We understand the frustration and dilemma that comes when your iPad isn’t charging or slow charging. Whether your iPad is stuck at 80% charging or it won’t power up when you plug in the cable, we have come across 10 different ways that will help you troubleshoot the problem.
Using one of these methods, I managed to resolve the issue when my iPad Air (M1) wouldn’t charge or power up during the summer due to high temperatures. However, it was due to the high temperature, but, I know some other ways you can follow and troubleshoot the charging problem on your iPad.
Why is my iPad not charging?
These are some major reasons why the iPad won’t charge or is stuck at 80% or charging slowly.
- Using third-party accessories for charging
- Dust or Debris in the Charging port
- Overheating problems or too cold temperature
- Software glitches or malfunction
- Bad Battery Health
- Hardware problem
Whatever the case be, you can follow the below 10 troubleshooting ways to resolve the iPad not charging issue for your device.
How to Fix iPad that Won’t Charge
Note: Apple has been bundling iPads with 20W power adapters for the past few years. If you use a less powerful or incompatible charging brick, then you may experience slow charging on your iPad.
Now let’s take a look at different ways to fix the iPad not charging issue.
1. Check Your Power Adapter and Cable
Needless to say, when your iPad refuses to charge, your first step should be inspecting the power adapter and charging cable. Most of the times, the cable itself could be the culprit. Especially if you’re using a single cable to charge multiple USB-C-supported devices, it might become loose or damaged over time, causing charging issues. You can check the power adapter for damages.
Whether it’s the power adapter or the cable, you need to replace it with a newer one, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure you use the right accessory for your iPad.
- Buy MFi-certified (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) accessories
- If you are going for a wireless charging solution, then go with a Qi-certified charger
- Don’t buy a cheap power adapter or cable, I suggest you go with a branded adapter from Apple, Samsung, Google, or trusted third-party accessory makers.
- Stay away from old or damaged power adapters, you can only use them in emergency cases.
- You can test and inspect the accessories by changing the cable if you have a separate cable in your house or if you want to check the power adapter, simply connect your iPad to your MacBook or Windows Laptop.
2. Check the Power Source
Ensure that the power outlet you’re using is delivering power consistently. Sometimes, fluctuations in the power supply or a faulty outlet can obstruct the charging process. Try using a different outlet or USB port to rule out any issues with the power source.
In the inspection process, you can check the cable by connecting it to your MacBook or PC.
3. Check and Clean the Charging Port
The next thing you need to check is the charging port, whether your iPad has a Lightning Port or USB C Port, you can easily clean the charging port. You can either use an earbud, toothpick, soft and dry brush, or compressed air to remove any dust/debris. It is pretty common with people who use their iPads or work in the industrial field or construction sites.
Apple products are renowned for their quality, and this extends to their charging ports, which are designed to be durable and resistant to damage. Cleaning dust will help you resolve the issue.
In the worst-case scenario if the charging port is damaged you can visit Apple Care or a trusted service center.
4. Control the Temperature of your iPad
Another crucial troubleshooting step is to ensure that your iPad isn’t either overheated or too cold. Apple says 32º to 95º F (0º to 35º C) is the ambient temperature range suited for iPad.
If you are using your iPad in your garden on a bright sunny day, it might generate excessive heat. When your iPad is overheated it will not charge, you need to keep it cool and then plug it in to charge.
5. Stop Using the iPad While Charging
Just like the previous troubleshooting method, your iPad might generate excessive heat if you are using it while charging. Although the iPad won’t get heated when you perform normal tasks, if you are performing some heavy tasks, then iPadOS may pause the charging until the iPad gets back to a normal temperature.
So, I advised you to stop using the iPad while charging, the same goes with iPhones and other smartphones as well.
6. Examine Liquid Damage
Spills or exposure to moisture can impact the charging capabilities of your iPad. While we often understand how to handle our gadgets, there are moments when haste leads us to watch our favorite shows or movies, holding the iPad with damp hands.
You can visually examine your iPad for any visible signs of liquid exposure. Look for watermarks, discoloration, or any residue around the charging port or elsewhere.
7. Reverse the Cable Side
Whether your iPad has a Lightning Port or USB C Port, the charging cable for both ports supports reverse-side charging. Therefore, attempting to switch the cable side you normally use could help. Wait for at least 5-10 minutes after making this change to see if it yields any results.
8. Update your iPad’s Software
Sometimes the issue isn’t with hardware or accessories, you may also get an iPad not charging problem with software glitches. So, make sure to check if your iPad is on the newest available software or not.
You can check for the updates by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update > Install the new update.
9. Force Restart your iPad
If all else fails, consider performing force restart on your iPad. Force Restart will clean up the cache, which will help in troubleshooting the charging issue. You can follow these steps to perform a force reboot.
- For iPad without a home button: Press and quickly release the volume button. Press and quickly release the volume down button. Press and Hold the Power button until your iPad restarts.
- For iPad with home button: Press and hold the power button and home button until your iPad restarts.
10. Take your iPad to Apple Care
If none of the above methods work or if it is a hardware-related issue, it’s time to get in touch with Apple Support. You can call the helpline number or visit your nearest Apple Store.
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