Why is My Laptop Plugged but Not Charging?


Laptop plugged in not charging message

Why is My Laptop Plugged Not Charging?

A laptop will have a laptop plugged in not charging message because of a faulty charger, dead battery or problem with the DC/IC connection.

  • Charger is faulty
  • Battery is dead
  • Issue with the DC or IC connection

Here are a few steps to try to resolve this problem:

The charger: The first step is to check the charger settings. If the charger is connected properly, but your laptop is not charging properly, there might be a charger problem.

The battery: After you review the charger and if the charger is working fine, check your device’s battery. If you have two laptops and the battery is removable, install the battery in a different laptop and check if it’s working.

If the laptop is not charging yet, then, in that case, the problem might lie in the battery itself.

Problem with DC or IC connection: Once you have checked the above strategies and your laptop is still not charging properly, then check the DC adaptor. Maybe, in that case, the problem is with the DC connection.

 

How to fix a laptop that says plugged in but is not charging

There can be different reasons you’re facing this problem, so I have listed various ways to tackle this:

Is your laptop plugged in? 

Yes, this may sound silly, but the AC outlet is often not firmly connected to the laptop. Check if all parts of the charger are properly connected to every junction.

With the battery still removed, plug in the charger and turn on your laptop.

If the laptop turns on well, then the problem is with the battery. However, you can reinstall the battery and check again if the battery was fitted poorly earlier.

 

The USB port

Make sure you have attached the charger to the right USB port. Many laptops come with two USB ports with two different functions, one is for data transfer, and the other is for charging.

Make sure the charger is connected to the USB-C port for charging.

 

Use the correct charger

So maybe the charger fits properly, and it is working, and it is also connected to the right port, but that does not make it the right charger for your laptop.

If the charger you are using for your laptop is not the original charger, maybe it is not powerful enough to recharge your device, and that’s why your laptop shows plugged in but is not charging. Make sure the charger you are using is compatible with your laptop.

 

Check the connector

The point where you connect the charger to your laptop should connect firmly. Check that there must be no blockage like dust collection. Clean the jack with a toothpick and try again.

If the jack seems loose, then the jack is probably broken from the inside and will need repair.

 

Why is my laptop plugged in but not charging Windows 10?

Most people face this problem because of the following reasons:

  • The charger is dead.
  • The battery is faulty.
  • Fault with the DC or IC connection.

 

Run Windows 10 diagnostics

  • Open settings and go to ‘Security and Update.’
  • Click on ‘Troubleshoot.’
  • Select ‘Run Troubleshoot.’
  • Restart your laptop to check if the problem is resolved.

 

Wall Outlet

Unexpectedly, the problem may not even be with your laptop or the charger. Try a different wall outlet to confirm that scenario. Many users forget to test this, and it turns out that the problem was with the wall outlet.

 

Check your battery

If your laptop is properly connected, then move on to check your battery. To confirm whether the battery is working properly or not, follow these steps:

  • If the battery is removable, take the battery out.
  • Press the power button for 15 seconds. This will drain the remaining power completely.
  • With the battery still removed, plug in the charger, and turn on your laptop.

If the laptop turns on well, then the problem is with the battery. However, you can reinstall the battery and check again if the battery was fitted poorly before.

 

Plugged in but not charging-Windows 10 (non-removable battery)

Uninstall Battery Driver

First, make sure the problem is not with the charger. Once you are sure that the charger is working fine, then follow the steps below:

  • Go to the start menu.
  • Open’ Device Manager’.
  • Expand the ‘Batteries’ segment.
  • Click on ‘Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.’ Select ‘Uninstall.’

After uninstalling, restart your laptop. Now when your laptop restarts, it will reboot and search the latest driver for your laptop.

 

Check the AC power supply

Check whether the power cable is properly connected to the AC power supply. The laptop will not charge if the connection is loose.

 

Check the connector

The point where you connect the charger to your laptop should connect firmly. Check that there is no blockage like dust collection. Clean the jack with a toothpick and try again.

If the jack seems loose, then it is probably broken from the inside and will need repair.

 

HP Laptop plugged in but not charging

HP Pavilion and Inspiron laptops can show a plugged in not charging message because of a dead battery, faulty power cord or problem with the DC and IC connection.

 

Faulty charger: The first step is to check the charger settings. If the charger is connected properly, but your laptop is not charging properly, there might be a charger problem.

Dead battery: After you review the charger and if the charger is working fine, check your device’s battery. If you have two laptops and the battery is removable, install the battery in a different laptop and check if it’s working. If the laptop is not charging yet, then, in that case, the problem might lie in the battery itself.

Problem with DC or IC connection: Once you have checked the above items and your laptop is still not charging properly, check the DC adaptor. Maybe, in that case, the problem is with the DC connection.

 

Dell Laptop plugged in but not charging.

The battery: After you review the charger, and if the charger is working fine, then check the battery of your device. If you have two laptops and the battery is removable, install the battery in a different laptop and check if it’s working. If the laptop is not charging yet, then, in that case, the problem might lie in the battery itself.

Problem with DC or IC connection: Once you have checked the above items and your Dell laptop is still not charging properly, check the DC adaptor. Maybe, in that case, the problem is with the DC connection.

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