How To Solve: iPhone or iPad Not Charging Via USB In Linux [Quick Tip]

Fix iPhone Ipad not charging via USB in Linux

“Not charging” says your Apple device when you plug it to your Linux computer via USB? You may encounter this issue as the USB port may not supply enough power to charge the iPad or iPhone. Don’t worry, we have a fix for iPhone or iPad not charging via USB in Linux and it’s called iPad Charge.

Good thing about iPad Charge is that it should speed up the charging. Which means even with use of iPad Charge, your Apple device might charge faster than usual.

Charge iPhone or iPad in Linux via USB with iPad Charge

If you are using Ubuntu, Linux Mint or other distributions based on Ubuntu, you can install iPad Charge via the following PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:heathbar/ipad-charge

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 ipad-charge

For other distributions, you can get the source code form the Github. Once installed, restart your computer and plugin your Apple device. Your iPhone or iPad should be charging now.

In fact not able to charge iPhone or iPad via USB in Linux is not the only problem you may encounter. If you are using iOS7, you may stuck in an infinite loop of “trust this computer” pop up. We definitely need more compatibility of Linux and Apple devices, don’t we?

Did this quick tip helped you to charge your Apple device in Linux? Do let me know. Ciao :)


  1. Ummm… If the standard USB port delivers around five volts at I think about half an amp, what are you doing to the port to make the iPad happy? iPad requires a 10 watt power source, they say, which would be five volts at 2 amps. What’s the magic, Abhishek? Pardon me if I’m a little squeamish. Cheers!

    • Your question is legit Ken. What I think this program does is to increase voltage output to the USB port. It depends from system to system and not every system allows USB to fetch the maximum voltage.


  1. […] A veces parece que los productos de Apple no quieren llevarse bien con Linux. Un problema conocido es cuando al conectar alguno del los ultimos modelos de iPad o iPhone no carga. Da lo mismo que conectes el cable mil veces, simplemente tu iPad se negará a cargar o lo hace muy lentamente. Alguna ves hemos hablado en este blog de la forma de resolver el problema. Pero la web del autor de un script que permitía resolverlo ya no está online. Por suerte existe un repositorio que permite instalar no necesario para resolver este incómodo problema. Abrimos el terminal y escribimos lo siguiente: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:heathbar/ipad-charge sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 ipad-charge Y resuelto, tras reiniciar nuestro sistema ya debería ser posible la carga de nuestro iPad/iPhone rebelde. Fuente: […]

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