How to Fix a Broken Charger Port on Android

Learn how to diagnose and fix a broken or loose charger port on your Android phone or tablet.

This guide covers cleaning the port, re-soldering connections, and replacing the part.

Symptoms of a Broken Charger Port

A broken charger port on your Android device can exhibit the following symptoms:

  • The charger falls out easily or does not stay connected
  • The device only charges at certain angles
  • Charging is intermittent or stops working
  • The charging port feels loose or wobbly
  • There is debris, lint, or corrosion inside the port

Cleaning the Charger Port

Often a broken charger port is caused by a buildup of debris inside. Try cleaning it out with these steps:

  1. Use a toothpick or small non-metallic tool to gently scrape out any lint or dirt
  2. Use compressed air to blow out any loose particles
  3. Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol and swab the inside of the port
  4. Allow the port to fully dry before reconnecting the charger

Re-soldering Loose Connections

If cleaning does not fix the issue, the USB port connections may have become loose. Carefully re-soldering the connections can restore connectivity:

  1. Open up the device to access the motherboard
  2. Use a soldering iron to re-melt the solder points around the USB port
  3. Let the solder joints cool and solidify before reassembling
  4. Test charging with the port now re-secured to the board

Replacing the Charger Port

For severely damaged ports, replacement may be necessary. Follow these steps:

  1. Purchase the correct replacement charging port for your device model
  2. Watch teardown guides to properly disassemble the phone and access the port
  3. Use a soldering iron to desolder the original port
  4. Carefully solder the connections for the new port
  5. Reassemble the device and test charging function

Pros of Replacing the Port

  • Fixes the issue fully with a brand new part
  • Restores normal charging function

Cons of Replacing the Port

  • More expensive than cleaning or re-soldering
  • Advanced soldering skills required
  • Risk of damage to phone during disassembly

FAQs

What if cleaning does not work?

If cleaning out the port does not resolve the issue, then the USB connections have likely come loose. In this case, re-soldering or replacing the port would be necessary.

Can I replace a USB-C port with micro USB?

No, the charger port must be replaced with the same type that originally came with the phone – USB-C, micro USB, etc. Using a different port type will likely not fit or charge properly.

How can I prevent damage to the port?

Avoid exposing the charging port to moisture or debris. When not in use, plug in the charger or a port cover. Avoid rough handling of the charging cable that can loosen connections.

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