China rules! But not in this case, and here’s why.
In the comments on our site, readers are still asking questions about using USB cables for the iPhone and iPad. Some complain that when charging or syncing with iTunes, a message appears on the smartphone screen stating that “this cable or accessory is not supported or not certified.” At the same time, the device does not charge and does not synchronize; it is also impossible to restore or update the gadget. Why do apple USB smartphones and tablets not like some USB cables, and what can be done about it?
For the first time, such messages appeared in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5. “This accessory is probably not supported.” On iOS 8 and later, the message content has changed a bit. “This cable or accessory is not certified, so the reliability of its operation with this iPhone is not guaranteed.” There are several reasons:
1. You are using a non-original and non-certified USB cable.
The Lightning connector only looks simple from the outside, a chip with 4 microchips is hidden under its shell. We do not fully know how they work and why a specific one is intended, but it is reliably known that this controller:
- Switches the contacts to which the iPhone is connected. the Lightning connector is two-way and is inserted into the connector on either side.
- Responsible for the secure transfer of information between the device and the computer when synchronizing with iTunes, restoring and updating iOS.
- Limits voltage and current when charging the device.
Yes, the original Lightning cable is too expensive, for example, in the Russian App Store they ask for 1,590 rubles for it. And this is for 1 meter of wire and two connectors, one of which is the simplest (USB).
Accessory manufacturers came up in defense of user interests and offered analogues. However, “cable-to-cable strife” and in pursuit of the minimum low cost, some manufacturers (mainly Chinese) “forget” to add the necessary microchips to the Lightning connectors so that they at least comply with the MFi license. What kind of license is this?
Mfi (short for “Made for iPhone / iPod / iPad“- Made for iPod / iPhone / iPad) is Apple’s licensing program for accessory manufacturers compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Apple vouchs for certified cables and accessories, for which it receives the appropriate cash payments from each unit, which means they are safe for your device (theoretically).
In addition to the price, the original Apple USB cables have serious problems with durability: they quickly fray and break.
I myself stopped using the original Lightning cable from the iPhone 5s in favor of the black Juicies with lightning connector and I have no regrets about it.
So, so that your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are charged at acceptable voltage and current, and also synchronized without errors, use at least a certified Lightning cable. It is cheaper than the original. But, if you do not have such an opportunity, there is a way how to protect Apple and charge, synchronize and restore your iPhone using the cheapest cables.
“The cable is not certified.” What to do?
In some cases, it is enough:
Connect the cable to the device.
When the message “This cable or accessory is not certified.” appears, click “Close” in the window of this message.
The above message appears again. click “Close” again.
Sometimes you need this:
Turn off the device completely.
For devices with jailbreak in Cydia, find and install the tweak “Support Unsupported Accessories 8” or “Unauthorized Lightning Cable Enabler”.
Remember that the problem cannot be completely eliminated in this way. this is an exclusively temporary solution. Apple can always block the “stick” cable at the iOS level. In addition, you run the risk of running into an expensive replacement power controller. the cost of the service starts at 80.
Therefore, we strongly recommend using either an original accessory or a certified one, for example, any owner of iPhone 5 and later can afford this).
There are times when the warning “This cable or accessory is not certified, therefore the reliability of its operation with this iPhone is not guaranteed” also appears when you connect the original cable, for example, if.
2. The USB cable is damaged
If you use the original cable for sure, and the ill-fated message still appears on the screen, your cable may simply be damaged.
If there are no visible signs of damage, take a known (and, of course, original) cable for testing and check the operation of your device with it. If it works, change the cable to a new one.
3. Clogged connector on iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad
We already wrote about this situation in a separate article. The bottom line is that various debris gets into the connector on the iPhone or iPad (this is especially true for Lightning connectors) and accumulates there for a long time. At some point, there is so much debris that it breaks the cable contact in the connector. and, accordingly, a warning appears. The solution is to carefully clean the debris from the connector. To do this, you can use a toothpick or cotton swab moistened with alcohol. I advise you to clean the Lightning connector on the switched off iPhone.
And finally. Since 2008, I have always used the original cables to charge and sync my iPhone and iPad. it’s safe and reliable. But if one of them was damaged and out of order, I did not buy the other original one. expensive. Instead, I used certified, which I advise you. If this is not at hand, one or two times you can charge the device with the cheapest cable, but do not abuse it. the “unexpected” can sneak up unnoticed.