iPad Not Charging? Here’s Why & The Real Fix!

Your iPad is having a charging problem and you don’t know what to do. You plug your iPad in expecting it to charge, but the screen remains completely black. In this article, I’ll explain what to do when your iPad is not charging and show how you to fix the problem for good!

Why Is My iPad Not Charging?

When an iPad won’t charge, there’s a problem with one of the four parts that work together to charge your iPad. Those four components are:

  1. Your iPad’s software (iPadOS).
  2. Your iPad charger.
  3. Your Lightning cable.
  4. Your iPad’s charging port.

This article will help you identify exactly which component is causing your iPad’s charging problem and show you how to fix it for good!

What If My iPad Won’t Charge Past 1%?

If your iPad is not charging past 1%, you may be using a charger that’s just too weak. Make sure you’re using the wall charger that came with your iPad. If you’re already using the charger your iPad came with, follow the step-by-step guide below to diagnose and fix the problem!

Hard Reset Your iPad

The first thing to try when your iPad is not charging is a hard reset. It’s possible that your iPad’s software has completely crashed, turning the display black and leaving your iPad unresponsive. If this is the case for your iPad, a hard reset would temporarily fix the software crash.

If your iPad has a Home button, press and hold the Home button and the power button at the same time until you see the Apple logo flash onto the center of the screen. Sometimes you’ll need to hold both buttons for as long as 20 – 30 seconds.

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the Top button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Inspect Your iPad Charger

iPadOS can detect fluctuations in power from the charger you’re using. Those power fluctuations can be interpreted as a safety risk or a threat to your iPad. Rather than trying to power through it, your iPad may stop charging altogether.

Try charging your iPad with multiple different chargers including every USB port on your laptop and the wall charger that came with your iPad when you purchased it. If you’re like me, you may also have a USB port built into your surge protector — try that too.

surge protector usb port

If you find that your iPad is charging with some chargers, but not others, then you’ve identified that the problem was your iPad charger, not your iPad. If your iPad is not charging regardless of which charger you use, move onto the next step, where we’ll help you troubleshoot problems with your Lightning cable.

Inspect Your Charging Cable

Next, closely examine the Lightning cable you’re using to try and charge your iPad. Is there any fraying or discoloration on the Lightning connector or wire itself? If so, it may be time for a new Lightning cable.

inspect ipad lightning cable

To see if your Lightning cable is what’s causing the iPad charging problem, try charging your iPad with a different cable. If you don’t have an extra cable lying around, borrow one from a friend or check out our selection in the Payette Forward Amazon Storefront.

If your iPad charges with one cable but not the other, then you’ve figured out that your charging cable is causing the problem, not your iPad!

Don’t Use Cables That Aren’t MFi-Certified!

As a quick aside, I’d like to warn about the dangers of using Lightning cables that aren’t MFi-certified. These are the types of cheap cables you’ll typically find at your local convenience store or gas station. These cables generally aren’t MFi-certified, which means they haven’t conformed to Apple’s standards of a high-quality Lightning cable.

Since these cables are lower quality, they can sometimes overheat and damage the internal components of your iPad. You’ll know if a cable is damaged or not MFi-certified when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod says “This Accessory May Not Be Supported” after you plug it in.

accessory is not supported by this ipad

In short, always use MFi-certified cables when charging your iPad!

Clean Out Your iPad’s Charging Port

You’ve tried multiple cables and multiple different chargers, so now it’s time to take a look inside your iPad. Grab a flashlight (like the one built into your iPhone) and closely inspect your iPad’s charging port. Specifically, we’re looking for any dirt, lint, gunk, or other debris that could be preventing your charging cable from making a clean connection to your iPad’s charging port.

Older iPads have Lightning ports, which have eight tiny pins that make a connection to a Lightning cable during the charging process. Newer iPads have a USB-C port, which has twenty-four pins. If any one pin is concealed by debris, it may not be able to form a connection with your charging cable.

In most cases, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you don’t see a ton of debris in the charging port, we recommend making an effort to clean it out. Sometimes minuscule specks of dust you can’t even see are what’s preventing your iPad from charging.

How Do I Clean Out An iPad Charging Port?

We always recommend using an anti-static brush to clean out the charging port of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Cleaning your iPad with a device that can conduct electricity could damage the internal components of your iPad. Anti-static brushes don’t conduct electricity, which is why we recommend them!

