Ugh. Your iPad battery reads 22%, dangerously close to the dreaded low battery warning. But didn’t you charge it just a little while ago? It seems to be draining so fast these days…

What gives? Is it my fault? Are too many apps open? Is my screen brightness too high? Is my iPad ruined? What is the meaning of life? Now now, just hold your horses. 

Before you get stuck in a spiral of technological uncertainty, we’re here to share the answers to all of those questions – except the meaning of life (sorry). Below, we’ll go over everything related to your iPad battery draining fast including how long your battery should last normally, what can cause it to drain quickly, and possible solutions to your problem. Read on to get started.

(Interested in improving your iPhone’s battery health too? We can help.)

 

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Read on to learn how to solve iPad battery health issues.

Contents

How Long Does an iPad Battery Last Anyway?
What Causes an iPad Battery to Drain?
Common Fixes to iPad Battery Drain
How to Replace Your iPad Battery
          Apple’s Solution for iPad Batteries
An Alternative Solution: Sell Us Your Problematic iPad and Get a Brand-New One


How Long Does an iPad Battery Last Anyway?

In the owner’s manual, Apple claims an iPad battery can last up to 10 hours. However, as any gadget owner can attest, that number isn’t always accurate and should be taken with a grain of salt. Furthermore, there are loads of other factors to keep in mind, namely how you use your iPad. 

If you’ve ever just left your iPad on (without using it), its battery life shoots up far past 10 hours. On the other end of the extreme, meanwhile, if you’re frequently using a resource-intensive app while also leaving a couple dozen other apps running in the background, you could find your iPad’s battery drained in as little as two or three hours. 

In general, you should be concerned if your iPad battery is draining fast when you’re not actively using functions that suck up battery life. For example, imagine your battery is fully charged and you use Safari to browse the news for an hour. After that hour has passed, you shouldn’t have put a significant dent in your battery percentage. If you do, there may be a problem. Luckily, we’re here to help you solve it!

 

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Your tablet usage affects your iPad battery health.

 

What Causes an iPad Battery to Drain?

An iPad battery can drain for a whole bunch of different reasons. Sometimes, the solution to your problem is obvious. For instance, if you have your display set to never lock automatically, accidentally leaving the screen on for too long may be the source of your worries.

Other times, however, the cause isn’t as apparent. When the answer doesn’t present itself immediately, your first step is to pay attention to the apps which are eating up the most battery. If you use an app frequently, it will likely consume a lot of your battery. Sometimes, there might even be certain problematic apps consuming a ton of battery even when you’re not using them. Not cool! Not to worry, we’ll tell you how to take care of them shortly.

 

Check iPad Battery Health

Knowing how to check your iPad’s battery health is crucial to ensuring its long life. To check your iPad’s battery usage, follow these steps: 

Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Settings > Show Detailed Usage > Last 7 Days

Once there, you’ll notice a few graphs which indicate which aspects of your iPad usage patterns are causing the most strain on your battery. 

 

How to turn off background app refresh
Save iPad battery life by disabling off Background App Refresh

 

Common Fixes to iPad Battery Drain

Now that you know what’s causing your draining iPad battery, it’s time to figure out how to make it stop. Fortunately, the answer sometimes is easier and far less technical than you might imagine. 

 

Disable Background App Refreshing

Remember those problematic apps that suck up your iPad’s battery even when you’re not using them? They should be your first stop when it comes to prolonging iPad battery life. While the easiest option is to just delete them, if you need them (or just want to keep them), there is still hope: You can simply disable Background App Refreshing.

Just what is Background App Refreshing? Well, think about how your email app knows that you just received a new message. The app queries the email server every so often then sends you a notification once a new email hits your inbox. Convenient? Yes! A huge drain on your iPad battery? Also yes.

For essential apps like your email, allowing your apps to refresh in the background is incredibly helpful. Certain apps, however, may be doing it too often. In fact, you may have dozens of applications performing a background refresh unbeknownst to you every couple of seconds, ultimately killing your battery life.

To disallow an app from running background refreshes, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, then disable the function on problematic, battery-sucking apps.

 

Restart Your iPad

Turning something off then back on again is an oldie-but-goodie troubleshooting tip for a reason: It works. To restart your iPad and give it a swift technological kick in the pants:

For an iPad without a Home button: Press and hold the Top button and Volume button at the same time until the Power Off slider appears, then drag it all the way to the right. To force restart, quickly press and release the Volume Up button. Then, quickly press and release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Power button until the device restarts.

