If you’re an Android user, you’ve likely experienced an issue charging your battery via micro-USB cord. The issue results from hasty charging over the years, which causes the innards of your phone’s (inherently defected) micro-USB port to become damaged, breaking consistent conductivity when plugged in.
So how do you solve this? The most known solution to this is simply pushing down on a charging cord, delicately positioning the phone in a way that the phone keeps a connection. But this method is always a bit of a riddle, much like voiding a weighted booby-trap in an Indiana Jones film.
Thankfully, in an attempt to solve this dastardly problem on my own phone, I’ve discovered the simplest solution yet. It literally takes five seconds.
Avi Mendleson explains in the video above how to solve this problem for any micro-USB device. Fortunately, all you need is a pliers. A simple hard press on any male micro-USB end will flatten it out and help these plugs make solid connections with your devices again.
Note: We can’t take responsibility for any electrical issues or damage to your cords caused by this fix.
I did this to several of my own cords, putting my 2013 Moto X back in action. I haven’t been this self-satisfied with a YouTube-fix since I remedied my leaking toilet tank. Of course, if this doesn’t solve your troubles, the third option is cleaning the port with a q-tip or buying new cords altogether. Then again, perhaps you just need a new phone.
Also, if you need some new micro-USB cords, a great deal can be found on Amazon in various lengths.