Most people don’t have an anti-static brush lying around, but a brand new toothbrush makes an excellent substitution. Gently brush out what’s inside the port, then try charging your iPad again. You may be surprised by how much debris comes out!

clean ipad lightning port

Make Sure Your iPad Is Within Standard Operating Temperatures

iPads are designed to operate between 32–95º Fahrenheit. When your iPad is too hot or too cold, it may stop functioning normally. Among other things, your iPad’s display may become black, and charging can slow or stop completely.

Put your iPad in a cool environment to bring it back to standard operating temperatures. Avoid putting your iPad directly in the sun. When your iPad is back within standard operating temperatures, try charging it again. Check out our other article for more tips if your iPad is getting hot.

Perform A DFU Restore

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve ruled out the possibility of a minor software crash, an issue with your charger or charging cable, and a dirty or clogged charging port. We still have one last trick up our sleeve: the DFU restore.

A DFU restore erases all the code on your iPad and restores it to factory defaults. Ultimately, a DFU restore can fix a very deep software problem, which could be the reason why your iPad is not charging.

Make sure to save a backup of your iPad, otherwise you’ll lose your photos, contacts, video, and other files. When you’re ready, check out our DFU restore walkthrough video on YouTube!

If a DFU restore doesn’t fix the charging problem, move onto the final step of this article. We’ll discuss how to check for water damage and what your best repair options are.

Repairing Your iPad

Unfortunately, not every iPad that won’t charge can be fixed with a series of software troubleshooting steps. Sometimes you have to get your iPad repaired.

One of the most common reasons why an iPad experiences charging problems is because it was recently exposed to water or another liquid. That liquid can permanently damage the connectors inside your iPad’s charging port, making it impossible to charge.

If you have to get your iPad repaired, we recommend doing so through Apple. Apple provides support in-person, online, and through the mail. Make sure to schedule an appointment if you plan to go into your local Apple Store. Without an appointment, you could spend a lot of time standing around!

Taking Charge

Your iPad is charging again! Next time your iPad won’t charge, you’ll know exactly how to fix the problem. Don’t forget to share this article on social media, or leave us a comment down below to let us know the reason why your iPad was not charging.

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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Cindy
16 days ago

And how are you supposed to backup the ipad when it won’t charge past 1%?

Mary
1 month ago

Help think port jammed/moved? Not a cleaning g job. iPad won’t charge, well can’t..can’t actually get cable into port…it’s almost like it’s ‘moved’ totally jammed. Grandson sometimes plays games on…used today!! Was fine when I charged last night. Is this an Apple store job?? It played up few days ago, would t charge, then said remove cable water/liquid. So changed…would liquid make port move…it’s rock hard when out cable there. Help. Thx.

Hamzilian
2 months ago

My iPad says it is like about 72% and after some time it runs out of charge, then when I plug it back in it shows the apple logo, opens up and says it has like 70% and it JUST RAN OUT.

Name
3 months ago

I did the non-conducting brush thing. Thanks!

Chilli
3 months ago

My daughter’s iPad went empty during DFU restore attempt.
It seems completely bricked now not being able to charge, hence to do another DFU attempt.
What a stupid design that chargong needs initialization from the CPU. -Must have bricked a lot of iPads.
I know why I don’t use Apple products myself.

Last edited 3 months ago by Chilli
Tammy Lachapelle
4 months ago

My iPad is not charging. Very well. I believe that problem is with eBay taking up to much space. Help please

Taz
4 months ago

I tried everything including clean out the charging port, changing cables, different charging blocks, etc… with no response. I finally used compressed air inside the charging port with brought the unit back to life.

v k
5 months ago

we have ipad air2. my daughter never upgraded the OS since a few yrs atleast 4 to 5 yrs. She recently updated the software upon my suggestion and since then ipad started showing charging issues. it looks like we all need to sue Apple again for making the devices loose battery on puropose or not able to charge it and f****g giving us irreplable parts. fed up with this stupid company. i switched from iphone to android 5 yrs ago, oh boy the performance is so much better than this piece of shit

Last edited 5 months ago by v k
Jesse
5 months ago

Thank you! We’ll “payette” forward👏

Cheryl
5 months ago

Magic … my iPad is up and running. Thank you!

aiden
5 months ago

I have tried most things i even got told to hold a hair dryer on the battery for 30seconds to 1 minute to ‘jump start’ it but that’s ridiculous.
we charge it for up to 36hours sometimes and the apple logo will appear multiple times throughout and sometimes even a loading wheel will spin for s bit but then back to nothing if i click the power button i just get the battery empty icon can anyone help.

mrlo277777777777777
5 months ago

i have charged it but it it showing that battery logo but not chargin I have waited over one hour but nope!

autmn
5 months ago

Can you do a video please.

