How To Fix An Android Phone That Won’t Charge/Discharges

Last Updated on August 10th, 2016.

Android phones are known for long-lasting battery capacity irrespective of how many processes you are running at the same time, the battery life shouldn’t be an issue. But it could be really confusing when you discover your android phone not charging when connected to your charger only for your battery percentage to remain at the same level for hours or in fact drop steadily.

The problem occurs in various ways, either your phone won’t charge when it is plugged in, or it only charges very slowly (sometimes barely faster than it is discharging). It’s a very common complaint, and I recently encountered this issue with my blackberry 9790.

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Am very certain you must have thought of “Why is my Android phone not charging or discharging despite being connected to a power source?”

Lets see the obvious reasons below:

  • Insufficient power source: If you’re charging using a PC (via USB cord) or from a faulty power source then this is possible.
  • Bad USB port: A loose, cracked or broken phone USB port could be a cause.
  • Bad charger: If the charger is faulty or not powerful enough then you can expect something like this.

android charger

  • ROM Issues: If you flashed a custom ROM / Firmware upgrade with power efficiency bugs then you have another possible reason.
  • Heavy Usage During Charging: If you’re running processor / battery intensive processes during charging then you have another possible cause
  • Bad battery: Some batteries have problems retaining charge after extensive use.

Some of you may have suffered from a phone that won’t charge properly and probably rushed out to buy a new charger to fix it, well, you are wrong. What if the issue isn’t the charger? and the actual issue is your phone battery.

How To Fix An Android Phone That Won’t Charge/Discharges

Below are 100% tested and trusted ways based on my experience and am very certain it would work for you. Lets Get Started:

When you notice your android phone is not charging even though it’s plugged to power source, first action is to:

  • Make sure the USB jack and USB port are making firm contact
  • Switch Usb cable and try charging it again.
  • Try a different battery
  • Try a different charger
  • Consider changing the USB port if it looks loose, cracked or damaged in any way
  • Try a different power source
  • Flash the stock ROM back to the phone
  • Consider using an external (like desktop) charger to be sure the battery is working.

NOTE: You don’t just rush to buy anything without being 100% certain you need to, so you don’t waste your money and time.

How To Care for Android Battery life And prevent Future Occurrence

  • Avoid over-charging your device: Once your battery is full please remove it from power source. Over charging kills your battery cells.
  • Avoid charging your device using a PC or low power source.
  • Employ good battery management practices
  • Do not rotate the USB jack during charging or force it into the USB port.

I hope after reading the above article, you would treat your battery with care and wait and find out the actual reason before jumping to buy accessories to get it fixed.

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