Laptop Plugged in But Not Charging: 4 Easy Solutions That Works

A laptop is very convenient to use anywhere as it comes with a battery and when it runs out of power, you just need to charge it to continue using it normally. However, users often report certain charging issues such as, ‘No battery detected’, ‘laptop plugged in but not charging’. On your laptop screen, you might even notice that though the charging light is on yet your device is not charging, and it might show you the frozen battery at 0% or any other digit.

This problem could be caused due to a default charger, issues with the hardware and the firmware, overheating of the laptop, Windows settings, corrupt or outdated drivers, etc.

So if you have plugged in, but the battery refuses to charge your laptop, then you should refer to this entire article to get your a few solutions for this problem.

You have to do this if your laptop refuses to charge your battery even if it knows that it is plugged in:

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Solution 1: Uninstall-Reinstall the Microsoft AC adapter

Before reinstalling the laptop battery driver, you should shut down your laptop, remove the battery and then start your laptop again.

Please Note: If the battery is not installed on your laptop, you should uninstall it first, and then update both the ‘Microsoft AC Adapter’ and ‘[Fixed] Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’. Also, if your laptop battery is in good condition, then it might be the corrupted power management driver that causes the ‘plugged in but not charging’ issue. For this purpose, you need to uninstall the power adapter driver in the device manager and then reinstall it again on your device.

Step 1: At first, you need to go to the ‘Device Manager’.

Step 2: Then you need to expand the ‘Battery’ and right-click on the ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’ option to uninstall it.

Step 3: After that, you need to confirm the ‘Uninstall all the Battery drivers’ option from your operating system.

Step 4: In Device Manager, you need to find the ‘Action’ menu and click on it. 

Step 5: Now, you need to choose the option of ‘Scan’ for changes in the hardware.

Step 6: Once done, you need to restart your laptop.

After following all these steps, there are high chances that the Device Manager will install the ‘updated Microsoft AC Adapter’ for your operating system after scanning for the hardware changes.

Once you get the latest drivers for your operating system, you need to shut down your laptop again and then insert the removed battery back into its place. In the end, you will have to start your laptop again and you will be good to go. 

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Solution 2: Check the power settings

In Windows 10 operating system, there is a setting related to the battery settings which you will find in ‘Power settings’. If your operating service is Windows 10 and due to some issue, your laptop won’t charge, then you can check whether or not you have banned the charging function for your Windows 10 laptop.

Step 1: First, you will need to go to the ‘Start menu’.

Step 2: From the Start menu, you need to head towards the ‘Settings’.

Step 3: There, you need to find the option of ‘System’.

Step 4: In the ‘System menu’, under the option of ‘Power & sleep’, you will find an option of ‘Additional power settings’. Click on it.

Step 5: Then, you have to choose the option of ‘Change plan settings’ beside the ‘Power Plan’, after which it will get Balanced.

Step 6: Next, you would need to choose the option of ‘Change advanced power settings’.

Step 7: Then in the ‘Power Option’, you will need to click on the option of ‘Restore plan defaults’.

Step 8: After this, first you will need to click on the ‘Apply’ option and then on the ‘OK’ option.

Please Note: In the ‘Power Options’, you will need to check whether your laptop has been running on ‘Power saver mode’ or not because if so, your laptop would not charge even if it is plugged in.

Step 9: Finally, you need to reboot your operating system to see the effect.

Once done, you can reconnect your battery to see if the ‘plugged in but not charging’ issue still exists.

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Solution 3: Update your laptop’s battery drivers

The ‘Microsoft AC Adapter’ and ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’ sometimes get outdated or incompatible. You are required to update this power adapter driver to the latest version to see if the laptop battery not charging issue can be fixed.

But, if you do not want to waste your time, you can use the ‘Driver Booster’ to update the newest power management driver for your device. Driver Booster will download all the missing, outdated drivers at once, and keep updating them automatically.

Step 1: First you need to download, install and run the ‘Driver Booster’ software on your laptop.

Step 2: Once installed, you will need to click on the ‘Scan’ option so that the Driver Booster can search your laptop for the corrupted or outdated drivers including the battery driver.

Step 3: After that, you need to find the ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery’ and click on the ‘Update’ option to update it.

Please Note: In most cases, if you follow the above, it might ask you to disconnect and then reinstall the laptop battery. 

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Solution 4: Reset BIOS of your device.

If the hardware and driver troubleshooting cannot fix the ‘laptop plugged in not but charging’ issue in Windows 10, then you will have to make changes to the ‘BIOS’ of your device. By setting the BIOS to default, all the problems related to the charger or battery of your device will be solved.

Step 1: First, you need to restart your laptop and sign in again.

Step 2: At the login screen, you need to press the ‘F2’ key or the ‘Delete’ key to go to the ‘BIOS’ section.

Step 3: Then you need to click on the ‘Load Setup Defaults’ option and from the pop-up box, you will need to click on the ‘Yes’ option to begin the ‘Load default configuration’ for BIOS.

Once you log in to your device, you can connect the charger and see that the ‘laptop plugged in but not charging’ issue will no longer persist and the battery icon at the right bottom will display the charging sign. 

Some other check that you can perform:

Before referring to any of the solutions mentioned above, there are some basic checks that you can perform. 

  • You need to ensure that the AC outlet and laptop plugs are placed firmly.
  • You need to check the AC adapter brick and ensure all removable cords are inserted properly and in the right place.
  • You need to make sure that you have properly placed the laptop’s battery in its cell box and ensure that there is no problem with the battery or the contact points of your laptop.
  • You need to make sure that there are no dust particles inside the charging port of your device.
  • You should check if your laptop is overheating. If yes, then you will have to remove the battery, leave it out for a few minutes and then put it back in.

Final words

So this was all about the issue of ‘laptop plugged in but not charging’. By following either of the mentioned solutions, you might be able to resolve this issue with your device. We hope this was helpful and informative. Stay tuned to TechSunk for more of such topics.

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