Marco
6 months ago

My iPad doesn’t charge unless I hold the charger in the port firmly. I’ve tried cleaning out the port and have tried over 3 chargers in different charging stations. All of the chargers work for my phone and my older iPad. All of my software is up to date and everything was working well until 15-20 minutes ago. What could be the problem?

connie
5 months ago
Reply to  David Lynch

i DID FOR 3 HOURS TODAY Very upsetting I only use it at night and now this It never leaves home I keep it on at nights in a mode incase a customer orders something Now this It cost 500.00 for repair They are crazy I can buy a new one But only had this about 16 months ugh

Brigitta
6 months ago

The cleaning of the charging port of my iPad Pro 2018 with a new toothbrush did the trick. Thank you!

Connie
5 months ago
Reply to  Brigitta

empty battery shows cable and bolt. I cleaned it.. did a hard reset it stayed at 1% I turned it off to charge quicker now nothing I did it all It wont stay on or even reset comes back to the empty battery with a sliver?of red and the white cable with bolt.. I only use this in bed at night an hour or so. Have I lost everything? I cannot get into it to do anything?

Marc
6 months ago

Hey there, my iPad gen. 5 will only charge if completely turned off. If it’s on, it doesn’t charge at all. I’ve tried several cables and bricks which work with my other iDevices, all official, nothing works when turned on. iTunes doesn’t recognize it either. What exactly could be the issue here? I can’t really hard reset it as I don’t have a backup for it.

dust
1 month ago
Reply to  Marc

I had the same problem and still am. It is the charging port needing a fix. Although, I managed to find a fix. Just a heads up, it isn’t permanent; plug in your iPad and take it out. Repeat this process multiple times. The speed does not matter as to how fast you do it. It works for me and is my go to solution for me. This process can take up to a few minutes. If it doesn’t work, try to hard reset the iPad. It should be able to run apps and still charge. Hopes this helps.

John Jackson
7 months ago

When trying to charge my wife’s iPad Air it was sometimes showing charging and sometimes not. After a bit of fiddling I could get it to charge. Yesterday I could get no indication it was charging and the battery level dropped from about 70% to 30% over the day. In the evening I again connected to the charger but got no indication it was charging. I left it connected overnight and found the battery level had risen to 72% overnight but there was still no indication it was changing. Normally it would charge to 100% overnight. The charger and cable… Read more »

Angie
6 months ago
Reply to  John Jackson

My Air IPad has the exact same issue. Were you able to solve your problem and if do, how? Just trying to determine my next steps.

Yaileen
7 months ago

My i pad 8 generation is not charging when I put the cable on it any suggestions I really need suggestions

Tracey
7 months ago

I am on iPad #2 seems after they are 2 years old the batteries in them are worthless. These things don’t last. I have tried new cords, troubleshooting. I asked Apple after the first one died and was told there was no repair for the batteries. Just trading it in for just a little discount. Poor products in my opinion for the price you pay they should last a lot longer.

Yagwit
2 months ago
Reply to  Tracey

We buy them on discount, and swap the batteries. Apple is total junk. I have a mini that needs a swap. I baked it, but it still didn’t wake up. I don’t go in for full price. I like it em for $50 & netflix though. The repair: Get the fronts hot as all heal, razor off the edges. If you did it right you won’t have any resistance in lifting the glass, and digitizer. Probably a million videos on doing it. Personally, I like a lil mechanic’s brake cleaner for the old glue, so your new glue goes down… Read more »

Juan
8 months ago

For quite a long time I’ve had issues with my iPad Air charging . It would only work with one certain charger in my house hold. Then I had to lean it at a certain point . As time went on it became more and more difficult until finally kaput. I recently changed to 15.0 maybe three days before it died . When I hold the on button the screen comes on thsr says it needs to be charged but no plug in my household will charge it although they charge all my other apple products just fine. I’ve tried… Read more »

Howard Pearce
2 months ago
Reply to  Juan

My iPad won’t charge.
so, I reset it!
and, it charges…
it’s up to date 15.5
so, I suspect a software problem,
or maybe a design issue.
anyway I got a new iPad.
guess what, the same problem!
I suspect a design issue…
I really like my iPad.
I am not sure I will replace it.
good luck to anyone else.

