iPad Not Charging: How to Fix the Issue

iPad Not Charging

Having enjoyed one of your favorite episodes of Game of Thrones on your iPad, it’s time to juice the tablet to play an exciting car racing game endlessly. But you found that your iPad is Not charging when plugged into the computer and wonder what exactly is preventing my tablet from being powered peacefully. Fret not, mate!

There could be quite a few reasons why your iPad may refuse to charge. For instance, it could be the fault port or even the outdated software. Let’s head over to try out various solutions to fix the iPad not charging issue!

iPad is Not Charging: How to Troubleshoot the Issue

Tip: Avoid charging your device while it’s charging as it prevents the device from being powered up fast. It also tends to heat the device. Additionally, disable power-hungry features like Location Services and Background App Refresh when your device is in charge.

Disable Location Services

Step #1. Tap on Settings → Tap on PrivacyLocation Services.

Tap on Settings Then Privacy and Tap on Location Services on iPad

Step #2. Turn it off.

Disable Location Services on iPad

Disable Background App Refresh

Step #1. Tap on Settings → Tap on GeneralBackground App Refresh.

Tap on Settings then General then Background App Refresh on iPad

Step #2. Turn it off.

Turn Off Background App Refresh on iPad

Clean Up the Port

Ensure that the Lightning port of your iPad is clean and doesn’t have gunk, dust, lint, debris, and other similar stuff. It might be preventing the device from being charged. You can use a wooden or plastic toothpick to remove debris if it’s stuck there.

Reboot Your iPad

Whenever I find my device plagued with some miscellaneous issues, the first trick I try to get rid of the problem is force restart. Hard reset is good enough to flush out the bad bits that might have been stuck on your device.

Just press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and Home button at once. Keep holding both the buttons until the screen turns off and Apple logo appears.

Switch USB Ports

At times when you plug your iPad into a computer or a Mac for the first time, the USB port might not recognize it. In such a case, you need to switch to a different USB port. Try changing the USB ports and see if it helps.

If that doesn’t help either, you may try some more fixes given below.

Change Cable

Cables can worn out over time and stop charging your device securely. There are very few cables that can retain their top functionality for long. Hence, try using a different cable to see if it’s able to charge your device.

Even if that doesn’t help, the chances are that it might be the case of charging port on iPad.

Try Connecting iPad to the iPad 12w Wall Charger

Still getting the “Not Charging” message on the iPad? Try plugging your tablet directly into a 12w charger from a wall outlet. As compared to 5w iPhone charger, iPad’s 12w charger is capable of juicing your device a lot faster. Besides, it also more efficient.

Use compatible charging accessories

Make sure you are using compatible charging accessories, that are recommended by Apple. Ideally, using a 12w wall charger is perfect for charging your iPad. Just in case, if you are using any third-party charging adapter, make sure it is compatible with your device.

Reset Settings on your iPad

In case none of the above has helped you fix the iPad not charging issue, then let’s try resetting device’s settings and see if that can fix the problem. To do so,

Open Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings

Reset All Settings on iPad

This will just reset the settings that you may have customized on your iPad; it won’t delete the data.

Even if resetting settings doesn’t solve the problem, it might be an issue with the iOS itself. Try updating your iOS to the latest version.

Update the iOS of your iPad

Hasn’t got the fix as yet? Ensure that your iPad is running the latest iOS version. The old software might be the culprit behind this problem.

Open Settings app → General → Software Update and install the latest iOS version. If that too doesn’t help, things are getting a little serious here. Try a few more tricks mentioned below.

Restore your device using iTunes

Haven’t been able to overcome the problem? It’s time to take a hard decision and restore it via iTunes. I know it takes a lot of time, but it can fix even a complicated issue. As compared to iCloud, iTunes restore offloads, re-installs, and then reloads all of your data; thereby eliminating all the bad bits that might be stuck.

Step #1. Connect your device to your Mac or Windows PC using the USB cable.

Step #2. Now, launch iTunes.

Step #3. Next, you need to click on the Device icon at the top left.

Click on iPad in iTunes

Step #4. Click on Backup and let it be completed.

Take iPad Backup using iTunes

Step #5. Next up, click on Restore iPad…

Restore iPad using iTunesOnce you have successfully restored your device, charge it again to see whether the problem is fixed.

If nothing works… Contact Apple Support

Having encountered this problem on a few occasions, I can say that the solutions mentioned above can resolve it. In most cases, a force restart or a new cable does the trick and allows the iPad charge as usual. But just in case they fail to deliver the goods, contact Apple support.

Wrapping up:

So which one of the tricks got the job done for you? It’d be nice to know the name of the solution. If you have been able to resolve the problem with any other tricks (not mentioned above), tell us about them as well.

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