iPhone won't charge or turn on

Sunmak123

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Hey branden, so it took you an hour? I've been trying for a long time and its still now working for me. I don't know what to do. Do you have any advice? Is there anywhere I could go so they can at least upload all my files and contacts. I'll pay the money just want to know where. I would assume it would be a problem if the phone doesn't even start up. Thank you all for the advice, I'm glad other at least had success :)

thank you for everyones imput. for the people its not working for just keep rebooting there computers and playing with holding both bottons and just the home botton. after about an hour or so of playing around i got mine to boot.... for some reason its not connecting to tmoble but im sure a respring or something will fix it. thanks
 

Sunmak123

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Hey I tried all the methods listed on this site, But i still have that battery sign, I don't know what to do! :(

Same Problem - FIXED

I had the same exact problem and I was able to fix it! No need to take it to Apple.

(specifically convinient for those of us that got the iPhone 3g on ebay)

This is how it happened:

I was talking on the iPhone when it said that my battery had less than 10% so, I went ahead and connected it to the wall charger I have for it and continued to talk. 30 mins later the iPhone just turned off completely. I was pretty upset to say the least. I went to turn it on again and found the same exact picture being described. I figured I just had to let it be for a few hours on the wall charger.

The next day in the morning I find out that the iPhone had the same picture and had not charged 1 bit!

I restarted it (pressed the power and home buttons to force it to shut down and turned it on again) and nothing, same picture. I took out the charger and put it back, nothing, same picture (it would even turn off if I didn't put the charger back in right away).

I then used my USB dock (a dock actually for the old iPhone version, but that still works for the 3g, if you force it in). And nothing my computer would not recognize it.

Finally I thought of something:

I placed in the dock and turned it on, once again giving me the annoying battery screen. However, this time I actually restarted my computer. My rational was that if the device was connected while it was booting up the computer had to recognize it somehow.

During my computer's boot sequence the iPhone appeared to had turned off, I didn't touch anything though. After windows loaded, I noticed that still the iPhone was black as if it was turned off. Thinking that it probably ran out battery once again, I went to turn on the iPhone while still having it on the dock (during this whole time I had not removed it from the dock).

And alas! I saw the Apple symbol and my springboard showed up!

It is now currently charging (I can see the charge increase on the screen, when I lock the screen, it is now halfway and green) on my usb dock.

I went to place it back on the wall charger though and it seems that it doesn't work. I will be buying a new wall charger soon.

I am thinking when I was talking on the iPhone and connected it to the wall it simply never charged and thus the battery completely drained. As soon as I placed it on something that wasn't broken (ie: my iPhone usb dock) it started to charge but still was frozen on that (stupid) battery screen. Restarting my computer while connected did something to the iPhone so that now it is fully operational. All without having to resort to Apple's communist ways of trying to control all aspects of your life.

Personally I'm not an Apple fan. I "gave into" the whole iPhone thing when I figured out there was a generation of people my age committed into fighting back the Apple empire while still using its technology.

Cheers
 

RachelZ3

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Another one who just had to say thanks... iPhone 3G, not hacked, left it plugged in the wrong port to recharge, dead iPhone, red battery screen, wouldn't charge. Tried several of these fixes, held the black button (but forgot to hold the power button at the same time, was I supposed to try that?) Started iTunes (Mac) unplugged and replugged, tried an old dock (iPod classic I think), rebooted... now darn it which thing worked after that? I think it was after I rebooted unplugging and replugging in the cable, maybe holding the black button, I was just trying a bunch o stuff, mostly it would start to charge with the lightning bolt symbol and then just go back to the AC plug symbol and stay red. and after I got the Apple screen- surprise, my battery is saying it;s actually fully charged.

