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Fix iPad Battery Problems: 12 Best Solutions

iPad Battery Problems

Most of the time, when your iPad battery starts draining faster than usual, the issue can be either hardware-related or software related.

When the problem is hardware related, it generally implies that your iPad battery has neared the end of its life. On the other hand, several unknown and unwelcome bugs in your iPad might cause this situation. It can be due to incorrect settings, unstable iPadOS 15 version, malfunctioning apps, and more.

Hopefully, suppose your iPad has not suffered any physical damage. In that case, this issue can certainly be caused by software bugs, and this blog will guide you through all the possible issues and fixes to the iPad battery problems in no time.

Solutions to Fix iPad battery problems:

  1. Stop exposing your iPad to extreme temperature
  2. Enable the auto-lock option
  3. Check battery health
  4. Enable the reduce motion option
  5. Turn off the background app refresh
  6. Force stop all running apps
  7. Stop sharing iPad analytics
  8. Disable unnecessary location services
  9. Force restart your iPad
  10. Stop pushing mail notifications
  11. Remove and delete unnecessary widgets
  12. Reset All Settings

1. Stop exposing your iPad to extreme temperature

High temperature can be one of the biggest reasons behind your iPad battery draining suddenly. Generally, an iPad is expected to operate at a temperature between 62 to 72°F. But if the iPad temperature drops or exceeds the range mentioned above.

Then something might be wrong with your iPad, and you must seek consultation from a verified authority or, even better, you could contact Apple for Apple support.

2. Enable the auto-lock option

The auto-lock feature offered by iOS automatically turns off the iPad display after a few minutes of its activity. If this feature is turned off, your iPad battery may drain faster than expected because, despite the inactivity period, the screen will remain active, consuming the battery.

To turn on the auto-lock option, the steps are given below

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPad

2. Click on display and brightness

3. Look for the auto-lock option and click on it

location of the display and brightness option
  1. Choose the time limit according to your preference. For example, if you choose two minutes, if you do not touch the screen of your iPad for two minutes, then your iPad will automatically turn off or lock.
  2. You must know that choosing the never option is equivalent to disabling the auto-lock feature.

3. Check battery health

Checking the battery health of any device is very vital. As for your iPad, if you feel like the battery is draining quickly, you must check the battery’s health.

The steps to check the battery health are given below:

  1. Guide yourself to the settings app of your iPad
  2. Look for the battery option and click on it
  3. Then you’ll find the battery health option
location of the battery option

4. Enable the reduce motion option

Suppose the iPad battery is draining unexpectedly faster. In that case, you should know that your iPadOS uses different animations to ensure that the user interface is smooth, easy, and fun. These features might be draining your iPad battery.

Thankfully, the iPad has allowed its users to cut down a few animations displayed on the screen when you open or close any app on your iPad.

The option is known as the reduce motion option, and the steps to turn on this option are given below:

  1. Guide yourself to the Settings app on your iPad
  2. Look for the accessibility option
  3. Click on motion and then click on reduce motion
  4. Click on the toggle switch beside reduce motion option, and once it turns green, the reduce motion option has been turned on
location of the reduce motion toggle in accessibility option

5. Turn off the background app refresh

The background app refresh feature offered by iOS allows different apps to automatically download and install new data even when they are not opened or not in use.

This is done automatically to keep all the apps on your iPad up. This might bring a significant drain on your battery life because, in the background, different apps are continuously running and downloading new features, app updates, and data. 

Hence if you are alright with not having automatically updated apps on your iPad, then it is advised to turn this option off.

The steps to turn off the background app refresh option is down below:

  1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPad
  2. Click on the general option and then click on background app refresh
location of the background app refresh option
location of the background app refresh toggle
  1. Turn the background app refresh feature off, or you may even turn this option off for specific apps according to your preference to disable them from downloading data automatically.

6. Force stop all running apps

Sometimes it is not essential to have all the apps in your system on their operating mode in the background, as this significantly contributes to your iPad battery draining unusually faster. Hence, you may force stop all the background running apps on your iPad.

  1. To force stop the running apps, you must swipe from the middle bottom of your screen and stop at the center of the screen.
  2. After doing so, you will be able to see all the apps you opened are still open and running in the background.
  3. Swipe up on those app tabs, and they will automatically turn off.

As for people who use iPad with the home button:

  1. You may double press the home button, and all the background running apps will automatically appear on the screen. 
  2. Now you may remove them and stop them from operating by swiping them up.

Doing so ensures that the iPad battery is consumed less and drained less or slower.

7. Stop sharing iPad analytics

When you first bought your iPad, you might have agreed to a few conditions, including sharing the data analytics with Apple.

You should know that when the share iPad analytics option is activated, your iPad will automatically show and transfer useful diagnostic information about your device to Apple, which helps Apple know its products and improve its services. 

You must also know that this share iPad analytics feature continuously runs in the background, draining your iPad battery.

The steps to turn off stop sharing iPad analytics feature are listed below:

  1. Guide yourself to the settings app and then click on Privacy
  2. Look for the analytics option and tap on it
location of the analytics option
location of the ipad analytics toggle
  1. Now you will find the share iPad analytics toggle switch. Could you turn it off, and you’re good to go?

