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If your phone is not charging, it may be due to a clogged charging port. Dust and debris can accumulate in the port over time, preventing the charger from making a secure connection. This can happen with any type of charging port, whether it’s Lightning on an iPhone or USB-C on an Android phone. However, cleaning out the charging port is a simple and inexpensive solution to this common problem. Using a wooden cocktail stick or toothpick, you can gently scrape away the grime and debris from the port, allowing the charger to connect properly.

To clean out your phone’s charging port, simply insert a thin tool like a cocktail stick or toothpick into the port and start scraping away the dirt. Be careful not to damage any internal components by using a metal tool. With an older iPhone’s Lightning port, you can scrape back and forth, while with a USB-C port, you’ll need to scrape around the charging connector. Eventually, you’ll start to dislodge the compacted debris and can remove it from the port. This process may need to be repeated multiple times until the port is completely clear.

After cleaning out the charging port, try plugging in your charger again to see if it connects properly. If not, continue to extract more dirt until the port is clear. If the issue persists, you may need to consider using a new charging cable or charger. Regularly cleaning out your phone’s charging port can help prevent future charging issues and ensure that your device charges efficiently. By using a wood or plastic tool to gently scrape away debris, you can maintain the longevity of your phone’s charging port and avoid potential damage. It’s a simple task that can save you from the frustration of a phone that won’t charge.

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