Solved: Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update

  • Compressed air can do wonders for a filthy charging port.
  • You may want to talk to Apple Support if you have a damaged battery or hardware problem.
  • If you’re using a wireless charger, consider using a charging cable to see if this has an effect.

Is your phone not charging after the iOS 17 update? Your battery is one of the most important things about your device as it helps get you through your day. Whether it’s an issue with your Lightning cable or software glitches causing battery drain or affecting battery lifespan, we’ve got your solutions. Continue reading to find out what you can do about your charging situation. 

How To Fix Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update

Before we get into more complex solutions, make sure to try the following.

  • A simple restart may solve your problem
  • While not ideal, shutting down your iPhone before you charge it may fix the problem.
  • Check your battery health under Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging.
  • You may also want to check for a software update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

If none of these seem to work for you, try the following solutions. 

1. Check Your Hardware

If you have a concern about battery life, checking your cables and USB adapter for damage should be a top priority. Ideally, you want to use official Apple-matched chargers with your devices, as cheap gas station cables or a broken cable may give you charging issues.

Take a look at your charging cable and adapter for visible signs of damage. You do not want a frayed cable or visible damage. Though a hardware issue can be annoying and costly, it’s usually one of the easier fixes if you are having battery issues. It may be time to consider a battery replacement at the Apple Store

2. Disable Optimized Battery Charging and Clean Energy Charging

Within iOS 17, there are two different features that help the battery charge: Clean Energy Charging and Optimized Battery Charging. While these features are meant to be helpful, you may not be getting the most from them.

You can read more about each of these features here, but I’m going to show you how to shut them off. 

  1. Go to Settings and select Battery. 
  2. Tap Battery Health and Charging. 
  3. Ensure that both Optimized Battery Charging and Clean Energy Charging are turned off.
    Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update Clean Energy Charging

Should these features not help with your charging problem, I would recommend turning them back on. 

3. Reset Your iPhone Settings

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While this will not erase any content on your phone, this solution will delete and reset all of your settings. 

If you have tried all of the above solutions and are still having an issue with the charging process, resetting your phone to factory settings may be an effective method of solving your problem. Remember that this resets all of your settings to their defaults. This will not erase your data.

Time needed: 5 minutes

Follow these steps to reset your iPhone settings.

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap General.

    Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update Settings General

  3. Navigate to Transfer or Reset iPhone.

    Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update Transfer or Reset

  4. Select Reset. 

    Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update iPhone Reset

  5. Tap Reset All Settings. You will need to enter your passcode and confirm.

    Phone Not Charging After iOS 17 Update Reset All Settings

4. Restore your iPhone From a Backup

If none of the above solutions are giving you much help, you may want to consider restoring your iPhone from a backup. While this is as easy as connecting your iPhone to a Mac or PC and clicking the Restore button within iTunes or Finder, we have a more in-depth guide should you need one.

We also have a guide on how to factory reset your iPhone should you feel it needs to come to that.  However, a simple restore should address any software issues. 

Why Is My Phone Not Charging After iOS Update?

If your phone isn’t charging after an iOS update, it may be due to a software bug. However, Apple is typically great about pushing software patches, so it may be a good idea to check for a software update. Additionally, certain apps may not be playing nicely with the update. Remember that you can always go to Settings > Battery to see if any apps are devouring your battery level. 

Can a Software Update Affect Charging?

A software update can have an effect on your charging capabilities. While an update is usually meant to bring improvements to a device, software bugs or glitches may be the cause of your charging problems. If you’re experiencing charging issues after a software update, try restarting your iPhone or restoring your device to a backup to one before you made the update.


While there are plenty of reasons to love iOS 17, having a battery issue isn’t going to be one of them. Though there are plenty of device settings you can check, you may want to consider a faulty battery if you are not getting the battery usage you want. Remember that you can always talk to Apple Support if you feel your phone is suffering from physical damage or a hardware-related issue. 

If you have any other tips or suggestions for those experiencing a battery problem after an iOS 17 update, let us know in the comments.

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