iPhone won't charge or turn on

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by damstr, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Hippyremix

    Hippyremix New Member

    Jan 26, 2010
    I just bought a phone off ebay and replaced the dock connector assembly because of a bad speaker. After reassembling the phone i found that everything worked great except the phone wouldn't charge or be recognized by my macbook. I plugged it into my ihome and it played through the ihome speakers. When i shut off the phone i can plug in a usb and it will turn on like its being recognized, and if i drain the battery i can get the red empty battery icon, but it will only stay until the phone has enough juice to run than will start up and stop charging.

    Thanks for any thoughts or advice.
  2. besweeet

    besweeet Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    Maybe you didn't insert the ribbon cable all the way or something?
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  4. Hippyremix

    Hippyremix New Member

    Jan 26, 2010
    The only ribbon cable i know of that is giving me issues is the small one labeled 3 attached to the lcd. I thought it was the digitizer cable. I get it in but not all the way up to the white marking. Would any of those cables affect charging or connecting?

    Thanks for the thought besweet
  5. scottford71

    scottford71 Guest

    Your Dock Connector may be faulty. I have used (SITE REMOVED) in the past. I see that they do Dock Replacement for $79.
  6. renewkir

    renewkir New Member

    Mar 4, 2010

    thanks to all those who added little twists to the trick. here's what i had to do:

    plug my phone into my laptop (USB).
    turn my laptop completely off, so that my phone's screen went black
    restart the computer
    still nothing at that point, so i unplugged from the phone end, waited for it to go black and plugged it back in. finally, the Apple screen. then, making me a little mad, my phone showed that it was 97 percent charged. does this problem only happen to jailbroken phones, or have the rest of you not hacked into yours?
  7. DonMac

    DonMac New Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I just had to register and sign on to thank you.

    Woke up in a panic. I had the same display. I thought my charger was bad.

    I had horrible images of driving to the Apple Store and confronting a "Genius"

    I just Googled "iPhone won't charge or turn on" and there you were. Thinking the worst I followed your terriffic instructions. It didn't work with my Macbook, but it did when I used my PC.

    Again, thanks a lot. You saved my day.

    (note to self: Bookmark iEverythingCafe)
  8. DonMac

    DonMac New Member

    Mar 7, 2010
    Another Question

    This happened again in a week. My phone has been "jailbroken". Both times the battery went below the 20% warning.

    Is this an exclusive problem of "JailBroken" phones, or just going below the 20% warning, or maybe a combination of both?

    I went below the 20% a number of times before I had the phone unlocked and jailbroken.

    Wadda ya think?
  9. masterchiefx12

    masterchiefx12 New Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    My problem is just a bit different:

    My iPhone IS jailbroken and once the battery ran down enough the red electric bolt screen is all that I can see.

    I CAN get my iPhone to change to the white Apple screen anytime I plug it into the outlet or computer, but after about three minutes, a small circle appears on the screen with status bars. Another three minutes of that nonsense, the status circle icon freezes and the screen flashes white. When its plugged into the wall, the process repeats itself. When its plugged into the macbook, the red electric bolt screen returns.

  10. iphonehelp12

    iphonehelp12 New Member

    May 22, 2010
    Hi Everyone.

    I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to everyone. Like many others. I thought that my battery was shot and had to get a new one. As I was searching on google on the topic, I ran across this thread...thank goodness! I tried the initial plugging into computer and restarting, but it unfortunately did nothing. I still had that same crappy red battery bar. I then, like someone suggested, let it sit for a few minutes. Then I unplugged so it died (few seconds) pressed the round circle button for 5 seconds, then plugged into usb while still holding the round circle button and it TOTALLY worked.

    Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart ! :) You rock!
  11. bedlam13

    bedlam13 New Member

    May 23, 2010
    Hey everyone im still stuck!

    I've done all the restarting, unplugging, holding down home and power, EVERYTHING you guys have had luck with... no matter what i do, where i plug in my iPhone, i keep getting the lightning bolt screen... i tried restarting on 3 different computers with 3 different operation systems and still no luck.

    Any other suggestions guys?

    And would Apple replace one for me if my iPhone was jailbroken?
  12. alejo0121

    alejo0121 New Member

    May 28, 2010
    Just registered to say thanks, I would have never found out how to restore the iPhone, worked like a charm and the iPhone is alive once again! :D THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  13. TUngpiyakul

    TUngpiyakul New Member

    May 28, 2010
    To SM86 - Thank You very much. I had a very similar problem and fixed by iPhone to a USB port and rebooting my PC. (I had been trying to charge it all day with no luck.)
  14. Ejo

    Ejo New Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    Guys, I don't really see any battery issues except that the iPhone sometimes doesn't fully charge when you plug it into a wall adaptor. It reaches 95% rather than 100, but what the heck? Resetting the battery by fully discharging it once every while is actually a good thing because it resets the charge counter, Apple recommends it once per month. It resets the counter, it is calibration, but I doubt whether the battery really needs it.

