iPad Not Charging? Here Are 8 Ways to Fix It

We know how annoying it is to face iPad not charging issues, especially when you have no idea why this is happening and what to do. Sometimes your iPad won’t charge or turn on, other times your iPad may charge way too slowly. Of course, such situations are maddening, but the good news is that you can easily solve them at home if you get the basics right. In this article, we have listed 8 tested ways to fix iPad not charging or slow charging issues. So let’s get started right away.

Before trying any method, we recommend that you make sure you have connected the charging adapter and cable securely. Also double check that you have turned on the power source. These basic principles are sometimes easy to miss.

1. Check the charger

Using defective, damaged, or incompatible charging accessories is a leading cause of iPad charging issues when plugged in. To avoid complications, we strongly recommend that you use the official power adapter and charging cable that came with your tablet. Also make sure that the accessories are in good condition. If you want to purchase a new cable or power adapter, make sure you purchase MFi-certified accessories (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) from trusted third-party manufacturers.

Here are some quick tips to make sure you’re using the right charger for your iPad:

  • Choose official or MFi-certified charging accessories. Make sure to stay away from super old, cheap, or incompatible chargers as these can lead to iPad charging issues in the long run or even damage the battery.
  • Inspect your charging cable for visible signs of damage, such as large bends, exposed wires, or breaks. Take a close look at the area around the connector. If it looks frayed or disjointed, it’s time to replace it with a new cable.
  • If the power adapter appears extremely old, discolored, worn, or has loose charging pins, switch to a new adapter.
  • If something seems wrong with the charging cable or adapter, try a different cable/adapter and see if that resolves the issue.
  • Keep in mind that you can use a 5W or 10W charger to power your tablet, but it will charge your iPad significantly slower, meaning it will take longer to reach 100 percent. As a result, you may experience problems with iPad charging slowly. To charge your iPad faster, use a 20W or higher adapter.

2. Stop charging your iPad via computer

We’ve all charged our smartphones with a computer at some point. Is it not? Although you can easily charge an iPhone with a computer or laptop, it can take quite some time with an iPad. An iPad requires more power to charge than an iPhone, and your computer may not provide as much power, especially if you have an older PC. Additionally, if you use your iPad while charging, it may lose more power than it gains. As a result, you may find yourself stuck with an iPad that won’t charge past 2%. To avoid any problems, you should stop charging your iPad through a computer and switch to a wall socket instead.

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If you’re having trouble charging the iPad on a modern laptop that often charges your tablet without any problems, make sure your laptop is turned on and not in sleep mode.

If your iPad won’t charge when plugged into an electrical outlet, check the electrical outlet. If you see exposed wires or broken circuits, this could cause the iPad to randomly stop charging. In such a case, we recommend switching to another socket.

3. Is your iPad too hot or too cold?

You may encounter iPad charging issues if your device gets too long or too cold. Like most electronic gadgets, an iPad works well in an ambient temperature between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Low or high temperatures can change the normal behavior of your devices.

It’s quite common for an iPad to overheat when you first set it up, stream high-quality video, restore data from backup, use resource-intensive apps/games, or charge your iPad wirelessly. If you use GPS or AR apps on your iPad for a long time, or are left in the car on a sunny day, it can generate a lot of heat.

When iPad gets too hot, iPadOS may temporarily pause charging until your phone returns to a normal temperature. This is done to prevent damage to the battery or the device itself. Charging should be available when you return your iPad to ambient temperature. If your iPad is overheating, immediately disconnect the charger, turn off your iPad, remove the case (if installed), and let it cool.

So if your iPad is not charging to 100%, you should check if it is at an optimal temperature. If it is too hot or too cold, wait some time and then try again.

4. Force restart your iPad

Another way to fix iPad not charging when plugged in is to force restart your iPad. Wondering why? This is because a force restart or hard reset can fix minor software issues, ease system load, clear temporary cache files, and give your device a fresh start. As a result, overall performance gets a much-needed boost. That’s why you should definitely give it a try. Once your device has restarted, charge it continuously for at least 30 minutes. If your iPad charges slowly, turn it off and then try charging it.

