[GUIDE] Fixing Micro-USB without soldering!
Two days ago, my phone gave up on me, at least the Micro-USB. I have had my Xperia X10i since release, which I believe was summer 2010. It made me very sad, since I no longer would have a phone and thinking back to all the ROMs, rooting and other fun stuff I used it for. It would not charge anymore.
Going in to several repair shops they told me the same. Changing the Micro-USB port that was soldered to the motherboard of the phone would be a pain, both in work and for the wallet. Everyone told me it was better to get a new one.
But I wouldn't accept that.
At writing moment, my phone is almost fully charged and I did this discovering a few tricks. That's why I want to help you to fix your phone and not lose hope just yet. First of all, my phone showed symptoms of battery draining very fast from times, charging would only do if it was connected in a specific way, etc. If you have the same or similar symptoms, follow me below;
First step is to find some Acetone. It is used for cleaning and I bought a bottle for around 3$. This might not be necessary, but it's worth a shot! I also used a flat screwdriver, preferably quite small. Put the screwdriver on a flat surface with paper or something underneath. Pour some Acetone on and wait for a few seconds. Now take out your battery and without battery in your phone, press the Power ON to discharge it.
You can preferably use a needle for cleaning, I just used a screwdriver since it was the thing I happened to have around. Clean inside the Micro-USB port very carefully for dust. Now put the battery in and try charging your phone again. If you still have problems, follow along...
Take out your charger and look at it. At the front of it you can see the metal part which is inserted into the Micro-USB. Take a small nipper and press the two sides together, forming a very slight bend on the metal. Alternatively, which I did, was to take my screwdriver previously and press the side of the metal with it, against the edge of the table or whatever (not very clever). The goal is still to form a slight bend and make the Micro-USB connector a bit tighter. Try plugging it in after doing so. If it still doesn't work, follow along...
Sometimes I guess it might just be the battery that might be the problem. I used mine for 3 years now, and the lifetime for an Iphone is normally around 2 years. Try changing the battery, best would be if your friend or a relative have a similar phone.
Last but not least, just because it doesn't start charging upon connecting to the phone doesn't mean it wont charge at all. I told you previously of my phone charging, but my charger will need to be inserted in a specific way and it needs a constant pressure on it. I have a few books stacked on it now while charging. So keep the Micro-USB clean, try bending your connector and good luck.
I just saved myself 220$.