How to deal with slow or intermittent charging problem on an Apple iPhone XR, takes too long to complete charge

Charging problems depicted by symptoms of slow charging, intermittent charge, or no charge at all can be attributed to software problems or hardware damage including a defective charger, damaged cable (wired) or base/pad (wireless). In other cases, slow charging could be directly tied to the charging port in use. Charging from a computer’s USB port, car charger, or other portable power banks is slower than charging directly from a wall outlet or power source. The type of charger in use is also a factor. If you’re using a 5-watt power adapter, then expect that it’ll take time for your device to charge than when using a 12-watt or 18-watt variant.

Apple’s new iPhones including the iPhone XR support fast-charging and therefore makes it possible for an iPhone to charge up to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes for as long as you’re using the new power adapter and a new USB-C to Lightning cable. If your iPhone XR isn’t showing that charging speed even when using the specified power adapter and charging cable, then you could be dealing with slow charging problem. Highlighted in this post are a few charging tips and troubleshooting methods for you to try on. Read further and learn what to do whenever your iPhone XR is charging very slowly or intermittently.

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Before troubleshooting, check and do the following:

  1. Verify and ensure no damage to your charging equipment.
  2. Charge from direct power source or wall outlet (for traditional wired charging) or use Qi-certified charging base (for wireless charging). So far, wireless charging is good but it isn’t perfect. Compared to traditional wired charging, wireless charging speed is slower and the phone heats up faster especially if it isn’t properly seated on the charging pad.
  3. Use only the Apple-supplied or OEM charging paraphernalia.
  4. Remove any protective case and third-party accessories from your iPhone.
  5. Do not use your iPhone while charging.

If your iPhone XR is still charging very slowly or intermittently, try applying the following workarounds to rule out other software-related factors from the underlying cause.

First solution: Force restart while charging.

This will help clear out bad apps and corrupted services that might have interfered with the phone’s charging system. So here’s what the first workaround for you to try on.

If you’re charging via USB cable, plug your iPhone into the power source. While your iPhone is charging, do a force restart with these steps:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Then, press and hold the Power button on the side of the phone and then release when the phone restarts.

Let the phone finish charging.

Second solution: Install new updates for apps and iOS to fix the slow or intermittent charging issue on your iPhone device.

Keeping apps and iOS up-to-date is recommended to keep bugs and malwares at bay. Updates also contain fix patches to system errors including those that are affecting the phone’s charging functions and caused slow or intermittent charging. To install pending app updates, follow these steps:

  1. Tap to open the App Store.
  2. Scroll down to and then tap the Updates tab. A list of apps with pending updates will then appear.
  3. To update individual apps, tap the Update button next to the name of the application.
  4. To install all app updates at once, tap the Update All button on the upper-right side of the screen.

Wait until all apps are finished updating and then reboot your iPhone XR to apply the new changes and to refresh the apps.

Aside from app updates, installing the latest software update for your iPhone is also recommended. This should help fix the problem if malwares and system bugs are to blame.

To check and install new OTA updates, navigate to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu.

If a new update is available, you will see a notification highlighting the update details, new features and fix patches. If your iPhone still has at least 50 percent of battery life and the Internet connection is fast and stable, then you can proceed with the update downloading and installation. Simply tap on the Download and Update to get continue.

After updating, restart your iPhone to clear its internal memory for corrupted caches and likewise to implement the recent system changes.

Third solution: Reset all settings.

This reset clears all customized settings and restores the default or original options and values. Any problem caused by incorrect or invalid customizations will therefore be cleared out. Creating backups won’t be needed because this reset does not affect the phone internal data. Here’s how it works:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode to proceed.
  6. Then confirm settings reset.

The phone will restart automatically when the reset is finished and then loads the default options. This means you need to re-enable individual options and features you want to use including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Fourth solution: Erase your iPhone and restore factory settings.

To rule out major system errors, you may consider performing a full system reset to wipe everything from your iPhone system and then restores the factory default settings. So it’s like a total clean-up drive for your device. Before doing so, back up all important files you saved on the phone as they will also be erased in the process. After backing up all critical data, follow these steps to factory reset your iPhone XR through settings:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode to proceed.
  6. Then confirm factory settings reset.

After the reset, your device should reboot. As soon as it boots up, you can proceed with the initial setup process and set up your iPhone as new.

Other options to fix slow or intermittent charging issue on iPhone

  • Recovery Mode/DFU mode restore. Should you wish to troubleshoot further, the last option and possible solution you can try on would be a recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore. Both these restore methods are used to deal with major system issues that cause persistent symptoms. A recovery mode restore allows your device to be restored to an iOS backup through iTunes. A DFU mode restore on the other hand, puts your iPhone in a Device Firmware Update mode, a state where it’s still able to communicate with iTunes on a computer even when iOS or the boot loader isn’t activated. This however should only be carried out if you’re certain that your iPhone doesn’t have any sort of physical or liquid damage. A full guide on how to put an iPhone XR in Recovery Mode or DFU mode is outlined on this site’s tutorials section. Just visit the iPhone XR troubleshooting page for more information.
  • Service. Your device might have obtained some physical damage and therefore needs some repair. To rule this out, you can visit the nearest Apple-authorized service center in your place and have your device and its charger thoroughly assessed by an iPhone technician.
  • Avail warranty. If your iPhone is still covered by warranty, then call your iPhone provider for more details on how to avail for warranty instead.

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