Why iPad not charging on PC, researched tips for you

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Why iPad not charging on PC, researched tips for you

How to get charge that your iPad not charging on PC?

Before getting into the “Why” part let’s discuss the “how”. How does an iPad charges? What kind of power is required to charge an iPad? If we know the answers to these two questions, it will be much easier for us to understand why an iPad doesn’t charge when connected to a computer. Other apple products like iPhone, iPod, etc. work fine when connected to a personal computer but when it comes to an IPad, it doesn’t charge. This scenario gives rise to the question whether the problem is in IPad or the USB. Since, other products work fine; it is customary to think that the problem is in the IPad and not in the USB or the laptop. But, there is one other way to look at it. It might be that the IPad requires more power to charge and the USB port is unable to supply that amount of power. That’s exactly it.

Different models of the iPad may require different measures to solve the issues. The solutions that we have discussed in this article are applicable to the iPad generation 4. Be cautious while applying it to your device.

When you are shown the message “Not charging” on your iPad, it might be because of one of the following reasons:
  • Your iPad is actually not charging at all: The status of your iPad screen can make a little difference because the power consumption decreases when the screen goes off. If this is the case, the iPad charges really slowly and as soon as you switch it back on, it shows “Not Charging”.
  • Your iPad is charging really slowly: This is due to the fact that the USB port is incapable of supplying the kind of power an iPad requires for charging. Some other reasons to this can be faulty USB cable or faulty design of USB port or that some externals object is stuck inside the port which is preventing the USB cable from charging the iPad.

The actual problem behind an iPad not charging on PC is not the iPad but the USB port. The USB ports of most laptops and desktops are not fabricated to supply the kind of the power an iPad requires for charging. The power required to charge an iPad is 10 watt. The average power the USB ports can offer is about 5 volts. It is not possible for the iPad to charge when the power supply is less than the minimum threshold value.

The different USB ports in a pc are capable of supplying a varying range of power and it has come to notice that the ports at the back supply more power than the front. You can try plugging the USB in different ports and see if it works.

When the screen of the iPad is off, it draws a little power and starts charging very slowly but when it switched back on, it displays “not charging”.

Besides, power being the major reason of an iPad not charging on PC, there are a couple of more factors.

  • The problem in USB cable: It might be that your USB cable is faulty or has loose ends. Sometimes, adjusting the USB cable helps because it is not properly inserted. In case the USB cable is faulty then you should try replacing it altogether.
  • Obstructions: It might be that the USB port has gathered some dust particles overtimes. If this is the case, you can try cleaning the port and re-inserting the cable.

These are some of the common techniques you can try to fix your problem. In case you are still not able to fix the issue, then you can refer to the late sections of this article where we have discussed the solutions to why an iPad doesn’t charge when connected to PC in the later sections.

In further sections we will come to know more about some other factors that might lead to “Not charging” and how can we solve these issues.


In earlier sections we discussed about three very basic reasons to why an iPad displays the error “Not charging” when connected to PC, namely power supply, faulty USB cable and obstacles encountered in the USB port. Let’s elaborate on these and discuss a few more factors.

Power Supply:

The USB ports of most laptops and computers are fabricated in such a manner that they can supply an average of 5 volts.

The PC’s contain multiple USB ports that are capable of supplying a varied range of power. Specifically talking about USB 2.0 and 1.x, they can supply up to 5 volts when a single wire is connected. Speaking in technical terms, in USB 2.0, a unit load is compares to a hundred milli amperes (S.I unit of current), whereas, that of USB 3.0 is 150 mA. When a device is connected to these ports it can draw upto 500 mA (this is the maximum value. As discussed earlier, the power required for an iPad to charge is 10 watt. The power supplied by a laptop’s USB port is way below this threshold. Thus, the iPad shows “Not Charging” sign.

It is important that the iPad is getting more power than required in order to charge. It is customary, for iPad not charging when the all the power it is receiving is used up at that instant.

Let’s understand this using a day to day example. Our body needs fuel to run. If a person falls sick, his/her body becomes weak and prone to diseases and infections. At that moment if the person takes less diet than required or doesn’t drink enough water, his/her condition won’t get better as the body isn’t getting enough fuel or supplements to function properly. Likewise, in our scenario, the food is a metaphor for the power and our body is metaphor for the iPad. In order to charge, the iPad should get more power than it requires, i.e., more than 10 watt. This, being said, how can we resolve this issue? Don’t worry; it is possible to charge your iPad with PC by taking some intermediate measures that we have discussed in the later section.

Faulty USB cable:

When you plug your iPad to a USB port of your personal computer, it displays “Not charging”, but as soon as the screen goes off, the power consumption of iPad immediately decreases and the iPad starts charging but at an extremely low rate and the process reverses when the screen is on because the power consumption increases. This might not be the case every time. Sometimes, your iPad might not charge at all. Why is so? It might be because:

Loose ends:

This is a very common problem. The major cause of the loose ends of a USB cable is the repetitive bending. When we plug the cable into the port, it bends and due to this repetitive bending the cable starts breaking. While, you observe the outer covering to be intact, the inner wires are already broken and causing problem and you don’t notice it until the outer covering breaks too. The only solution to this is to replace the cable.

