How to Clean Your iPhone Charging Port

October 22, 2021

One of the most predictable reasons why your iPhone won’t charge is because the charging port has accumulated too much dust, lint or other debris, causing a clog that’s preventing the charging connections from functioning properly.

Here are the steps to take to safely clean your iPhone charging port so you can get a better charge: 

Step 1: Power off your iPhone

Turn off and unplug your phone before attempting to clean it. 

Step 2: Find a flashlight or source of strong light

Grab a friend or your SO’s phone and turn on the flashlight or if you’re solo head to the bathroom where you’re more likely to find the level of bright light you need to properly inspect your phone. Have a good look at the outer and interior area of the charging port and see if you can spot any visible lint, crumbs or gunk. 

Step 3: Clean the charging port with compressed air

With your iPhone in one hand, and the charging port pointed towards the source of light, grab a can of compressed air* – making sure to hold it upright! –  and give the port a few strong but short blasts so you can vaporize the debris. This will work best for debris, like lint, which is more likely to stick to the outer surface of your iPhone’s charging port. 

Avoid blowing on your phone’s charging port! The particles that may be flying out of your mouth when you’re blowing can cause moisture build-up in the charging port and you’ll have a whole new set of problems… 

*While Apple doesn’t recommend the use of compressed air to clean an iPhone, this is the most tried-and-true method of cleaning a charging port that most professionals would recommend you use. Looking for any specific cleaning instructions related to your particular iPhone model? Head over to this handy Apple support page and look up your specific iPhone model’s cleaning advice. 

Step 4: If unsuccessful, try a toothpick or bobby pin

If after a few short bursts of compressed air, you plug in your iPhone and notice it still doesn’t charge or it charges improperly, then consider upgrading to a toothpick or a bobby pin. You can also start with the toothpick – instead of the can of compressed air – but the reason why we prefer compressed air as the first charging port cleaning tool is because in the majority of cases, a few short bursts of air are enough to clear up any debris. 

With a toothpick, or a bobby pin, you must be mindful to not go in the charging port too aggressively or quickly because you could damage the super sensitive connectors in your iPhone.

So, grab a toothpick, point your charging port towards the flashlight or bright bathroom light, and gently insert the toothpick inside the port and slowly move it around to see if it latches on to anything, like the crumbs from the croissant you devoured at your desk or perhaps you haven’t cleaned out your purse in eons and a bunch of l