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Can't recharge phone

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RhinoCan, Apr 29, 2021.

  1. RhinoCan

    RhinoCan Well-Known Member
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) bought new in 2017. A few weeks ago, I suddenly found myself unable to put the end of the charging cable into the charging port; the USB-C connector would not quite go onto the bit of circuit board in the charging port (sorry, I'm not sure of the vocabulary for that part of the phone.) I don't remember doing anything to physically damage the phone but the USB-C simply wouldn't seat properly after that no matter how firmly I pushed. (I did NOT want to break it entirely so I didn't force it.) I have two chargers and had the same issues with both chargers. I can't see any sign of anything wrong with the chargers: I'm nearly certain the problem is with the phone itself. I *think* the problem is that the bit of circuit board I need to attach to has moved slightly so that it is too far inside the phone to make proper contact.

    Eventually, I determined that I could get a slow charge out of the phone by holding the connector in the connector port at a specific angle and pressure and this tided me over since then; I was even able to get the cable to stay connected while it charged overnight for the last few weeks.

    Tonight though, I cannot get the cable to sit in the right place, even if I hold it myself and I simply can't sit up for the next several hours even if I want to. There is noisy construction that is happening very close by starting at the crack of dawn each morning and I'm already up too late now.

    I don't know much about electronics but I'm wondering if this is even fixable. Perhaps if I could get the phone open, I could push the bit of circuit board I need to engage with back into its proper position and charge it normally. Or is that wishful thinking?

    COVID has really messed with my finances and I have no money to spend for repairs, let alone another phone. I've been really happy with this phone and would love to figure out a solution to this problem. Any suggestions would be very gratefully received!!
     


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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    not really good with electronics myself so i have not done this, but i would have mentioned ifixit.xom.......but they only offer guides and parts for the screen and battery. you maybe sol.....maybe look into a burner phone until you can afford another phone.

    and if you plan on searching for another phone via ebay looking for a deal......make sure you have a clean imei and that frp has not been tripped. meet the person selling the phone and boot the phone up while they are in your presence to make sure frp has not been tripped and that you can successfully sign the phone up with your account info before handing the person the money.

    i do not think you can anything other then replace the charge port which as i stated earlier parts will be hard to find.
     
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  3. RhinoCan

    RhinoCan Well-Known Member
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    I know what IMEI is but what is "frp"?
     
  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Factory reset protection
     
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