Thanks to bubblychik22
Hopefully the community can compile (I love those old time terms) a list of successful solutions to this vexing problem. My own problem was solved when I gave my daughter my old iPhone 3G and upgraded to the iPhone 4S. My original iPad and the 4S are now happily charging as they should.
Well to to one who could afford to give his phone away and get another. Good for you however the rest of us should be upset this keeps happening.Why should we have to keep compling a list that WE created when I feel that Apple should be the one with the solution. God forbid i say anthing negitive about the great company, but im tired of this crap. Ive cleaned my phone, bought new chargers, pluged it into the computer and tried airplane mode. Each a tempoary solution, since i update the problem has gotten worse I hope if this was a ploy to get people to update(as has been suggested by some) thier phones then i hope it backfires and people just go to android phones.If sales drop maybe we'll get a solution!!!!
That may be true.
I have found a Wagan USB charger to work when nothing else will. It runs on 12 volts so it is great in the car. If you have a 12V converter at home it works there too.
Well worth 15 dollars. I have 2 and will probably get another. I will not buy another Apple charger for this ipad. I have an Ipad 1 3G .
This is NOT an issue with dirty connectors, etc. This is a problem with the phone. If it were a hardware problem there would be info all over the place that "this component is going bad" or whatever. I have a 3gs and have tried EVERY solution suggested but still have the same problem. @Mr. Finch...I took this phone to a repair shop, the man put a NEW connector in the phone, cleaned it up etc. plugged it in and guess what error message popped up immediately? This has truly been frustrating. I guess people just get tired of it after awhile and buy a new IPhone for..how much are they now?? Hmmmmm
I totally agree I am also sick and tired of this.No matter the solution the problem comes back.I have been thinking that this may be a way that someone somewhere figured once again we will have to do a software update thus causing the million people who jailbroke the lastest software to have to update to get rid of iphone problems thus reversing the jailbreak.But i once Again say this is just SPECULTION on my part and MY OPINON. Still think about it ,it is possible
@Ms bakluckpenny -- ouch, what a moniker! :-)
This has become a real nuisance and is so nonsensical. Come on Apple. The iPhone and the iPad have very powerful processors regardless of model or age. There is no reason why Apple cannot write an application that will run an analysis on the this problem and give each user a full explanation of the problem affecting their device. If the device can tell you there is a problem, it can darn sure give a full explanation of the problem. If it is a dirty connector (or is seen as a dirty connection) the app should tell you that. If there is something wrong with the USB device that is sending the power, the iPhone or iPad should be able to tell you that as well. If the problem is beyond the ability of the app to identify, you should be given a toll free number to call and discuss the problem.
It is well past time for Apple to give its legion of users the support that a premium price should give you. I don't understand with all the gripes about this and also the complaints over lousy battery life why Apple doesn't become a little more proactive. I know if I turn off both wi-fi and data access, my battery will last a week. Why can't Apple provide a simple app (or include it in the settings app) that allows you to flip a toggle to run the iPhone or iPad at its most economical setting? It can't be that hard to do but this seems to have been yet another example of a really bad corporate attitude. Gad, does Apple really want Mr. Lynch to be the last word on Apple problems? God forfend.
I am a long, long time Apple user. Over the years I have had the following:
Apple II +
Apple green monitor
Apple dot matrix printer
Macintosh LC II
Apple Newton (which I loved)
Third generation iPod
Sixth generation iPod Nano
Original iPad (wi-fi/3G)
iPad 2 (wi-fi only)
Each new product I buy has had issues but eventually they get resolved. The iPhone charging issue is the ONLY one not to have been addressed. Time for Apple to get off the pot.
Got a 3rd Gen iTouch that I picked up on ebay in the mail today. Upgraded to 5.1.1 right after i sycned it to make sure it was working, started getting this error message. Just plugged it into the full usb 2.0 port on my ANDROID tablet and it has been charging perfectly. Plugged it back into my PC just now and the error persists. There is no way in **** that this is caused by any damaged ports or cords, at least not in my case. The only thing I can think of is that it is related to the wattage/voltage of my usb ports, but they work w/ everything else, tried 2 WD external HDD's and a sandisk thumbdrive.
I've got so sick of this problem (as well as people who haven't experienced it thinking it's due to the charger, dust, etc etc) that I've joined the dark side and just got myself a Samsung Galaxy 3. I was due an upgrade and couldn't put up with this problem until the iPhone 5 comes out later this year (or whenever - who knows!).
As somebody who thought I'd always have an iPhone, I have to say that I love the Samsung! The camera is better, it has pretty much the same apps, the screen is bigger which is great for watching videos on, and it's just nice to have a bit of a change. I'm sure I'll go back to iPhone at some point, but I'm pleased I don't have to deal with my phone only charging when switched off and not connecting to iTunes any more.
Good luck with your phones everyone - I hope Apple fixes it soon!
Jemg1982 I also have had it, I never had an iphone until me 4 but instead used cheap st talk phones. Im sad to say but my iphone has been retired and i purchased a droid also! One day of no problems was enough to convince me that if Apple isnt going to do anything to fix my phone then i had no choice but to leave Apple altogether. Its sad since i LOVED my iphone!! Alas even love wasnt enough to make me stay good luck folks with yours or give up and get a droid!
This issue has really made me cross as apple don't care - rung them and was told you are out of warranty etc -and this made me even more cross as their update had caused the issue - all they recommended was a reinstall - done that and same issue - called intoto their store in meadowhall and apparently they hadn't heard about the issue! - Amazing!!! - Not good when we are all complaining - so guess what when I get back from holiday upgrading to the new Samsung - customer service isn't in the Apple world from what I've experienced - they need to wake up and realise people have a really good option these days and I for one will take it and they are minus another customer
Not sure they are listening - unfortunate but this seems to be Apple's attitude and if they really want to keep customers this needs to change. Strange since I've been in Portugal the issue hasnt happened, no change to charger I am using-maybe a holiday in Portugal is needed for each Apple user! Still changing to the Samsung when I get home due to Apple no interest in their customers
I joined specifically because of this issue. I have an Iphone 4 I only use for music now. works perfectly, running 4.3.3, and it says charging not supported, but works via my ipod connecter in my truck, which is old. I also have an iphone 5.0.1 that gives the same message and does not connect for music reasons. but in another truck it works. my gf has the same phone, and I buy and sell cars for a living, drive them while they are for sale. I also go through phones like hot cakes, just wear them out from using them 24-7.
many times it is a software issue. i have a box of iphones. they block them from working on certain chargers and devices so you will have to buy new ones, but not across the board so there is plausible deniability, thus not condemning them to too much bad press about it. its obvious as ****. I love iphones, and hate apple. yay me!