Many mucho thanks.
 

runner1909

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sm86...Just like some previous posters have said, I joined specifically to tell you what a genius you are! This is the third time in as many weeks this has happened to me. The first time I restored and lost a lot of stuff because my computer had not been recognizing my phone, thus little back-up. The second time, I honestly don't know what I did, but after messing around with it, it finally came back. This morning, I was ready to tear my hair out, make an appointment at the Apple store 50 miles away and/or buy a new phone (I have had this one for 18 months). I have searched the web before for help and never found anything very useful in fixing this until I came here.

Thank you, thank you, thank you---I hope you still are around this forum to read this.
 
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Jonathan Dusza

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EASY PC FIX, no need to restart at all. 1) power off the iPhone, 2) go to devices & settings 3) turn the iPhone back on then 4) click scan for new hardware every few seconds. eventually you'll hear the iPhone chirp. this should be the same as rebooting your computer with the iPhone plugged in and on.
 

runner1909

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EASY PC FIX, no need to restart at all. 1) power off the iPhone, 2) go to devices & settings 3) turn the iPhone back on then 4) click scan for new hardware every few seconds. eventually you'll hear the iPhone chirp. this should be the same as rebooting your computer with the iPhone plugged in and on.
Thanks--I'll try it!
 

DreamerGirl

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Hey,
I have my dad's old iPhone and he had the same problem as me and at one point he had to get a new iPhone (luckily the warranty wasn't over yet) but he could usually fix it by plugging in to the computer.

  1. If my iPhone goes to far under the 20% mark it doesn't anywhere except on the computer.
  2. My phone hasn't died yet because I plugged it into a charging thing but it wont charge
  3. It has been in this state for three days.
  4. My computer recognizes my phone but it doesn't charge
  5. I even bought a new charger
  6. I can still use it even when it is unplugged it just wont charge
  7. The top right battery icon shows it is charging for the first few minutes even though it isn't after a while it shows just the plugged in icon
  8. My phone DOES chirp when I plug it in and so does my computer
  9. Right now it is showing the charging sign and it was in the USB dock for like an hour now but it isn't charging
  10. I turned it off then turned it back on
  11. Turns out my phone is fully charged even though before it was apparently very low
Thank you all of you genius' MY PHONE IS FULLY CHARGED WOOOO!
 

maryhotpotatoes

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Jul 29, 2011
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It took two tries of rebooting but YEAH this did work. I just upgraded the software on my phone yesterday and maybe something got jammed up then. So happy not to go to the genius bar! This is the genius bar!
 

maryhotpotatoes

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EASY PC FIX, no need to restart at all. 1) power off the iPhone, 2) go to devices & settings 3) turn the iPhone back on then 4) click scan for new hardware every few seconds. eventually you'll hear the iPhone chirp. this should be the same as rebooting your computer with the iPhone plugged in and on.
But this fix was not possible as you cannot power phone off , not even force it off. Other method is easy and works.
 

Sharunda

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Did U do a hard restart. Holding down the home button and the on off switch at the same time? Have you done this already?

This is weird. My hubby's 3GS cuts off on him and nothing works, so we plug the phone into the wall using the Apple charger and USB cord and wait. Eventually, like two or three minutes the red lightning bolt comes on under the empty battery with a red sliver of power and we wait until it charges.

Have you done this? Have you plugged it into the wall and just waited? If so, and you said it shows no signs of life, its time to get it swapped out at a local Apple store. It may just be completely dead. If you still have coverage on the phone, take it in and get it swapped out for a new 3GS.
 

Jazmir Hernandez

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Thank you for responding, I have tried all that, the issue is that I don't have any way of getting it swapped, my only options are either to fix it (if possible) or just use it for parts... :( Once againg thanks for the advise.
 

TinyBeast21

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Not sure. Maybe its in dfu mode or something. try holding to power button just hold it for a minute if anything happens, reply
 

Andrew Burns

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SM86, Thank you, your fix - bizarre as it is - worked just perfectly. Plugged into laptop, reboot the laptop, voila, Apple logo and working again.