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My laptop is a Fujitsu Lifebook T937. It's a second hand laptop I got a few months ago after previously experiencing problems with my MacBook Pro Mid 2012 that unfortunately went unsolved

The first thing I did on this laptop is install iTunes so I could link my iPhone, use my iPhone internet on the laptop and charge the iPhone while linked to the laptop. The strange thing I noticed over time is that when plugged in trough USB, the iPhone will always show the green charging symbol, but it will really charge only with one side of the lightning charger.

When I use the charger to charge through a normal socket in the house, this doesn't happen. Do you know what could cause the issue ?

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    Are you using the USB-A ports or USB-C? How exactly are you connecting to the iPhone to the Lifebook? When you plug into a wall socket, are you using the same USB cable?
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 13:12
  • @Allan USB-A port, the iPhone is connected to the lightning charger, and the USB side of the charger is plugged into the USB-A port of the laptop. When I plug into the wall, I use the same charger with the white charger cube, like anyone charging his iphone would. I mean, you know an phone charger has two parts, the cable by itself, and the white "cube" you plug into the USB part of the cable so you can plug it into a socket. It's not a special USB cable, it's a normal lightning charger cable, I just remove the white cube when I connect the charger to the laptop USB-A port. Do you mean that ?
    – wengen
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 15:22
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    Is the USB-A lightning cable the one that came with the iPhone?
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 15:25
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    Make sure the Lightning hole is free of fluff?
    – benwiggy
    Commented May 20 at 15:12

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the iPhone will always show the green charging symbol, but it will really charge only with one side of the lightning charger...When I use the charger to charge through a normal socket in the house, this doesn't happen.

There are two issues that are contributing to this:

Unless you're using a USB Type C port that is Power Delivery compliant, the USB-A port shouldn't be relied upon to charge your phone/tablet. It simply doesn't have the power capability to do so. Obviously, you can use it in a pinch but, it wasn't designed for this.

The Type C port (if PD compliant) will negotiate higher voltages and currents (up to 100W). However, your iPhone isn't a USB-C device so this is moot in your case, unfortunately.

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  • Thank you for your thorough answer ! The strange thing is that I never had this issue with my MacBook Pro Mid 2012, I also charged through USB-A with the iPhone and computer, and there never was an issue.
    – wengen
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 21:06

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