How to fix your phone's charger port

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There’s nothing more frustrating than your phone dying when you need it the most. Whether you’re out on a night out, at work or school, or simply waiting for a cab to arrive after a long day, most of us rely on our phones to keep us company and help pass the time.

But what happens when you plug your charger into your phone and it doesn't work? Almost everyone has experienced this issue at some point or another. Fortunately, it is not the end of the world. There are plenty of ways to fix a broken phone charger port. If you have recently dropped your phone in water, that might be the culprit here – especially if you can see moisture inside your charging port (you might have seen visible condensation when you took it apart).

Dropped phones are particularly susceptible to water damage because they tend to fall screen-first into puddles. However, moisture can also get trapped inside ports if they aren’t perfectly sealed during manufacturing.


There are a few things you can do to fix your phone's charger port.

  1. First, try cleaning the port with a cotton swab or a toothpick.
  2. If that doesn't work, you can try using a can of compressed air to blow out any dirt or dust that might be clogging the port.
  3. Finally, if all else fails, you can always take your phone to a professional to have the port repaired or replaced.

Quick Fixes

  • If the phone charger port is loose, try reconnecting the charger cable.
  • If the phone's charger port is damaged, it will need to be replaced.
  • Check the port for debris or dirt and clean it if necessary.
  • Inspect the charging cord for any damage and replace it if necessary.
  • Try plugging the charger into a different outlet to see if that makes a difference.
  • Restart your phone and try charging it again.
  • If none of these solutions work, then you may need to have your phone replaced or repaired.

Check for water damage

First, check your charging port for visible signs of water damage. Is there visible moisture inside the port? Try drying it out if you see any water or build-up in your charging port. Wipe out the inside of your charging port with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove any visible moisture. You can also use an alcohol-soaked cotton swab to dry your charging port. Water damage can be challenging to repair and usually only worsen over time. If you see no visible signs of water damage, you may just have a loose or broken charging port.

Use a different charging cord

If you’re working with a broken or loose charging port, try charging your phone with a cord for a different device. Some charging cords are built for certain devices and might fit your port more snugly. If your current charging cord is loose, you can also try wrapping it in electrical tape to tighten it up.

Try a small hammer

If you simply can’t get your charging port unstuck, try gently tapping the inside of the port with a small hammer. Be careful not to damage your phone's external housing, so try only to hit the inside of the charging port.

Use a needle or cotton swab

If you don’t have a hammer nearby, grab a needle or cotton swab and gently push it into your charging port. Be careful not to push the needle too hard, or you might break your charging port.

Try a keyboard cleaner

You can try a keyboard cleaner if you’ve tried all of the above and still can’t get your charging port unstuck. Most brands of keyboard cleaner spray will also work on your charging port. Make sure to use 91% isopropyl alcohol or 99% isopropyl alcohol. You can also try using rubbing alcohol.


Your phone's charging port or jack is where you plug in your charger. If your phone is not charging, you should first check the charging port to see if there are any visible signs of damage. If the charging port looks fine, you might need to replace your charging cable instead.
If your charging port isn’t working properly, it can be a hassle. The good news is that there are a few different ways you can fix a broken phone charger port, ranging from simple DIY fixes to more advanced troubleshooting techniques.

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