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. My iPhone 6s and iPad mini 2 have the same problem. Changed more then 10 cables in a few months, all just work a short time, then problem comes again. All IOS are updated. My Samsung products (tablets and smart phones) do not have this kind of problem for whole product life.

  2. just think about it.if its about the charger or cable meaning the ios is very restrict about the voltage and the amperage of the charging process.ok let me buy that!so what willl happen if the grid power is different than what ios put it as a standard and also those who use different type of inverters or even gensets..guys the solition is with apple people,its just a little bug or maybe fault and it will be fixed only by them.and buy the way it still keep charging even with that screen lock alarm hin it just drains power since the acreen is o the whole time.

  3. mine has continued no matter charger or cable i use..had to hard restart my ipad to fix it (just or a short while)..only disappeared when apple decides to upatre my ios to 13.5.1. and hopefully its sorted for good!

  4. It just started having this problem, now I have to sit here and forcefully hold the plug inside, but now it’s 13% and going down rapidly! How do I clean the charger?

  5. I have the iPad that came out last year, and recently I’ve had this reoccurring problem. Even trying all these solutions did nothing. I’m sure it’s something to do with the charging port itself but going to Apple store is work. Tbh they gonna be charging you like $60 or so for something small like that.

    • They don’t even help you there like we need to replace it and then you lose all you storage and everything, I went to a store where I live that is meant for fixing iPads but they replace your parts with non certified apple products so you will lose your Apple warranty. But even after I did all that 3 month later I have the same problem


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