Apple users have been reported to receive the “This accessory may not be supported” error when connecting their iPhone 11 to their charger. Apple devices can immediately determine if you are using a fake charger connected to your device. Therefore, the error message is displayed. It’s one of the easiest ways to know if it’s a fake accessory.
There are several reasons why you may see this error message. This could be because your iPhone software is not working properly, or the accessories that are connected to your charging port are not MFI certified.
In a good number of cases, the primary reason is that the charger and/or Lightning connector is dirty, broken, or damaged. In some cases, even when using an MFI-certified charger, the error message is still displayed for small particles that may have penetrated the Lightning connector on your iPhone 11. For the reasons mentioned above, there are also possible solutions that you can use to solve the problem of error messages on the iPhone 11. Read below to find out.
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Here are some possible solutions that can help fix the iPhone 11 error (This accessory may not be supported)
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Make sure Accessory is MFI-Certified
What does MFI mean? MFI stands for Made for iPhone / iPad / iTouch, and MFI Certified also means that the accessories are certified for use with Apple products. However, if you use third-party accessories, this may not work and may have caused the error “This accessory may not be supported” because this third-party accessory is not certified for Apple devices.
The warning error is usually displayed as a pop-up message after you have connected your iPhone 11 to a power source for charging, especially if the charger you are using is not MFI certified. Excessive use of third-party chargers that are not MFI certified not only results in an immediate error but, over time, can also damage your iPhone 11.
There are several ways to find out if you are MFI certified. First, check the MFI emblem and sometimes your script on the cable packaging. Most Apple-certified accessories include fonts such as “Designed by Apple in California,” “Assembled in China,” or “Assembled in Vietnam.” Cables can also have a 12-digit serial number. Finally, Apple-certified cables usually have smooth, rounded, one-piece, gold or silver-coloured contacts. Wrong or not, MFI-certified wires, however, are irregularly run in one cable piece.
If possible, try to use the cable that came with your device when you bought it.
This Accessory May Not Be Supported could be fixed by Restarting iPhone Device
In some cases, the error message “This accessory may not be supported” appears when there is a software problem on an iPhone that is sometimes considered a minor problem. When connected to the Lightning connector on your device, the software usually determines whether or not to connect to the cable accessory.
A simple restart of your iPhone can sometimes fix software problems. The steps to reset the iPhone may vary depending on the location difference of the iPhone models.
Check cable accessory
The most commonly used accessory that you usually come across “This accessory may not be compatible” is the charging cable. Since this accessory comes into contact with the device or establishes a physical connection to the device, it is advisable to check for fluff and dirt. If necessary, clean the accessories.
Also, check the discolouration of the cable, as this can sometimes cause the error message “This accessory may not be compatible.” And also take a careful look at your device USB port on the charger. An antistatic brush can be used to remove lint or other small residues that may have entered the device.
If the problem persists, charge the iPhone with different chargers. If at some point, your iPhone device is having trouble charging a single charger but works with other chargers, there may be a problem with the charger. Regardless of what charge you tried and you continue to get the same error messages, you can safely say that the charger isn’t the cause of the problem.
Check Lightning Port
If, after checking that the cable accessories are working properly, you may need to look into the Lightning connector on your device, this may be the reason if you see dirt, fluff or dirt. This prevents the iPhone from connecting easily. For cable accessories.
To do this, switch on a light in the Lightning port. If something needs to be removed from the inside, always use an antistatic brush or a clean toothbrush to clean the inside.
Update to the Latest iOS version
It is usually recommended to update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone, as some accessories require the latest and latest versions. In order to do this:
- Go to Settings
- Touch General
- Then press Update software
- Tap Download and Install when new updates are available.
A crucial thing to have at the back of your mind is to ensure that your iPhone has at least 50% autonomy or is connected to a power source before you can download and install the new update.
Reset Network Settings to Fix This Accessory May Not Be Supported
In some cases, the error message is displayed due to the network settings. Network reset contains reports that really solved the problem. Since the network configuration essentially means resetting the settings, it is recommended that you make a backup or remember your WiFi password as this will delete it, and you may need to reconnect to the details to start the session properly.
To reset the network settings:
- Go to Settings
- Touch General
- Tap Reset
- Tap Reset network settings
- If necessary, enter the password to confirm the action