iPad Charging Slowly? Speed Up iPad Charging Now
Is your iPad charging slowly? Oh, we understand that frustration. With their massive batteries packed in that relatively small form factor, iPads are an engineering marvel in the world of electronics, but charging those batteries is another discussion. If you believe your iPad is charging slowly, this article can help you get back on the fast train soon enough. There are a few solutions you can try and as always, when everything else fails, it’s time to pay a visit to the friendly neighborhood Apple Store! Let’s try and save you the trip and resolve your iPad slow charging issue from the comfort of your home.
Part I: 8 Fixes for iPad Slow Charging Issue
While we cannot help you magically double or triple your iPad charging speed, what we can do is help you get the maximum possible charging speed that the iPad you have is capable of. The outward components of the charging system are the iPad itself, the charger block, and the cable used. Then there are things that just happen, such as issues with software that might prevent the iPad from charging properly. Those can be fixed, too.
Fix 1: Restart iPad
Restarting the iPad can quickly resolve your iPad charging slow issue. iPads remain on standby and on all the time, and a restart can give it a breath of air and refresh it. Here’s how to restart the iPad:
iPad With Home Button
Step 1: If you have an iPad with a home button, press and hold the Power button until the slider appears. Drag the slider to shut down the iPad.
Step 2: Press and hold the Power button to turn the iPad back on.
iPad Without Home Button
Step 1: Press and hold any volume key and the Power button till the slider appears. Drag to shut down the iPad.
Step 2: Press the Power button and hold until the device boots up.
Fix 2: Clean The Charging Port
If the Lightning/ USB-C cable is not able to connect properly to the iPad, it won’t be able to charge as efficiently or as fast. Symptoms would include the device heating up unusually while charging and the charging time would shoot up, too, since a lot of energy is being wasted. How to fix this?
Step 1: Visually inspect the charging port on the iPad for gunk inside the port, including lint and debris.
Step 2: Use a pair of tweezers to pull out lint if any, else, use a cotton swab dabbed in ethyl alcohol to clean the insides of the port to allow for a proper connection.
Fix 3: Check For Cable Damage/ Try Another Cable
There’s a lot that can go wrong with a cable, even if nothing seems off with it. Visually inspect the charging cable for signs of wear and tear. Even a worn-out plating on the connector might end up causing the iPad charging slow issue!
Step 1: Check the connector end that goes into the iPad for damage and wear
Step 2: Check the end that goes in the power outlet (USB-C or USB-A)
Step 3: Check the entire cable length for any cuts and nicks
Step 4: Feel the cable for tautness. Any slack or tenderness means the cable is damaged.
Try another cable and see if the issue is resolved.
Fix 4: Inspect The Power Adapter
The power adapter is equally to blame if you are using it when charging your iPad and find the iPad charging slow. There are two things that can go wrong with the adapter. First, inspect the port in the power adapter for lint and debris. If nothing, maybe the circuitry in the adapter has gone bad. Try another adapter and see if that resolves the iPad slow charging issue.
Fix 5: Using The Appropriate Power Adapter
The iPad used to come with a 12 W power adapter, then it started coming with an 18 W USB-C adapter, and the latest ones come with a 20 W USB-C adapter. In case you are charging your iPad with anything less than 12 W adapter or are using a USB-A to Lightning cable to charge it through your computer, the charging is going to be slow - that’s the cause of your iPad charging slow issue right there.
Using the appropriate adapter is key to a satisfactory charging experience. In case you are using that old 5 W charger with your iPad, that simply won’t fly. Your iPad charging slowly issue is due to that charger. You must use at least 12 W and above if using a wall socket, to get decent charging speeds with your iPad.
Fix 6: Reset iPad Settings
Sometimes, the charging hardware is not at fault but something inside the OS stops working as it should. To that effect, resetting all settings can be a way to get your iPad to charge fast enough once again and resolve the iPad charging slowly issues. To reset your iPad settings to default:
Step 1: Go to Settings > General and scroll down to the bottom
Step 2: Tap Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset
Step 3: Tap Reset All Settings.
