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iPads are some of the most powerful tablets and feature large batteries to keep them powered for days. This means charging them is not the easiest feat even though they feature fast charging technology.
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I have faced the issue where my iPad says that it is not charging and it can be a pain in the neck. That is why I have come up with this article to help out anyone facing the same issue.
iPads may say that they are not charging when they are not receiving enough power, or if something is faulty like the charging cable or the adapter. Luckily these issues have simple fixes. So read on to Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in and how to fix it.
Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in
Why does the Not Charging message appear
This is a message that indicates to users that their iPads are not charging properly. This can be caused by several things, like,
- The iPad not receiving enough power from the source.
- Poor quality charger or cable.
- Faulty charging cable/charger.
- Software bug/glitch.
- Dirty port.
- Damaged port/internals.
There are fixes for all these issues, so read on to know how to fix them.
How to fix the iPad Not Charging message
Use a different charging source
One of the reasons why your iPad says it’s not charging is because it is not receiving enough power to charge the battery. iPads have large batteries to power the large screen and powerful processors. And for this, they need to be connected to the right power source to charge effectively.
Trying to charge your iPad using your laptop or desktop might not work as these devices output very little power. Your laptop and desktop’ have USB ports primarily for data transfer and not to charge other devices. So if you are trying to charge your iPad with a laptop or desktop, it might not work sometimes.
In case, there is no other option but to charge using your laptop or desktop then make sure not to use the iPad while it’s charging. If you use your iPad while charging with a laptop or desktop, it will not charge or might even lose charge.
So if your iPad says that it is not chagrin when connected to a laptop or computer, then try not to use it or change the charging source.
Use the iPad Charging Adapter
If you are not using the charging adapter that shipped with your iPad, then you might have trouble charging it sometimes. For example, if you use an iPhone charger, it won’t be able to provide all the power that is needed to charge your iPad.
Similarly using a cheap third-party charger can cause problems too. This can be a reason why your iPad says it’s not charging.
So try using the original iPad charger or buy a new one if you don’t have one. If you don’t want to spend on an original iPad charger from Apple, then buy chargers from reputed brands like Anker, Belin, etc, who have Apple MFi certified chargers.
Also, make sure that the charger you get has at least 10W of power delivery so that you can charge your iPad without any issues. When it comes to chargers, the higher the wattage, the better. The new iPad Pro (5th Gen) supports up to 30W fast charging, so investing in a fast charger will surely help with reducing charging time and reducing problems if you are facing any with an old charger.
Restart your iPad
If your iPad is still not charging even after using an original iPad charger, then try restarting your iPad. Software bugs or glitches can cause issues like these, so restarting your iPad should help. This will also fix any slow charging issues.
To restart an iPad with a Home button, follow these steps,
Step 1 Hold the Top button until the Power off slider appears.
Step 2 Slide it to power off your iPad.
Step 3 Wait for a few seconds till your iPad is completely off.
Step 4 Now hold the Top button again till you see the Apple logo on the screen.
Step 5 Now, plug in a charger and check if your iPad is charging normally.
To force restart an iPad without a Home button, follow these steps,
Step 1 Hold the Top button and the Home button simultaneously.
Step 2 Wait for the Power Off slider to appear and then slide it.
Step 3 Wait for a few seconds till your iPad is completely off.
Step 4 Now hold the Top button again till you see the Apple logo on your screen.
Step 5 Once powered on, plug in your charger to see if the issue is resolved.
Check the Charger and the Charging Cable
If your iPad is not charging even when you have it connected to an official iPad charger, then the problem might be with the charger or the charging cable. I have faced the issue of charging cables and chargers that just stop working over time.
Charging cables stop working over time because they are pulled around, twisted and rough handled. So there is a good chance that your iPad is not charging because the cable or the charger is broken.
So in such cases, try using different cables and chargers to see if your iPad is charging. If your iPad is still not charging with multiple cables and chargers, then the problem might be with the charging port or the iPad.
Also, try checking the chargers and cables with another device so that you can be sure that the chargers or cables are not faulty.
Clean the iPads charging port
Before you decide that something is wrong with the iPad, check if your iPad’s charging port is clean or not. And if it is dirty or filled with gunk, clean it.
Dust build-up in charging ports is a common problem and can lead to charging and data transfer issues.
We have a guide on how to clean your iPhone Charging port that you can check out. Use the same process to clean your iPad’s charging port. This is a safe and effective method to clean the charging ports of any device.
To clean your iPad’s charging port, turn it upside down and use a flashlight to check for dirt buildup. Use an antistatic brush or canned air to clean the port. You can also use toothpicks to dislodge the diet.
Be careful and do not scratch the port or the sides. If you don’t think you can handle it, you can take the iPad to an Apple Store where they will clean it for you. Most of the time the service is free of cost.
Once your iPad’s charging port is clean, check if it charges normally. If your iPad still says Not Charging, then the problem must be a damaged port or something internal.
Contact Apple Genius Bar
If none of the above fixes work, then you should contact Apple Support and fix an appointment with Apple Genius Bar.
The problem can be a faulty charging port or something internal, which should be fixed by a technician at Apple Genius Bar. So contact Apple Support, fix an appointment and take your iPad to a Genius Bar to get it fixed.
Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in – Conclusion
So there you have it. The answer to Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in and how to fix the same. There are many fixes you can try and if they are not successful, take the matter to Apple. They will fix your iPad’s charging issue.
Check out below for answers to some frequently asked questions on Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in.
Why does the iPad say it is not charging when its plugged in – FAQs
Does the temperature make my iPad slow to recharge?
Temperature can affect the charging of a device. This applies to iPads too. If the surroundings or if your iPad is too hot or cold, then it might charge suboptimally. This can affect the battery life too. This is why it is recommended to charge your device and then use it.
What can I do to recharge my iPad quickly?
To charge your iPad quickly, make sure you are using a 30W charger from a reputed brand. Also do not use your iPad when you are charging it. To further increase charging speeds, turn on the Airplane mode and reduce the screen brightness. Close all open apps too, this will reduce background power consumption ad increase charging speed.
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