iPad Not Charging? – Try these Solutions

Your iPad may not charge mainly due to issues with the OS or misconfigurations of certain settings. The issue arises when your iPad does not charge. Sometimes it shows a charging sign but does not charge.

iPad Not Charging

For some, the iPad is stuck in a startup loop due to low battery charge when put on charging. The problem is reported on nearly all generations and variations of iPad. Usually, an update to iPadOS triggers the issue or when the iPad is left without charging for an extended period. Sometimes, the problem only occurred when trying to charge through a MacBook.

1. Enable Airplane Mode on the iPad

Your iPad may fail to charge if it excessively tries to connect to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth devices. It might also not charge due to a bug in the iPad’s OS. Here, enabling the Airplane Mode of the iPad may clear the problem.

  1. Launch the Settings of the iPad and enable Airplane Mode.
    Enable Airplane Mode on the iPad
  2. Now check if the iPad is charging.
  3. If not, check if the iPad charges fine when the screen is unlocked.

If the issue persists, check if the iPad is not too cold or hot, as the iPad may not charge in extreme temperatures. If the temperature is too low or high, you may bring the iPads to the normal temperature.

You can put the iPad in a fridge or use a hot air blower (blow hot air to the back of a cold iPad) to normalize the temperature. Once normalized, check if the iPad is charging.

2. Force Restart the iPad

Force restarting the iPad can fix the issue, as this issue can be caused by a glitch/bug which will be fixed after restarting the iPad.

For iPads with a Top Button

  1. Tap on the volume button of the iPad near the top button.
  2. Now tap on the iPad’s volume button far from the top button.
    Force Restart the iPad With a Top Button
  3. Then press and hold the top button till the iPad shows the Apple logo. Do not release the top button on the iPad’s power options.
  4. Now check if the iPad is charging fine.

For iPads with a Home Button

  1. Press/hold the top and home buttons of the iPad.
    Force Restart an iPad With a Home Button
  2. Now, wait till the Apple logo is shown and then release the buttons.
  3. Then check if the iPad has started to charge.

3. Clean the iPad’s Charging Port

Debris or dust accumulated in the iPad’s charging port may not let the charging pin make the proper connection and thus not let it charge. Here, cleaning the iPad’s charging port may resolve the charging issue.

  1. Disconnect the charger from the power source and the iPad.
  2. Then power off the iPad.
  3. Now grab a toothpick and clean the iPad’s charging port. Be careful not to scratch the port as you may short-circuit it. You can also use tweezers – it will be better not to use anything metallic inside the iPad’s charging port, a plastic q tip, or something similar to clean the iPad’s charging port.
    Clean the Charging Port of the iPad With a Toothpick
    Clean the Charging Port of the iPad With a Toothpick
  4. Then check if the iPad has started to charge.
  5. If not, grab a compressed air can and blow air into the iPad’s charging port.
    Blow Air in the iPad’s Charging Port With a Compressed Air Can
  6. Now check if the iPad’s charging problem is solved.
  7. If not, power off the iPad (if powered on) and remove its charger.
  8. Now grab a q tip (or something similar) and slightly dip in 91% or higher ISO alcohol.
  9. Then use the q tip to clean the charging port of the iPad.
  10. Again, blow air into the iPad’s charging port using a compressed air can.
  11. Then wait for an hour and check if the charging port has dried. 
  12. If so, put the iPad on charging and check if it is charging.

4. Enable USB Accessories in the iPad Settings

Your iPad may not charge from a MacBook if the USB Accessories feature is disabled, as the iPad may stop charging when the screen is locked. This is a security feature of the iPad. Here, enabling USB Accessories in the iPad Settings may clear the problem.

  1. Launch the Settings of your iPad and head to General.
  2. Now open Touch ID and Passcode.
  3. Then scroll till the end and enable USB Accessories.
    Enable USB Accessories in the Touch ID & Passcode Settings of the iPad
    Enable USB Accessories in the Touch ID & Passcode Settings of the iPad
  4. Now check if the iPad has started to charge.
  5. If not and you are using a keyboard (like the Logitech Smart keyboard) connected to your iPad, check if disconnecting it and then charging the iPad resolves the issue.

6. Try Another Charger, Cable, or Charging Method

Your iPad may fail to charge if the charger or cable malfunctioning or is incompatible with the iPad. Trying another cable, charger, or charging method may let you charge the iPad.

