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Device Not Charging? Quick, No-Cost Fix That’s Likely to Work

device not chargingHave you discovered a device not charging? I almost panicked three days ago when I realized my iPad wasn’t charging. I fiddled with the connector a bit, turned the thing off and ignored it.
I checked used iPad prices. I searched out other tablets. I turned it back on and low and behold it had charged clear up to 15 percent! I turned it on and it went back to 8 percent in a hurry. That brief improvement made me wonder what I could find out by googling. So I did. I googled something like “ipad not charging.’ First I found something from Apple that seemed to be a technical explanation of various error messages – not what I wanted nor could I understand it enough to use.

Then I found c|net’s Use a toothpick to clean out your iPhone. There’s a video, but in truth I only realized that this morning when looking up the link for this post.

I did as instructed – got a wooden toothpick, although I suspect a plastic one would work, and made sure the device was off. I didn’t perform a backup because I didn’t have enough power. Besides, it’s supposed to back up to the cloud.

Yes, I was amazed at the junk. In my case it was mostly black stuff that I could wipe right off the tooth pick. I did dislodge and remove a fair sized piece of what looked like lint.

Who knew that our devices and our belly buttons have so much in common!

What about device not charging on phones and Kindles and…

I suspect this will work on most any device with a charging port. I’m looking forward to unpacking an old iPad and Kindle and seeing if I can resurrect them. I’ll let you know.

What has this got to do with writing? Everything and nothing. I love easy, no-cost solutions and discovering a device not charging happens to all of us. Hmmm, wonder if I can do something similar with my land line battery connection?

Write well and often,

Anne Wayman, freelance writer

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