Apple’s iPhone 12 series and the company’s new MagSafe chargers promise to solve many of the problems people have with wireless chargers. Wireless charging is a big selling point for the iPhone 12, but not everyone wants to upgrade their phone just to get a frustration-free charging experience.
A common problem that you may be facing, is that your wireless charger simply won’t charge your iPhone. You put your iPhone down, come back in an hour and discover your iPhone has lost charge instead of gained it.
Fix iPhone 12 wireless charging not working
If wireless charging is not working on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, continue reading and try these five fixes to see if they can put you back into a powerful position.
Make sure the Charger Is Plugged In
We’ll start with the easiest fix and one that many people overlook. Check to make sure the charger is actually plugged into a power outlet.
You may have inadvertently unplugged either the charger itself or the power strip that the charger was using. Ensure all the power connections are plugged properly and try the next solution if your charger still isn’t working.
Avoid Rushing Things
Are you giving your charger ample time to charge your iPhone? Or are you grabbing your iPhone after 15 minutes because you’re used to fast-charging? Be patient and avoid rushing things.
Most wireless chargers provide 7.5 or 10 watts on the high-end, which is significantly less than the 12 or even 20 watts most plug-in chargers deliver.
Because wireless chargers deliver less power, it’s going to take longer to charge your iPhone.
Take off Your Case
Are you using a case on your iPhone when you are trying to charge? If so, consider taking it off. Most wireless chargers work with a slim case, but can fail if your iPhone is wrapped in a thicker protective case like an Otterbox.
Make sure your iPhone is Aligned properly
Most folks drop their iPhone on a wireless charger and just walk away, assuming their device is gaining charge. What they don’t realize is that wireless charging relies on the proper alignment of the iPhone on the pad. To make a contact that transmits energy to the iPhone, the iPhone’s internal induction coil must line up properly with the induction coil in the wireless charging pad. If the device is even slightly off to the side, then the induction coils won’t line up and the iPhone won’t charge wirelessly.
It’s deceiving because you think the iPhone is charging, but it is not. You have to position the iPhone on the charger pad and wiggle it until you get the right alignment. You’ll be able to tell because the charging indicator on the iPhone will kick on. Once your iPhone is aligned properly, don’t move it as you may lose the connection, and your iPhone won’t charge wirelessly.
Apple has tried to resolve this issue with the introduction of MagSafe chargers. The iPhone 12 features a ring of magnets in the back casing that aligns perfectly with the MagSafe charging surface. These magnets help secure the iPhone, so it can’t be bumped out of place, ensuring a solid connection.
Ensure your wireless charger is Powerful Enough
When buying a wireless charging unit, ensure it is powerful enough to charge your iPhone. A low-power wireless charging pad may not produce enough energy to juice up your iPhone. If the voltage and current are not sufficient enough, then your iPhone may charge very, very slowly, or not charge at all. When this happens, your iPhone may start to charge, but it quickly will stop when the power transfer cannot keep up with the phone’s demands.