Why is my Laptop Plugged In but not Charging [Steps to Fix]

A laptop not charging but connected to the charger can give you a panic attack if you are working on something important on your laptop. Many users complain and have reported this issue. Battery often gets exhausted or there are some minor things to perform to get your laptop charger back on track.

We have curated some quick fixes for this common problem so that you can work on your laptop without any hassle. 


Fix 1: Check if you have properly plugged in your charger

I know it sounds silly and lame but sometimes when in a hurry, we often don’t plug in the charger properly so it’s important to be sure about the connection. Double-check if the pin is loosely connected into the port. If it is loosely connected then it won’t get charged. So connect it properly into the port. 


Fix 2: Remove your battery from your laptop

If you have checked the connection and it’s still not working so try this. 

Step 1: Remove your battery from your laptop if it’s a removable one. 

Step 2: Hold the power button on for around 40 seconds.

Step 3: Now, plug in your battery cable and turn on the laptop.

If the laptop gets started then there is no problem in your adapter. It means the problem is in the battery.


Fix 3: Update your battery drivers

Often this problem occurs due to battery drivers not being updated. But you can always update your drivers by following the below-mentioned steps 

Step 1: Press the Windows icon button on your keyboard or click on the windows icon.

Step 2: Type the device manager in the search bar.

Step 3: Find and click on batteries option

Step 4:  Select Microsoft AC Adapter

Step 5: Right-click on Microsoft Ac Adapter and you will get an option for update drivers

Step 6: After updating the Microsoft AC Adapter, select the Microsoft ACPI – Compliant control method battery.

Step 7: Right-click on it and you will get an option for update drivers and click on it.

Once you are finished with updating drivers, plug in the charger again. 


Fix 4: Check the connector of your charger

When the charger problem persists, you should always check the connector, the connection should be firm and not lose at all. If it is loosely connected, check if there is dust inside the jack. Clean it. This might solve your problem. Dust can also be the reason behind this problem. Another reason for loosened connection can be bent pin inside the jack. Because of the bent pin, the connection could not be established properly. Bent pins and other jack issues depend on models. So, you need to recognize your model and purchase the new one. 


Fix 5: Protect your machine against heating up

plugged in but not charging

If you are using an old model laptop, overheating can be a root cause of it. Because old models have poor cooling vents. Try to avoid using laptops on beds or couch because it obstructs the cooling vents to give out the heat. Try cooling down your machine and then charge the laptop. Overheating can also prevent the charger from charging the laptop. So, make sure you cool down your laptop first. 


Fix 6: Visit the Windows Power Setting

Checking the windows power setting is one of the common hacks of solving the battery issue. So, check out the following steps below. 

Step 1: Press the Windows icon button on your keyboard or click on the windows icon.

Step 2: Type settings in the search bar and press enter.

Step 3: Select the power and sleep from the given options

Step 4: Under related settings, click on Additional power settings

Step 5: On the right side, there will be an option of change plan settings. Click on change plan settings.

Step 6: Make necessary and correct changes in the plan and save it.

For example, there can be options like sleep after 2 minutes of inactivity. You can increase the time of inactivity to avoid shutdowns after inactivity of 2 minutes. 

This setting can solve your charging issues, so try it once. 


Fix 7: Turn off the battery threshold feature.

Some laptops come with the feature of the battery charge threshold. This feature allows the user to customize the charge of the battery. For example, if the battery charges up to that threshold, it won’t charge further. So, by updating it you can charge your laptop.

Above mentioned fixes are common fixes that can be applied before going out for professional help. So try it once. If these fixes don’t work then there may be hardware damage inside the laptop’s motherboard or some other technical issues. So, in the end, you need professional assistance. So seek help from them and fix the problem. 

2 thoughts on “Why is my Laptop Plugged In but not Charging [Steps to Fix]”

  1. Thanks for the info. I will definitely try to implement all the steps to fix my laptop system slowing down issues.

  2. I tried all the steps mentioned above but I think my battery life is dead now and I need to buy a new one online. Alright, thanks.


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