How to tell if your iPhone is charging properly, whether it’s turned on or off

It's easy to tell if your iPhone is charging when it's turned on, but a little more difficult when it's powered off.

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It’s easy to tell if your iPhone is charging when it’s turned on, but a little more difficult when it’s powered off.
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  • You can tell if your iPhone is charging whether it’s powered on or off.
  • When your iPhone is on, you can tell if it’s charging by looking at the battery icon in the upper right corner. It should appear green with a lightning bolt in the middle.
  • When your iPhone has just died, you can tell if you’re properly charging it by the icons on the black screen.
  • If you only see an empty battery icon, your iPhone is charging and will power on shortly. But if you see that icon with a cord next to it, your iPhone is not charging properly.
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Even when you try to do everything to avoid a dead iPhone, sometimes you just aren’t able to get your iPhone connected to a charger in time.

And anyone who has experienced a dead iPhone knows it won’t come back on right away.

Sometimes, compounding the problem even further, you’ll be patiently waiting for an iPhone to reanimate again – only to realize it isn’t being delivered any juice.

Fortunately, Apple allows you to tell if your iPhone is charging, even before it’s been charged enough to turn back on.

Here’s what to look out for to ensure an iPhone is charging, whether dead or alive.

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How to tell if your iPhone is charging when it’s on

You can check that an iPhone is being charged via the ever-present battery icon in the top right corner.

The top right battery icon will give you a quick picture of your battery life.

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The top right battery icon will give you a quick picture of your battery life.
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There will be a lightning bolt in the middle of the battery icon to indicate that the phone is charging, and the icon should appear green.

You can also check your battery life in the Control Center, where you’ll be able to see a number reading of your battery percentage (it’s possible to always show this number on your screen).

The battery percentage number will appear in the Control Center.

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The battery percentage number will appear in the Control Center.
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How to tell if your iPhone is charging when it’s off

There are lots of reasons a seemingly plugged-in and charging iPhone wouldn’t actually be charging, including that the cord might be broken, the outlet could be busted, or you could have forgotten to flip on the switch for your surge protector.

If that’s the case and the iPhone isn’t charging, you’ll see a familiar icon on the screen – an almost empty battery and a charger.

The cord and battery are indications of what your phone needs to come back on (a working charger).

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The cord and battery are indications of what your phone needs to come back on (a working charger).
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However, if the iPhone is charging, you should only see the empty battery icon. Keep charging it and be patient, your iPhone should power back on shortly.

It's perhaps counter-intuitive, but a charging phone will not have a charger icon present on the screen.

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It’s perhaps counter-intuitive, but a charging phone will not have a charger icon present on the screen.
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