Your iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t charge. What do you do? Well, you can panic, or you can fix the problem.
If your iPhone 14 Pro Max is not charging, there are a number of potential fixes you can try, from restarting your iPhone to changing your Lightning cable. As we explain in this article, they’re all easy to try, and in the most cases, they’ll get your iPhone 14 Pro Max charging again.
Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Without further ado, here are the tips to fix iPhone 14 Pro Max not charging problem:
Check, change or replace the Lightning cable
If your iPhone 14 Pro Max is not charging, there may be a problem with the charging cable. Here are a few things you can try:
- Make sure your cable is plugged in properly. This means making sure it’s plugged firmly into your iPhone and into either the wall socket, a computer or a USB hub.
- Try a different cable, if you have one. If other cables work, then it’s clear the first cable was the culprit.
- If no other cables work, then it’s likely that something else is causing the problem. That said, the cables you’ve tried may all be faulty, so you may want to purchase a new Lightning cable (after trying other solutions suggested in this guide).
Clean the Lightning port
Sometimes dirt or debris accumulate in the charging port over time and can cause charging problems on your iPhone 14 Pro Max. Use a flashlight to peep inside the Lightning port and get rid of the debris with a clean toothbrush or an anti-static brush. Never, I repeat never use a needle or any other pointed object to clean the Lightning port as it can severely damage the port. Once the Lightning port is free from all the dirt and debris, a smooth connection will be restored between your iPhone and the charger. Plug the charger firmly to your iPhone and try charging it again.
Restart your iPhone
Restarting your phone is one of the safest and most dependable solutions to virtually any iPhone problem. The same thing applies when your iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t charge. To do this: simultaneously hold one of the Volume buttons and the Side button, until the power off sliders appears. Apple also recommends trying a force restart. This is similar to a normal restart, but it works even when your iPhone is frozen. To do this: Press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button, and then press and hold the Side button, until you see the Apple logo.
Check your power source
Similar to checking or changing your cable, it’s possible that your iPhone 14 Pro Max is not charging because of your power source.
If you’re using a power adaptor, try a different adaptor. You can also try plugging your Lightning cable into a compatible USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on your computer (or on a USB hub or docking station).
If you’re plugging your iPhone into a computer (or docking station), make sure that the port you’re using is actually compatible with your Lightning cable. This means the port should be USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 compatible. Don’t use the USB ports on a keyboard, since these won’t work.
Likewise, if you’re using a wireless charger, try charging using a Lightning cable. If this works, your wireless charger may need replacing.
Cool your iPhone down
In cases where your iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t charge past 80%, Apple recommends moving your iPhone to a cooler location. If it’s already warm, charging it may make it too warm, so the iPhone will limit itself to charging up to 80%.
Again, if it stops at 80%, take your iPhone somewhere cooler and keep it out of sunlight. Also, you can go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health and tap Optimized Battery Charging, so that its slider moves into the off position. This isn’t recommended, since it may accelerate the aging of your battery, but it will prevent your iPhone 14 Pro Max from charging up to 80% in some cases.
Take your iPhone to Apple
If you’ve tried all of the above and your iPhone 14 Pro Max still won’t charge, you may have a hardware problem. In this case, you need to go to Apple’s website and arrange to have your iPhone repaired. You can also take your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store, which you can also locate on Apple’s website.