Fix 7: Cool It Down
If you are using the iPad to play games or watch high-resolution videos, it is possible that the iPad is warm to touch, or even borderline hot. Is your iPad unusually warm or hot to touch? If it is, and you try charging it, the charging will either not occur or will occur slowly so as to prevent damage. Unplug the iPad, stop using it, and let it cool down before charging again.
Fix 8: Repair iPadOS With Dr.Fone - System Repair (iOS)
Repair iOS System Errors Without data loss.
There are times when the hardware issues are stubborn enough to not resolve with nudges and we need to swallow the pill and make time to reinstall the operating system and start afresh. However, that is scary since the time consumed can be daunting and we are worried whether we backed everything up properly before reinstalling or not. Well, to help you with that, there is a Swiss-army knife called Dr.Fone, designed and developed by Wondershare.
Wondershare Dr.Fone is a suite of modules that cater to specific tasks for your smartphone, be it Android or iOS, and on any platform, be it Windows or macOS. Using this tool, you can backup your system with the Phone Backup module, selecting what you want to backup or if you want to back up the entire system, and then you can use the System Repair module to resolve the iPad charging slowly issue by reinstalling the OS. There are two modes, Standard and Advanced. The Standard Mode takes care to not delete user data while the Advanced Mode is the most thorough repair option that will delete everything on the iPad and reset everything to factory defaults.
Part II: FAQs About iPad Batteries and Charging
You might have some questions with regards to the battery of your iPad after the iPad slow charging issue you just faced. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with regards to the battery in your iPad, not necessarily in that order.
Question 1: What’s the best way to charge an iPad battery?
You might have heard various theories about how to charge your battery to prolong the service life of the battery. Here’s the thing - the only way that is best for your battery is to ensure it is cool enough. Not chilled, mind you, freezing the battery is catastrophic for it. Just as close to room temperature as possible is good enough for it. So, what is the best way to charge the iPad battery?
- Take a break while charging it. In other words, avoid using the iPad while charging. That way, the iPad is on standby, and the battery can charge as coolly as possible.
- Use appropriate charger for charging. Avoid third-party chargers. That 20 W USB-C charger from Apple is good enough and fast enough.
Question 2: How frequently should I charge my iPad?
You might think that depleting the battery down to its last percent and then charging it back would help your battery since you are not charging it as frequently, but you’d be doing more harm to your battery than good this way. Ideally, avoid going below 40% and stay within the 40% to 80% bracket. That is not to say become paranoid about it. Charge it when you can, remove the charger when using. It is as simple as that.
Question 3: Will charging overnight damage the iPad battery?
Charging overnight is not usually recommended, but no, it won’t damage the battery since the iPad will simply stop receiving charge when the battery is full. The best way to charge the iPad is anytime you can keep it unattended for a while. Could be 30 minutes, could be 2 hours. Even overnight is fine once in a while, but that is neither recommended nor useful in any way.
Question 4: How to prolong the iPad battery life?
Running down the iPad battery to its end and charging back up, or charging it to 100% all the time, both are detrimental to the life of the battery. iPad batteries work best if kept in a 40% to 80% bracket, but, that is not to say that we become obsessed with it. A lot depends on how we use the device, and what that necessitates. To prolong the service life of the iPad battery, the most important factor is heat - keep the battery near room temperature and you’re good. That means, whenever you find the iPad to be heating up, it is time to close whatever you are doing and keep it aside. Take a break for yourself, and give the iPad a break. Win-win for both you and the iPad battery life.
Question 5: How to check my iPad battery health?
Unfortunately, unlike the iPhone, Apple does not provide a way to check iPad’s battery health. If the battery is some years old, expect to see a low percentage, and if the battery is near end of serviceable life, it may be why your iPad is charging slowly. It might be time to book an appointment with Apple Store and see what they can do about it. iPad batteries cannot be replaced. It might be time for that iPad they just released, don’t you think?
There are reasons why the iPad charging slow issue occurs. It can be anything from a bad cable to a bad connector to dust in the ports to software issues that can be resolved in various ways such as restarting the iPad, resetting all settings, repairing the system, etc. The trick to avoid the iPad charging slow issue is to use the iPad in a way that does not heat it up, especially while charging, because that will reduce the charging speed to ensure safety of the battery. If the issue persists, an Apple Store can take a look and let you know about the next steps to take.
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