If you have an iPad, then you probably know how annoying it can be when your device won’t charge. It can feel like the ultimate betrayal from your own personal device. When you encounter this problem, you might consider throwing your iPad in a rage and tossing it across the room. After all, what else can you do to alleviate your stress? There are some instances when the charger is to blame for the malfunctioning charging process. If anything is out of place or blocked in any way, it could cause a disturbance and disrupt the charging process. There are several other reasons why your iPad may not charge correctly; perhaps there is even another device plugged into the same outlet as your charger! If you are experiencing sluggish charging speed, follow these tips to get things back up to speed again. Keeping these things in mind before and after using your charger will make a difference if they aren’t already. Let’s dive right in!
Why Is My iPad Charging So Slow?
- Check to make sure that your charger is plugged in. If it isn’t, of course, your iPad won’t charge. Make sure that the charger is plugged into a working outlet, and that it is not damaged or frayed in any way.
- Check to make sure that the outlet is working. You can do this by plugging something else into the outlet and making sure that it works properly. If you don’t have another device to test this with, then try turning off all of the other devices plugged into the same outlets as your charger. If another device doesn’t work, then you know for sure that your charger isn’t the problem and should continue trying other solutions to remedy this issue.
- Check for any loose pieces on your charging cable or adapter; if there are any pieces missing or broken off, then you will need to replace them before using them again. This could be a problem with your charging cable, which can be purchased at most electronics stores and online retailers such as Amazon.
- Make sure there are no foreign objects near where you are charging, such as papers or trash on the floor near where you set up your iPad charging station (or where you are sitting while using your iPad). Any kind of obstruction can cause disruptions in the charging process; if an object blocks part of the connection between your iPad and charger, then this could also be causing slower charging times than usual for an iPad.
- Make sure that the iPad is clean and free of any debris; if there is dirt or dust on the iPad itself, this could be causing some kind of electrical disturbance. If your iPad is dirty, then take a soft, microfiber cloth and wipe it down gently to remove any dust particles.
- Check to make sure that you have the correct charger for your iPad. The iPad 2 and up uses a 10-watt USB power adapter (see below), so if you are using an older charger that is not rated at 10 watts, then it will cause slower charging times than usual. If you have an older charger that doesn’t support 10 watts, then you can purchase one online or at most electronics stores such as Best Buy.
- Make sure that you are not using any other devices while your iPad is charging; if you use multiple devices at once (such as a laptop and an iPhone or iPad), then this can cause slower charging times than usual. If you want to use multiple devices, then all of the devices should be plugged into the same outlet so that they are sharing the same power source.
- If you have updated your operating system recently, especially to iOS 10, then this could be causing slower charging times than usual for an iPad. To update your operating system, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad; if there is an update available, then install it before continuing with any other troubleshooting steps for this issue.
- Make sure that your iPad is not in any kind of sleep mode; if it is, then you will need to press the power button and wake it up before continuing with any other troubleshooting steps for this issue.
- Check to make sure that your iPad is not overheating; if it is, then this could be causing slower charging times than usual for an iPad. If your iPad appears hot, then turn it off and allow it to cool down before continuing with any other troubleshooting steps for this issue.
Solutions to Fix Your Slow iPad Charging Problem
Check to See If Your Charger is Working
First things first, let’s make sure that your charger is actually working. This might sound silly, but it’s worth a shot if your charging function isn’t working correctly. If you plug your charger into an outlet that is powered and your device doesn’t show any signs of charging, there is likely an issue with the charger. There’s a chance that your charger is missing a piece or has something wrong with it. If you are using a charger that you’ve used before and it’s not working, then you might want to replace it with a new one. If you bought a brand new charger, but your device isn’t charging, it might be a sign that the charger is faulty. If this is the case, you should contact the seller of the charger and let them know what’s going on. They’ll likely be willing to replace it for you.
Make Sure You’re Using the Correct Charger
If you were using the charging cord and charging block that came with your device, there is a chance that the charger is faulty. If you bought a new charger separately and are currently using it, it’s worth checking to see if the charger is actually the correct one. You might have bought the wrong charger by accident. If you aren’t sure which charger is the right one, you should look at the model number of your device and check the charger to see if they match. If they don’t match, you might want to use a different charger. If you don’t have the correct charger and don’t want to buy a new one, you can borrow one from a friend or family member.
Check to See if Something Else Is Blocking the Outlet
If you are using an electrical outlet and your device isn’t charging, the first thing that you should do is check to see if anything is blocking the outlet. There’s a chance that another device is plugged into the same outlet and is blocking your charger from getting access. If you have another device plugged into the same outlet, unplug it and see if your charger starts charging again. If your charger can now reach the outlet and start charging but your device isn’t responding, there’s a chance that the outlet is faulty. If this is the case, you should get in touch with the person who owns the building and have the outlet replaced.
Check to See if Your Device is Responding
As silly as it sounds, you should double-check to see if the charger is actually charging your device and not the other way around. If you can’t see the charging light and you know your charger is plugged in correctly and working, you should double-check to see if your device is actually charging. If you have a case on your device and you cover the charging port, your device might not be able to charge correctly. If you can’t see the charging light and you know your charger is plugged in correctly, make sure that you check to see if your case is covering the charging port on your device. If you aren’t using a case, but the charging cord isn’t getting through to your device, there’s a chance that the charging port on your device is broken or faulty. In this case, you’ll either need to buy a new charging port or replace your device altogether.
Reset Your iPad and Reinstall iOS
If your device is completely frozen and you can’t get past the lock screen, you might want to try resetting it. If you have tried everything else and nothing is working, you might have to reset your device. This can be done by holding the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time. Keep the buttons pressed until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen. After your device has rebooted, you will want to re-install the latest version of iOS. This can be done by navigating to Settings -> General-> Software Update. If there is an update available for your device, you will want to install it.
When it comes to charging your device, you want to make sure that everything is working properly. If your device isn’t charging correctly, there are a few things that you can do to troubleshoot the problem. Check to see if your charger is plugged in and working, make sure that you are using the correct charger, check to see if something else is blocking the outlet, check to see if your device is responding, and reset your device and re-install the latest version of iOS. If you still can’t figure out what is wrong with your charging function, you can always get in touch with Apple. They are more than willing to help you diagnose the issue and find a solution to your charging problems.