Your iPad charges very slowly and you don’t know what to do. You plug your iPad into a charger when you go to sleep, but when you wake up, it’s not even at 100%! In this article, I’ll explain why your iPad is charging slowly and show you how to fix the problem for good!
Restart Your iPad
The first thing to do when your iPad charges very slowly is to restart it. The software on your iPad may have crashed, which could potentially bog down the charging process.
To restart your iPad, press and hold the power button until “slide to power off” appears on the screen. If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, press and hold the Top button and either volume button until “slide to power off” appears. Use one finger to swipe the red and white power icon from left to right across the screen.
Wait a 30–60 seconds, then press and hold and power button (iPads with a Home button) or Top button (iPads without a Home button) again to turn your iPad on again. You can release the power button or Top button14 as soon as the Apple logo appears on the display.
Try A Different Charging Cable
After restarting your iPad, it’s time to take a close look at your charging cable. First, inspect your cable for fraying. Apple’s Lightning cable are prone to fraying, and when they do, they can stop working properly.
If your cable is damaged, or if your iPad is charging slowly anyway, try using a different Lightning cable. If your iPad begins to charge more quickly with the new cable, you’ll probably have to get your old one replaced.
Try A Different Charger
If your iPad is charging slowly regardless of what Lightning cable you use, try charging your iPad with a different charger. If your iPad charges faster with one charger, that charger may output higher amperage, or the original charger you were using may be damaged.
Are All Chargers Made Equal?
No, different chargers may provide different amounts of power. The USB port on a MacBook outputs 0.5 amps. The wall charger that comes with every iPhone outputs 1.0 amps. The charger that comes with every iPad outputs 2.1 amps.
As you can imagine, the iPad charger will charge your device faster than the iPhone charger and the USB port on your computer.
Clean Out The Charging Port
A lot of the time, a dirty charging port will make your iPad charge slowly or, in more extreme cases, prevent it from charging altogether. Grab a flashlight (or use the one built into your iPhone) and take a close look inside your iPad’s charging port.
If you see lint or other debris inside the port, grab an anti-static brush and unused toothbrush and gently wipe it out. Afterwards, try charging your iPad again. If it’s still charging slowly, move onto our final software troubleshooting step!
Back Up Your iPad
If your iPad still charges slowly, we recommend backing it up immediately before moving onto the next step. It’s a good idea to routinely back up your iPad anyway, just in case something ever goes really wrong.
There are a few different ways to back up your iPad:
Back Up Your iPad Using Finder
When Apple released macOS 10.15, they separated device management from the media library that had both lived in iTunes. If you own a Mac running macOS 10.15, you’ll use Finder to do things like back up, sync, and update your iPad.
You can check the macOS version on your Mac by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, then clicking About This Mac.
Connect your iPad to your Mac using a charging cable. Open Finder and click on your iPad under Locations. Click the circle next to Back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac. We recommend checking the box next to Encrypt Local Backup and creating a password for extra security. Finally, click Back Up Now.
Back Up Your iPad using iTunes
If you have a PC or a Mac running macOS 10.14 or older, you’ll use iTunes to back up your iPad to your computer. Connect your iPad to your computer using a charging cable.
Open iTunes and click on the iPad icon the upper left-hand corner of the window. Click the circle next to This Computer. We also recommend checking off the box next to Encrypt iPhone Backup for extra security. Finally, click Back Up Now.
Back Up Your iPad Using iCloud
You can also back up your iPad using iCloud from within the Settings app. Open Settings and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Tap iCloud -> iCloud Backup and make sure the switch next to iCloud Backup is on. Then, tap Back Up Now.
DFU Restore Your iPad
A Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore is the deepest restore you can do on your iPad. Every line of code is erased and reloaded and your iPad is restored to factory defaults.
Before putting your iPad in DFU mode, create a backup of all the information stored on it. That way, you can restore from the backup and not lose all of your photos, videos, and other files.
Watch our iPad DFU video to learn how to enter DFU mode and perform a restore!
Replace The Battery
If your iPad still charges slowly after a DFU restore, it’s likely the result of a hardware problem and you may have to have the battery replaced. If your iPad is covered by AppleCare+ head to your local Apple Store and see what they can do for you. An Apple tech may also run a battery test on your iPad to see if it’s in proper working order.
Up To Speed On iPad Charging
Your iPad is charging quickly once again, so you can spend more time using your favorite apps. I hope you’ll share this article with someone to teach them what to do when their iPad is charging slowly. Let me know which step worked for you be leaving a comment down below!