Previous models of iOS devices such as the iPhone SE don’t come with fast charging feature. Instead, it has the 5W charging block by Apple, which means lower battery capacity, and shorter charging time of about 2 hours. If you find your iPhone SE charges slowly or doesn’t complete charge after updating your ios, this could be one of the main reasons for the issue.
However, if your iPhone SE’s charge time is within the 2-3 hour bracket, you’re fine. The only issue would arise when there’s a software glitch or hardware damage like liquid damage on the charging equipment or the phone itself.
Before trying the troubleshooting steps below, check that your charger is the original one that came with your iPhone SE and it’s working properly. You can also try changing chargers and see if the charging speed changes, otherwise continue with the fixes below.
How to fix iPhone SE Charges Slowly Or Doesn’t Complete Charge After iOS Update
Soft reset/Force restart
This is applicable when the iPhone SE has some little power remaining about 15-20 percent charge. You can reboot or perform a soft reset to fix the issue, especially where it’s caused by minor software glitches, such as rogue apps, system crashes or corrupted data from the ios update.
You can also force restart the iPhone to force close all background services and apps, including the ones that are crashing. When the phone reboots, try and plug it back into the charger and check if it’s faster than before.
Reset iPhone settings
This also applies when the battery has some charge – not drained or empty. Resetting your iPhone’s settings helps where the issue is to do with settings overridden by the new update such as display settings, location services, notifications and other features that drain the battery.
You’ll find that the iPhone is charging normally but takes more time to fill up the battery completely owing to configured settings. Reset all iPhone settings to restore the default system settings and configure options individually such as WiFi and Bluetooth among others that you need to use.
To do this:
- Open Settings>General
- Tap Reset>Reset all settings
- Enter passcode and tap the option to confirm the reset
Reset or restore in iTunes
This should be a last resort method as it resets your phone to factory default, the way you got it when you first bought the device. You’ll need at least 20 percent battery power to do this, and backup your data before resetting to factory default as it erases all your data.
To do this:
- Open Settings>General>Reset>Erase all content and settings
- Enter passcode and tap to confirm factory reset
You can also master reset via iTunes if your iPhone is running low on battery as it could still charge when you plug into the computer. To do this:
- Open iTunes and use a computer with the latest OS version and iTunes installed
- Connect the iPhone to your computer with a USB connector or Lightning cable
- Tap Trust if prompted to Trust this computer
- Select your iPhone SE on iTunes
- Go to Summary panel and click Restore [device]>Restore to confirm
- Wait for iTunes to erase the device and install the latest software
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