When you plug your iPhone into a lightning cable to charge your device, you suddenly see a pop-up appearing on the screen, “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone. “
You have tried to plug out then plug in again many times but it still does not work. Before throwing it away, you should try out a few tips to fix the issue.
Reasons cause “Accessory Not Certified” issue:
- Cable is not certified/poor quality
There are tons of available lightning cables with a low quality. Although they work well, almost of them are not certificated MFi (made for iDevice). The best thing about them is that you do not have to pay much money to buy them. However, the bad thing is that they will be broken sooner than MFi cables.
- Damaged cable
If your charging cable has been submerged in water or was damaged due to repeated use, it will not work.
- Something prevents the cable charger or port
If the lightning port is dirty with crud, for example, it will obstruct charging, so you should clean up the port frequently.
How to fix the ‘Accessory Not Certified’ issue on iPhone and iPad
While charging your iPhone or iPad, you get “Accessory Not Certified” issue. Try out some tips below to troubleshoot the problem.
- Plug the cable to the charger (not connect it to your iPhone.)
- Power off your iPhone, and then pair it with the charger.
- Wait for about 15-20 minutes, and then turn on your device. If you get any warning, dismiss it.
- Your device now charges the battery normally without any issue.
If the solution above does not work, there are other fixes that can help you:
- Press the Home button and the Power buttons at once for ten seconds to reboot your device.
- Before your iPhone can boot up, plug the charging cable into your device.
- If the warning appears, disconnect the cable.
- Reconnect it again. The charging now can continue without any problem.
If you have jailbroken your iPhone, you can solve “Accessory Not Certified” issue with a jailbreak tweak, called Support Unsupported Accessories. It fully supports all devices running from iOS 8.1.1 and allows you to use uncertified cables on your iOS device.
You download the tweak from Cydia for free of charge:
- Open Cydia
- Tap on the Search section
- Search for Support Unsupported Accessories
- Tap on it to install on your device
Now you can use any unsupported accessory on your device. However, we do not recommend you to use cables and chargers that are not certified by Apple, as they could be dangerous and cause damage to your device – and you.
However, if you want to save a bit of cash by buying a cheaper cable, you should jailbreak your device and install the ‘Support Unsupported Accessories’ tweak.
Above are three simple tricks to fix “Accessory Not Certified” issue for your iPhone/iPad. If you find any useful information, leave your comments below.