Do you find yourself in a situation where your Android device has stopped charging, although you do everything as usual – connect it to the adapter and plug it into the socket? That’s okay – there can be many reasons for this and in most cases, you can fix the problem yourself.
The fact is that in addition to the battery malfunctions can be a glitch in the operating system. In most cases, it’s the problem of contamination of the charging slot. But you should also understand that batteries in smartphones and tablets can also wear out and the correct charging greatly affects the quality of the battery of your gadget.
How to charge Android device properly
You have probably heard at least once that charging from 0 to 100% is not the best option. When the battery is completely full, it’s the most unstable state, accelerates battery wear, and increases the risk of overheating. All this shortens the life cycle of your battery. That’s why electric cars are always charged to only 80%. This extends the service life for years to come.
For many users, the popular pattern of using devices: to discharge to zero and put the device to charge overnight is not the most optimal. What’s more, when you leave your gadget charging overnight, the battery can additionally wear out due to micro charging cycles. This is when your device has changed to 100%, and charging has stopped. It sat for a while, the charge dropped to 99%, and charging started again.
Deep discharge is also dangerous. The fact is that when the battery is just lying around, it still slowly loses its charge. Therefore, if the device is turned off at 0%-1% indication and has been in this state for a long time without charging, the battery can go into hibernation, from which it’s not always possible to remove the battery.
So, in order not to cause any bugs and glitches on your Android, it’s better to stick to the golden mean and charge the device to 80-85%.
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Is a soiled charging slot can be the issue
Dirt is often the problem during charging. Particularly if the plug has become sluggish in the socket or if charging starts and stops when the wire is wiggled. In the vast majority of cases, this problem is solved by cleaning the connector. How to do this can be easily found on the Internet. The methods differ depending on the type of connector.
The fact is that we constantly carry the device in a pocket or bag, where there is dust or lint from clothing. With each charge, they are pushed by the plug into the very depth of the connector. Over time, a very decent layer accumulates and it even gets to the point of not being able to put the cable back in place.
This is also why some cases have a special plug for connectors. Dust collects not only in the charging slot but also in the headphones slot. It’s just in the charging slot that it’s most noticeable.
How to check if the USB power adapter is working properly
The first thing to do is to check whether the outlet that’s used for charging works at all. As cliché as it sounds, it makes sense. Sometimes there are problems with them, but we don’t even know about them.
If the outlet works, it’s worth checking the power adapter. To do that, you either have to get another one or try charging from something else. For example, from a computer or an external battery. If it’s charging, then the problem is in the adapter and you need to buy a new one. It can break not only if you drop it, but, also without any external mechanical damage. It’s enough to be in the socket when there is a power surge.
Another even more common cause of charging failures is cables. Here, the connector or even the strands themselves can get damaged. This is especially common in the plug area. That’s where it’s most vulnerable. Especially often this happens to those who bend the cable a lot, constantly using the gadget while charging, or simply yank it out carelessly, holding not by the plug, but by the cable itself.
If it doesn’t charge with a different power adapter or computer, it’s probably the cable. Look for another one to check. If you don’t have one, buy a new one.
What about battery calibrating
What should you do if your device doesn’t fully charge when turned on? The screen blinks that the device is fully charged, but a few minutes after unplugging it, the level of charge drops by 10-15%? There are no such problems with a new battery, however, if you’ve been using your device for a long time, this is a fairly common situation.
There are ways with a full discharge (until it shuts down by itself) and then fully charge the gadget to its maximum value. This method is not bad and can work, but it’s better to pay attention to a slightly different method:
- First, connect the charger to your device and charge it. It’s important that the charge is full, and that even after it reaches 100%, it’s still connected to power for at least eight hours. You can’t unplug the cable. That’s why it’s easiest to turn on such charging overnight.
- After that, you should unplug the charger and turn off your device. After it turns off, reconnect the charging cable to it and continue charging for at least one hour.
- Turn off charging and if the gadget doesn’t turn on automatically, turn it on manually. After that, let it sit for a while with the screen unlocked.
- After 10-15 minutes, turn it off again and connect it to the charger for another hour when it’s off. After that, the device can be turned on and used as usual.
If this doesn’t help, you need to go straight to the manufacturer to resolve the issue under warranty.
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Is factory reset worth a try
If you’ve gone through all the items and none of them helped you figure out the cause of the problem, it could be a software glitch. The Android operating system collects device usage statistics in order to prevent a complete discharge of the battery.
In some devices, a full discharge causes the built-in power controller to malfunction, which in turn prevents the device from taking a charge as usual. In this case, resetting the device to factory settings may help (don’t forget to back up important data beforehand). Of course, this is an extreme measure and should be resorted to only if you have tried everything else.
As you can see, Android devices aren’t ideal and sometimes can malfunction in the most unpredictable ways. However, the developers made the OS quite flexible and most cases can be fixed easily.