I plug my iPhone 6s plus into the lightning cable and it will make the "chime" sound to let you know it is charging, but if I move it even so slightly on the table where it charges or pick it up to text, it will stop charging.

I checked to see if my cable was the problem, but it charges my iPad. It must be my iPhone lightning port then?

Sometimes even when I do not touch my iPhone and it is charging, it will keep making the charging sound and light up (as if it was unplugged and the re connected).

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I've had the same problem. Sometimes shooting a little compressed air in the port or taking a swipe in there with a clean cloth (not a q-tip or kleenex) can get rid of gunk that might build up from normal use (like the phone being in a bag or pocket that has dust, dirt, lint and such.) My old 3G (with the wide charger) was doing the exact same thing until I cleaned it out - had a TON of dog hair, lint, grime, tobacco and such from like four years of riding in my pocket. Pushing in the charger just pushes down and compacts whatever is in there.

Some people suggest a toothpick or using a little rubbing alcohol (like 90% so minimal watercontent) but whatever you use I'd recommend being gentle. Here's a video where they gently use a pin. Whatever you choose to try, I'd first shine a bright light in there and take a good look (even better if you have a magnifying glass). Here are some more suggestions if mine don't help.

My folks have big cover cases for their mobiles which have flaps that close over the charging port, I just looked in their charging ports and there didn't look to be any gunk, so maybe a good idea for moving forward with a lint free mobile lifestyle?


One thing I did recently on a few cables that were acting up was to gently scrub the “Lightning” cable end that goes into the phone with a brass brush. I think they were gunked up/had some corrosion so the contact wasn’t good. They were both fine after that.

The answer about cleaning the port is more likely right in your case. However, there’s little downside to cleaning a $15 cable first.


I think possibly it's your phone battery is leaking or phone port is broken.


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