Laptop Plugged In Not Charging

Laptop Plugged In Not Charging

Plugged In Not Charging: Windows updates can occasionally cause problems. You can check for issues before installing a Windows 10 update, but even then you still might experience a hiccup. After installing a Windows update last year, for example, my laptop’s battery stopped charging. My laptop showed it was plugged in, but then at the same time, it would tell me it was also not charging. Argh!

Thankfully, I found that this problem was not uncommon and would occasionally arise after a Windows update. And more thankfully, there was an easy fix. Here’s how I got my laptop’s battery back to charging when it was plugged in.

Laptop Plugged In Not Charging
Laptop Plugged In Not Charging

Laptop Plugged In Not Charging

  • Update battery drivers in Device Manager.
  • Unplug the charger, shutdown laptop, remove battery and plug-in charger, turn on the laptop. After 2 minutes again shut down your laptop, remove the charger and put the battery back on. Without plugging-in charger. turn on your laptop. See if the problem is solved. Repeat this step 2 times.
  • Check the DC power jack. If it’s loose then you should replace it with a new one.
  • Check the charger, if it’s working properly and giving required DC output for charging the battery.

If your laptop refuses to charge the battery even though it acknowledges that it’s plugged in, here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the Device Manager by searching for it or right-clicking the Start button and selecting the Device Manager.
  • Click Batteries on the list to expand it and you should see two items: Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.
  • Right-click on each item and choose the Uninstall device. Yes, you are uninstalling your laptop’s battery drivers, but don’t worry because they will automatically be reinstalled when you restart your laptop.
  • Shut down your laptop.
  • Unplug the power cable from your laptop.
  • If your laptop has a removable battery, remove it. My Lenovo laptop does not have a removable battery. I tried skipping this step but it didn’t work, so I removed the bottom panel of my laptop and then removed the battery by disconnecting it from the motherboard.
  • Put the battery back in if you removed it.
  • Plugin your laptop.
  • Power on your laptop.
  • Click the battery icon in the system tray and you should see that your laptop is plugged in and charging.

Plugged In Not Charging Windows 10

This wikiHow teaches you how to figure out why your laptop isn’t charging while plugged in. Charging issues are most often the result of faulty power adapters, non-working power outlets, or bad batteries. If everything checks out okay with the hardware, you can usually fix power issues by updating your laptop’s power or battery management settings.

Plug the laptop into a different power outlet. Unplug the laptop, wait a few minutes, and then plug it into an outlet on a different wall or room. If the laptop charges when connected elsewhere, the problem is not your computer or charger.

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  • To confirm whether the laptop is charging, check for charging lights. Many laptops have a light somewhere on the machine that indicates whether it’s receiving power. Sometimes it’ll be above the keyboard, other times it’ll be on the side or back of the unit. If you’re using a Mac laptop with a magnetic charging cable, you’ll see a light on the end of the cable where it connects to your computer (orange = charging, green = fully charged). Other times you’ll find lights on the power cord, especially if there’s a “brick” aspect of the cable.
  • If the power adapter works for a little while but then turns off, there may be interference with the outlet. Unplug the power adapter for about 30 seconds and then try again.
  • If the adapter or the computer itself feels unusually warm, wait until the surface has cooled completely before plugging it into a power source.

Inspect the power adapter. Examine the entire length of the power cord for tears, dents, and worn-down insulation. If you notice any flaws, or if the power brick is warped or smells like burnt plastic, the cord is probably faulty. Try bringing the laptop to a local repair shop and ask to try one of their working power adapters. If a verified-to-be-working adapter charges your laptop, order a replacement adapter.

    • If you’re using a newer PC model that supports USB-C charging (such as the Huawei MateBook X), make sure your power adapter is plugged into the correct port on the laptop. Usually only one of the USB-C ports on such models supports charging, while the other is used only for data transfer.
    • Check your warranty before replacing any parts, as the cost of the adapter may be covered.

Check the power jack on the laptop. When the adapter is connected to your laptop properly, it should not jiggle or fall out of the jack. If the connection feels loose, there could be a bent pin inside the power jack. It’s also possible that the entire jack has loosened from the motherboard. Take the laptop to a repair shop for a proper diagnosis.

  • Bent pins and other power jack issues are model-specific. You can look up your model online for repair instructions, but the repair usually requires purchasing a new power jack and soldering it onto the motherboard. This could void your warranty.

Battery Plugged In Not Charging

You’re using your laptop when you notice something strange in the taskbar; you could have sworn you charged your battery to 100%, but now the battery is showing slight depletion. When you hover over the icon, it tells you that the battery is “plugged in, not charging.”

This can be a somewhat distressing message to hear. Does it mean the battery is on its way out? While Windows doesn’t really tell you what’s going on, this message doesn’t always mean your battery is on its last legs; in fact, in some cases, it’s being prepped to live longer than it normally would! So what does this message mean? Here are a few reasons why you might be seeing this message.

1. Battery Preservation Software Is Saving the Battery

If you notice that this message appears when you’re in the 90-100% charge range, you may be seeing battery preservation in effect. Some laptop models will automatically stop charging the battery when it hits 100%, especially if you’ve been charging it for a long time. By keeping it a little under 100% charge, laptop manufacturers claim this helps with extending the battery’s life.

This may also come into effect at lower percentages. For example, my Lenovo laptop typically stops charging above 95%, but there’s an option within the Lenovo settings to keep it around 50 – 60% for better battery preservation. It’s worth looking at your laptop’s settings to see if your manufacturer has a setting similar to this.

2. The Battery Needs Recalibration

Reporting your battery levels is a two-way effort between your battery and Windows itself. If the two of them get their statistics mismatched, Windows may report a battery is only partially full, when the battery is actually fully topped up and has no room for any more charge. In order to sync Windows and the battery back up, try recalibrating your laptop battery to put them both on the same page.

3. Something’s Wrong with the AC Adapter

This message may be due to the laptop recognizing that your AC adapter is present but not efficiently delivering a charge to your laptop. If you can, try to jostle any connections in your AC adapter to see if anything changes; this includes the connection between it and the laptop, it and the power socket, and any places in between where something plugs into something else. It’s also worth trying a new A/C adapter if you can easily acquire one.

4. Something’s Wrong with the Battery Drivers

Yes, even your battery has drivers! Sometimes these need a re-install to get back into working shape once more. Before you try re-installing your battery, it’s worth noting that part of these steps involves removing the battery from the laptop. If you don’t know how to, or physically can’t, remove the laptop’s battery, it’s best to consult a professional to prevent damage.

Also, it’s best to see if you can download your battery’s drivers; it should do it automatically during these steps, but it’s best to be prepared in case something doesn’t go right!

Why is my laptop saying plugged in not charging?

If your laptop comes with a removable battery, take it out, and hold the power button down for about 15 seconds to drain any residual power from the device. If the laptop powers on properly, that means the power adapter is working properly and the problem is likely a bum battery.

Why is my HP laptop saying plugged in not charging?

It’s worth checking your laptop power cable or AC adapter when you can’t charge your laptop battery. You may not be able to charge your HP laptop battery if you’re using a surge protector. You may also have the battery issue because you’re using a bad AC adapter.

How do I fix plugged in not charging?

Plugged in, not charging
  1. Right-click on each item and choose the Uninstall device.
  2. Shut down your laptop.
  3. Unplug the power cable from your laptop.
  4. If your laptop has a removable battery, remove it.
  5. Put the battery back in if you removed it.
  6. Plugin your laptop.
  7. Power on your laptop.