wooden sticks work best: they don't conduct electricity, so they can't cause an accidental short, and they're soft enough to pose a low risk of damaging the connector pins inside the Lightning port.

To start, gently insert the toothpick into the Lightning port on the bottom of your iPhone, move it back and forth and try to remove lint or dust, while moving the toothpick try to keep it centered in the port (between the front and back of iPhone) to avoid damaging the screws at the bottom of the connector (on the back of the phone), make sure you don't apply too much force with the toothpick, if you are too rough, the toothpicks may break causing more problems than lint that you remove, when you are done gently clean the lint and turn on the iPhone by pressing and holding the top or side button until you see the Apple logo in the middle of the screen, try inserting a Lightning cable known to work and see if you have a strong connection, if it still doesn't work you may want to turn off the iPhone and clean the port more, but if it's ok you're fine!

How to Clean Your iPhone's Charging Port