How to Fix an iPad That Won’t Charge
How to Fix an iPad That Won’t Charge
iPad die in the middle of a very important email? Or, maybe you’re surfing the web or posting selfies on social media when you realize your iPad isn’t holding a charge. In any case, it’s a bummer to have to stop what you’re doing because of this all too common problem. The good news is that there’s a solution. In fact, there are several potential solutions, depending on the root cause of your iPad’s charging issue. Check it out to see our solutions on how to fix an iPad that won’t charge in the comfort of your own home.
Why Won’t My iPad Charge?
If your iPad isn’t charging, the problem is likely related to an issue with one or more of the following components of your device:
- The iPad’s lightning cable
- The iPad’s power adapter
- The iPad’s charging port
- The iPad’s software
Here, we’ll tell you how you can identify the problem and how to fix it.
Problems with the Lightning Cable
An old or worn out Lightning cable is a common reason why an iPad won’t charge. Take a look at your Lightning cable. Is there any fraying or discoloration on the Lightning cable or connector? If so, it may be time to purchase a new cable.
Some problems with Lightning cables may not be so obvious. Even if your cable looks like it’s in mint condition, it’s worth trying to charge your iPad with a different cable to rule out glitches or problems with your first cable. Be sure the cable is firmly plugged into the iPad and power adapter. It is possible that your iPad may warn you that it is not charging. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the charging icon appears yet the percentage doesn’t increase, or does so at a very slow rate.
If you’re in the market for a new Lightning cable, be sure to purchase one that is MFi-certified, which stands for “Made for iPad/iPhone/iPod.” Lightning cables and other accessories that are MFi-certified have been approved by Apple and deemed safe to use with Apple devices. On the other hand, non-certified or knock-off lightning cables (which can often be found at cheap prices in convenience stores or gas stations) can be very dangerous to your Apple devices. These cables have the tendency to get extremely hot, which can irreversibly damage your device’s internal components. To check whether your cable is MFi-certified or not, plug it into a power adapter. The message “This Accessory May Not Be Supported” will appear on your iPad’s screen if a non MFi-certified plug has been detected.
Problems with Your iPad Power Adapter
If your Lightning cable seems to be fine, try plugging it into different power sources to see if your iPad’s power adapter is the problem. You should first try to plug the cable into the wall charger or adapter that came with your iPad. If this doesn’t work, try plugging it into a computer, including into each of the computer’s USB ports. Avoid using your iPad as it charges, as doing so can prevent it from holding a charge or charging properly. If you find that your iPad is charging with some chargers but not others, the problem likely has to do with your iPad charger or power adapter and not the iPad itself.
Problems with Your Charging Port
Your iPad’s charging port can collect dust and debris over time, which can eventually prevent it from charging properly. If you’ve noticed your iPad isn’t charging, check the charging port on the bottom of your device and remove any debris. Then, plug your charging cable into your device. You’d be surprised how often a dirty or clogged port is the problem!
The best way to clean your iPad’s charging port yourself is to use an anti-static brush, which can be purchased online. Anti-static brushes don’t give off electric charges, which could potentially damage the inside of your iPad while you’re cleaning it.
If you don’t have an anti-static brush, you can also use a brand new toothbrush. Simply brush the inside of the charging port and then begin to charge your iPad. While a toothbrush can work as a last-minute substitute, it is worth purchasing an anti-static brush, considering how much debris can build up in your charging port over time.
Problems with Software
If none of the solutions mentioned above work, your iPad’s charging problem could be software-related. In this case, restarting your iPad may do the trick.
To restart an iPad with Face ID:
- Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
- Quickly press and release the Volume Down button.
- Press and hold the Top button until the iPad restarts.
To restart an iPad with the Home button, press and hold both the Home button and Side or Top button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
Once you’ve restarted your iPad, plug it in for at least half an hour and see if it charges.
If you have made it to this point of the article without having found a solution for your non-charging iPad, it’s time to call in the experts. Perhaps the charging port is too dirty to clean yourself. Or maybe your iPad isn’t charging due to water damage or an internal problem caused by a fall or other type of damage. In any case, uBreakiFix can help. From problems with charging ports to internal hardware or software problems, our specially trained technicians are certified to perform all kinds of iPad repairs, using only high quality replacement parts made to the exact specs set by Apple. All our parts and repairs are backed by our 90-day warranty, which we honor at all our 500 locations nationwide. If your iPad has mysteriously stopped charging, why not bring it to uBreakiFix for a free diagnostic exam? We’ll determine the root of the problem and find a solution in no time!
This article was written by members of the uBreakiFix Creative and Marketing teams and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.