You sit down after a hard day at work. You get your iPad but see that its battery is dead. You plug it in...but nothing happens. No power. Maybe it shows that it’s not charging or maybe it doesn’t even recognize that it’s been plugged in. Either way, it’s a bad feeling, and in today’s blog post, we are going to share with you a few troubleshooting ideas to get your iPad juiced back up.
Try Another Cable & Box
One of the first things you should try is to see if your cable or wall adapter is damaged, which would, of course, then deprive your phone of getting the power it needs. If you have another charger lying around the house give this a try. Also, be sure to try another wall outlet — if you still have doubts about the outlet you can try plugging in something else to make sure it is, in fact, delivering power.
If, after switching cables, you find that your phone is charging fine, you’ve found the culprit. Similarly, if you plug your iPad into the wall and see the lightning bolt on the battery meter but also the words “Not Connected,” you know that the cable is working.
It’s important to remember that not all chargers and adapters are built the same. Make sure that you are using the right one with your device. While cable failures are common, they are especially common with cheap chargers — we know, we know, it’s tempting to by an off-brand charger instead of paying for Apple’s pricey one. But keep in mind that cheap chargers are quite unreliable.
Plug Your Charger Into The Wall — Not a Computer or Power Strip
Is your iPad plugged into a charger that goes into the wall? If not, try this. A USB hub, for example, may not be providing enough juice for your tablet. Older computers are especially prone to this. The iPad requires considerably more power to charge than an iPhone does. The same could be true for a power strip. It’s possible that your strip has bit the dust. Ideally, when troubleshooting, the fewer links you have between your tablet and wall, the better.
Let Your iPad Charge
If you have your tablet plugged in but are not seeing any change in the charge — even though it says that it’s charging — the problem may be your usage. For example, if you’re playing music on your iPad, browsing Facebook, or running some power-hungry app, your battery is working too hard. Give it a break, let it charge, and then see how it’s doing. If the battery percentage increases normally, this likely indicates that there is nothing wrong with your tablet.
Enlist The Help Of Professionals
If none of the above steps gets your iPad juiced up, it may be time to bite the bullet and take it to a professional. While no one wants to do this, sometimes it’s unavoidable. If you have an Apple iPad, this can be as simple as taking it to your local Apple store. They can help you diagnose the problem. Depending on the problem and your warranty, you may have to pay for repairs. But chances are that most repairs are cheaper than buying a new iPad.
As you can see, troubleshooting is a process of elimination. While these tips might not always yield a solution, they will certainly get you pointed in the direction. Another important step is to reboot and update your tablet. This will eliminate the possibility of a software problem.
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