Let’s keep it real; even when we take excellent care of our devices, something out of the blue happens that renders our device useless.
iPads are no exception. As the most beloved tablet, many iPad owners don’t know the warning signs of repair and don’t know how to troubleshoot.
Some repair needs are more obvious than others, such as dropping your device and needing a display replacement. However, some issues may arise, and you don’t even realize they are happening.
In those cases, don’t worry. We are here to break it down for you.
From battery issues, software, and more, here are ways to master iPad troubleshooting and learn the warning signs that you need an iPad repair.
Your Screen Is Unresponsive
When you have an iPad, your screen is the source of, well, everything you do. So, if it’s unresponsive, you’re pretty much stuck with a slab of aluminum.
Sometimes, it’s just a simple “turn the device off and restart it” situation. Other times, it can be a sign of a hardware issue with your iPad.
To troubleshoot this, do a hard reset on your iPad. Swiftly hit the two volume buttons, and then hold down the power button until you see an Apple logo pop up.
If the issue is resolved, your iPad just needed a little kick to get back into gear. If the issue persists and your screen still lags or is unresponsive, then it may be a larger hardware issue with your physical display.
As our devices age, sometimes the connection between the processor of your iPad and display can weaken, causing lag or lack of response. Other times, even if your iPad is new, this issue can occur as a fluke.
Either way, if this issue persists even after you tried to revive it, take it in for repair and get that display fixed.
Your iPad’s Battery Drains Rapidly or Expands
If you use your iPad often, then your battery may drain faster under heavy loads. Like having multiple tabs open, watching movies, or playing games.
Every battery has a life cycle; the average battery lifespan (or cycle count) for an iPad is around 1000 charges. This may sound like little, but there are ways to maximize your battery life.
Still, there are signs to look for to see if you need an iPad Pro battery replacement. For example, if your iPad tends to overheat when it’s idle or not being used heavily. Additionally, this can lead to your iPad battery expanding and causing a bulge on your device’s back and possibly cracking your display.
On a less severe level, if your iPad powers itself off randomly, or its battery drains rapidly even after being on a charger, then you should take it in for a repair.
If your device is older, this can be common. As previously mentioned, every device has a cycle count for its battery. However, if your device is newer, this can be a defect that needs to get resolved.
Either way, take your device in for an iPad repair and have a technician take a look. If your battery expands, don’t panic; instead, make sure to be careful while handling your device.
Your iPad’s Speakers Sound Muffled
Most iPad users love their iPad for content consumption. If you fall into this camp, you may use your iPad to watch videos and use the built-in speakers.
Speakers can get muffled for a variety of reasons. For example, debris or dirt that gets trapped between the grills. If your speakers sound off, try to clean them out with non-abrasive methods, like sticky tape that can collect dirt or even a toothbrush.
However, if your speakers continue to sound muffled, it may be time to send it to repair. In some cases, your iPad sound may be muffled due to water damage, debris getting too far into the speaker causing damage, or another hardware issue that can be fixed.
Your iPad Doesn’t Charge
After a long day, you plug your iPad end and go to sleep. You wake up the next morning, expecting a full battery, and then realize that your iPad didn’t charge for the whole eight hours you were sleeping.
It’s one of the common iPad problems, and in some cases, people think it’s due to the iPad’s battery. Though that can be the case, it is an issue with the device’s hardware, outside of the battery.
If your iPad doesn’t charge, first check the cord, you are using. The charging cords that you use can be flimsy and may break with time and heavy use. If the cord you have is frayed or has electrical components exposed, it’s time to get a new charger.
The same goes for third-party charging cords. Sometimes, third-party chargers break easily or don’t work well with iPads. However, if you test your cords on other products and it charges, you may want to look at the iPad.
First, analyze your iPad’s charging port. If there is debris in the port, that could be the culprit. If dust and grime get lodged into the charging port, it can prevent the cable’s connection to the pins inside the iPad.
To clean out a port, use an alcohol wipe and a very fine toothpick and carefully scrape the debris. If issues continue, it could be due to pin damage inside the iPad.
The iPad’s charging port is very fragile, and by tugging on the charger while it’s plugged in, it can loosen the pins inside. If this happens, take it in for repair and see if the technician can rearrange the pins or replace your device.
iPad Troubleshooting and Knowing When to Take Your Device for Repair
With these tips and tricks, you will know how to master iPad troubleshooting while also knowing when to take your device in for repair. Knowing how to troubleshoot comes in handy, because you can differentiate between when a repair is needed or a quick fix.
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