iPad Battery Problems? Here’s What To Do When It Drains Fast!

Your iPad battery drains fast and you’re not sure why. You paid a lot for your iPad, so it can be frustrating when its battery performance is less than spectacular. In this article, I’ll explain how to fix iPad battery problems with a series of proven tips!

Why Does My iPad Battery Drain Fast?

Most of the time when your iPad battery drains fast, the problem is usually software related. A lot of people will tell you that you need to have the battery replaced, but that’s almost never true. This article will show you how to optimize settings in order to fix iPad battery problems!

Turn On Reduce Motion

Turning on Reduce Motion cuts down on the animations that happen on-screen when you use your iPad. These are the animations that occur when you close and open apps, or when pop-ups appear on the screen.

I have Reduce Motion set up on my iPhone and iPad. I can assure you that you won’t even notice the difference.

To turn on Reduce Motion, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Motion -> Reduce Motion and turn on the switch next to Reduce Motion. You’ll know Reduce Motion is on when the switch is green.

accessibility motion reduce motion

Turn On Auto-Lock

Auto-Lock is the setting that automatically turns off your iPad’s display after a certain number of minutes. If Auto-Lock is set to Never, your iPad battery may drain much faster because the display will always be on unless you lock it.

To turn on Auto-Lock, go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock. Then, select any option other than Never. I have my iPad set to Auto-Lock after five minutes because it’s in that Goldilocks zone of not being too short or too long.

turn on auto lock ipad

Note: If you’re using a video streaming app like Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube, your iPad won’t lock itself, even if Auto-Lock is turned on!

Close Out Of The Apps On Your iPad

Closing out of apps is a relatively controversial topic in the world of Apple products. We tested the effects of closing out of apps on iPhones, and we found that it can help you save battery life!

To close out of apps on your iPad, double-click the Home button. This will open the app switcher. To close out of an app, swipe it up and off the top of the screen.

close out of apps on ipad

Turn Off Share iPad Analytics

When you set up your iPad for the first time, you’re asked whether or not you want to share analytics data with Apple. You may have agreed to share this information with Apple as you eagerly set up your new iPad for the first time.

When Share iPad Analytics is turned on, some of the usage and diagnostic information stored on your iPad is shared with Apple, which helps them improve their products and services. Share iPad Analytics can drain its battery life because it’s constantly running in the background and using CPU power when sending the information to Apple.

When you turn off Share iPad Analytics, you won’t be helping Apple improve their products, but you will be saving battery life.

To turn off Share iPad Analytics, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Analytics and turn off the switch next to Share iPad Analytics. While you’re here, turn off the switch next to Share iCloud Analytics as well. It’s similar to iPad Analytics, just for information about iCloud.

turn off ipad analytics

Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications

Notifications are the alerts that appears on your iPad Home screen whenever the app wants to send you a message. For example, the Messages app sends you a notification when you receive a new text message or iMessage.

However, you probably don’t need to receive notifications from every app, like the apps you don’t use very often. At the same time, you don’t want to turn off notifications from all of your apps, because you probably want to know when you have a new message or email.

Fortunately, you can choose which apps are allowed to send you notifications by going to Settings -> Notifications. Here you’ll see a list of all the apps on your iPad that are capable of sending notifications.

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Run down the list and ask yourself, “Do I need to receive notifications from this app?” If the answer is no, tap on the app and turn off the switch next to Allow Notifications.

turn off allow notifications on ipad

Turn Off Unnecessary Location Services

Location Services are great for some apps, like the Weather app for example. When you open it, you want it to know where you’re located, so you can find information about the weather in your town or city. However, there are some apps that don’t really require Location Services, and you can save on battery life by turning it off.

Go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services to see a list of all the apps that support Location Services. I don’t recommend using the master switch at the top of the screen because you’ll probably want to leave Location Services on for some of your apps.

notifications settings on ipad

Instead, go down the list of your apps one-by-one and decide whether or not you want to leave Location Services on. To turn off Location Services, tap on the app and tap Never.

set location services to never

If you don’t want to disable Location Services on an app entirely, but you do want to save some battery life, tap While Using the App, which means Location Services will only be enabled when you’re actually using the app rather than all the time.

Disable Specific System Services

While you’re in the Location Services, tap on System Services at the bottom of the screen. Turn off everything here except for Compass Calibration, Emergency SOS, Find My iPad, and Setting Time Zone.

adjust system services settings on ipad

Next, tap on Significant Locations. This setting saves information about the places you’re located most often. It’s a completely unnecessary iPad battery drainer, so let’s tap the switch and turn it off.

turn off ipad significant locations

Right under Significant Locations are two or three switches under Product Improvement. Turning both of these switches off will help you save a little bit of battery life. When these switches are on, your iPad sends data to Apple. If you want to help Apple improve their products, leave these on, but we’re confident Apple can improve their own products.

turn off product improvement switches ipad settings

Switch Mail From Push To Fetch

If you do a lot of emailing on your iPad, its Mail settings could be the biggest drain on its battery life. iPad battery problems can occur when your iPad is set to Push instead of Fetch.

