How To Fix iPhone Wireless Charging Not Working

Iphone Wireless Charging

If wireless charging refuses to work on your iPhone, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s a fairly common problem, but luckily, it is super easy to fix.

Wireless charging might stop working for a myriad of reasons. This article covers all those reasons and what you can do to fix the problem.

What Is Wireless Charging?

Wireless charging is the innovative charging technology that Apple introduced with the iPhone 8 to make charging an intuitive and easy experience. It involves using Qi-certified chargers available as accessories in airports, cars, hotels, and cafés. You need to have an iPhone 8 or later for wireless charging to work.


Qi is a universal charging standard made by WPC (Wireless Power Consortium).

Why Your iPhone Isn’t Charging Wirelessly and How To Fix It

If you have an iPhone 8, or later that won’t charge wirelessly, you don’t need to panic. Here are some things you can do:

Tip #1: Reboot Your Phone

If your wireless charging is not working, the very first thing you need to do is reboot your iPhone. Minor glitches and software issues can prevent the phone from charging wirelessly, and restarting it can sometimes fix the problem.

Tip #2: Do a Hard Reset

If your iPhone doesn’t respond at all when you place it on the charging pad, you will need to do a hard reset. This will force your phone to reboot, and it might start charging once it powers back on.

Tip #3: Remove the Case

Some iPhone cases are so thick that they prevent the phone from charging wirelessly. Metal cases can also affect the charging. So if your phone isn’t charging, try removing the cover and then place it on the charging pad.   

Tip #4: Make Sure the iPhone Is Placed Correctly

Sometimes, the iPhone doesn’t charge if it’s not placed right at the center of the charging pad. Charging coils present inside a wireless charger send out power to the iPhone. When the iPhone and coils don’t line up, your phone fails to charge wirelessly. So make sure you move around the iPhone a bit to find that sweet charging spot. 


Trying to find the charging spot every time can be annoying. This is why you should opt for a wireless charger with multiple coils that provide a position-free charging experience. You can also purchase magnetic chargers that auto-align the charger and phone.

Tip #5: Ensure the Charger Is Plugged-In All the Way

This sounds pretty obvious, but sometimes the socket can lose power, or the cables might be loose. In particular, if your charger doesn’t have an LED indicator, it can be difficult to notice a problem. So, it’s best to double-check that your charger is working.

Tip #6: Ensure You Have a Qi-Enabled Charger

Only Qi-enabled chargers can wirelessly charge an iPhone (iPhone 8 or later), and if you get a low-quality knock-off charging pad, the chances are that your iPhone won’t charge. So make sure you only get genuine Qi-enabled charging pads.

Tip #7: Download the Latest iOS Version

The wireless charging functionality was first implemented via an iOS update. So, if wireless charging doesn’t work on your device, make sure you have the correct update installed that enables wireless charging.

Tip #8: Cool Down Your iPhone

Since wireless charging is not as efficient as wired charging, it generates more heat. If the iPhone’s battery gets extra hot, the protection mechanism kicks in and limits the charging to 80%. In this case, you should remove your phone from the charger, let it cool down, and try again.

Tip #9: Restore Your iPhone

It’s highly likely that a software issue is why your iPhone fails to charge wirelessly. If nothing else works, we recommend doing a DFU restore.

Tip #10: Change Your Charging Pad

If your phone doesn’t charge wirelessly even after following all the other tips, then you might need to repair or replace your charging pad. Remember, you can only use Qi-enabled charging pads to charge your iPhone wirelessly.

Tip #11: Go to the Genius Bar

Finally, if your iPhone still fails to charge wirelessly, then it might be because of a hardware issue. Hitting your iPhone against something hard or water exposure can damage the phone’s internal components and prevent it from being wirelessly charged. In this case, we recommend heading over to the Apple Store and getting your phone, and the wireless charging pad checked out. Just remember to schedule an appointment at the Genius Bar beforehand!


Now you know that there can be many reasons for your iPhone wireless charging not working, and it’s nothing to worry about. Simply try out all the tips above, and we’re sure you’ll figure out the problem in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you enable wireless charging on iPhone?

1) Plug in your charger and place it on a level surface.
2) Put your iPhone on the charger with the screen facing up. To ensure your iPhone starts charging, place it in the charger’s center or wherever the manufacturer recommends.
3) Once you place the phone on the charger, it will start to charge after a few seconds.

Can I wirelessly charge my iPhone 7?

Unfortunately, models that came before the iPhone 8 don’t support wireless charging. But you can try using a wireless charging adapter for your iPhone 7 to make it Qi-compatible.

Why did wireless charging stop working suddenly?

If your charger stopped charging your device suddenly, try repositioning it and placing it right in the middle of the charging pad. Your phone could also not be charging because of debris or dust, so wipe off the back of your phone and charging pad and try again.

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