If your Apple iPad Air is not charging when plugged in, you can fix it yourself. In this guide, you’ll see the many possible reasons why an iPad Air not charging, and we’ll look at easy methods to fix them.
It’s fair to be concerned if your iPad is plugged in but won’t charge. But, before packing it up and heading to an Apple store to get it serviced, there are a few things you can try at home first.
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iPad Air Not Charging When Plugged In?
There can be a few reasons why your iPad Air is not charging when plugged below are; listed some of these reasons and their easy fixes are listed below.
1. Inspect Your Charging Cable
This is the common reason for your iPad not charging in most cases. When it’s an old lightning cable, this usually can be understood just by looking at the wire of your charging cable.
Any fraying in the cable or visible breakage in the outer cable usually indicates this.
You can test this possibility by using a different charger or Lighting Cable, and if your iPad starts charging, you know that the problem was with your cable and not your iPad.
For a newly bought charger, not buying an MPFi certified cable can hamper your mobile and the charging from the charger.
2. Faulty Charging Port
You can also try cleaning your iPad’s lightning port, as in some cases, your iPad may have stopped charging due to your charging port being clogged with dust and lint.
In such a scenario, you should thoroughly clean out your charging port. We will delve deeper into how to clean your iPad’s charging port in later sections.
3. Outdated or Buggy Software
In some cases, when working nonstop on your iPad Air, there may be times when your software may completely crash. This may also lead to your iPad not charging.
In such a case restarting your iPad is the first solution you must go for. If that doesn’t help, then there may be no option but factory resetting or hard resetting your iPad.
We will discuss resetting your iPad in such a case in greater detail in the upcoming sections.
iPad Air Not Charging When Plugged Into Computer
When connected to a PC or Mac USB port, there may be times when your iPad Air may not charge. There can be various reasons for this occurrence.
Below we have listed some similar situations and some easy fixes to these problems.
- One of the most common reasons your iPad is not charging when plugged into a computer is that it’s not receiving enough power. iPad charging is not supported on USB 2.0 ports and needs a computer with a minimum USB-C or USB 3.0 port.
- The USB cable should be well fitted into the USB port for the iPad to start charging.
- When the USB port is clogged with dust and lint or has some debris stuck in it, this can also be a reason for your charging malfunctioning. To solve this problem, you need to thoroughly but gently clean out the front and back ends of the charging contacts and the USB port.
- If all these options are ruled out, then too many USB devices connected to the Mac or PC can also be a reason. You need to remove the USB connections that are not currently used or use a self-powered docking station or hub.
Why does the iPad say Not Charging?
Even when plugged in, your iPad may show the ‘Not Charging’ alert. This can be very frustrating.
The alert is usually indicative of your iPad Air not charging. Below are some reasons why this might be happening and their quick, easy fixes.
- If you are using a lower-powered US port or charger, there can be times when even if your device is plugged in, it will not charge. The charger will draw power, but it will not be sufficient to charge the device.
- If you use a higher-powered charger or a USB cable for the iPad charges, you will know where the problem lies. Using a higher-powered charger is the best possible solution in this case.
- There may also be some defects in your charger or lightning cable. If using a different charger, the device starts getting charged; the defect can be detected.
- Dust or lint in your USB port can also be a very common reason for the alert, and your lightning port must be properly cleaned to resume normal charging.
How do I reset my iPad Air when it won’t charge?
Now that you have ruled out all your other options of why your iPad Air won’t charge, then hard resetting or restarting it may be the next best thing.
You can hard reset your iPad by following these steps:
- Hold down the on/off button on the side right panel of your iPad simultaneously until a slider appears on the screen.
- You need to turn the slider from left to right to shut down your iPad.
- Once your iPad shuts down, you need to restart it by holding down the power button and releasing it only when an apple icon shows up on the screen.
Your iPad has now been restarted. If this doesn’t solve the charging problem, you may need to take it to an Apple service center for repair and servicing.
How to clean my iPad’s charging port?
Now that you have detected that the flogged USB port is causing you all the trouble, the next big question is how to clean your charging port in a way that cleans it thoroughly without causing it any damage.
Given below are some steps which you can follow to do exactly that.
- First, you must switch off your iPad before starting the cleaning process.
- You can use a flashlight to check if there is only dist or some debris stuck inside your lightning port.
- To do away with dust, you can spray bursts of Air at it, which removes the loose dust particles.
- Very gently, you can use a toothpick or some other fine small object to remove the port’s debris physically.
- If all these processes still leave behind some visible dust, gunk, or debris, then using a cotton bud dipped in any form of spirit may also be a good idea.
You can now reconnect your phone to the charger to see whether the cleaning methods have worked or not.