When Push mail is turned on, your iPad sends you a notification as soon as a new email arrives in your inbox. Sounds great, right? There’s only one problem — when mail is set to Push, your iPad is constantly pinging your email inbox and checking to see if there’s anything new. Those constant pings can seriously drain your iPad’s battery life.

The solution is to switch mail from Push to Fetch. Rather than constantly pinging your inbox, your iPad will only fetch for mail once every few minutes! You won’t get your emails the very second they arrive, but your iPad’s battery will thank you. Your iPad will also automatically fetch new emails anytime you open your preferred email app!

To switch mail from Push to Fetch on your iPad, open Settings and tap Mail -> Accounts -> Fetch New Data. Turn off the switch next to Push at the top of the screen.

Accounts & Passwords -> Fetch New Data. First, turn off the switch at the top of the screen next to Push.

Next, select a Fetch schedule at the bottom of the screen. I recommend 15 minutes because it’s a good balance between receiving your email fast without draining significant battery life.

turn off push mail on ipad

Turn Off Background App Refresh For Certain Apps

Background App Refresh is the feature that downloads new data in the background even when you aren’t using it. That way when you open the app again, all its information will be up to date! Unfortunately, this can be a major drain on your iPad’s battery life because your apps are constantly running in the background and downloading new information.

Turning off Background App Refresh for apps where you don’t need it is an easy way to save lots of iPad battery life. Go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh. Like in earlier steps, I don’t recommend using the master switch because there are some apps where Background App Refresh is really useful.

Go down the list of your apps and ask yourself, “Do I want this app to constantly run in the background and download new content?” If the answer is no, tap the switch to the right of the app to turn off Background App Refresh.

turn off ipad backgorund app refresh

Remove Widgets You Don’t Use

Widgets are “mini-apps” on the far left side of your iPad’s Home screen that give you little snippets of information about what’s going on inside of an app. Widgets are great for reading the latest news headlines, checking the weather, or seeing how much battery life your Apple devices have left.

However, most people don’t regularly check their widgets or use the ones that are automatically set up on your iPad. These widgets are constantly running in the background of your iPhone so that when you want to access one, the information they display is up to date. By turning off the widgets you don’t use, you can save on iPad battery life!

First, swipe left to right on your iPad’s Home screen to get to the Widgets page. Scroll all the way down and tap the circular Edit button.

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Now you’ll see a list of all the Widgets you can add or remove from your iPad’s Home screen. To delete a widget, tap the red minus button to its left, then tap Remove.

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Turn On Reduce White Point

Reduce White Point allows you to make your iPad screen darker than the standard brightness slider allows. This tip is especially great if you use your iPad in bed, as it’ll be easier on your eyes at night.

Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Display & Text Size -> Reduce White Point. A slider will appear after you turn on the switch next to Reduce White Point. Drag the slider to find a white point you’re comfortable with. We recommend leaving it at or around 50%!

turn on reduce white point on ipad

Turn On Dark Mode

Dark Mode can help save battery life on your iPad because darker pixels generally require less power than lighter pixels. We think Dark Mode looks pretty cool, too!

Open Settings and tap Display & Brightness. Then, tap Dark under Appearance. You’ll notice the difference quickly!

turn on dark mode on ipad

Turn Off Your iPad At Least Once Per Week

Turning your iPad off at least once per week is an easy way to extend its battery life. If you’ve been experiencing iPad battery problems, it’s possible a hidden software issue is the main cause of the drain.

Turning your iPad off allows all of its programs to shut down naturally. When you turn your iPad back on, it will have a completely fresh start!

Keep Your iPad At A Cool Temperature

The iPad is designed to operate most effectively between 32 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit. When your iPad begins to fall out of that range, things can go wrong and your iPad may malfunction. Even worse, if your iPad gets too hot for an extended period of time, its battery can be permanently damaged.

If your iPad gets hot from time to time, the battery will probably be fine. However, if you leave your iPad out in the summer sun or locked in a hot car for all day, you run the risk of permanently damaging the battery.

DFU Restore Your iPad

Once you’ve implemented all of the tips above, take a week and see if your iPad battery problems are resolved. If not, there may be a deeper software issue that needs to be addressed.