  1. Firstly, check if reseating the charging cable on both ends lets you charge the iPad. You may have to try a few times.
  2. If not, wiggle the charging cable a bit to make a proper connection, then check if the iPad is charging. If the iPad starts charging when the cable is wiggled, you may insert a piece of tape in the port to properly tighten the connection (at your own risk).
    Insert a Piece of Tape Inside the Charging Port of the iPad
    Insert a Piece of Tape Inside the Charging Port of the iPad
  3. If that did not work, check if reversing the cable ends resolves the issue. 
  4. If the issue persists, remove the charger from the power source and unplug the cable from the iPad.
  5. Now connect the cable to the iPad and the charger to the power source.
  6. Afterward, check if it is charging.
  7. If not, check if connecting the charger directly to the power source (without any extension or surge protector) resolves the issue.
  8. If the issue persists, check if connecting the charger directly to another power outlet solves the problem.
  9. If that fails to work, check if another charging method lets you charge the iPad. For example, if the issue is occurring with a power outlet charger, check if using MacBook (you may have to disable Sidecar or UC) to charge the iPad clears the error.
    Charge iPad By Using a MacBook
    Charge iPad By Using a MacBook
  10. If the issue is still there, power off the iPad and put it on charging for 2 hours.
  11. Then check if the iPad has started to charge.
  12. If that did not work, put the iPad on charging for 24 hours, and afterward, check if it starts charging.
  13. If not, check if using another original charging cable (from Apple) lets you charge the iPad.
  14. If that fails to work and the iPad is stuck in a startup loop due to low battery and no charging, remove the charger from the iPad and power source.
  15. Now connect the charger to the iPad and connect the charger to the power source.
  16. Then wait till the iPad shows the Apple logo (if it does not power on automatically, you may power it on).
  17. Now unplug the charger from the iPad and wait till the iPad’s Home screen is shown.
  18. Then plug back the charging cable. You may have only a split second to do so. If you miss the point, retry. 
  19. Now the loading wheel will be shown. Power off the iPad.
  20. Then leave the iPad on charging for 30 minutes and afterward, check if the iPad has started to charge.
  21. If the problem still persists, let the iPad’s battery fully drain and then charge it for an extended time (like overnight). You may try this step at your own risk as you may fail to recharge the iPad afterward and thus may lose the data.
  22. Now check if the iPad’s charging issue is resolved.
  23. If that did not make the iPad charge, check if using another original charger (from Apple) solves the charging problem.
  24. If the issue persists and the iPad is stuck in a restart loop due to low charge, launch iTunes on a PC.
  25. Now press/hold the Home button of the iPad and without releasing the button, connect the iPad to the PC.
  26. Wait till the Connect to iTunes is shown on the iPad and then release the Home button.
    Wait for Connect to iTunes Screen on the iPad
  27. Now, in recovery mode, disconnect the iPad from the PC without recovering and connect the iPad to a charger.
  28. Then wait for 30 minutes and check if the iPad is charging.

7. Reset All Settings of the iPad

The iPad may not charge due to a glitch in the iPad’s Settings or if a setting has broken the charging mechanism of the iPad. In this context, resetting all iPad settings may resolve the issue. Before doing so, make sure to back up or note down the essential details like Wi-Fi credentials.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPad and head to the General tab.
  2. Now select Reset and then tap on Reset All Settings.
    Open Reset in the General Settings Tab of the iPad
    Open Reset in the General Settings Tab of the iPad
  3. Then confirm to reset all the iPad Settings and afterward, check if the iPad’s charging issue is cleared.
    Reset All Settings of the iPad
    Reset All Settings of the iPad

8. Reset the iPad to the Factory Defaults

Your iPad may not charge if its OS is corrupt. Due to this corruption, the charging modules of the iPad are failing to work. In such a scenario, resetting the iPad to the factory defaults may clear the issue.

Before doing that, make sure you have a backup of the data on your iPad as all the data will be wiped clean. Moreover, if your iPad’s charging is low or is stuck in the restart loop, you may have to charge it by using other methods discussed in this article before moving on.

  1. Launch the Settings of your iPad and head to the General tab.
  2. Now, in the right pane, open Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings.
    Erase All Content and Settings of the iPad
    Erase All Content and Settings of the iPad
  3. Then confirm to reset the iPad and wait till the process completes.
  4. Once done, set it up as a new iPad (without restoring from a backup) and hopefully, it will be charging fine.
  5. If not, then you may reinstall the iPadOS on your iPad through iTunes and then check if the iPad is charging.

If none of the above worked, then you may contact Apple support to clear the charging issue or get a replacement iPad (if under warranty).

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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