Your iPad is probably one of your most-used pieces of tech. It can be used to conduct business and to have fun. It is important to keep it charging and ready for use, but what do you do when you don’t have access to a wall plug and the iPad won’t charge on your PC?
In this article, we will outline 9 ways you can get your iPad to start charging on your PC again.
iPad Not Charging on PC- How to Fix (9 Tips)
1. Try Switching the Port
iPads draw a bit more power than many other devices usually do. For this reason, the port you are using may not be sufficient. Different ports have different power levels.
- Unplug the USB charging cable from the USB port you currently have it plugged into.
- Next, plug your USB charging cable into another USB port.
- Try this for each available USB port on your PC.
- If you are using a laptop, the USB port closest to the screen can usually draw more power than the one further down the keyboard.
If you have the charging wire plugged in near your keyboard, move it to the USB port nearest the screen.
2. Clean the iPad Charging Port of Foreign Objects
One often-overlooked part of the iPad is the charging port. If it is dirty or has foreign objects in it, it will not charge properly.
First, remove the charging wire from the iPad. Next, look inside the charging port to see if there are any obvious foreign objects stuck inside. It is not uncommon for lint, dirt, rocks, and more to get stuck in the port.
If there is anything visible, use a toothpick or other small instrument to gently remove the foreign object.
3. Clean the iPad Charging Port of Dust
If you do not see anything obvious, you can clean the charging port with compressed air to remove any dust or small particles.
To use compressed air, all you need to do is align the straw that came with the can of compressed air with the charging port and squeeze the trigger. This should remove any debris.
If you do not have access to compressed air you can use a toothpick, preferably with a rounded tip, to clean it.
To use the toothpick, all you need to do is put a small piece of cotton on the tip of the toothpick and twist it. Then insert gently into the port and move back and forth.
The trick to this method is to be very gentle and avoid touching the sides of the port.
4. Clean the USB Port on the PC
Once you have checked the charging port of the iPad and ensured that it is clean and free of foreign objects, it is time to do the same for the PC.
Take a look inside the USB Port of your PC and check for foreign materials. If there are any, use a rounded tip toothpick to gently remove the foreign object.
Once you have made sure the USB port is clear of foreign objects, use compressed air to remove any dust or debris.
5. Turn the iPad Off
It is well-known that the USB ports often do not supply enough power to the iPad to sufficiently charge the device. Turning the device off may help.
- First, find the power button on the top right corner of the iPad.
- Next, press and hold the power button until the power off slider comes up on the screen. Slide it to the “off” position.
- Next, plug the charging wire back into the device. It will charge slowly, but this should allow the iPad to charge, even from a weak power source.
6. Replace the Charging Wire
Once you have ensured that both the charging port on the iPad and the USB port on the PC are clean and working you can try to plug the iPad in again.
However, if that has not taken care of the issue then you may need to try a new wire.
Remove the charging wire you have been using and get a different one. You may already have one, or you may need to purchase a new one.
Once you have a different wire, plug the end that goes into the PC into the USB port and plug the other end into the charging port of your iPad.
7. Force Restart the iPad
Sometimes the charging issue between an iPad and a PC is caused by a software malfunction. To reconcile the software, you can restart the device.
- Find the power button at the top right corner of your iPad.
- Continue to hold the power button even after the screen turns off completely.
- Release the power button when the Apple logo reappears.
- Ensure the charging wire is connected and secure.
8. Use the Wall Adaptor
If you have attempted every other fix available and your iPad still will not charge while plugged into the USB port of your PC then it would be best to charge it with the 10w wall adaptor that it came with.
Find an available outlet that you can plug the adaptor into.
Connect the charging wire to the wall adaptor unit. The USB end of the charging wire should connect directly into the wall adaptor USB port.
Plug the wall adaptor into the outlet on the wall.
Connect the charging wire to your iPad and wait for the lightning symbol to appear indicating that the iPad is now charging.
This method serves two purposes. One is that you can make sure your iPad is actually capable of charging and not broken, and the second is to get it charged.
9. Contact Apple Support
If all else fails and you cannot get the iPad to charge by any other method then the only thing left to do is contact Apple Support.
You can call Apple Support for iPad at 800–275–2273
You can also visit the Apple website for live chat support.