8. Disable unnecessary location services

You may have noticed options that are often prompted on the screen when you open a newly downloaded installed app. It asks permission to let that app track your location to provide better services.

For example, weather apps, map apps, delivery apps, and more; all ask for your live location services, and most of the time, permission is granted to let them provide their services more efficiently and smoothly.

You might not be aware that these apps continuously run in the background to access your location, resulting in your iPad battery draining unexpectedly faster. Hence you may want to turn off the location services to ensure that your battery consumes less energy.

The steps to do so are listed below:

  1. Guide yourself to the settings app and click on Privacy
  2. Then click on location services, and you may check the apps in the given list which use the location services feature 
location of the location services toggle option
  1. Turn off the feature for apps of your preferences.
  2. You may select the never option to stop the service for the particular app or even choose options like allowing them to use the location service only when you open the app.
  3. Instead, you may also directly turn off the location service switch, stopping all the apps on your iPad from using the service.

9. Force restart your iPad

This is the classic troubleshooting method to fix a variety of issues. This fixes all the minor bugs and glitches of iOS (be it iPad or iPhone) and ensures smooth service.

The steps to force restart your iPad are given below:

For iPads with the home button:

  1. Press and hold the home button and the power top button together simultaneously. 
  2. Let go of the buttons when the screen turns off, and the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPads without the home button:

  1. Press and hold the top volume button and the power button together.
  2. Let go of the buttons when the “slide to power” slider appears. 
  3. Slide it, and your iPad will be turned off.

After a few minutes, press and hold the home button (for iPads with the home button) or the power button (for iPads without the home button) to turn on your iPad.

10. Stop pushing mail notifications

If you receive many emails on your iPad, you must know that your Mail settings could be a potential and significant cause behind your iPad battery draining out quicker than expected.

Like any other device, your iPad sends notifications every time you receive emails. This notification pops up because of the activated Push Mail feature. This is undoubtedly the easiest way to keep track of all incoming emails. 

However, this also drains your iPad battery quickly, given that it constantly consumes the battery power in the background to provide you with this easy and quick accessibility feature.

The steps to check and change this setting are given below:

1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPad

2. Click on mail and then click on accounts

location of the account option

3. Now tap on the fetch new data option and turn off the icon next to the Push option.

location of the fetch new data option

11. Remove and delete unnecessary widgets

Widgets are the easiest and fastest way to get information on specific things like weather, time, calculator, notes, events, calendars, and many more. 

However, given that the widgets are continuously working in the background to provide you with this information without even opening them, it consumes much of the battery life.

The most effective way to stop such battery consumption is to remove a few or all the widgets if you do not need them often.

  1. To remove widgets, you need to simply long press on a specific widget, and the remove widget option will appear.
  2. Click on that, and you are good to go.
location of the remove widget option

12. Reset All Settings

Your iPad settings play a big role in determining the strength of its battery life. It is said that resetting your iPad’s settings can fix many issues, including the iPad’s battery life.

You should know that resetting the iPad settings does not erase all content or affect any data stored on your device; that is, there would not be any permanent data loss. Resetting all the settings means that all your customized settings would be changed to their default settings.

The steps to reset all the settings on your iPad is as follows:

  1. Guide yourself to the settings app on your iPad.
  2. Tap on the general option and look for this Reset option.
  3. Under the Reset window, click on Reset all Settings.
location of the reset all settings option
  1. Your iPad might ask for your device passcode.
  2. Type in the passcode and allow your iPad to reset all the settings.
  3. After the process, your iPad might do a quick reboot. Then you may check if your iPad battery drains normally or not.

Wrapping Up

Many iPad users would advise you to get the iPad battery replaced, but that is not helpful.  You may also try installing any pending software updates to ensure your device is not lagging. You must also know that you need a stable Wi-Fi connection to download and update your device.

However, if you have ever dropped your iPad or suffered any other physical damage, you may need a battery replacement and get a new one. Besides that, this blog would be enough for you to analyze your iPad problem and find a suitable solution to ensure the smooth production of the device with proper battery usage.

FAQs

A few weeks back, I dropped my iPad. Can it cause any issues with its battery?

Sure, dropping any device that has a battery in it can affect the battery. More precisely, it may loosen connections and even cause intermittent issues. If the battery cracks, it could cause chemicals to leak out, thus diminishing its ability to produce energy.

Does using my iPad while charging affect its battery life?

Yes. But practically, it is not that much of a big deal.

Would leave my iPad in charge when it’s finished charging damage my iPad?

Not unplugging the charger at 100% charge does not “damage” the battery. But if it were at a lower charge level (e.g., 50%), it would have caused it to age faster. If you’re going to use up the battery of your iPad in a week, you do not need to worry about it.
But if you are planning to store your iPad for a year, there is some benefit to discharging the battery too (say) below 75% before storing it.

Does charging my iPad overnight ruin its battery health?

No. iPads have internal hardware, particularly the Charge Controller, which determines the battery’s state and condition of charging and hence controls and allows the appropriate amount of power or current to flow through the battery for charging.