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My iPad doesn't charge! What should I do?

Your iPad is an extremely important piece of gadget in your life; of course, you cannot imagine your life without. What if one day, you discover that this little gadget is not charging anymore when you plug it in the wall outlet? Chances are you might panic and call an Apple customer service agent or your tablet insurance company.

But before you do that, there are a few quick fixes you could try out before seeking outside assistance.

·      Check Your Connections

To avoid any embarrassing situation, you must first check two connections; the first one being your lightning cable and the second one being the USB power adapter. Make sure that the lightning cable is firmly connected to the charging port on your iPad and that the USB power adapter is securely plugged into the wall outlet.

Sometimes, dust can accumulate in the charging port of an iPad; blow into the charging port gently to remove any debris. You can also clean the connecting pin of the lightning cable, but make sure that you do it carefully.

·      Reboot Your iPad

An iPad can develop software issues overtime due to regular usage. This happens because the memory cache is full; to clear it, you can reboot your iPad. Hold down the suspend button until the slider appears, and then slide it to turn off the device. After a while, power it back on by holding down the suspend button.

If your iPad still doesn’t charge, you can perform a hard reset. Simply hold down the power button and the home button together, while the device is switched off. Alternatively, you can go to reset under the general tab located in settings. Tap on ‘Erase all Contents and Settings’. Remember that this will delete all of your apps and data, so make a backup before doing so.

·      Downgrade Your iOS

Apple keeps releasing software updates to their operating system and in some cases, certain glitches and bugs might be present that affect the iPad’s charging functionality. You can try downgrading your iOS to the version where your iPad was charging normally. Just ensure that you have a backup on iTunes or iCloud for your data and apps.

·      Test the Cable or Power Adaptor

If you were never using the original Apple adaptor that came with your iPad, you were doing it all wrong. If that’s the case, try charging your gadget with the original adaptor. Or if you were using the original one all along, then try using a different power outlet.

If that doesn’t work, you might need to buy a new adaptor. But before rushing to the nearest mobile store, check your lightning cable as well. Connect your iPad to your laptop or desktop and check whether the lightning bolt symbol appears on the battery meter or not. If it does, the cable is working fine and if it doesn’t, there is something wrong with the cable.

If both the cable and the adaptor are working, there might be a hardware fault in your iPad. You can take it to an Apple store to have it replaced if it’s under warranty or get it fixed by a certified technology repairer.

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