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MagSafe charger not working: Quick Fix

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The idea of Magsafe chargers has been around for a decade and a half, and with Apple keeping them limited to Macbooks, the technology was re-introduced in 2020 with iPhone 12. The Wireless MagSafe charger uses rectangular magnets arranged in a circle which works without hindrance to other magnets. However, MagSafe chargers continue to crop up with problems despite their added luxury.

In this article, we will figure out a few quick fixes for your to attempt in case your MagSafe charger stops working conveniently.

Why is your Magsafe charger not working?

Your iPhone cannot optimally charge if it is not correctly aligned with the MagSafe charger. This and certain other reasons can be why your MagSafe is not working correctly, some of them are:

  • The magnets on your iPhone have been damaged
  • The primary source of power has a problem
  • Compatibility issues with the phone and charger
  • A rise in the temperature of the power adapter

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Fixing your MagSafe Wireless Charger

If your power adapter is in a very hot environment, it can turn itself off, then remove your devices and let the adapter cool down immediately. You can follow the steps given below to quickly rectify the problem which is restricting your iPhone from being charged by a MagSafe Wireless Charger:

Check all ports and plugs

You should check that all the plugs and ports are properly aligned and correctly plugged into the power socket. Check for any debris and clean your MagSafe charger as well as the MagSafe ring on your iPhone made of magnets. Clean with a dry cloth and make sure that the power adapter is unplugged during the cleaning process. The power port is magnetic in nature and can attract objects.

Check power source

Use the power adapter recommended by Apple to support your MagSafe charger. Having the correct power adapter placed in a working power socket is important. Your iPhone or Mac requires a certain power adapter that is compatible with the device and giver the correct amount of power dosage.

Case Removal

Make sure that there is no obstruction between your iPhone’s magnetic ring and the MagSafe charger and that includes the case. You can keep the case while charging if it is MagSafe compatible. You can find out more about this from the phone case manufacturer.

iPhone compatibility

Since MagSafe and its accessories were introduced with iPhone 12, any iPhone model that comes after this version will be compatible with the MagSafe charger, which is iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, and their versions of Pro, Mini, Plus, and Pro Max.

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Photo: Framesira /

Certified MagSafe charger

If you are using any third-party accessory, make sure that it has an MFi tag, also known as ‘Made for iPhone’. You can check the website of the manufacturer or call them up to see if they have the MFi certificate for their products which makes them compatible with iPhones.

Update iPhone

If your iPhone is not updated to the latest iOS version, then there might be some software issues that can hinder charging, especially bugs. Open General in your settings and tap on Software Update to see if there is one, which you can proceed to install. Try recharging your phone after updating to the new software. You can also switch off and on your iPhone to see if there is any difference. Usually, software or firmware updates can help amend or repair communication with the power adapter.

Hard reset iPhone

You can force restart or hard reset your iPhone to halt all of its functions. It allows your phone to recuperate back after shutting down everything. You can hard reset your phone by pressing and releasing the Volume Up button first and then doing the same with the Volume Down button afterwards. Then press the power button for a longer duration. Your phone’s screen will go blank and the Apple logo will appear.

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Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

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