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Lint just about got me
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Posted 10/18/2020 20:10 (#8552409)
Subject: Lint just about got me

Don't call it a 'gator, it's a Ranger
I have an iPhone 6 with a cheap cover. Got talked into an Otterbox by the purple haired lady at Verizon but I hated it as it was so bulky. I have been using cheap phone cases instead. These do not have a dust plug for the headphone jack or the lightning port.

I carry the phone in my pants pocket. It has happened a few times that the lightning cable will not charge the phone. Often this is due to lint buildup from my pocket. I break off the sharp point of a toothpick and use it with cloth and rubbing alcohol to clean the port. This has always brought it back to good working order.

The other day I was having trouble with calls and realized that my iPhone thought it was connected to headphones so no sound out of the built in speakers. I actually tried a set of headphones and they worked as expected. When I removed the headphones the phone still thought that they were attached and would not switch back to the internal speakers. I reasoned that maybe lint had gotten into the headphone port and was fooling the phone into thinking that the headphones were still attached. I gave the headphone jack a few blast of air with the air nozzle from the air compressor in my shop. Apparently I dislodged what ever was there and the phone now works as it should.
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