Here’s how to use USB-C cable on your old iPhone with Lightning connector

Apple has finally made iPhone with a USB-C charging port! Then what about us who are still using the older model of iPhone? Can we use USB-C cable too?

  • This article shares with you how you can use USB-C cable on your older model iPhone.
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The latest iPhone – iPhone 15 series – has finally moved and changed its charging port from Lightning port to USB-C port. If you are not upgrading to the latest iPhone, well, you are pretty much stuck on using Lightning cable to charge your iPhone for the rest of its life – that, at least is what you think. While it won’t be a perfect solution, but there are few ways you can actually use an USB-C cable on your old model of iPhone. Do check out below how you can do it.

iPhone 15 series are now USB-C compatible, ditching the Lightning port. Image courtesy of Apple.

There are few reasons why you want to use USB-C cable instead of Lightning

Here they are:

1) You want simplicity – One cable rule them all. This is especially if you have more than 1 gadgets, carrying them with you and not each of them use Lightning.

2) Lightning cable is typically much more expensive in price when compared to USB-C cable, this is true especially Lightning cable that comes with Made for iPhone logo (which means they are certified by Apple).

3) Lightning cable is (going to be) rarer to find. Moving forward, since latest iPhone has already using USB-C port, there will be lesser shops selling Lightning cable.

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Apple iPhone 14 series are the last iPhone models to use Lightning Port. Image courtesy of Apple.

So if you think you will still keep using your iPhone for quite some time – especially if you own iPhone 14 series – the last iPhone model to use Lightning port, you may want to consider the options below.

Here’s how to use USB-C cable on your old iPhone with Lightning connector

There are 2 ways you can use USB-C cable on your old iPhone models, let’s start with the easiest way then follow by the adventurous one.

Option 1: The easiest way

Well, it’s surprisingly easy to do. It won’t involve prying open your iPhone and do soldering (although you can if you want – see bottom section on the link how you can do so), but what I’m sharing here is just a very simple solution: buy a USB-C to Lightning adapter. Consider this as a one-time investment.

Check out below USB-C to Lightning adapter found on Amazon and AliExpress – in case you need one quickly.

AdapterLink to get it
TechMatte USB C to Lightning Adapter
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[Apple MFi Certified] USB C to Lightning Adapter
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USB C To Lightning Adapter PD20W/120W Fast Charging
Get it on AliExpress
Elough OTG USB C To Lightning Adapter
Get it on AliExpress

Note: If you buy anything from Amazon / AliExpress using links above, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost charged on your purchases.

Option 2: For those who adventurous

If you are adventurous and think you can take up the task – changing your iPhone Lightning port to USB-C port all by yourself, here’s the YouTube video and article that will show and guide you through how you can achieve it.

Changing iPhone Lightning Port to USB-C – Video by ExploringTheSimulation.

If you need more details, do refer to the link below.

Read more here

Bring it all together

Depending on which option you take, you can now have the option to use USB-C cable on your old iPhone. Unless you are adventurous and understand electric components and dare to take the risk, my recommendation is to get the USB-C to Lightning adapter. With it, you can use any USB-C cable on your iPhone! Not only USB-C cable is much cheaper in price but it’s also easier to find. One thing for sure if you take this route, don’t lose the USB-C to Lightning adapter!

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Apple iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Image courtesy of Apple.

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