15 ways to fix iPad battery drain problem

The iPad is very reliable when it comes to battery life. Whether you’re browsing the Internet in Safari or binge watching videos on Netflix, it guarantees up to 10 hours of screen time for most everyday tasks.

However, Apple’s tablets are not without battery drain problems. Faulty processes, unoptimized apps, and resource-intensive settings, among many other reasons, can cause your device to use battery faster than usual.

The following tips will help you fix battery drain issues on your iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.

1. Force restart iPad

Sometimes, a rogue process can quickly drain the battery on your iPad. If the battery indicator started to stop working for no apparent reason, then that is most likely the case. Forced reboot can prevent that.

Force restart iPad with physical Home button

Keep both Top and Home at the same time until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Apple logo

Force restart iPad without physical Home button

Press and release Volume up press and release button Turn down the volume then press and hold the . button Top until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

2. System software update

If you’ve just upgraded to a newer version of iPadOS, you’ll initially experience poorer battery life due to a spike in background activity. However, it will improve gradually as you use the device.

Also, you must install new incremental system software updates as they almost always contain important fixes for persistent battery-related issues. If automatic iPadOS updates are disabled on your iPad, visit Setting > Shared > Software updates to install them manually.

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<h2><span class=3. Check for app updates

Applications that are not optimized can also cause rapid battery drain on iPad. That’s a big deal in the early stages of any iPadOS release cycle because app developers often take time to update their apps to accommodate new system software.

So it’s important to check for app updates regularly. Press and hold App Store on the Home screen and select Update. If you see any new updates, press Update all to install them.

Updates in the App Store menu

4. Force quit and reopen the app

If an app continues to drain battery despite updating (or if no new updates are available), try force quitting and reopening the app.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause for a second to bring up the App Switcher. Then, drag the app to the top of the screen to force quit it. Exit the App Switcher and reopen the app afterwards.

5. Turn off Location Services

Some apps and extensions on your iPad rely on Location Services to function properly. For example, the Weather widget uses functionality to display weather-related information relevant to your current location. However, Location Services can run out of battery quickly.

To stop that, start by going to Setting > Privacy > Location service. You can then turn off Location Services for unnecessary apps and services. Or, you can ask apps for permission every time you start using them. Pick Never or Ask next time depending on what you want.

Ask next time in Location Services

6. Disable Background App Refresh

Your iPad refreshes most open apps in the background. That allows you to pick up where you left off with less delay while multitasking. However, additional activity may drain the battery. In addition, unoptimized apps combined with background refresh can be the cause of disaster.

Pass Setting > Shared > Background App Refresh and turn off the switches next to any apps that drain the battery quickly.

7. Check battery usage history

If you’re having trouble pinpointing the source of any battery drain issues, you can use your iPad’s Battery screen to figure it out. Pass Setting > Battery to bring it up.

The top of the screen shows a graph with battery usage statistics for the last 24 hours and the last 10 days. At the bottom, you can see the apps that used the most power over a period of time. You can also tap depth in the graph to show the types of activities that have drained the battery.

Battery usage history and app usage

After identifying a resource-hungry app, here are a few things you can do:

  • Update application.
  • Force quit and reopen the app.
  • Turn off Location Services for the app.
  • Disable Background App Refresh for apps.
  • Uninstall and reinstall the app.

8. Reduce screen brightness

Screen brightness has a huge impact on iPad battery life. If you let it ramp up, expect the battery to start to bottle quickly. Open Control Center—Hit down from the top left of the screen — and use Brightness slider to move it down.

Screen brightness

Your iPad will also automatically adjust screen brightness based on ambient light levels. You may want to disable it if it continues to interfere with manual adjustments. To do that, go to Setting > Accessibility and turn off the side switch Auto Brightness.

9. Magic keyboard brightness is lower

Do you use the Virtual Keyboard (w/trackpad) with your iPad Pro or iPad Air? If so, the keyboard backlight may drain the battery. Try blurring it.

Pass Setting > Shared > Keyboard > Hardware keyboard and use Keyboard brightness slider to reduce backlight intensity.

10. Switch to Wi-Fi

If you live in an area with poor cellular coverage, your iPad will use more power to establish a connection. Using Wi-Fi instead can help prevent that.

Alternatively, you can configure your iPad to automatically switch to Wi-Fi whenever it encounters an unclear cellular signal. Pass Setting > Mobile and turn on the side switch Wi-Fi Support.

Cellular Data tab and Wi-Fi Assist toggle

11. Send notifications quietly

Do you receive a lot of notifications regularly? Your iPad screen will constantly light up and drain the battery quickly. You can stop that. Next time you get a notification from an unnecessary app, swipe it right, tap Manageand then press Delivered in a quiet way.

12. Switch from Push to Fetch

If you regularly receive a lot of email, try switching from the default push configuration to the Fetch schedule. That will prevent the device from always processing incoming emails.

Go Setting > Letters > Account > Fetch new data. Then disable To push and select the Fetch schedule — the longer the better for battery life.

New data fetch and push conversion

13. Reset all settings

You can prevent any improper or damaged iPad system settings from draining your battery by resetting them. You won’t lose any data, but you have to set up your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections from scratch.

Pass Setting > Shared > Reset > Reset all settings to reset settings on your iPad.

Reset all Settings button

14. Set up iPad from Scratch

If none of the above fixes help, consider resetting your iPad to factory defaults. That will end up erasing all the data on your iPad, but starting from an empty media can improve battery life.

You can also choose to restore your data after the reset, so make sure to create an iCloud or Finder/iTunes backup before you begin. Then go to Setting > Shared > Reset > Erase all content and settings to start the reset.

15. Check battery status

Haven’t bought an iPad in a while? You may want to check the battery for any signs of deterioration. iMazing is a third-party utility for Mac and PC that can help you with that.

Start by downloading and installing iMazing. Then open the program and connect your iPad via USB. Choose Battery in the lower right corner of the iMazing window to display iPad battery statistics.

iMazing application

The most important metrics are battery health percentage and number of charge cycles. Apple puts the iPad’s optimal battery life below 1,000 charge cycles. Also, the ideal health percentage should be above 80%.

If your device is about to reach – or already exceed – those numbers, you must either replace the battery or upgrade to a new iPad.

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