Solution for iPad that won’t charge

Got an iPad Pro that won’t charge? Tried resetting it and that didn’t work? Same here. I can’t guarantee a fix, but this worked for me and has a few times now:

  1. Let the iPad die – all the way. This may take a day or so, but let it get down to where it shuts off.
  2. Then hold the power button until you get it to start up again. Keep doing that occasionally until holding the power button results in the screen that shows the dead battery and power cable instead of starting the iPad. It might take a while for the battery to die enough for this to happen, maybe a day or two or three.
  3. See if it will charge then. Mine always has.

So, you might be wondering why I have had this happen several times. Well, it took me a while a to figure out the cause but I think I’ve nailed it down. It’s when I use a wired ethernet adapter. I’ve used two different ones, and it happens after it’s been connected for more than a day or so.

I’m in the process of doing a photo library export to a network-attached storage system, and that’s why I need an iPad up and connect to the net for days at a time.

Why does the long-term ethernet connection result in no charging? No idea. If anyone knows, please comment.