How to deal with slow charging problem on your Apple iPad Pro

Slow charging problems encountered by iOS device owners are usually due to hardware issues from bad charging equipment to a damaged component. But there are also some cases where software-related factors are to blame. The transpiring symptoms are either rectifiable or not depending on the underlying causes.

Highlighted in this post are a few charging tips and troubleshooting guides to deal with slow charging issue on the iPad Pro device. Read on to learn what halts your iPad from charging faster and how to fix the problem.

What prevents your iPad from charging fast as intended?

As mentioned earlier, both hardware and software aspects on the device must be scrutinized when dealing with slow charging issues. Among the common factors that you need to look into would include but not limited to the following:

  • Not enough power from the source. If the power output (amperage) coming from the source is lower than the required amperage for an iPad to charge on certain period of time, then expect that it also takes time for your device to fully charged. As recommended, charge your iPad from a wall outlet rather than portable power sources like computer ports and power banks to prevent slow charging issues.
  • Using the device while charging. As much as possible, refrain from using your device while it’s charging. It really will take longer for your iPad to charge especially when using heavy apps like video games and online services because the battery is also drained at the same time. Using the device while charging is also discouraged for safety reasons.
  • Using an incompatible adapter. While both are made by Apple, the adapter for your iPhone is different from that of your iPad. The main difference is the rated amperage. An iPad charge brick is rated to manage 2.1 amps while the iPhone charger is rated for only 1 amp. In other words, the iPad charger has higher power than that of an iPhone so it charges faster. So if you use an iPhone adapter to charge your iPad, expect that the charging time is a little longer.
  • Cable issues. If the cable is damaged, it may still be able to charge but it would be intermittent or on and off. Hence, it’s also imperative to check both ends of your charging cable and make sure there are no visible indications of damage. If there is, then you will need to replace it.
  • Hardware damage. A damaged charging equipment and defective charging port in use are the worst possible causes of charging problems. This is often the case if your device was accidentally dropped or exposed to liquid. To deal with hardware-related charging issues, repair is required.
  • Software issues. Slow charging problems aren’t always attributed to the hardware. In fact, many devices had succumb into such trouble because of software-related factors including bad updates, invalid settings, and other relevant triggers. Fortunately, charging problems that are linked to software errors are rectifiable by some workarounds including the ones I’ve lined up below.

Before troubleshooting or taking a trip to a Genius bar, try these first few charging tips for your iPad Pro:

  1. Charge your iPad from a wall outlet. As emphasized earlier, your device will charge faster if it’s charging from a wall outlet than other low-power sources.
  2. Don’t use your iPad while charging. For ultimate iPad experience, allow your device to finish charging. While your iPad is crafted to multi-task, carrying out heavy loads while charging will also slow things down.
  3. Make sure you’re using your iPad’s adapter. Incompatible adapters usually won’t yield to positive results, so use only the original adapter for your iPad if possible.
  4. Try using a few different chargers. This can be considered an option to determine if the problem is with the current charger in use. This will help you decide whether or not to replace your charger with a new one.

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Troubleshooting software-related charging problems on your iPad Pro

If your iPad Pro is still slow charging after complying with all the aforementioned charging requisites, the next thing you have to do is clear out software-related factors that might have impeded the charging process. To rule out software-related factors from the underlying cause, performing the following procedures can help. Start whenever you’re all set to troubleshoot your device.

1st solution: Reboot or Force restart your iPad Pro.

Apps that have gone rogue and erratic services can sometimes affect the charging system, thereby causing intermittent or slow charging. The easiest way to clear out random system errant is a restart on the device. You can do a soft reset or forced restart on your iPad Pro in this case. Here’s how to soft reset your iPad Pro:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds.
  2. Release the buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears and then drag the power off slider to the right.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until the iPad reboots.

If your iPad is still charging very slowly after a soft reset, then try to force restart your device with these steps:

  1. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  3. Then, press and hold the Power button on the side of your iPad and then release when the device restarts.

A forced restart works by abruptly clearing out bad apps and corrupt services that triggered random system glitches to occur. It works the same a soft reset when it comes to dealing with minor system instability without causing permanent data loss.

2nd solution: Manage apps.