The fabrication of USB is faulty:

It might be that the USB cable you purchased is not properly fabricated. If this is the case then your USB cable will not work at all. You can test it by connecting to different devices and if it is still not working that means you have a faulty cable and should replace it immediately because it can damage your device as well.

The ends are not inserted into the port properly:

It might be that among the two end of the USB cable, i.e., the A connector and the B connector, one is not inserted properly into the port. This might be because of the faulty design of the port or the connectors. In order to fix this, try re-inserting it, it might work.

USB cables can be tricky to deal with which is why it is recommended that you own a decent USB cable to avoid any kind of issue with your devices because you use it all the time to charge your device and if it is faulty it can cost you a lot more that you the amount you tried to save while purchasing it. Not only USB cables, you should buy any kind of electronic products from an authorized and trusted dealers. You should do your research before buying the products and ask around a little. There are all sorts of thugs waiting for you so than they can con you by delivering a second hand product or a duplicate product or a faulty product. Thus, it is recommended that you buy your electronics from authorized dealers only.


It might sound silly at the time, but it is one of the very basic and ignored issues of all times. By obstruction, I mean accumulation of some dust particles in the port which prevent the proper insertion of the connector in the port. Due to this, the cable is not fully inserted in the port, thus, we see the message, “Not charging”. The solution to this problem is actually very simple, you can take a very thin needle or something else which is comparable and wrap cotton around it and clean the port. After the dirt is out, try re-inserting the cable and check if it is charging it not. You can also go to customer care to avoid any kind of complications, as you might end up damaging the port.

The similar problem arises when you are unable to plug in your earphone in the respective port. One day your earphone is working fine and the next day you can’t listen to your favourite songs and watch your favourite movies. The issue might be that the port is filled with dirt and requires cleaning. The moment it is cleaned, it works fine.

The tech support team of the company will offer you 100% assistance and will help you identify the exact problem. Try contacting them in order to get you problem fixed. There might be a few shop owners near your house who offer the technical support. It is not recommended to go to them as they might end up making the problem worse or even steal some parts of your device. It is best to go to customer care with your problem.

While these were the major reasons as to why is your iPad not charging, there might be some other hindrance that is preventing your iPad from charging. These can be:

  • Software issues: It might be that there is a bug in your software which is preventing it from charging.
  • Hardware issues: It might be that there is some kind of fault in your hardware. The USB port may be faulty or that the cable is faulty or the battery of the iPad is faulty.
  • Using the iPad while charging: This may also cause the “Not charging”. If you using your iPad while it is charging. The power supply becomes equal to the power consumed making the battery percentage constant and resulting into not charging of the iPad.
  • Wrong adapter: It might be that the adapter is faulty.

In case you have tried everything but still encountering an issue, you should definitely go to the Apple care with your problem for it to be solved. Technicalities might be tricky sometimes and confuse you, so instead of frying your brains to find a solution, straight up go to the experts without a second thought.


Now, that we are aware of the causes of iPad not charging on PC, it is easier to come up with solutions that can help us resolve this issue. Technology has evolved so much that it is possible to solve solution to every problem and a problem of this sort is extremely easy to solve. Let’s discuss the solutions:

Restart your iPad

Try to restart your iPad. This is the universal solution to most electronic products. If you are unable to identify the reason to why your iPad is not charging, try restarting it. It might work after restarting. This will resolve the issue in most cases. If it doesn’t, jump to the next solution. In order to restart your iPad, press and hold the button at the top until it shows a red button with the text reading “slide it power off”. Follow the instruction and your device will go off. Then switch it on back again.

Try to replace the cable or the adapter.

Try replacing the USB cable or the adapter. The USB cable may be faulty. Due the repetitive bending of the cable, the wire breaks from the edged making the process of charging slow or stop it altogether. I order to fix this issue, replace the cable and check if it is charging the iPad or not. If this step doesn’t work either, jump to the next step.

Clean the iPad’s charging port.

When some dirt such as dust particles get accumulated inside the port, they prevent the proper insertion of USB cable in the port. When the cable is not inserted properly, it is unable to draw power or draw it partly which is insufficient for the iPad to charge. Thus, make sure that the USB port is clear and there is no obstruction in it. If this solution doesn’t work either, try the next solution.

This is an important step and yet a simple one. While clearing out the dirt, be very cautious because you do not want to end up damaging the port altogether.

Here are the steps to clean the port:

  • Take a cotton swab and dip it in the isopropyl alcohol (The safe concentration of isopropyl alcohol can be from 70 percent to 91 percent)
  • Insert the cotton with the help of a thin needle.
  • Move it around the port to clear out the dust.
  • Keep doing it until the cotton stops showing any kind of dust particles.

This will definitely clear the port. Be very gentle while practicing this as any kind of force might damage the port. The damage can be:

  • Altering the shape of the port which will prevent the proper insertion of cable in it.
  • Triggering a shot circuit that might damage the entire device.

Connect the iPad to the iPad 12w Wall Charger.

When the USB port is not supply enough power to charge the iPad, you can try an alternative, i.e., and iPad 12 watt wall charger. This charger tags along the iPad and looks like a small block of square shape which can be plugged into an outlet. You should make sure that it is a 12 watt charger and not a 5 watt charger. A 5 watt charger will again display the same message because it will supply enough power to the iPad.

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