How to clean iPhone charging port

Have you ever encountered an iPhone charging port that has gotten a little bit “clogged”? You plug in your iPhone charging cable, but the lightning bolt just isn’t showing up. This is because the dirt and debris has blocked it from working. In this article we are going to discuss how to clean iPhone charging port and get rid of the problem once and for all.

You can use the below cleaning method to clean charging port on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  1. Keeping Apple’s Lightning ports clean is easy. Never insert anything metallic into these ports, and keep them free of dust, debris, or liquids.
  2. Always Clean your iPhone’s Lightning port using a cotton swab.
  3. Insert a clean toothpick into the slot of your iPhone charge port. Then push upward. The old, stuck-in debris will come out or make the way for the vacuum cleaner to dislodge it from the little corners in the Lightning port.
  4. You can also Use a dry toothpick, wipe the port with isopropyl alcohol or a contact cleaning kit. This will clean out the debris and lint that can cause problems.

iPhone charging is a very delicate matter, so it’s important to make sure that both the lightning port as well as the charging cord are spotless, and let you charge your phone without any trouble. Below we have listed super easy steps that will help you clean the iPhone charging port. Let’s begin:

The Lightning port (the one used for charging and connecting devices to computers) tends to get clogged with dust and debris over time. Although a bit gross, this buildup is more than just an eyesore — it can also prevent you from charging your device, which is really frustrating (and a heavy reason for Apple’s forums’ popularity).

To help you keep this from happening, we’ve outlined a straightforward process that will leave the inside of your iPhone or iPad looking like new.

You can use a toothpick or a Sim Pin

To keep your iPhone charging port clean and free from lint or other debris, you can use a normal toothpick to clean the iPhone’s charging port.

Use a toothpick or a Sim Pin to clearn dirt from charging port
Use a toothpick or a Sim Pin to clearn dirt from charging port

You can clean iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone SE, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 8 or any other iPhone with toothpick r with the Sim-card Pin.

Just make sure that you don’t push it too hard so that you don’t damage the charging pins.

Use Compressed air if Charging port is not clean

Using a can of compressed air, gently blow into the charging hole. This will loosen any dirt and foreign materials trapped inside. If your charging port is still not working, take a pin or a SIM-card tool and carefully insert it into the small hole on top of the charge port.

Use Compressed air to properly clean stuck lint or dirt
Use Compressed air to properly clean stuck lint or dirt

Make sure the end of the pin or tool you’re using is slightly bent so it can grab any debris. Then gently pull out any visible debris while looking inside of the charge hole.

Finally, clear any remaining obstruction by carefully inserting a toothpick into the charging hole.

However, you don’t want to use an excessive amount of air because that could force moisture into the phone. Just check to see if dust particles are coming out of the port before and after spraying it with air.

Use a cloth and insert it into the port to gently wipe away any loose dirt and debris.

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Dropped iPhone and dirt stuck into Charging Port? (Personal Example)

I dropped my iPhone on the floor, which caused dust and dirt to become lodged into the jack and my charging port. The iPhone still turned on, but I couldn’t transfer data or charge it. I tried cleaning the port out with a toothpick, which worked temporarily but became ineffective after a few charges. This is when I resorted to a can of compressed air to really clean my charging port. After a few blasts of compressed air into the port, I plugged my charger in and saw that the charging process was beginning.


When it comes to fixing Apple products, many users are generally quick to resort to calling the manufacturer’s support or going on forums in search of help for their faulty product – often times ending up with a fix they would never even had thought of. But before you decide to take your iPhone and iPad to the “Genius Bar” at your local Apple Store, there’s a simple solution you can try first: cleaning out your device’s charging port.

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