If you have an iPhone, you probably use it every day for various purposes, such as making calls, browsing the web, listening to music, and more. But have you ever noticed that your iPhone’s charging port gets dirty over time? Dust, lint, and debris can accumulate in the port and interfere with the connection between your iPhone and the charger. This can cause your iPhone to charge slowly, intermittently, or not at all. Fortunately, you can clean your iPhone’s charging port yourself with some simple tools and techniques, and this guide will teach you how.
iPhone: How to Clean the Charging Port Safely
To clean your iPhone’s charging port, follow these steps:
1. Turn off your iPhone
Turning off your iPhone is essential to prevent any misoperation while cleaning the charging port, and here’s how you can turn off your iPhone safely:
- Firstly, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap the ‘General’ tab.
- Then tap the ‘Shut Down’ tab. A power slider will pop up on your screen.
- Swipe right the slider to turn off your device.
2. Inspect the Charging Port
To inspect the port you will need a flashlight to see what kind of dirt is inside. You may notice some lint, dust, or other particles stuck in the port. For inspecting more thoroughly. It is advised to use a flashlight in a dim environment to get a better view of debris inside the port.
3. Clean the Charging Port dirt
You can use the can of compressed air to blow out any loose dirt from the charging port. Hold the can upright and spray short bursts of air into the port from a distance of about an inch. Do not insert the nozzle into the charging port or hold it too close, as this can damage the port or push the dirt further in. Then, use the wooden toothpick to gently scrape out any remaining dirt from the port. Insert the toothpick loosely and move it from side to side along the back wall of the port. Wipe off any dirt from the toothpick with a clean cloth or tissue and repeat until no more dirt comes out.
Do not apply too much pressure or poke too deep, as this can damage the port or break off the toothpick. Use the flashlight again to check if the port is clean and clear. If not, repeat steps 2 to 4 until it is.
Note that you should avoid using any metal pins, tools, or sharp objects while cleaning the port as they can damage your device. After cleaning is done, inspect the charging port again with the flashlight to see if there is any dirt remaining. Once, a thorough inspection is done, and you don’t find any dirt, plug in your charger and see if your iPhone charges normally.