    Once you reset it can take a few minutes before the iPhone (also MacBook etc) actually starts charging, but don't panic, this is normal. Designing a good charge procedure is actually a challenge and Apple did it in the right way I think.

    Once batteries show a sudden loss of charge during use, or really fail to reach any reasonable performance after a reset have probably reached the max battery life, and typically this should happen after three years of use.
  15. Colt

    Colt New Member

    May 31, 2010
    Perhaps Pointless But Feel The Need To Say Thanks

    After perhaps six months of ownership this occurred last night. Red battery bar/sometimes Apple logo/wall chargining does nothing symptoms. Thanks to this board and a few of you geniuses everything is back to normal with the USB and PC reboot combo.

    Again, thanks to all who have posted their solutions to this mind-bender of a problem.
  16. ace30

    ace30 New Member

    Jun 8, 2010
    Hi to every one. My case is little different from all of you. My iPhone 3GS 32GB had the battery running out two nights ago and I was leaving from home at that time so I took with me the emergency charger I bought from eBay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250593238968&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT. I connected it to my iPhone and it was showing that it was charging. After few minutes I checked if it was charging properly, because it was the first time I was using this charger, and I noticed that the phone was turned off and the charger had no lights on. I tried to turn on my phone but no luck, also note that the battery of the phone was at 14% before I connected it to the charger. When I went home I connected my iPhone to the wall charger but no response at all, not even charging screen. The iPhone is completely dead. I have tried every solution worked for everyone above but still nothing. I am thinking that the emergency charger might cause hardware damage to the iPhone. Any comments are welcome. Need desperately help.
  17. bojomojo

    bojomojo New Member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Hey Guys..
    This is definitely AWESOME

    It worked for me too, and I even had a harder problem :d

    My iPhone as all of you died, and didn't want to charge, except that when I put it in charge, it says charging for a cpl of mins, then the charge icon changes to the plugged in icon, and it doesn't charge. That usually can happen if the battery is too hot, but it wasn't as I let it cool down.

    Anyways, that was when I connect it to the wall charger, when I connect it to usb, I get a "Yellow Screen", complete yellow screen :D nothing else.

    So I tried rebooting with the yellow screen on, it didn't work.. but to overcome this yellow screen, you have to load iTunes and then plug the phone, the Apple logo came up and it loaded and said charging, but it will fail again, I just used i tunes for it to get connected to usb without giving me the yellow screen. Now I just rebooted as suggested by people here while the phone is plugged, and my phone is now "CHARGING" yay!

    wish me luck :d
  18. omertaj

    omertaj New Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Hello everyone!

    I replaced my iPhone 2G's LCD with a new one, last one was not responsing, the digitlizer was messed and it had a crack on its screen, so i decided to buy a new one.

    So when it was not responsing and the screen was a mess i couldn't turn it off, so the battery drained, now it doesn't work.

    the dock connector, The wall connector nothing works.

    I am very frustrated, I cannot send it to Apple as its 3 years old and i m in Pakistan.

    Dunno what to do!

    All i see when i turn it on is


    and PLUG with a thunder sign telling me to plug power in.

  19. PurpleInside

    PurpleInside New Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Nothings working-am at wits end- pleeeassee help!

    Hi everybody,

    my iPhone 3Gs now about a half year old suddenly stopped charging, and now it doesn't connect at all to either my laptop or the wall-charger.

    Already tried:-
    > using different cables
    >Updating to the latest firmware
    >restarting my pc with the iPhone plugged in

    So far nothings worked and I'm abroad so I can't use my warranty for another 3 months till I get back. I'm so fkin lost and hopeless right now, appreciate any help!:(
  20. musicmarine117

    musicmarine117 New Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    I registered on here just to say thanks to all you guys.. I was having the same problem with my iPhone. It would only charge to the point where it would display the Apple logo then just shut off and on, no matter how long you charged it.. So after trying combinations of all the methods listed here, I finally got the "connect to iTunes" graphic and my phone is currently updating and restoring.. So thanks a million guys.. Now all I have to do is go and get a new sim card.. Unfortunately mine was stolen in Thailand... Go figure, right?
  21. phsycology

    phsycology Zealot

    Dec 29, 2007
    They stole your Sim, but left your phone?! :|

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