iPhone 14 Pro Max wireless charging not working? Fix

By Moses Johnson - Managing Editor
4 Min Read

If your iPhone 14 Pro Max wireless charging is not working, here are the best tips to fix the problem.

Inductive wireless charging is a way to charge your phone without any pesky cables. Qi is the wireless charging standard that most companies share for compatibility. All you have to do is plug in the charging pad and place your iPhone on top.

The process uses electromagnetic induction to charge your iPhone’s battery. This involves a very flat series of coils inside the charging pad. The electromagnetic field generated by the pad sends power to your phone in order to charge the battery.

Although Wireless charging technology is a big selling point for Apple, it can also be problematic at times. Here are a few fixes you can try if wireless charging isn’t working on your iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Note: information in this article apply to iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Fix iPhone 14 Pro Max wireless charging not working

Charge your iPhone with a different charger

First, make sure that you can charge your iPhone with the normal charging cable that came with your iPhone to rule out general charging issues. Though wireless charging and wired charging don’t work the same, at least you can find out if the display of charging is typical or not.

Check whether the charging pad is properly connected to the socket

Make sure you’re using a high-quality, Qi-enabled accessory — and make sure it’s plugged in.
This may sound like a “no duh” suggestion, but it’s something to check before trying any other Troubleshooting step. Make sure that your Qi wireless charger is plugged into an outlet or power strip that’s working.

Make sure you’re using a Qi-certified charger

Apple uses Qi standard for its wireless charging, so make sure you’re using a Qi-certified charger from a reputable brand. Wireless chargers that don’t support Qi, or shoddy options from sketchy companies, may not work with your iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Have a look at the USB port for any dirt particles

If there is a charging port between the power cable and the charging mat, try cleaning out the charging port with a Q-tip and see if the charging mat works better.

Restart your iPhone

When in doubt, restart your iPhone.
In many cases, glitchy or buggy behavior can be easily rectified by a simple restart. That’s the case for the iPhone’s wireless charging feature, too. If you’re running into problems wirelessly charging your iPhone 14 Pro Max, you may want to power down your phone or perform a force restart.

To restart your iPhone, go to Settings > General > shut down.

To force restart your iPhone, press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo on your screen.

When your device has restarted, try charging it. Most of the time, this technique should solve iPhone 14 Pro Max wireless charging problem.

Ensure your iOS is up to date

Apple routinely patches software bugs that could inhibit wireless charging. Even if you aren’t actively experiencing charging issues on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, you’ll want to install the latest available software whenever you can.

To download and install the latest iOS updates, head to Settings > General > software update. Once you’re done updating, try to charge again. If it works, awesome. If not, try the next solution.

Try removing any device accessories before charging

Try removing your case, skin, or other accessories on your iPhone. Do not place metal objects, magnets or RFID cards, holders or credit cards in between your device and the wireless charger. These may block wireless signals or cause overheating.

Be mindful of iPhone placement on the wireless charger

How you place your iPhone on a wireless charger is, arguably, the most important thing you’ll want to keep in mind when using Qi-based solutions.

To put it in layman’s terms, Qi uses a charging coil to wirelessly transfer energy to your device. But these coils can be finicky. The most common reason wireless charging is not working on iPhone 14 Pro Max is improper placement on the charging pad. The wireless connection between the device and the charging pad may be interrupted, cutting off the power supply.

If the iPhone is too far away from the charging coil, then charging speeds may end up being ridiculously slow. Similarly, if the coil and iPhone aren’t aligned properly, charging may not take place at all. Worse still, you may even get a charging ”ping” or see the charging indicator working normally — even if your iPhone 14 Pro is not charging. More likely than not, this is why many users wake up to half-charged devices. Check that your device is placed directly in the centre of the pad, without any obstructions.

DFU Restore Your iPhone

If you are still experiencing a problem of your iPhone 14 Pro Max not charging wirelessly and you suspect it could still be a software bug, then you may want to perform a DFU Restore. This is one of the deepest “resets” you can carry out on an iPhone.

Steps to Doing a DFU Restore

  1. Make sure you have a valid backup in iTunes.
  2. Using an USB cable, connect your iPhone to the PC with iTunes installed.
  3. Press Volume up and release.
  4. Press Volume down and release.
  5. Press and continue holding the Side button for 10 seconds.
  6. While still holding the side button, press and hold the Volume down button for 5 seconds.
  7. Release the Side button and continue holding the Volume down button for an additional 10 seconds.

When you successfully enter DFU mode, your iPhone should remain on a black screen, (if not start the process again from the beginning.)

My iPhone 14 Pro Still Won’t Wirelessly Charge!

If you’re still running into problems with wireless charging on your iPhone 14 Pro Max, there may be a damaged component or hardware issue with your device. Try a different wireless charger unit to see if it works; otherwise, we recommend taking your iPhone to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider so they can diagnose and fix the problem.

iPhone 14 Pro Max not charging wirelessly? Fixed!

Your iPhone 14 Pro Max is charging wirelessly again. You now know exactly what to do when your iPhone 14 won’t wirelessly charge. Now share this article with your friends and family to teach them what to do when their iPhone 14 Pro Max is not charging wirelessly. Feel free to leave any other questions you have in the comments section below!

By Moses Johnson Managing Editor
Moses Johnson is the Editorial Director of GeeksModo.com, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. Moses is commonly referred to online as The Professor, with decades of experience in tech under his belt.
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