iPad: Long-term storage guidelines

Learn how to store your iPad for six months or longer. The correct environment will maintain the health of the rechargeable battery in your iPad.

Before you place your iPad in long-term storage:

  • Charge your iPad battery to about 50 percent.
  • Turn your iPad off to avoid additional battery use.

Store your iPad in a cool, moisture-free environment that is less than 30° C (90° F). See the chart below for the maximum time you can store an iPad without recharging:

iPad mini (7.9-inch display) iPad (9.7-inch display)
6 months 1 year


Depending on the storage time, the device may be in a low-battery state when you remove it from long-term storage. After removing it from storage, your iPad may require up to 20 minutes of charging with the original adapter before you can use it. If you're storing many iPad devices, rotate them on a "first in, first out" basis to store them for the shortest possible time. 
 
 

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