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How to charge your phone with a broken charger port?

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Having a broken charging port on your phone can render your phone useless as soon as your battery runs out. It’s also not very easy to fix unless you get your phone repaired. 

However, if you’re out there with a broken charging port on your phone and need a quick fix, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going over three methods using which you can charge your phone with its broken charging port.

Do keep in mind that there can be a lot of reasons why your phone isn’t charging. We advise following this guide only if you’re certain that you do, in fact, have a broken port on your phone. 

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Clean your port 

One of the reasons your phone isn’t charging could be because the charging plug and the port don’t have proper contact. This is a prevalent issue as dust and debris tend to creep up in phone charging ports. 

So clean the port on your phone. All you need is a toothpick or anything that you can stick inside your phone’s charging port. Just stick the toothpick in and gently clear out any dust you might have jammed in the port.

How to charge your phone with a broken charger port?

Be sure to turn off your device and remove the battery if possible before you stick anything inside the charging port. Also, keep an eye out for the charging pin. If it’s misaligned, gently lever it up or down.

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Charge your phone’s battery with an external battery

Unfortunately, this method only works for phones with a removable battery. We need to make a physical connection between the phone battery we need to charge and the battery we’re drawing power from. 

First, we need to get access to the connection points of the phone’s battery. Just pop out the battery, and connection points should be on either the top or the bottom of the battery pack.

The next step is sourcing enough AA/AAA batteries so that you can combine them to match your phone battery’s voltage. A typical phone battery is 3.7V DC, and AA cells are 1.5V each. You’ll need three AA or AAA cells to proceed.

How to charge your phone with a broken charger port?

Once you have the cells, connect them in series. This means that one cell’s positive end goes into the negative end of another until you have a battery pack of all three cells giving you one positive and one negative terminal. 

Get two wires, preferably with an insulated coating and tape them to the terminals of your AA/AAA battery pack. Now hook these wires up to your phone battery. Make sure you connect the positive end of the pack to the cell’s positive end and vice versa.

Note that this wouldn’t give you an enormous charge but will most likely charge your battery enough for you to able to make a phone call or two. 

Rub the battery

Another thing that you can try out is rubbing your phone’s battery. Once again, this involves a removable battery. 

Run the battery in between your palms to generate heat and friction. Place the battery back into the phone while it’s still warm and try charging again. 

Note that none of these solutions are fixes for a broken charging port but merely workarounds to get your device working temporarily. We recommend getting your phone repaired as soon as possible.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: