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    Exclamation Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    Recently, my S4 has been acting strange. When I plug it into the wall with the Samsung provided cable and plug, it doesn't charge. It doesn't charge with my car charger either, which I also got with my S4 from Verizon. It only charges when it's plugged into my computer.

    Then there's another problem. My computer doesn't even recognize my phone as a device. It just charges it. I can't even transfer any of my data off my internal storage because of this. Odin can't even recognize it even though all the drivers for download mode are installed. It's just ridiculous.

    If anyone has the same issue and a potential fix for this, please let me know. The computer doesn't charge quick and I can barely use my phone.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    Really? Nobody can help me? Guess I'm out of a phone then.
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    wow. same exact problem for me...

    • phone says it's charging when plugged into outlets -- home, car, work -- but isn't actually charging
    • phone says it's charging and DOES charge through laptop
    • phone isn't recognized as a device, or acknowledged whatsoever, by the laptop
    • not sure if this is relevant at all but i'm using a USB 3.0 port to charge (+400mA/h over USB 2 from what i understand)



    so strange. this is my first samsung phone so i'm going to talk to some friends who may know something about this and report back.
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    Broken faulty damaged usb port
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    Quote Originally Posted by xx760xx View Post
    Really? Nobody can help me? Guess I'm out of a phone then.
    Well obviously you have a pretty rare issue or you would have gotten several replies by now (only one so far). Did you search the issue with Google? I think j510 has a good starting point, a problem with the USB port. Why not try a battery pull and a factory reset?
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    Dude Im Having The Same Problem Now!
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    Im having the exact same issue. Has anyone resolved this ?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    Maybe this is a dumb question. But have any of you with this issue done a factory reset? It could be software related?
    Are you running any customer ROMS, are you rooted,etc...
    You can't expect an answer to an issue like this unless you provide AT LEAST all the info above.
    It's very possible you are all running the same app and it had an update and caused this, possibly some kind of power management?
    I know I had a crazy issue with my GPS and it was caused by my weather app. So it's VERY possible.
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    Very possible.

    Not rooted, factory specs on the Bell network. Ive had the phone for 2 weeks. Just started doing this. I will factory reset now.

    *EDIT - Factory reset did not fix the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXC1 View Post
    Very possible.

    Not rooted, factory specs on the Bell network. Ive had the phone for 2 weeks. Just started doing this. I will factory reset now.

    *EDIT - Factory reset did not fix the problem.
    I should have noted this before. When doing a factory restore, are you letting your phone do the back up of all your apps as well? aka auto downloading them? If so, and it IS an app, then it's pointless you have to prevent it from installing apps, see if a FRESH restore corrects it. If it does, install one app at a time until you see which one causes the issue
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    Does this have anything to do with the USB debugging settings in the developer options?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tytlyf View Post
    Does this have anything to do with the USB debugging settings in the developer options?
    If he did a factory restore, developer options wouldn't be available, unless he went in and tapped Build 7 times to activate then went in and choose USB Debugging, guess it's possible but doubt it
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    I have been having this exact same problem for a couple of months. When plugged into any cable that isn't connected to my computer, and I have tried several as my family has several phones, it doesn't do anything. Doesn't show it's charging but isn't like some mentioned. I have also noticed if I have my mobile data on, my battery discharges more quickly than it used to before this charging problem began. I have had my phone for over a year, it was fine for the first 9 months or so.
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    Same problem here...only a month of having the phone

    FYI - just tried hard reset without any app restore. Same issue. What's even more strange, my partner has the same phone. We've tried switching batteries. Hers will work in the wall, mine will not with the same battery. We've use the same cable. Hers will charge in the wall and mine will not with the same cable. Anyway, still not charging from wall...and still not recognizing on pc. Will only charge on PC
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    This definitely sounds like a hardware issue if you've tried a different cable. For anyone having the phone that short amount of time I think it's wise at this point to contact your carrier and have them send you a new unit.
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    Had the same issue and found the solutions which worked for me. Go into the developer mode and deactivate the usb debug mode. Worked straight away...
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    Weird,
    Toggling debugging fixed mine as well, but I always have debugging on all my phones and this is the first time it's ever been a problem. I am running a custom rom and it seems the problem occurred when I turned on tablet (dual pane) mode. I turned off debugging and turned it back on and it seems to charge fine from all chargers now.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    I've tried the debugging options for this problem to no avail. Is there a difference in what wire the phone charges from between the wall and PC?

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    I found a possible solution:
    I have been having the same issue everyone here has, S4 not charging with charger, (but phone says it's charging) tried two different cables, and three different chargers all with the same result. (Those chargers and cables all work with my Kindles)
    The debugging mode toggle did nothing, and plugging into my pc instead of a charger did nothing. Than I remembered the last time my phone charged was when I was at work, using my old charger that came with my Motorola Droid 2. I plugged into that charger with cable, and success! I then swapped the cable into another charger, and I am still charging. The cable seems to be seated into the USB port a little more securely than the cable that came with my Samasung. Eyeballing it, the cable that works over the one that doesn't seems to have a slightly smaller opening where the pins connect. It certainly feels more snug, and wobbles less when you try to wiggle the cable while plugged into the phone.

    Maybe you guys can ask a friend with a Motorola OEM charger and see if you get anywhere. If you do, I just saw an OEM charger with cable on eBay for $6.

    Hope it helps!

    EDIT: I have since done a bit of research, and it seems there are two different types of USB Micro cables, A and B. I have identified a "B clearly printed on the cable that works. Just in case it helps shed some light on the subject.

    C2G - USB Connector Guide | Learn About USB Style Electronic Connectors
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    I have exactly the same problem - so nice to read that I am not alone.... Will try out the suggestions posted below - thanks for starting the thread !
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    I just had the same problem yesterday.
    I just rebooted the phone and everything started working fine.
    Cheers.
    Hope I helped.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S4 won't charge unless it's plugged into my computer.

    My S4 just started doing this on yesterday. I downloaded the latest Samsung update as well as turned off the usb debugging in the developers options. Tech support said to do a master reset of my phone but as I've read, that is not resolving the issue either. Any other suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhinc View Post
    Maybe this is a dumb question. But have any of you with this issue done a factory reset? It could be software related?
    Are you running any customer ROMS, are you rooted,etc...
    You can't expect an answer to an issue like this unless you provide AT LEAST all the info above.
    It's very possible you are all running the same app and it had an update and caused this, possibly some kind of power management?
    I know I had a crazy issue with my GPS and it was caused by my weather app. So it's VERY possible.
    I know this is an old post but I hope I get a reply, i got a used Samsung gt-s7500 from a friend and it was working fine charging everywhere until I did a factory reset, no custom Roms or rooting or any software manipulation done, just a regular factory reset from the settings. Ever since the phone only charges when connected to a PC, I tried many chargers and still nothing works except PC. Other than that the phone functions normally. Btw I'm running gingerbread 2.3.6 if it helps or makes any difference
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    I tried disabling debugging mode,didn't work for me

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