Why Is My Laptop Saying Plugged In Not Charging?

Chris Campbell11 Feb 2022

How many times have you been in this situation? You're working on your laptop when suddenly it tells you that the battery is nearly dead. You rush to plug in your charger before your screen goes dark. You should be good to go as soon as you plug in your laptop charger, however, this does not always happen. There are no flashing lights, the display is black or the battery icon doesn't show as charging. What seems to be the problem?

Laptop Battery Not Charging When Plugged In

When the remaining battery on your laptop falls below 25%, it's time to grab the charger and hook it in. But, if you plug in your laptop's AC adapter and nothing happens, there's definitely something wrong. Trying to deal with a laptop that's not charging is a problem in and of itself, but don't let your anger spill over just yet. You might think that a dead battery means an expensive trip to a computer repair shop, but that isn't always the scenario. Before you can start repairing your laptop that won't charge, you must first understand why it started failing in the first place. 

Although several factors might contribute to your laptop battery not charging, here are the three main culprits:

  • Problems with the power cable. If the charger is firmly attached yet the charging light on your laptop does not glow, you may have a faulty or broken cord.
  • The driver is malfunctioning. An out-of-date driver might cause your laptop to reject the power from your AC adapter.  Reinstalling the battery driver is an easy and effective solution to this type of problem.
  • Battery health is deteriorating. Laptop batteries, like every piece of technology, aren't everlasting.  Did you happen to notice your laptop taking too long to charge? Is the power being depleted too quickly? Or does your laptop overheat when charging? Any of these is a dead giveaway that your battery might be on its last legs.

Why Is My HP Laptop Plugged In But Not Charging?

When your HP laptop is hooked in but not charging, it's a bad scenario. There are several plausible causes for this. Perhaps your laptop battery is no longer able to maintain a charge, there could be an issue with the laptop software, perhaps the major reason is a driver flaw.

Here's how to solve the problem:

  • Assess the charging cord for any problems. You must first ensure that the issue is not caused by your battery. Begin by hooking your charger into your laptop. The power light indicates that power is being supplied to the laptop. If it blinks, your laptop is receiving electricity, indicating that the issue isn't with the cable or power supply. If the power light doesn't blink, make sure both ends of your power cord are attached securely. 
  • Check that your laptop's settings are correct. Keep an eye out for possibly problematic battery settings. These include settings that force the laptop to shut down at a low level or activate sleep mode when the lid is closed or you are idle for a few minutes. Anything that causes your laptop to shut down and hence simulate a battery failure should be modified.
  • Inspect the battery. If your battery is still not charging, you most likely have a defective battery. Batteries that are old or damaged could only charge partly, lose power fast, or go from fully charged to completely dead in minutes. To examine, check the battery of your laptop, but be cautious if you've recently used it because it may be hot. Is the battery dented or bloated in any way? Stop using it immediately if you see any leakage, sticky residues, or shattered plastics, and buy a replacement.

Dell Laptop Not Charging When Plugged In

You're ready to get work done so you take out your Dell laptop and push the power button. You anticipate the screen to light up and show the display. But then nothing happens because you realize you've run out of battery.  Fortunately, the laptop cord is easily within reach. When you put in the cable, however, the battery is either not identified or is hooked in but isn't charging. What to do?

Here are possible solutions:

  • Verify that both the AC adapter and battery are connected.
  • Try plugging in a different AC adapter.
  • Reinstall the battery driver.
  • Update the BIOS.

Why Is My Lenovo Laptop Plugged In But Not Charging?

If you're having trouble with your laptop being plugged into a charger yet not charging, you're not alone.

These could be the causes:

  • Damaged power cables
  • Faulty battery
  • Outdated driver
  • Hardware issues

Fortunately, there are quick fixes you can try:

  • Power reset your Lenovo laptop.
  • Check the battery threshold.
  • Inspect for possible hardware problems.

Why Is My Asus Laptop Plugged In But Not Charging?

Technology doesn't last indefinitely, and your Asus laptop is no exception. It could have decreased charging capacity over time. This not only reduces your battery level but could also diminish the total charge you can accomplish. You might even find that your laptop isn't charging even if it's hooked into a charger.

Here are some troubleshooting steps to take:

  • Take out and reinsert the battery.
  • Check the battery driver's status.
  • Inspect for issues with the BIOS.

Mac Laptop Not Charging When Plugged In

A MacBook is as likely to be used on your lap as it is at a desk. That's why it's essential to be able to charge your battery so you can use it as a portable device. However, there are times when your Mac displays "Not Charging" on the menu even though the charger is connected. This occurs even when the MacBook is powered by the power cord and displays a lightning bolt icon on the battery symbol.

Here's how to solve the problem:

  • Check your battery health.
  • Verify you're using the correct power adapter.
  • Reset your Mac's System Management Controller.

Make sure to take into account that chargers can break, and batteries eventually die out. However, unless your battery is fully dead or your power cable is damaged, it should at least partly charge. If neither is an issue with your laptop and it shows "not charging" when you plug in your charger, then there is most certainly a problem.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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