How Do I Fix My Laptop Plugged in but Not Charging?

Laptops need to be charged on a regular basis to maintain their functioning. However, it is possible for you to sometimes plug in your laptop without it charging. This can indicate several issues with your laptop or battery settings.

If your laptop is plugged in but not charging, you can fix it by trying out various steps that include checking the ports, the laptop settings and the power cords. You might also need to update drivers, remove your battery and see if there are any issues with it or, ultimately, seek a professional’s help.

There are specific ways in which you can go about checking each of these methods and attempting to fix them so that your laptop starts charging again. If you want to find out about these in detail, you can move on to the next section of this guide.

How Do I Fix My Laptop Battery Not Charging?

You can try out the following steps to fix the issue of your laptop battery not charging.

Check the Port

Firstly, you must check and confirm that you have connected your laptop charger to the correct port. There are several ports on your laptop that look similar but may serve different functions.

Correcting the port of the laptop charger should solve the problem, but if it doesn’t, you can check if the ports are clean enough. Over time, it is possible for ports to collect dust and dirt, leading to blockages or reduced functioning.

If the ports lead to loose connections, you might need to take your laptop to a professional to get it fixed.

Take the Battery Out

The battery itself might be the issue instead of the charger or laptop settings. To see if this is the case, you can remove the battery out by yourself if this is possible. You might either directly be able to do this or with the help of a screwdriver.

Press the power button on your laptop for a few seconds so that it completely shuts down. Then, connect the charger to the laptop and see if it is charging without the battery.

If it is, then your battery must have worn out or degraded due to age or harsh conditions and irregular maintenance. In this case, it might be time for you to replace your battery with a new one.

Quite simply, it is also possible that your battery is simply unclean. You can brush off the dust and clean out the corrosion (if any) and securely place it back into its position in the laptop.

Try connecting the charger again and see if it works.

In case you cannot remove the battery on your own, you can go to a shop and get it out.

Use a Different Charger

If your charger is old, it might end up losing its power and may not be able to charge your laptop anymore or might be doing so at a much slower rate. If this happens, you should buy a new charger for your laptop, but make sure that it is an official one that matches your laptop perfectly.

It is also possible that your charger is not strong enough to power up your laptop. This might be an issue with the wattage or output of the charger, in which case you should replace it with a stronger one.

Check Power Cords

Sometimes, the power cords attached to your charger might have become old or damaged. This could explain why your laptop is plugged in but not charging.

You can notice this kind of damage on your power cords if they are broken, bent, torn or loose in some parts. There might also be issues inside the covering that you might not be able to see. Additionally, burnt smells and different colors can also indicate that something is wrong with the cords.

You can easily buy new power cords from official stores. If they are secured to your charger, you might need to buy an entirely new charger. In case your warranty period is still active, you can get a new one as part of the policy.

Upgrade Drivers

If your drivers have become outdated, it might be time to upgrade them. You can easily do this through your laptop.

For Windows, you should go to ‘Device Manager’ and then click on the ‘Batteries’ option. Click on the ‘Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery’ and either uninstall and reinstall the driver or update it.

Updating it might require you to look for a driver automatically or manually. After upgrading it, you can restart your laptop and check if the issue is solved.

For a Mac, you will need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) by removing and reinstalling the battery or by clicking on Control+Alt+Shift followed by the power button for a few seconds.

Check Settings

It is possible that certain settings on your laptop might be causing the issue. For Windows, you can solve this by going to ‘Power and Sleep’ settings and clicking on ‘Additional power settings.’

Go through all the settings and change or edit the settings if you notice anything out of the ordinary. You can also simply revert to the default settings to solve the problem.

For Mac, you will need to navigate to the ‘Energy Saver’ window in your settings. Once again, check if everything seems to be appropriately set. If not, you can either manually change them or go back to the default options.

If there are any apps or programs on your laptop that are harmful or using up too much space, you can clear those out to see if that helps.

Let It Cool

Overcharging your laptop at some point might also cause your laptop to turn off without being able to accept a new charge. This can lead to overheating, which can also occur if you are using too many resources or apps on your laptop at once.

In this case, you should unplug the laptop and turn its power off completely and let it rest for a while so that it can cool down. Keep it in a cool and dry place that does not receive too much heat.

Overheating can lead to several problems in the sensors and can also potentially cause sparks or shocks. Giving it time to cool down can solve the issue. Once a few hours have passed, you can try charging it up again.

Ask a Professional

If you have tried all of the above methods but if none of them work for you, you should take your laptop to a professional so that they can check the problem and help you out with the next steps.

They might either offer advice or may need to keep your laptop with them for a few days to diagnose and fix the problem. Make sure you only consult reliable professionals to help you out by going to the official stores of your laptop brand, if any.

You might need to spend some money on their service and to replace any parts if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my laptop battery or charger is bad?

If your laptop is plugged in but not charging, this might indicate that there is an issue with the battery or charger.

The issue might either be visible such as broken cords or old structures or you might be able to sense it through problems with your laptop such as overheating, glitches, rapid discharging, shutting down suddenly or explicit warnings.

If you can figure out these problems beforehand, you might be able to take the necessary steps to prevent your laptop from not charging completely.

How do I reset my laptop battery?

You can reset your laptop battery by allowing it to drain out and then removing it. After removing it, you should let it cool down and clean it up in case it needs to. There might also be a separate reset option on the battery that you can click.

You can then reinstall the battery and let it charge on its own. If this does not work, turn on the laptop and go through the battery settings and use a calibration tool.

About the author, Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a battery aficionado. He's written extensively about batteries, and he loves nothing more than discussing the latest innovations in the industry. He has a deep understanding of how batteries work, and he's always on the lookout for new ways to improve their performance.