If you own an Android tablet or smartphone at some point you are probably going to experience something like this: Your tablet is working perfectly fine until one day. One day when you plug it in and it doesn’t charge up at all. Or maybe it only charges to 40% and won’t go any further.
Uh oh! If you’re like me, that smartphone is pretty much a part of your hand. (Hey, not proud of it. But let’s be honest.)
So what do you do next? Maybe you try a factory reset or check your warranty. Well, before you box up your tablet and send it back to the manufacturer for repair, take it down to an electronics shop where you’ll get charged just to look at it, or toss it in the trash and order a new tablet, I want you to try a few things.
First, I want you to try the charger in a couple of different outlets. We tend to use the same outlets over and over again for the same task. And sometimes the problem is with the outlet. Plug something else into the outlet. Does it work without a problem? If the outlet is fine, we can move on.
If you own an Android tablet, it most likely charges with a USB to microUSB cord. While those cords are handy, that microUSB tip is delicate and can get easily bent. Seriously, sometimes you just need to look at it funny.
I want you to swap out that cord. If you have another device that uses the same type of cable, borrow that cable and try charging your phone. Or pick up a cheap cable in line at the store. Seriously, you’ll find them hanging there right next to the candy bars. These aren’t the best, long-lasting cables. But they’ll do for the test.
The USB end of the cable should plug into your charger and the microUSB end into your tablet. Does it make a difference? I like to keep a few of these handy around the house for situations like this.
If that doesn’t work, there’s a possibility that the issue is the charger plug. If you’ve got another device to plug into it, give it a try and see if that works. Or borrow a charger from a friend for a few minutes to see if that makes a difference.
If not, you’re likely looking at a device issue like a failing or loose battery or a damaged charging port.