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Is your phone not charging? Try this simple toothpick trick first

Is your phone not charging? Try this simple toothpick trick first

If you've had for your phone for a while, then a blocked charging port might well be a problem.

There are a number of reasons your iPhone or Android phone might not be charged anymore -- from rusted charging ports to broken cables. But a common problem is that your charging port, whether it be Lightning on the iPhone 13 or USB-C on devices like the Google Pixel 6 Pro, is clogged with dirt and the cable can't quite fit in properly.

Here's how to fix this problem.

Warum is my charging port blocked?

If you slide your phone into your pocket, your phone will be exposed to any amount of dust, dirt, and debris they encounter. But if you have someone else's jeans cleaned with old receipts in the pockets then that's causing problems. But don't ask me why I have biscuit crumbs in my pockets.

Day by day, this won't be a problem, but those tiny bits of dust and fluff will build up as long as you have your phone, bringing together each time you plug in your charging cable until it establishes a strong barrier that stops your charger from going all the way in and allows it to connect and charge.

A wooden cocktail stick is a great tool for a job as the wood won't damage the internal components.

If you've had your phone for more than six months and you're gradually finding the charger becoming less and less stable (particularly if you have to wiggle it around to get it to begin charging), then dirt in your port is the culprit.

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How to clean out your phone's charging port?

The easiest way to remove anything inside your phone's port is to assemble a cocktail stick or toothpick or other loose items that you can poke in to the port if you don't want to harm it. Wood or plastic is better, as it's less likely to scrape against anything inside and potentially cause harm. I've done this using a metal SIM removal tool and although it worked well, it's not the safest option for your phone.

With an iPhone's Lightning port, you can scrape back and forth, but with USB-C you'll need to scrape around the charging connector, which sits in the port.

Get it in there.

Eventually you'll begin to work the compacted debris loose and you'll be able to encourage the dislodged material out of the port. It's a fun process and you might be surprised at how much stuff actually comes out. Gently work on the sides of the port too, but be careful not to scrape hard against any of the metal charging connectors.

Once you've got a lot of nonsense out, you can try your charging cable again.

The removal of nonsense from your phone's charging port is beneficial.

If you're going to go deeper than you expect, take the charger to the next level to see more dirt then test it again. If it does, then you might need to consider other solutions like a new cable or charger.

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