iPad Says “Not Charging” When It Is Plugged In

Are you having issues charging your iPad? You plug your iPad and it says “Not Charging”. This can be very frustrating. But do not worry, it is probably something that you can troubleshoot and fix it. This article lists some fixes that you can try.

iPad Not Charging

See also: iPhone Black Screen?

The “Not Charging” message usually shows up when you connect your iPad to a computer. If you plug in your iPad to an iPad charger and still see this message, this means one of the two things below:

  1. iPad is not charging
  2. your iPad is charging but very very slowly

There may be many reasons. Your iPad may not be receiving enough power from the charger. This can be a hardware problem. For instance, there may be some dirt or debris in the charging port on the bottom of your device preventing your device make proper contact with the cable. Or your cable may be damaged. This can also be a software problem. Maybe a bug in the iOS software is causing this. The fixes below address both the hardware and software problems.

How to fix your iPhone that won’t charge properly

1- Try a different power source

It is possible that your iPhone is not the problem but the power source. Try another power socket or try plug it into your computer to see if that makes any difference. If you were already charging from your computer, try to plug it into another USB port.

2- Try a different charging cable

Check your charging cable. Try a new cable. You may want to borrow one. If your iPad starts to charge now, this means you need to replace your charging cable.

3- Charging port

It is possible that your iPad could not be charged because the charging port is distorted or obstructed. Try cleaning the port. You may want to use a tooth brush. Try blowing (strongly) air into your device’s charging port. This can remove debris.  Plug in and plug out your charging cable a few times. This may also remove any debris from charging port.

iPad charging port

4- Restart your device

Simply restart your iPad by pressing and holding the side button until you see the red slider. You can alternatively go to Settings > General > Shut Down (if your device is running iOS 11 and later)

5- Update your iOS

Simply update your iPhone. You can do so easily and wirelessly. Simply go to Settings > General > Software Update.

6- Force restart your iPad

To do this, press and hold the home button and sleep/wake buttons together for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo

If you are still having this problem, contact Apple.

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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21 thoughts on “iPad Says “Not Charging” When It Is Plugged In”

  1. I recently bought a USB charging tester which goes between a wall charger and the iPad cable and was able to prove that my iPad was actually charging when plugged into a non-OEM charger even though the iPad said ‘Not Charging’.
    The OEM charger showed .8A but the non-OEM read .5A. The same thing happens when I plug into my computer. The iPad charges but takes twice as long.
    I believe the ‘Not Charging’ warning is just another trick by Apple to discourage users from using aftermarket cables and chargers. If they were honest it would say ‘Slow Charging’ under these conditions.

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  2. Force restar fixed this same problem on my iPad. It is charging and draining at the same time. I have a feeling the battery is no good.

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  3. My iPad is saying dead too but not receiving any charge as still dead after six hours , changed socket, cable and charger .. nope still shows red battery logo , any other ideas ?

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    • Try using a green scourer ( the kind you use to wash your dishes ) to GENTLY wipe the SIDES and front/back of the charger contacts ( the one that PLUGS into the device. Usually works a TREAT.

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  4. My iPad says it’s charging but it isn’t. I have tried different chargers and still the same thing. I literally have tried all the options but it still doesn’t work ;-; plz I need help

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    • I changed the cable the charger it’s working on my phone and AirPods but not my iPad Idk what’s going on I am freaking out helpp sameee

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  5. Lol, had this problem with my school iPad, turns out the USB extender cable I had the Lightning cable plugged into was limiting thr current too much and it triggered the not charging thingy.

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  6. iPad, 12.1.1, plugged in: It says ‘not charging’ when I’m working with it, but when I put it down idle, it charges right back up. Not really a problem, but strange.

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  7. My Ipad suddenly started having a charging problem with a apple charger and generic cord used for the last two years.By using another apple wall charger and the cord has taken care of the issue the Ipad was having charging.

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