What to Do If Your iPad Battery Is Dead

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The most essential characteristic of the iPad is its battery. After all, if your iPad isn’t powered up, it won’t turn on. The iPad battery typically lasts a few years, but it will ultimately lose capacity and require more frequent charging.

Because Apple manufactures its devices with robust covers that can only be opened with effort and skill, replacing an iPad battery is difficult. However, just because your iPad battery is dying doesn’t mean you have to buy a new iPad. Here are four battery replacement choices for an iPad that won’t retain a charge.

Battery Replacement for iPads Under Warranty (AppleCare)

Apple will repair the battery (really the complete iPad) for free if your iPad is still under its original warranty or if you purchased an AppleCare extended warranty that is still valid.

Tip: Enter your iPhone’s serial number into Apple’s warranty checker tool to see if your iPad is still covered under warranty.

If your warranty is still valid, go to Apple’s iPad Repair support page and click the Start a service request link in the “iPad battery and power” part of the “iPad battery and power” section (Search the page for “Start a service request” to find it faster). You can also make an appointment and bring your iPad to an Apple Store.

To avoid losing your data, back up your iPad data before handing it off. After you deliver your iPad to Apple, it should arrive in three to five business days, fixed or replaced.

Apple may test your iPad to see if the issue was caused by something that isn’t covered by the warranty (in which case, your replacement will almost certainly not be free). Also, if the iPad has an engraving, the replacement iPad will be engraved as well, thus the turnaround time could be up to two weeks.

Tip: While we don’t advocate purchasing additional device insurance, you may have already done so for your iPad (or have a policy that covers all of your tech). If that’s the case, check your coverage to determine if battery replacement is covered.

Replacement battery for iPads with a expired warranty

Apple will fix the battery for $99 (plus $6.95 shipping and tax) if your iPad is out of warranty. Start a service request on Apple’s website or visit an Apple Store to get a repair started.

Even if you have to pay for a new battery, $99 is a good bargain to get an iPad back up and running. However, you should weigh the expense of repair against the cost of a new iPad. If the iPad with the failing battery is old, it might be more cost effective to use that money toward the purchase of a new iPad.

Information: When not in use, you can increase the battery life of your iPad by turning off features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Authorized Repair Shops Replace iPad Batteries

iPad screens and batteries can be repaired in a variety of places. These repair services are often located in mall kiosks and may charge less than Apple. If you’re going to use one of these repair shops, be sure it’s one that’s been approved by Apple. That they’ve been trained and have a lot of experience. A novice repairman may cause more problems than he or she solves. If these issues were caused by an unlicensed supplier, Apple may refuse to remedy them.

DIY iPad Battery Replacement

With the correct tools and knowledge, you can change an iPad battery yourself. If you’re tech-savvy and ready to risk ruining your iPad, consider this do-it-yourself option. The equipment and parts needed to repair the iPad battery will cost between $50 and $90. But keep in mind that repairing your iPad destroys its warranty (if it still has one). Apple will not repair your iPad if you break it.

Note: If you insist on replacing your iPad battery yourself, iFixit has a tutorial on how to replace an iPad battery that can assist you.


  • How long does the battery on an iPad last?

Because so many factors influence both your battery life and the battery life of your iPad, there is no clear solution. While an iPad battery can last for years, there are several tricks you can take to extend the life of your iPad battery, such as turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 4G cellular data when not in use.

  • What iPad models can have their batteries replaced?

All iPad models are eligible for the $99 out-of-warranty battery service, but your iPad’s battery must be able to store less than 80% of its original capacity.

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