Cell phone charging sporadically? Here’s a potential quick fix

Many of us have found at one point in our cell phone’s life an inability to sustain a charge. At times, you may plug in your charging cable and find that it is disconnecting every few seconds, reconnecting, and you can’t figure out why. The answer may be simpler than you think, and require only a paperclip.

Often this condition is due to lint trapped in your pocket invading the charging port. Shining a light into the port may reveal a grey shade of material packed near the back of the port, usually caused by the cable jamming the material farther into the port, leading to a misalignment of pins in the port.

Note: illFixit Wireless assumes no responsibility for any damage incurred as a result of the following procedure. Please treat your cellular devices with care.

  1. Fold out the end of a paper clip either 90 degrees or 180 degrees.
  2. Insert the paper clip into the charging port until you feel it hit the back of the port
  3. Gently scrape the paper clip to the left or right, and up one side, without lifting the end of the paperclip from the inside of the port.
  4. This ‘lifting’ motion may result in some debris emerging with the tip of the paperclip

Let us know if this helped you!

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