Finding your iPad Pro low on power, you put the tablet on charge as usual. But much to your dismay, the iPad Pro is not charging at all. And that’s precisely what has led you to explore the possible solutions to troubleshoot the charging issue on the iPadOS device. Take a breath, mate! There could be more than one reason behind the problem i.e faulty cable and software bug. Let’s head into the breakdown to nab the culprit!
iPad Pro Not Charging? Viable Solutions to Fix the Charging Issue
Side Note: All the solutions mentioned below can apply to any iPad. So, irrespective of which iPadOS device you have, you can try them out to resolve the problem.
Solution #1: Force Quit All the Apps And Allow Your iPad to Charge Peacefully
First things first, let your iPad Pro charge with complete peace of mind. I mean do not stream videos, listen to music or keep apps open when the device is charging. Also, turn off location tracking as it’s known to drain plenty of power. This solution does sound funny but in practicality, it does work in speeding up charging. So, there shouldn’t be any harm in trying it out.
To kill an app on your iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause along the middle of the screen. After that, swipe up on the app’s card to close it.
To disable location tracking, open Settings app → Privacy → Location Services. Next, turn off the switch. Now, try to charge your device as usually to see if the “iPad Pro won’t charge” problem is gone.
Solution #2: Force Restart Your Device
Yeah, it’s the same little hack that we mostly remember whenever our device runs into some common problems like apps crashing and touchscreen unresponsiveness. Therefore, give it a try as it does have the knack of shooting out charging problem as well.
On iPad Pro With Home button: Press and hold the top button and the Home button simultaneously until the Apple logo appears.
On iPad Pro With Face ID: Press the volume up button, press the volume down button. After that, press and hold the top button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
Solution #3: Clean the Charging Port
Although it is hard to believe that debris has proved to be a hidden culprit in preventing iPhones and iPads from charging on many occasions, I would suggest you clean the charging port. This could well be the answer to this charging mess. First, turn off your tablet. Then use a normal toothpick to gently remove the lint that might have got stuck in the port.
Solution #4: Charge Your Device Using a Wall Power Outlet
Another trick that you should try is to use a wall power outlet. Comparatively, it can charge the iPad faster and also more efficiently. So, plug your USB charging cable into a USB power adapter. After that, plug the adapter into the wall to kickstart charging. Now, lock the iPad screen and wait for 10-15 minutes. Then, check if the device has begun to charge.
- While using a wall power outlet, make sure there is a firm connection between your charging cable, USB wall adapter as well as wall outlet/AC power cable
- When you are charging your iPad through a computer, plug your charging cable into a USB 2.0/3.0 port, ensuring that the computer is not in the sleep mode. Make sure not to use the USB ports on your keyboard. Plug your cable into a powered USB hub or certified docking station
Solution #5: Getting Accessory Not Certified Error? Check Your Cable
Though “Accessory not certified” pop-up mostly appears when you are using duplicate or fake cables, they are not the only reasons. For instance, the pop-up may appear if the cable is damaged or not connected to the device properly or something is preventing the cable (i.e lint or debris). So, make sure the charging cable and USB adapter are not damaged. Breakage or bent prongs might be playing the spoilsport.
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Solution #6: Update Software on Your iPad Pro
While it’s always better to keep the device updated, never before the iOS software update seemed so indispensable – more so because it appears to be the only answer to most problems these days. So, hopefully, the solution to this problem could also be hidden inside the software update. To update your iPad, head over to Settings app → General → Software Update. Then, do the needful.
From what I have experienced, I can say that the charging issue generally occurs due to three prime reasons:
- A random glitch: It can be mostly sorted out with a force restart
- Faulty/duplicate chargers: Needless to mention, faulty and duplicate chargers are the major culprits behind the charging problem. From a safety perspective, it’s always better to use a certified charger
- Software bug: At times, it’s none other than buggy software that prevents a device from charging normally. As outlined above, the software update is the better way to get rid of such bugs
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So, which of the above tricks worked for you in fixing the charging issue on your iPad? Feel free to share your thoughts and feedback with us in the comment section.