How to Tell If an iPhone Is Charging When It’s on or Off

You can tell if an iPhone is charging when it’s on or off by looking at the screen and checking for certain visual cues. Here’s how to do it:

When the iPhone is On:

  1. Check the Battery Icon:
    • When your iPhone is on and connected to a charger, the battery icon in the top-right corner of the screen will typically show a lightning bolt next to the battery icon. This indicates that the device is charging.
  2. Lock Screen Display:
    • If your iPhone is locked (screen off), you can also wake it up by pressing the side or top button. When you do this, you may briefly see the battery icon with the lightning bolt on the lock screen, indicating that the device is charging.
  3. Check Battery Percentage:
    • If you have enabled the battery percentage display in the battery settings, you can see the charging progress by looking at the numerical percentage value next to the battery icon.

When the iPhone is Off:

  1. Check the Screen (If Connected to a Charger):
    • When you plug your iPhone into a charger while it’s powered off, the screen may briefly display the Apple logo or a battery icon with a lightning bolt to indicate that the device is charging. This is a normal part of the boot-up process when charging from a powered-off state.
  2. Look for Charging LED (iPhone 5 and Older):
    • On older iPhone models like the iPhone 5 and earlier, there might be a small LED near the charging port that lights up when the device is connected to a charger, whether it’s powered on or off. The LED may change color or blink to indicate the charging status.

Please note that the exact behavior may vary slightly depending on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s running. However, the presence of the lightning bolt symbol, Apple logo, or battery icon when connected to a charger is a clear indicator that the iPhone is charging, whether it’s on or off.

If you suspect that your iPhone is not charging properly, make sure to check the charger, cable, and charging port for any damage or debris that may be hindering the charging process. If the issue persists, you may need to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store for further assistance.

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