Why Is My iPad Charging Slowly? And How to fix an iPad that’s charging slowly

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 blog, I’ll explain why your iPad is charging slowly and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Don’t worry. There are lots of reasons why your iPad may be charging at a snail’s pace—and fixing it may be as simple as adjusting settings or trying different charging cables. Here at Asurion, our experts help millions of customers solve their device problems every day—from setting up a new phone to fixing a disabled iPad. Here are their tips for charging your iPad more quickly.

What to do if your iPad is charging slowly

Try these steps to figure out why your iPad seems to be taking forever to charge and speed up the process:

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.

DON’T USE YOUR IPAD WHILE CHARGING

If you want your iPad to charge faster, make sure not to use it while it’s charging. Leaving it alone until it’s fully charged should speed up the process.

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 an unused toothbrush and gently wipe them out. Afterward, try charging your iPad again. If it’s still charging slowly, move on to our final software troubleshooting step!

TURN ON AIRPLANE MODE WHILE CHARGING

Putting your iPad in Airplane Mode while it’s charging turns off features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, which saves battery and may result in faster charging.

To turn it on, swipe down from the top-right of the screen to open the Control Center, then tap the airplane icon.

DECREASE THE SCREEN BRIGHTNESS

Keeping your screen bright can run down the battery. To decrease the brightness, tap Settings > Display & Brightness, then use the slider to turn it down.

CLOSE UNNECESSARY APPS

Check to see if you have a lot of applications open by swiping up and to the right from the bottom of the screen. Closing apps will help you use less battery so your iPad can charge more quickly.

UPDATE YOUR IPAD

Try updating to the latest iPad software. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and install the update if there’s one available.

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.

 

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