For an iPad with a Home button: Press down and hold the Top button until the Power Off slider appears, then drag it all the way to the right. To force restart, press down and hold the Home and Top (or Side) buttons until the device restarts.

 

How to restart an iPad
Troubleshoot a draining iPad battery by restarting your iPad.

 

Update Your iPad

Similar to a good, old-fashioned restart, sometimes all you shock your iPad battery into behaving is to install the latest iOS update. 

To do that, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then install the update if one is available.

 

Reset Your iPad

Even after disabling background app refreshing and restarting or updating your iPad, it may still struggle with battery drain. When that happens, your last line of defense could be a clean slate. Or in other words, a factory reset.  

To restore your iPad to factory settings, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings > Erase iPad, then tap Erase iPad again to confirm.

Please keep in mind that a factory reset will restore your iPad to its original settings and delete absolutely everything on your device. So, only use a factory reset as a last-ditch effort. If you do choose to go this route, make sure to move any important files off of your iPad and make sure you have a back-up copy of your device saved somewhere before you pull the trigger.

 

Smaller Fixes?

Some technicians recommend trying a whole bunch of tiny fixes as well, like changing up the method for fetching emails or other obscure things. However, these small problems are almost never the cause of significant battery drain. If you have assessed your battery’s health and performed the four fixes above only to find that your iPad battery is still draining fast, you may just need a new battery.

 

Can iPad batteries be replaced?
Can iPad batteries be replaced? Yup, but it’ll cost you.

 

How to Replace Your iPad Battery

Rechargeable batteries aren’t perfect. As you recharge them more and more, they lose their capacity to hold a charge over time. So, if you’ve owned your iPad for a couple of years and have used it frequently during that time, you might just need a new battery. Unfortunately, while it’s a common repair, it is not a particularly easy one to carry out.

To replace an iPad battery, you need to first open up the iPad with specialized tools before carefully removing the old battery and swapping it for a new one. Although this option is perfectly viable for the handier among us, for most people, such a repair is more trouble than it’s worth. There’s also the chance that you damage your iPad irreparably if you do something wrong – not great when all you’re trying to do is fix your battery.

A popular solution is hiring a third-party technician to change out your iPad’s battery. Sadly, this can get costly, as an iPad battery costs around $25 and you then have to pay the technician another $50-100 to make the repair. While you’ll almost certainly have fixed your iPad’s battery problems, the cost to do so might not be worth it for you, especially if your iPad is an older model.

 

Apple’s Solution for iPad Batteries

If your iPad is under its original warranty, or you opted to go for an extended AppleCare warranty, you’re in luck. You can make an appointment at the Apple store and get your battery (actually, your entire iPad) replaced for free. Please note that Apple will, in fact, check to make sure the problem with the battery was caused by something under warranty. If it wasn’t, you’ll have to pay for a battery replacement, which costs $99.

Even if you don’t have any official support from Apple, you can still hire them to replace your battery. Just make an appointment, take your iPad into them, and you’ll have a fresh battery in three to five business days. So, while using Apple to replace your battery is usually slightly more expensive than using a third-party repair service, the peace of mind may be worth it.

 

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An Alternative Solution: Sell Us Your Problematic iPad and Get a Brand-New One

If your iPad battery has been draining fast for quite some time, chances are you’re probably sick of it by this point. Or, maybe you find it hard to justify a $100 repair for a device that could only cost a couple times that amount if you bought a brand-new one. Either way, we don’t blame you. Troubleshooting can be super annoying and time-consuming at best.

If you want to start from scratch, we’re here to help. Here at GadgetGone, we buy old iPads (and smartphones, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and video game consoles) for industry-leading rates, making fresh starts a breeze. Whether you choose to receive credit for your old iPad in cash or you decide to use it as a bonus towards purchasing a newer iPad, it’s a win-win!

Selling your iPad to GadgetGone is easy! Just follow these simple steps:

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After you’ve accepted the offer, shipping your iPad to us is a snap thanks to our prepaid shipping label. Simply toss your iPad into a box, slap the shipping label on, and drop it off at your nearest post office. When we receive your iPad, we’ll assess its condition within two to three business days and, if necessary, send you an updated offer. Once your final offer is accepted, all that’s left to do is sit back and wait to receive your PayPal payment, Amazon gift card, or check.


And there you have it, folks. If one of the iPad battery saver solutions above solved your battery life woes, give yourself a big pat on the back. If not, consider getting a new battery or selling us your iPad and upgrading to a brand-new one. Whichever you choose, you’ll soon be well on your way to a long and healthy (battery) life. Good luck!

 

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