How to Know if iPhone is Charging When off

Your iPhone will display an empty battery icon momentarily until it turns on again. If the battery is low and you need to charge it soon, it’ll display a lightning cable icon. Ideally, if your iPhone is off and you start to charge it, it’ll turn on automatically.

Hi, I’m Devansh. Over a year of using my iPhone 13, I’ve had a depleted battery on many occasions. In this article, I’ll discuss the icons which indicate if your iPhone is charging when off. I’ll also answer some common questions.

Keep reading if you want to ensure your iPhone is charging when it’s turned off!

Charging Icons When iPhone is Off

You may be familiar with the battery symbol on your iPhone that turns green when charging. But it’s not as straightforward when your iPhone is off. If your iPhone battery is depleted and you’re charging it, two icons can appear on the screen.

iPhone is Charging

If you see this icon, your iPhone is charging.

Keep in mind that this icon may not appear immediately. Give it some time, and your iPhone will turn back on when it has sufficient power.

iPhone is Not Charging

On the other hand, if there’s an icon of a lightning connector beneath an empty battery icon, your iPhone needs to be charged soon.

If you’ve plugged in your Lightning connector, but this icon still appears, it could mean an issue is blocking your iPhone from charging. Scroll down to the FAQ section for further steps.


Here are some common questions about iPhone charging when off.

What Should You Do if You Can’t Get Your iPhone to Charge?

First, check if the charger and cable have any damage. Next, try a different power source. Moreover, check if the charging port has dust buildup or liquid damage. Contact Apple Support or an authorized service provider for further guidance.

Will Charging Your iPhone When It’s Off Damage the Battery?

No. It may charge faster because your iPhone is consuming fewer resources. Alternatively, you can enable Airplane mode or Low Power Mode for the same benefit.

How to Check Battery Health on Your iPhone?

Open Settings, go to Battery, and tap Battery Health & Charging. If the battery has degraded significantly, it may cause your iPhone to overheat or restart randomly. To ease these issues, consider replacing your battery.

Is There a Way to Monitor the Charging Status of Your iPhone Remotely?

Yes! You can use the Find My app on your Mac. Open the Find My app, go to the Devices tab, and select your iPhone from the list of devices. Under its current location, it’ll display a battery symbol with a lightning bolt to indicate charging.


If your iPhone battery is depleted and you’ve plugged it in, it’ll display an empty battery icon and turn on soon. If the battery is close to being depleted and not plugged in, it’ll display a lightning cable icon. In most cases, your iPhone will turn on automatically.

While it may not be as straightforward as with other smartphones, determining if your iPhone is charging when powered off is possible with the above information. Remember to use MFi-certified accessories to maintain longevity and prevent any potential issues.

Do you have further questions about iPhone charging when off? Let me know in the comments!

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