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My Lightning cable had been charging my iPhone reliably till now. But suddenly something went wrong with it. And I began to get “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” warning repeatedly.

My cable is Apple certified and still in pretty solid condition. Hence, I started wondering what's ailing the cable. I looked for solutions and was able to eventually troubleshoot the issue. Following are the tricks that can come handy if you are also facing this accessory not certified error on your iPhone.

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Cable or Accessory Not Certified and May Not Work with this iPhone

How to Fix “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”

Ensure Your Cable is MFi Certified

Apple provides MFi Certification Program. Made for iPhone, Made for iPad, and Made for iPod. Third-party accessories and cables must pass Apple's certification process to be MFi certified. If your cable doesn't meet this compliance, you will repeatedly get a warning that it's not certified.

Explore these best Lightning cables for iPhone and pick out a durable one for your device.

What if your Lightning Cable is MFi Certified?

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Even if your cable is fully certified, you might get the warning for a couple of main reasons. If your device has a dirty or damaged charging port, your charging accessory is defective or damaged. Hence, clean the charging port with a soft cloth and also ensure that it's not damaged.

When Dealing with a Cheap third party cable

If your cable is not Apple certified, you will receive accessory not supported alert time and again. Hence, it would be really tough to charge your device due to the random alerts.

The trick that you can use to avoid getting this alert is:

Turn off the iPhone. While the loading wheel is spinning, plug the charger. Don't turn on your device for about 15-20 minutes. After some time, switch on your device. If you get the warning again, dismiss it.

Reboot Your iDevice

Hard reset has the reputation of fixing some stubborn issues. Therefore, it would be wise to give this trick a chance as well.

On iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE or earlier, press and hold on sleep/wake button and Home button at once until you Apple logo on the screen.

How to Restart-Reboot iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

On your iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold the sleep/wake button and volume down button simultaneously until Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Reboot iPhone 7-7 PlusOn your iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, press and release volume up button, press and release volume down button. Then, you have to press and hold the side button until Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reboot iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8

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Update iOS on your Device

No solution as yet? It's time to update your iOS device. I suspect the older version of the iOS might be coming in the way of charging.

Be sure your device is up to 50% charged and connected to Wi-Fi network.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Now, tap on General.

Tap on Settings then General on iPhone X, 8 Plus or 8

Step #2. Next, you need to tap on Software Update.

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If there is an update available, download and install it. Once your device is up-to-date, try charging it. The problem should be fixed now.

Restore your device using iTunes

Though I'm very sure you won't have to come this far, I can't discount the possibility that you might still be struggling to resolve this issue. It's time to take a tough decision and restore your device as new using iTunes. As always don't forget to backup your device before going through the process.

Step #1. Connect your iOS device to the computer.

Step #2. Now, launch iTunes and click on the Device tab at the top left.

Step #3. Click on Backup Now. Then, let your device be backed up.

Step #4. Next, click on Restore.

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Now, you need to wait for the restore process be completed peacefully.

Contact App Support, If nothing is Working.

You should contact Apple Support if the device is still refusing to be charged. If your device is still under warranty, go to a nearby Apple Store and get your device looked in.

Wrap up:

Have been able to troubleshoot the problem? Which one of the tricks worked for you? Do let us know them in the comments below.

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