I accidentally dropped my Android in a pool of water. When I recovered it, I did the whole process to let it dry out. After 2 days, I finally tried to turn the device back on. It still worked, but the battery would no longer charge. The battery icon showed that the battery was charging, but no charging was actually taking place.
In this case, you usually need to re-seat the battery so the system can re-learn how much of a charge the battery has. Follow these steps, and they will fix this problem most of the time.
- If your device does not have a removable battery, take your device apart to access the battery and battery cable. You can use a site like iFixIt to learn how to take your device apart.
- Provide power to the device by plugging it into to a wall outlet.
- If you have a removable battery, remove the battery. If you do not have a removable battery, unplug the battery cable from the board of the device.
- Wait about 60 seconds.
- Re-insert or plug in the battery. Let it charge for at least 10 minutes.
- Power the device back on.
Hopefully the battery is now charging. If not, you may want to try to purchase a new battery. You can often find them on eBay for as little as $10.
If you’re not that handy and your device has an internal battery, your Android manufacturer should have a program where you can send the device in to have the battery replaced.