Last Updated on June 30, 2019 by Husain Parvez
We’ve all experienced the panic when our devices stop charging all of a sudden. It is worrisome, since we usually have no idea why this is happening. Turns out, there are many things that can affect an iPad’s ability to charge.
This article will detail some things to check and look out for so that you can figure out why your iPad isn’t charging.
Why Is My iPad Not Charging?
There are many reasons why your iPad may not be charging. It could be a problem in any of the four components of the iPad, including the software, the charger, the cable and the charging port.
To figure out what’s wrong with your iPad, you will need to check for each of these possibilities before you can accurately deduce the cause.
Is Your Charger Working?
The charger that you are using for your iPad may be the problem. If your power from your charger is fluctuating, your iPad’s software will detect it and stop charging. This is because the software identifies the power fluctuations as a safety risk.
Hence, it will stop your device from charging to prevent any possible damage. You can see if any charging is happening by checking if there’s a lightning bolt on the battery meter.
This is why you should try charging your iPad with multiple different chargers before you rule the charger out. This includes trying all the USB ports on your laptop as well as the original iPad wall charger that came with your purchase.
If you find that your device is chargeable with some chargers and not some others, it means that your iPad is not the problem but the charger that you’re using.
If your iPad refuses to charge with all kinds of chargers, it means that the problem lies elsewhere and requires more troubleshooting.
iPad Says Not Charging – Are You Using the Correct Charger?
If you accidentally grabbed your iPhone’s adapter instead, you might simply be seeing a really slow charging process. An iPhone’s adapter uses much less power (half or more) than the iPad adapter, which will charge your gadget but immensely slow.
Just be sure to check for this in order to rule this out as another possible cause.
My iPad won’t Charge – Check Your Charging Cable
If you have ruled out the charger itself, you might need to check your lightning cable instead. You should check for any fraying or discoloration on the Lightning connector or the wire itself. If you see any of these signs, it may be time to get a new Lightning cable.
To check if the Lightning cable is truly the issue, try charging your iPad with another cable. If you do not have a spare cable, you can borrow one from a friend or simply purchase a new one to test it out.
Once again, if your iPad is still not charging after trying this, it means that your charging cable is not the problem and something else is.
Is Your Cable MFi-Certified?
Piggy-backing off the previous point, you should make sure that your Lightning cables are MFi-certified. When you get cables at your local convenience store or gas station, you usually find non-MFi-certified cables, which are usually of lower quality.
These cables usually overheat and this can end up damaging the internal components of your iPad.
Usually, you can easily find out if your cables are MFi-certified or damaged, since your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod will send a message that says “This Accessory May Not Be Supported” after you plug the cable in.
This is why you shouldn’t risk it – always use MFi-certified cables when you charge your Apple device.
Why Does My iPad Say Not Charging – You Might Need to Clean Your iPad’s Charging Port
After you’ve tried the above two points, you should now take a look inside your iPad’s charging port. Simply use a flashlight to closely inspect the charging port. You should be on the lookout for any dirt, gunk, debris, or lint that may be stopping your Lightning cable from making a clean connection with your iPad’s charging port.
There are eight small pins inside the charging port, which are the points that make a connection with your Lightning cable. As long as one pin is obstructed by debris, your Lightning cable will not be able to connect with your iPad’s charging port.
Even if you don’t see much debris, you are still advised to try cleaning the charging port. It is possible for tiny specks of dusts to obstruct the pins and cause a charging problem.
How To Fix iPad Not Charging
If none of the above-mentioned components are the causes, it is likely that your iPad’s software is causing issues. Here are some ways you can try to troubleshoot the problem:
If iPad Shows Not Charging Try Restoring a Backup from Your iCloud/iTunes
While this is rather uncommon, a software glitch from an Apple update could be affecting your iPad’s charging capabilities. To check for this possibility, try restoring an old backup that you made.
Be sure to use a backup that was made during the time when your iPad had no charging problems. Otherwise, the software glitch could still be present and nothing would change. However, if a restore did not work, it would mean that a software glitch is not the cause.
Give Your Device a Break
When your iPad is not charging, Apple recommends that you unplug the device from all power sources and wait for 30 minutes before you try to charge it again. If this break doesn’t work, try turning your iPad on and off.
Try a Hard Reset If iPad Is Not Charging
After trying all other possible fixes, try a hard reset to solve your iPad’s charging problems. This should be your last resort after trying everything else. A hard reset is the ultimate solution to any software-related problem.
This will delete all of your applications, personal data and a lot more from your iPad. It basically resets your entire iPad to its factory settings. To perform the hard reset, go to your Settings, then General. After, go to Reset and choose “Erase All Contents and Settings.”
You can also press both the power button and home button while your iPad is turned off to perform a hard reset.
Find Help at Your Local Apple Store
If worse comes to worse, you may have to travel to an Apple store to get help from a representative. They will make you repeat several of the steps above, but they will ultimately help you with a diagnosis.
If you are still covered by warranty, you should be able to get this fixed for almost nothing. But if you are not, you may have to pay quite a bit of money for this repair. Either way, if you need it fixed and Apple is the only one who can do it, you may just have to do so.
If not, you could upgrade your iPad to the latest model if getting a new one is a better investment than a repair.
By checking the above tips, hopefully your iPad is able to charge again. Just remember that if you cannot fix your iPad by yourself, you might have to consult Apple to fix it for you. However, if the iPad is old or irreparable, you may want to consider a new model.