13 Proven Fixes for the Pesky ‘iPhone Wireless Charging Not Working’ Error

Introduction: There I was, ready to power up my trusty iPhone for the day, when I realized it hadn’t charged overnight. Wireless charging is one of my favorite features, but it can be quite finicky at times. After testing and tinkering with different solutions, I’m happy to share with you 10 proven fixes for that pesky ‘iPhone Wireless Charging Not Working’ error.

1. Restart your iPhone

A simple restart can do wonders in clearing up software glitches. Press and hold the side button and either volume button until the power off slider appears. Then, swipe the slider to turn off your iPhone. Wait a few moments and press the side button again to turn it back on.

Restart your iPhone


2. Check for software updates

Updating your iPhone software can resolve compatibility issues:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If there’s an update available, tap “Download and Install.”

By following these detailed instructions, you should be able to resolve most wireless charging issues with your iPhone. Remember, if all else fails, don’t hesitate to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Check for software updates

3. Inspect your charging pad

Check your charging pad for damage or wear:

  • Examine the surface for dirt and gently clean it with a soft cloth if necessary.
  • Ensure it’s completely dry before trying to charge your iPhone again.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website for any firmware updates for your charging pad.
Inspect your charging pad

4. Try a Different wireless charger

Incompatibility or low-quality chargers can cause issues:

  • Test your iPhone with another Qi-certified wireless charger.
  • Consider using Apple’s official wireless chargers or reliable third-party options like Anker and Belkin.
Try a Different wireless charger

5. Remove the iPhone case

Some cases can interfere with wireless charging:

  • Take off your iPhone case.
  • Place your iPhone directly on the charging pad to see if it charges.
Remove the iPhone case

6. Adjust iPhone placement

Proper alignment is crucial for wireless charging:

  • Place your iPhone horizontally or vertically on the charging pad.
  • Move it around until you see the charging icon on the screen, indicating optimal alignment between the charging coils.
Adjust iPhone placement

7. Check the charging pad’s power source

Ensure your charging pad is connected to a reliable power source:

  • If it’s plugged into a power strip, test another device in the same outlet to rule out electrical issues.
  • Alternatively, plug the charging pad directly into a wall outlet and see if that resolves the problem.
Check the charging pad's power source

8. Reset network settings

Resetting your network settings can sometimes fix wireless charging problems. Keep in mind, this will erase all saved Wi-Fi passwords and Bluetooth connections. To reset:

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  • Tap “Reset Network Settings.”
  • Enter your passcode and confirm the action.
Reset network settings

9. Force restart your iPhone

A force restart can resolve underlying software issues. Here’s how to do it based on your iPhone model:

  • iPhone 8 or later: Quickly press and release the volume up button, followed by the volume down button, and then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 7 or 7 Plus: Press and hold both the side button and volume down button until the Apple logo appears.
  • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold both the home button and the side or top button until the Apple logo appears.
Force restart your iPhone

10. Contact Apple Support

If you’ve tried everything else and your iPhone still isn’t charging wirelessly, it’s time to get professional help. Reach out to Apple Support by visiting their website and selecting the appropriate options related to your issue. You can chat with an expert online, schedule a phone call, or visit your nearest Apple Store for in-person support.

Contact Apple Support

11. Dealing with Persistent Charging Issues: iPhone Battery Replacement

Even after conducting all the troubleshooting measures, if your iPhone still refuses to charge wirelessly, there might be a deeper issue at play. Persistent charging issues could signal a problem with the iPhone’s battery itself. Over time and with frequent charging cycles, iPhone batteries wear out and their capacity diminishes. This not only affects the longevity of your battery life, but it can also interfere with the iPhone’s ability to charge.

To check the health of your battery, go to “Settings > Battery > Battery Health.” If the Maximum Capacity is significantly less than 100% or your device shows a message that your battery health is significantly degraded, it might be time to consider a battery replacement.

In some cases, replacing the battery could solve your wireless charging issues. However, battery replacement should ideally be carried out by professionals, as it involves opening up the device, which may void warranties or potentially cause more harm if done incorrectly. Always consult with Apple Support or an authorized service provider before deciding to replace your battery.

12. Try Charging in Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a diagnostic state that allows you to use your device without running any third-party apps. While iOS devices don’t have a typical “Safe Mode” like some other operating systems, you can achieve a similar effect by restarting your device and then removing any apps that may be causing problems.

If you suspect that an app may be interfering with the wireless charging process, you could try deleting and reinstalling the app to see if that fixes the issue. If the problem persists, you may need to consider a full factory reset of your iPhone after backing up your data.

13. Test Your iPhone With a Regular Charger

Testing your iPhone with a regular (wired) charger can help isolate the problem. If your iPhone charges normally with a wired charger, it suggests the issue is likely to be with the wireless charging feature specifically – possibly the charging pad or the phone’s wireless charging capabilities.

However, if the iPhone also refuses to charge using the wired charger, it indicates a more general charging problem. This could point towards a faulty charging port or a serious battery issue, which would require further diagnostics or potentially a repair.

Testing with a wired charger is a simple step that can provide important information about the nature of your charging issue, and it should not be overlooked in the process of troubleshooting.


While wireless charging is undoubtedly convenient, it can be a bit finicky. I hope these 10 fixes help you get your iPhone back to charging wirelessly in no time. Remember, always keep your software up-to-date and use Qi-certified charging pads for the best results. If you continue to face issues, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apple Support for expert assistance. After all, a charged iPhone is a happy iPhone.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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