What to do with Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that’s not charging after Android 9 Pie update?

The Android 9.0 Pie for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has recently be rolled out and the number of users who’ve downloaded has been growing everyday and so are the number of complaints we received. First of all, the Android Pie update for the phone doesn’t have any issues but that doesn’t mean everything will be seamless during or after the installation. There are times when issues occur here and there.

In this post, I will address the problem that some of our readers reported. According to them, their phones stopped charging after the Android 9 Pie update. Some owners have asked why it’s happening when charging concerns only the hardware. But the thing is, the charging process is actually performed by both hardware and software so there’s always a chance that such very basic functionality can be affected by a firmware issue. Continue reading as I will walk you through in troubleshooting your Note 9 that’s not charging anymore after the Android Pie update.

Before we continue with our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, make sure to drop in on our Note 9 troubleshooting page for we have already fixed a lot of issues reported by users. Find problems that are related to yours and use the solutions we provided. If you still need help after that, feel free to contact us by filling up our questionnaire.

How to troubleshoot Note 9 that’s not charging after Android Pie update?

If the phone has been working properly prior to the update or problem, then it must be a very minor issue. Here’s one of the emails we received from our readers:

Hi. My Note 9 got updated a couple of days ago. Yesterday when I put it on charge, it charged without any problem. Today however, it’s not responding to its charger anymore. I don’t have the wireless charger so i can test it with it. Please help me.

Now, here’s what you need to do about this problem…

  1. Force restart your Note 9 first.
  2. Try turning it off and charge it.
  3. Check the charger, cable and USB port in your phone.
  4. Backup files and reset your phone.

I know these things are pretty self-explanatory but let me explain briefly why you need to do these. First, the forced restart is necessary if you haven’t done it. Unlike the normal reboot, the forced restart simulates battery disconnect and refreshes your phone’s memory like when you pull the battery out. It’s a very effective procedure to fix all minor issues either with the firmware or hardware. We don’t know for sure why this problem is happening that’s why it’s important to start your troubleshooting with this procedure. Press and hold the volume down button and the power key together for 10 seconds or more. Your device will restart like the normal reboot but after this, try to see if it charges. If it still does not, then move on to the next solution.

There’s no problem charging your phone while it’s powered on but when it comes to troubleshooting charging-related issues, it’s better to turn the phone off and connect it to its charger. This way, only the charger and the battery are at play. If this is just a minor firmware-related problem, it should charge properly while the phone is powered off. But make sure you’re using the OEM charger and cable.

Next is try to check if the charger and the cable are fine. Check the port on the charger for some signs of liquid damage. Also, try to find some debris or lint that may be obstructing the current. With the cable, you just have to check both ends for foreign materials or bent pins. If something doesn’t look good, try using another cable. After checking them both, inspect your phone’s USB port for any debris or lint. Any foreign materials should be removed. After making sure it’s not an issue with the charger, cable or the port, then you have no other choice but to reset your phone.

Considering that the problem occurred shortly after an update, some data files may have been corrupted. We need to rule this possibility out by doing a reset.

So, make sure to create a backup of your important files and data especially ones that are stored in your phone’s internal storage as they will be deleted during the process. After which,

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  4. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’.
  5. Press Power button to select.
  6. Press the Volume down key until ‘Yes — delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  7. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  8. When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  9. Press the Power key to restart the device.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix your Galaxy Note 9 that won’t charge after the Android 9 Pie update.


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