Sugar cookies
8 months ago

My iPad doesn’t charge sometimes. It charges sometimes and doesn’t charge during other times. I did the hard reset, cleaned out my charging port. I don’t know what to do know.

Maddie
9 months ago

My iPad charges only when it’s propped up or completely turned off (though sometimes it’s turned on automatically with barely any charge). My parents say it’s too expensive to get it repaired or get a new one. My charger is kinda broken and bent, but when I tried my mom’s charger, it said it wasn’t charging. I tried cleaning out the debris in the Lightning port, but there wasn’t even anything in there. It also takes hours to charge as well.

Juan
8 months ago
Reply to  Maddie

Had the same problem. Having to prop it up and bend the charger . What gives ?

Bambi Buchowski
9 months ago

Having an iPad repaired by Apple is dumb advice. Apple doesn’t want to fix anything. They want you to throw away your old device and buy a new one. That’s why if you buy a $500 iPad and it goes south after a year (right after AppleCare runs out), they will tell you the best thing to do is to pay $300 to “trade up”. Do a little searching on line and you can find much less expensive options. A couple repair shops have Youtube videos that show exactly what they do when making repairs. Rossman, for example, has an… Read more »

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Colin Boyd
9 months ago

Hi Bambi! Apple can certainly be pricey with their repairs. However, the risk with going to a third party repair company is that it could void your iPad’s warranty. If Apple detects that someone other than an Apple tech has worked on your iPad, they might not be willing to service it again. Just something to keep in mind when you’re considering the cost of repairs. Thanks for reading!

Bill
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin Boyd

Magnuson moss warranty act prevents any company from voiding any warranty for repairs regardless what any company says.

Xandra
10 months ago

The “hard reset” attempt allows black screen to display the battery (1% red) and lightning bolt and cable indicating the need to charge.
Does this indicate what may be wrong?
How can I back up my device if it won’t charge?

Miriam
10 months ago

My iPad will charge if I wiggle the charging cable around in the port. I tried all the fixes I found online and nothing seems to work. So, I took my iPad to the Apple Genius Bar for repair. They plugged it into a cable and said it couldn’t be repaired. Is there really no way to repair the port? I have only had the iPad 2 years. Thanks!

DAN
10 months ago
Reply to  Miriam

Having the same problem right now. I’m assuming that the port is now faulty. Just like you, I have only had it just over 2 years. Conveniently just outside of the warranty period though…

Elisabeth
10 months ago

Thanks a MIL!!! Hard reset worked… YEAH!

Gigi
10 months ago

Hi, my iPad switches on and off when I charge it. Is this a battery problem?

Stephanie Francis Hill
11 months ago

Hard reset worked.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Dan Rajin
11 months ago

My iPad doesn’t charge after updating it to iPadOS 15.0.2 and I am frustrated. I tried everything. It takes charge when the iPad dies but as soon as it turns on it stops charging. It stays at 1% with no charging chime or sign.

Liam f
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan Rajin

My iPad doesn’t charge after, even after I did the steps when it turned on.

Feusag Liath
10 months ago
Reply to  Dan Rajin

My iPad 9.7 2017 model has done the same after upgrading software to 15.02. I have now got the white Apple logo and then blank page as if it is off. I have tried everything as I live on a Hebridean isle it’s not easy to pop into Apple.
Please, any ideas I can try? Thank you!

Editor
Colin Boyd
9 months ago
Reply to  Feusag Liath

Hi Feusag! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble after your iPadOS update. Heres a link to an article we published all about how to fix an iPad stuck on the Apple Logo: https://www.payetteforward.com/ipad-stuck-on-the-apple-logo-heres-the-real-fix/

Hope this helps!

Lori
9 months ago
Reply to  Dan Rajin

I’m having the same problem. Any answers?