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Follow the steps below to restart an iPad:

  • iPad without Home button: Briefly press the Volume Up button, quickly press and release the Volume Down button, then press and hold the Power key until your iPad restarts.
Force restart the iPad without the Home button
  • iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the Power key (top or side) and the Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
Force restart the iPad with the Home button

To enjoy smooth performance, you should restart your iPad regularly (once every week or two).

5. Clean the charging port

If your iPad won’t charge when plugged in, the next thing to do is inspect the charging port. We often slide our iPads (port first) into backpacks and handbags on a daily basis. Over time, dust, dirt, lint, and grime can build up inside and clog the lightning port. This prevents a firm connection between the charging pin and the connector. As a result, your iPad won’t charge at all or randomly stops charging until you reconnect the charger.

To prevent the iPad charging port not working, you should check and clean the lightning port. We have a special guide for it how to clean the charging port on an iphone. This should come in handy for cleaning your iPad’s charging port as well. So make sure you give it a read. If the charging port appears to be damaged, take your iPad to the nearest Apple service center.

Moving on, if you accidentally spilled water on your iPad and it got into the charging port, the connections in the charging port could short out, preventing charging. If the cable is wet, charging is also not possible. So if your iPad won’t charge after water damage, remove excess liquid from the charging port, move it to a clean and dry surface and let it dry on its own. Once the charging port and cable are completely dry, try charging your tablet.

6. Update software

Keeping your devices up to date plays a huge role in overall performance. Older versions of iPadOS can cause several problems on your iPad. So if your iPad Pro won’t charge when plugged in or your iPad Air randomly stops charging, check for software updates. Updating iPadOS can rule out the possibility that a rare bug is causing the iPad charging problems. Fortunately, Apple regularly releases software updates with bug fixes, new additions, and security patches to improve the overall user experience.

  • On your iPad, go to Institutions and tap General from the left.
Go to the general section from iPad settings
  • Then tap Software update. If a more recent software update is available, download and install it.
Check for software updates on the iPad

7. Factory reset iPad

A factory reset will delete all data from your iPad. So make sure you backup all your important data. Once deleted, there is no way to recover lost data.

iPad not charging?  Here are 8 ways to fix this

This is the last resort to solve iPad problems before you plan to visit an Apple Store. Sometimes a more complex bug or glitch can be responsible for charging issues on your device. A simple restart or hard reset will not solve such problems; you will have to go through another, slightly more complex method. We are talking about a factory reset. Your device will be completely erased and its default settings will be restored. Here’s a complete guide on that how to reset an ipad to factory settings. This should help you reset your iPad without any problems.

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8. Contact Apple Support

If nothing has helped your iPad that won’t charge, then there is definitely something wrong with the charging port or with the iPad itself. In such cases, you should contact Apple. And if your iPad won’t charge after physical or liquid damage, you should head to the nearest Apple Store and let the professionals fix things for you. We strongly recommend that you stay away from DIY stores and unauthorized third-party alternatives as they may void the warranty and further damage your device. So be very careful.

This way you can repair the iPad without charging problems. We hope these methods helped you get rid of those annoying problems and you can get power back on your tablet without any hassle. If you have any doubts, please feel free to contact us via the comments below.

Why isn’t my iPad charging?

Some of the possible reasons why your iPad is not charging or charging slowly are:
1. Software issues
2. Defective or incompatible power adapter/charging cable
3. Water damage
4. A clogged or damaged charging port
5. Overheating problems

Why is my iPad plugged in but not charging?

An incompatible charger, a damaged cable, and a dirty charging port are among the most common reasons why your iPad won’t charge when plugged in. Faulty electrical outlets or USB ports can also cause charging-related issues on an iPad.

How do I know if my iPad charging port is damaged?

Closely inspect the charging port with a flashlight for any visible signs of damage, such as bent pins, cracks, or broken/loose connections. If you notice any of these issues, your iPad’s charger port is likely damaged. If you cannot properly insert the cable into the port or if you have to adjust/reconnect the cable frequently, there may be issues with the charging port.

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