If your iPad battery still continues to drain fast after you’ve used our tips, put your iPad into DFU mode and restore from an iCloud backup. Watch our iPad DFU video walkthrough if you need help putting your iPad in DFU mode!

Erase Your iPad & Set It Up Like New

If you’ve put your iPad into DFU mode and you’re still experiencing iPad battery problems, you may want to try completely erasing your iPad and setting it up as if it were brand new. If you completely erase your iPad, you’ll have to go back and reinstall your favorite apps, reenter your Wi-Fi password, and reconfigure these battery settings.

Fortunately, a lot of information like your Contacts, Notes, Calendars are linked up your to iCloud and mail accounts, so you won’t lose any of that information. You’ll probably also want to backup your photos and videos to iCloud so you don’t lose them either.

To erase your iPad, go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase All Content & Settings. Then, tap Erase Now when the confirmation alert appears. Your iPad will turn off, erase everything then turn back on again.

erase all content and settings on ipad

Repair & Replacement Options

If you’re experiencing iPad battery problems even after you’ve put it into DFU mode or completely erased it, there may be a hardware problem. I recommend taking your iPad into your local Apple Store and having them perform a standard battery test to see if it needs replacing.

If your iPad fails the battery test and your iPad is covered by AppleCare+, have Apple replace the battery on-the-spot. However, if your iPad passes the battery test, there’s a pretty good chance Apple won’t replace the battery, even if you have AppleCare+.

If your iPad isn’t protected by AppleCare+, or if you just want to get a new iPad battery as soon as possible, we recommend Puls, an on-demand iPad and iPhone repair company. Puls sends a certified technician to your home, workplace, or favorite coffee shop. They’ll replace your iPad’s battery right on the spot and give you a lifetime warranty!

iPad Battery Problems: Solved!

I hope you’re able to implement these tips and have success improving your iPad’s battery life. I encourage you to share these tips on social media to help your family and friends solve their iPad battery problems. Leave a comment down below to let me know which tip was your favorite and how much your iPad’s battery life has improved!

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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1 year ago

Thank you,I hope it does stop my iPad from going off so quickly

1 year ago

Thank you for this it worked but for some reason it’s not going past 1%

1 year ago

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. Much appreciated and very easy to follow for someone who is very low tech 🦕

1 year ago

fantastic info’s clear concise—thank you so much

1 year ago

OMG you are amazing … thank you so much !!

1 year ago

Thanks for the step by step and screen grabs. Hopefully these tips will help.

1 year ago

Thank you!

1 year ago

I learn something new every day!!!! The step by step instructions and explanations are beyond useful. Thanks!!!!

1 year ago

Thanks buddy, fingers crossed

1 year ago

it worked! Thanks!!!!🥳🥳🥳

1 year ago

Thanks so much. I am hopeful that these answers will help
Another question .. if I delete everything from this iPad ( my mini which I use when travelling) will it affect my main iPad? I would hate to lose everything from that one!!

1 year ago

thank you! thank you! thank you!

1 year ago

Awesome! Thank you for your help.

Amy Saunders
1 year ago

Oh, no! Not again. My iPad keeps running out of power lately even after being fully charged for half an hour. It’s really annoying, you know. Lucky for me, you did highlight that we could drastically reduce our energy consumption by simply turning off several unimportant features and settings altogether. I’ll try to implement this tip so I don’t have to deal with this misery anymore.

1 year ago

I think this had worked pretty well, I think the darker screen looks better also that’s just me though.

1 year ago

I would like to say thank you for this post. It has helped tremendously.

1 year ago

Wow, what a find. Thank you so much. I have followed your suggestions and hope it’ll help with my iPad Air 4. I thought the battery should last a lot longer than it does according to factory standards. It has recently really drained fast. One thing that was not mentioned is that iPad, also all earlier models, don’t handle Bluetooth being on well. It drains the battery like a leaky sieve. So, I turn that off most of the time. the iPhone 8 handles that a lot better.

t. w. russell
1 year ago

thanks for info.

Don Cameron
2 years ago

These tips have greatly helped my own iPad so I have just used them on my wife’s. We were going to be buying a new one because of her poor battery performance but these tips might just save us that expense.
Thank You

2 years ago

Thank you for your explanations and information, very clear and easy to understand. I hope it works for me.

2 years ago

I just followed you suggestions but right now it is to early to see the improvement. Let’s see in a week. Andrea

2 years ago

This was awesome! Great easy to follow instructions! I couldn’t find the widget control but I’ll see how it goes with the other changes. Thanks so much!

2 years ago
Reply to  Tazmin

I just went through this list as well great help. If you hit edit at bottom it will make them “ wiggle” then hit each one you want to delete. It asks for confirmation.