Why My iPad Won’t Charge Up

// July 5, 2016

When iPad Air was launched by Apple, it remained one of their most well known devices. Engagement on the highest level does not mean it is entirely free of bugs and their are some ways that the iPad will just stop charging. Your iPad can stop charging from many reason like updating to newer iOS 9.3.2 or having too many junk blocking the charging connector.The iPad device cannot be damaged if you use these steps. You are also saved from going to the Apple Store.

You need to check that the cable is plugged firmly and completely into the iPad if it is not charging properly. This is the most basic step and you need to ensure that the USB end is firmly plugged into attachment and the plug is plugged firmly into the wall outlet. If the iPad is being charged through an Apple Mac, there are other steps you can take to prevent this from not charging well. The USB power adapter and cable come in handy with the device. Check the Apple certification and use these steps:

1) Connect the iPad to its Lightning Cable Or USB cable


You can then plug into one of three power sources:

  • Wall power outlet
  • Plug the charging cable into the USB wall adapter and plug the adapter into the wall

If you are using the computer, plug your charging cable into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port on a computer switched on and not in sleep mode

  • Don’t try the USB port on the keyboard

Power accessory can be used to plug the cable into a powered USB hub, docking station or other Apple certified accessory.

Step 1: Check For Damage on the iPad Air

As the device charges, one can see the lightning bolt beside the battery icon in the status bar or a massive battery icon on the lock screen. If the device won’t charge or charges extremely slowly, here are steps you can take. If a black screen is the result when you charge the low battery and plug it into power, check your charging cable and USD adapter for signs of damage such as breakage and bent prongs. Damaged accessories should not be used. Use a wall power outlet and check for firm connections between charging cable, wall outlet and USB wall adapter or check for a different outlet.

Step 2: Force restart your device

For this, you need to press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons at the same time for 10 seconds. This is until the Apple logo appears and then you need to charge your device for another 30 minutes.

Step 3: Try Using Another Chargers

apple iPad charger

Try different USB cable(by borrowing from friends) or differnt charger

In case your USB charger is malfunctioning or not working properly, you can try switching the ISB cable or charger.

Avoid buying USB cable from Ebay, as those cable can be really bad quality. Buy the new cable from amazon with lots of good reviews.

Step 4: Don’t Use the iPad Air while charging it

Avoid using the iPad while’s charging it can create difficulties. Leave the device till the battery is full as it will charge faster again.

Step 5: Clean the Lighting Charging Port on iPad Air

This solution is simple as cleaning the lighting connector port of the iPad involves using a dry toothbrush that will scrape out the debris and other stuff stuck inside. Do this gently to avoid damaging the charging connector and remove the dirt and debris. You can test does your charging work afterwards, as this is the most common cause for not being able to charge the iPad.

Step 6: Change the Charging Method

If you are using a wall adapter, connect the iPad to the computer through the USB cable. This will allow it to be charge from a Desktop computer. If the USB cable has been tried, change the method and go for the wall adapter.

Step 7: Make sure you are using the right power adapter

Apple currently sells USB power adaptors in 5W, 12W and 29W ratings. Apple Watches and iPhones come with 5W chargers while iPads are linked to 12W models. Only these are inter compatible, but this can affect charging speed too, as well as create difficulties.

Step 8: Updating to the latest iOS

Sometimes by just updating to the latest 9.3 iOS can fix glitches and other problems. You should always make a backup restore copy before updating. This is because updating to the latest iOS can cause you more problem.


In case none of these steps work, you have 3 choices:

  1. Go to Apple Support
  2. Visit a Apple Retail Store
  3. Visit Apple Authorised Service Providers

These can be vital steps to take when efforts to tackle the problem on your own have proved fruitless. The Apple support will ask you to send in your iPad air for a repair. This will be great if it is free, but iPad that doesn’t have a warranty can cost up to $200 to repair this. So watch out and hope you have the problem fix.

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2 thoughts on “Why My iPad Won’t Charge Up

  1. Colin Smith says:

    Should read “fix or” in last line.

  2. Colin Smith says:

    A common problem with all devices is a widening orifice for the charging jack. This gets so loose that the cable has to be held or taped at a specific angle to make a contact. I have reached this point. The material is just not strong enough for constant wear. I suspect a remedy may be to gently squeeze the opening closed by hand, not a tool, until a good contact is made on both sides of the jack. I haven’t tried this yet, and don’t want to take it in for repair. Has anyone tried this Iraq some other for this problem?

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