Bad apps are sometimes the main trigger. Some apps that are acting up can consume a significant amount of power and results to rapid battery drain. If these apps are active or running while your device is charging, expect that it would take time for it to get fully charged. The effect would be the same when you’re using your device while charging. To solve the slow charging problem, try to update all your apps first. Apps that often misbehave are those that aren’t up-to-date. To manually install pending app updates on your iPad Pro, simply follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap App Store.
  2. From the App Store main screen, scroll down to the bottom and then tap on the Updates tab. Wait for a few seconds to view the list of all apps with pending updates.
  3. Tap the Update button next to the name of the app to install individual updates.
  4. If multiple app updates are available, then you can just tap on the Update All button on the top-right of the screen to install all app updates simultaneously.

Restart your iPad after updating apps to refresh its memory and implement the recent app changes. If that doesn’t help, then try to check and determine which from your apps is using up much power then reinstall the bad app. Here’s what you should do then:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap iPad Storage.
  4. Find and select the suspected app that you want to delete from your iPad.
  5. Then tap the option to Delete or Uninstall  the app.

Reboot your iPad after deleting the application, then head over to the App Store to reinstall the application. In iOS devices, deleting and reinstalling the app is a way of clearing app cache and data. This is often needed to fix corrupted apps that caused slow charging problem on your device.

3rd solution: Update iOS.

Aside from installing app updates, updating the iPad’s system to the latest version can also help resolve the problem, especially if system bugs are to blame. When the charging system is somehow ruined by some malwares and bugs, there’s a tendency for its charging process to become unstable. To check for new iOS update for your iPad Pro, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap Software Update.

If an update is available, you will see a notification regarding the update details, system requirements and fix patch it embeds. Read the information then follow the onscreen instructions to download and install new update on your iPad Pro,

4th solution: Reset all settings.

To rule out incorrect settings and misconfigured options, resetting all settings on the iPad Pro would be necessary. Doing so will erase all customized settings including invalid configurations that might have inflicted some flaws to the charging system. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset all settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to all settings reset.

This reset is usually needed when the device is suddenly acting up from an update. After the reset, you will need to enable individual features, particularly those that are disabled by default so you can use again on your iPad but if the slow charging remains after this, then try the next procedure.

5th solution: Factory reset.

Resorting to factory resets and system restore is usually required to deal with stubborn symptoms triggered by complex system errors. While these methods often yield positive outcomes, they can cause permanent data loss because everything will be wiped out from your device system. That said, creating backups beforehand would be necessary. Once you’re all set with the backup, you can factory reset your iPad Pro through its settings menu with these steps:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Erase all content and settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode then follow the onscreen instructions to full system reset.

Please note though that this reset will require your device to have at least 50 percent of battery life in order to be completed. If necessary, charge your iPad Pro while resetting.

Alternatively, you can use iTunes to manually backup and then reset your iPad Pro on a computer. You must have a computer (Windows or Mac) that has the latest version of iTunes software installed to get this done.

If the slow charging problem on your iPad Pro started after installing an update and it persisted after applying the aforementioned solutions, then you may opt to proceed with an iOS restore. In that case, you can use iTunes to restore your iPad Pro from a previous iOS backup via recovery mode or DFU mode restore. You will need to secure a Mac or Windows computer to get that done.

What to do if slow charging problem persists on your iPad Pro?

In some cases, simple clogs such as dust, lint or debris from certain sources could be main reasons as to why your iPad Pro is slow charging or not charging at all. These foreign objects can block the reversible lightning port. In that case, removing the clog from your iPad’s lightning port should solve the problem. This however should only be done if you’re willing to take the risks. Apple doesn’t recommend this method because this could damage the device if not properly done. Hence, it should only be done at your own discretion.

Should you wish to take a chance in this tweak, then you have to make sure that your device is turned off completely. While it’s powered off, get a toothpick or open paper clip then gently insert it into the port to remove any lint. Some people found aid from using a can of compressed air to blow out any junk that might have blocked the port. If your iPad Pro is still charging too slowly after clearing out the lightning port, then you may have to consider using a new lightning cable. In none of that helps, then your next option would be to seek for technical assistance.

You can take your iPad to the nearest Apple service center in your area and have it examined by an authorized technician for any visible signs of hardware damage. Also bring the charger that you’re using so it can also be scrutinized. If the charger is to blame, then you can have it replaced with a new one.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the slow charging problem with your device. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!