How to Fix iPhone 5 Not Charging After Updating to iOS 7

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Just updated to iOS 7 and discovered that your device is saying that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone”? Try this fix.

This problem is caused by iOS 7 trying to fend off people from using non-certified or non-original a.k.a. fake lightning cable which has a cracked authenticator chip. Apple updated the codes in iOS 7 and will prevent “fake” lightning cable from charging your iPhone. Although this seems to work in iOS 6.1.x and below, Apple, as usual would do anything they can do block any non-approved third part device to be used on “their systems”.

While this irritates many people, Apple is actually doing them a big favor by providing a guarantee of their safety. There have been many cases of iPhones blew up due to the use of non-authorized lightning cables.

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Thankfully, there’s a temporary fix for “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone” error while you find the time and money to get a genuine or approved ligthning cable from Apple. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on USB power
  2. Plug in lightning cable to iPhone[viral-lock]
  3. Dismiss any warnings
  4. Unlock your iPhone.
  5. Dismiss any remaining warnings.
  6. Now with the screen turned on.
  7. Unplug the knock off lightning cable.
  8. Plug it back in.[/viral-lock]
  9. Dismiss warning again
  10. It should now charge

It’s a bit of hassle doing the steps above all the time, so I would suggest that you get yourself a genuine lightning cable from your nearest Apple store; or just wait until some hackers or Chinese manufacturers can come up with a new workaround to bypass this blockage.

How to Fix iPhone 5 Not Charging After Updating to iOS 7 was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by Joe Wang

Comments & Discussion

  1. Funny that you saying that "Apple are the good guys" and happens to care about our health… They did it to make more money. Atleast they could reduce the prices of their charger.. In addition you forgot to mention what this "fix" caused. tons of pepole complains that they have this error message (This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with … ) while not even charging the device after installing IOS7 ( I am one of these unlucky persons) so how can this "feature" be said in a positive sentence…..

    Take a look here to see :

    • Yeah, me too. I'm using the cable that came with my iPod 5th Gen Touch and it gave me the warning. This is the cable that I have connected to my computer (Windows 7) that I use to sync my iPhone with. I was able to plug in the cable with the iPod in screen lock mode and then unlock the iPod and everything, including sync, worked fine. Interestingly, I didn't give the warning when using a microUSB plugged into a USB power source (not computer) connected to Apple's microUSB to lightning adapter. Perhaps there will be a fix for this eventually.

  2. Greetings to all,

    Here is a inexpensive work-around that works fine for me.

    I bought a cheap «8 Pin to Micro USB Converter Charger Adapter For iPhone» off of ebay for 1.05 USD, free shipping and I connected to my old Nokia 97 micro USB cable (you can buy a new one, as they are very cheap). My iPhone 5 charges and transfers data every time, without any warning message either from a USB adapter plugged in the wall, or from my computer. I did also test this converter with 3 more different make Micro USB cables that I borrowed from friends and it worked just fine.

    I also have a «High Quality 8 Pin 5M 16FT Fast USB Sync Cable Charger For iPhone 5» off of ebay for 9.99 USD, free shipping, which gives the warning message but still charges my iPhone completely. This cable does not charge the iPhone or transfers data when plugged in to my computer (either PC or MacBook Air).

    I hope this helps.

  3. Thanks so much. I’ve been trying to mess around with this for a few days now, and finally decided to give up and look it up. This worked for me though!

  4. seriously if we update the IOS7 it should still charge cuz its stupid how it doesn't charger after the update what a waste!

  5. Hey idiot, my charger is not a knock off I bought it from the apple store, so unless apple i selling fake cables, your argument is bullshit. Does anyone actually know how fix this

  6. FUCK APPLE. Seriously. I am traveling across the country tomorrow and this "little glitch" is happening to me the night before out of nowhere because they want to assure I'm loyal to their products. Well thanks, Apple–I may not make it home to see my family for Christmas.

    (And yes–I've tried all the dumb things people have recommended on Reddit and elsewhere.)

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