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iPhone doesn’t charge wirelessly, how do I fix it?

In recent years, iPhone, like other devices, has incorporated a new way of recharging its battery. This can be charged by cable as it has been done traditionally, but also through a wireless charging base, which is known as inductive charging. But what if your iPhone doesn’t charge that way? We’ll tell you what can happen to make this happen and how you can fix it.

iPhone supports wireless charging

As we said before, the wireless charging that some iPhones have is not really such a thing. It is true that there are no cables directly involved in the process, since it is charged by induction through its back when it is on the surface of a base, but this element does need a cable connected to the current to provide the charge.

iPhone doesn’t charge wirelessly, how do I fix it?
iPhone doesn’t charge wirelessly, how do I fix it?

The iPhones that are compatible with this charge are as follows:

  • iPhone 8.
  • iPhone 8 Plus.
  • iPhone X.
  • iPhone XS.
  • iPhone XS Max.
  • iPhone XR.
  • iPhone 11.
  • iPhone 11 Pro.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • iPhone SE (2020).

So, if you have a phone that is not one of these, you will not be able to charge it with any charging cradle. You can only charge it with a cable, so it’s not that you’ll have trouble charging it with this method, but it’s just not possible.

No, the iPhone does not have a reversible charge

You may have heard information about how iPhone can be charged wirelessly and also charge other devices by placing them on the back of the iPhone. This is not true, although some other brand devices have this capability. It is known that Apple was testing this method of reversible charging on the iPhone 11 Pro, but they did not implement it. If this was the problem you had, rule out a phone failure because you can see that it is impossible to access this charge.

Check the charging base

The first thing to look at is the accessory that allows this load. There are many charging bases for iPhone, but you should check that it has certification Qi , which is the universal charging standard created by WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) and adopted by the iPhones mentioned in the previous point. This can be found in the guides of the base itself or by searching for information about it on the manufacturer’s website. Sometimes it is usually printed at the bottom of the base.

A somewhat absurd, but more common fault is that the base is not correctly connected to the current. Check that the power cable is connected to the base, but also that it is connected to the power adapter and this in turn to the plug. If you suspect that the cable or adapter might be defective, try to try another one you have at home to verify that this is the problem and not that the base is affected. Some charging bases usually have an LED indicator that lights up when the cable is connected as a sign that it is working properly.

iPhone Cases and Positioning

Something that should always be taken into account is that there are some sleeves that prevent wireless charging , either because of their thickness or materials used for construction. Try taking the phone out of the case and check if it charges in the base, also removing any type of plate or badge if it has one. The latter is worth noting, as a metal plate or similar could prevent the load, but if allowed it could generate some electrical problem that ends up causing a fire.

Another common and easily solvable problem is the way to place the iPhone on the dock. The iPhone should be placed with the screen facing up and its back in the center of the dock. It doesn’t have to be exactly the center, but it does have to be in that area because it is the area that takes up wireless charging internally. Sometimes a slight movement can cause it not to charge.

Does the iPhone fail?

Once the problems with the charging base, cases and placement have been ruled out, it is time to check whether the problem is finally related to the iPhone or not. This may be the problem. Unlike what happens when the traditional charging connector fails, a failure in the wireless charging technology is not easy to detect with the naked eye. In fact, the problem may be intermittent, allowing for momentary charging and then disabling it later. This problem is eventually caused by an internal failure of the device and therefore you should go to technical support.

Once you contact Apple or a SAT, you can make an appointment for a full diagnostic of the terminal. Once they find the problem, they will give you a repair estimate that you may or may not accept. Sometimes the repair may even be free, which is the case if your iPhone is under warranty and the problem is due to a manufacturer’s defect. Also, if you have AppleCare+ under contract, terms and conditions vary.

For most repairs, we recommend that you always contact Apple and Apple Authorized Service, even if there are other non-Apple locations that have access to these types of repairs. There are several reasons for this recommendation, including the fact that only these places have accurate tools and experience in detecting these failures, as well as completely original parts. Therefore, do not risk taking your device to an unreliable location in order to save a few euros. As the saying goes, sometimes the cheap gets expensive.

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