Your first step should be to inspect your charging cable, especially if you’ve had it for a while. Charging cables wear out because they often tangle, bend at odd angles, and pull, which can fray or break wiring. Even if severely damaged, these cables may still be able to charge a device, but speed will likely suffer. If you see any tearing, melting, or warping, replace your charging cable to restore speed (via Google). Then there’s the power supply, which is the part that connects the charging cable to a wall outlet. Damage to this hardware could also be the cause of your charging issues. If you spot any visible fractures or bent plugs on the charging brick, you should consider using a new charger.

Next on our checklist is the charging port itself, which is usually USB-C on newer devices. Over time, your Android phone’s USB port collects dust, dirt, and lint, and when this is combined with moisture, it hardens. Clogged ports often fail to make proper contact with the charging pins, which limits the charging rate. You can follow our detailed guide on how to clean USB ports if your phone is charging slowly. Simply put, you need a toothpick or cotton swab, compressed air, and a bright light source. You can slowly scrape off the buildup and use compressed air to remove dust and dirt.