How To Fix iPad Mini Not Charging Issue? 【Full Guide】

The iPad mini is a handy tablet packed with a powerful processor. The all-new Apple iPad mini comes with an A15 Bionic processor with a high-quality display.

iPad Mini Not Charging

It’s a portable tablet that works great for productivity and media consumption. But, a few users experienced some issues with the charging speed of the iPad mini.

If you’re one of them who is facing iPad mini charging issues, then read this guide completely.

Whether your iPad mini not charging or charging very slowly, you can fix it yourself.

Let’s find out the reasons first, and then we’ll look at the possible solutions.

Why is iPad Mini Not Charging?

Apple Charging icon

If your iPad charging module functions properly then you’ll see this type of icon. It indicates that your iPhone or iPad is charging without any issue.

However, if you don’t see this green charging icon even if you plugged in, it indicates some fault with your device hardware or software.

Generally, the issue happens with accessories that you’re using with your iPad and it can be resolved at home.

You can diagnose your iPad yourself to figure out the actual reasons why it’s not charging or charging slowly.

Apple recommends using the original charging cable and power adapter to charge your iPhones or iPads.

If your iPad mini won’t charge when plugged in, it could be due to the following reasons:

  1. Uncertified charging cable or adapter.
  2. Damaged charging cable.
  3. Faulty power outlet or low voltage power source.
  4. Clogged charging port.
  5. Your iPad is too hot.
  6. Buggy software.

These are some common reasons why an Apple iPad mini won’t charge even if it’s plugged in.

How To Fix Charging Issue of iPad Mini?

You can follow these solutions to fix your iPad Mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro charging issues.

1. Reboot Your iPad

A forced reboot will reset the charging module and fix any glitches. It can solve many other software issues too.

If your iPad won’t charge or any app is stuck, Apple recommends putting your device on forced reboot.

To do so, you can follow these steps:

  1. Remove the charging cable from your iPad mini port.
  2. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for 3 seconds.
  3. Your device will prompt a Slider to power off the device.
  4. Slide the power off slider to shut down your device.
  5. Leave your iPad powered off for at least one minute.
  6. After one or two minutes, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  7. Enter your lock-in password to fully turn on your iPad.
  8. Now, plug in the charging cable again and see if it’s fixed.

2. Inspect Your Charging Cable

First, ensure that you’re using the original charging cable to charge your iPad. If not, you should buy an original Apple cable or MFI-certified cable from Amazon.

If you’re already using an original cable to charge your iPad mini, but it won’t charge, then visually inspect your cable.

If there is any sign of damage on the cable, replace it immediately and get a new one because a faulty cable can damage your expensive iPad too.

3. Check Your Power Outlet

Many times charging issues arrives due to faulty power outlet, and we usually ignore them.

If your charging cable is in good condition, plug your power adapter into a different outlet and check if the iPad starts charging.

Also, it’s recommended to charge your iPad with a power adapter instead of your laptop or Macbook because the output power is quite low in these devices, and it slows down your charging speed.

4. Clean Your Charging Port

Did you ever inspect your iPad mini charging port? What if you slept watching your favorite movie last night and the charging port clogged with debris on your bed or jeans?

A clogged or dirty charging port will stop your iPad from charging. You need to clean the charging port with a toothpick carefully.

Make sure that you won’t damage the charging port while cleaning it. After cleaning, plug in the USB-C charging cable and see if it works or not.

5. Cool Down Your iPad Mini

Apple A14 Bionic is a powerful processor for gaming and multitasking. But, if the ambient temperature is high, or you’re playing heavy games for longer durability, it heats up the device.

When your iPad mini is hot and you plug in the charging cable, it won’t charge your battery.

Apple recommends to remove from the charger and cooling down your device if it’s too hot.

You can leave your iPad mini for 30 to 50 minutes on a cool and dry surface to dissipate heat.

Once your iPad temperature is back to normal, plugin your charge and your iPad will start charging.

6. Reset and Restore from DFU mode

If nothing works, it’s time to reset and restore your iPad from DFU mode. Before doing this, you should check for any iPadOS updates pending and install the latest update on your device.

Read this guide to learn step by step process to restore your Apple device firmware from DFU mode.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is the iPad Mini Not Charging When Plugged Into the Computer?

The computer’s USB is designed to transfer data, and it outputs low power while the input power rating is higher for iPad and newer iPhones.
That’s why sometimes the iPad mini won’t charge when plugged into a computer or MacBook.

Why is iPad Mini Not Charging After Update?

Although it’s rare, sometimes Apple also releases buggy software for iPad and iPhone. It happened with iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 14.0 releases. But, Apple quickly released a patch for this, and it fixed charging issues and other glitches on iDevices.

Why is iPad Mini Not Charging to 100?

Apple provides a lot’s optimization features to save battery health. If you’ve enabled the Optimized Charging feature, then it won’t charge your iPad 100% and stop at 80%.
You can disable Optimize Charging feature from the battery settings section.

Why iPad Mini Not Charing Apple Pencil?

If your Apple pencil is not charging with your iPad mini then it could be due to the low battery percentage on the iPad. You can fully charge your iPad mini and then charge your Apple pencil.

Conclusion

If you ever face a charging issue with iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, or any other Apple device, first quickly reboot your device.

After that, inspect your charging cable and replace it if any sign of damage appears on the cable.

Only these two actions can fix the charging issue in most cases. You can try the above-mentioned remaining solutions.

If nothing works, Apple Care center is your last hope. Take your device to the nearest service center and get it repaired.

Daniel is a tech enthusiast and repair technician who loves experimenting with various gadgets and home appliances. On this blog, he shares a troubleshooting guide for software and hardware faults.

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