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How to Check iPad Battery Status

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Hannah Stryker / Instructional Geek

To view the battery status of an iPad, open Settings > Privacy and security > Scans and improvements > Scan data and tap on the latest “Scans” file. Then look for the values ​​next to “MaximumCapacityPercent” and “CycleCount” to get an idea of ​​the current state of your battery.

Apple doesn’t make it easy to view battery status on the iPad in the same way that it does on an iPhone or MacBook. Fortunately, a few solutions can help you decide when it’s time to replace your battery.

Option 1: Find the maximum load and the number of cycles in the logs

Your iPad records the maximum battery charge percentage and battery cycle count, which you can use to interpret the health of your iPad’s battery. To access this, head over to Settings > Privacy and security > Analytics & improvements > Analytics data and tap on the last “Analytics” file near the top of the screen (for example, “Analytics-2023-01-26- 100006.ips.ca. synchronized”).

You can now copy the contents of the log and then paste it into a new note or other text editing application. Alternatively, use the “Share” option to send it to another device (like your Mac) and then open it with a text editor. Now look through the information for “MaximumCapacityPercent” (you can do this using “Find in Note” if you are using Apple Notes). Next to that label you will find a number, which is the current maximum capacity of the battery.

Maximum percentage capacity in iPad analytics logs

You can also search for “CycleCount” in the same log to find an entry with a number next to it that describes the current cycle count of the battery, another factor in overall battery health.

iPad Battery Cycle Count in Test Logs

Apple claims that modern iPads should maintain around 80% of full battery capacity after 1,000 full cycles.

Option 2: Use a third-party app

If you haven’t had much luck with the above method, you can use an app called iMazing to measure your iPad’s battery health. The app requires you to connect your iPad to a Mac or Windows computer. It is a paid app that comes with a free trial that you can activate.

Download iMazing on your computer, then install and run the application. Click “Continue Trial” to activate your free trial. Now connect your iPad to your computer and make sure to grant permission using the “Trust” prompt on your iPad (and the “Allow” prompt on your Mac if you’re using one).

Click on your iPad in the left column followed by the battery icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Ignore the percentage at the top of the window (that’s your current charge) and instead take a look at the additional data provided, particularly “Max Effective Battery Charge” to see the maximum battery capacity and “Battery Charge Cycles” to see how many cycles your iPad’s battery has completed.

Note: If you just wanted to do a one-time check, you can cancel the iMazing trial after you get what you need. So it’s a $44.99 annual subscription for unlimited devices or a one-time purchase of $49.99 for up to three devices.

When do I need to replace my iPad battery?

Rather than relying on an arbitrary percentage, you should consider replacing your iPad’s battery when you start to notice problems with your device, a surer sign that the battery is bad. Test iPad for shorter-than-expected battery life, sudden loss of power, or more serious issues like slow performance.

When your battery degrades significantly, your iPad will intentionally run slower in an attempt to conserve power. Just replacing your iPad’s battery can restore 100% performance. Apple will replace your battery for a fee between $99 (most standard iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini models) to $179 (larger iPad Pro models). Use Apple Support to calculate the cost for your particular model.

If your iPad is older, you may want to consider an upgrade regardless of battery health. Check out our best iPad recommendations to find the right model for you. You may also want to consider some iPad accessories and iPad stands.


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