Plugged in Not Charging Error

Laptop Plugged in Not Charging is a common issue for every laptop user. There are many way to fix this issue. Let’s solve this issue.

How to Fix Plugged in Not Charging Error

Method 1 – Check Power Cable

Step 1 – Start with checking your power cable. There might be a possibility that it is damaged. Try searching for any other relative visible problems.

Step 2 – Try restarting the laptop. Unplug the laptop when shut down and remove the battery for a few seconds. Put the battery back in and start your laptop. Plug in the charger to check if the battery is charging or not.

Step 3 – Try cooling down the laptop.

Step 4 – Due to overuse of the laptop, the battery might heat up interfering with the charging process.

Step 5 – If there is no such identifiable problem then try draining your battery and charging it again. In case your battery is charging now the problem might be because of your battery charge threshold. Sometimes repeatedly charging the battery can reduce the overall life of that battery, thus some laptops come with the battery charge threshold feature.

This feature allows the battery to charge only once it falls below a certain level. By default, most laptops charge the battery when the charge falls below 95% or 96%. In case your laptop supports battery charge threshold feature, try turning it off and your battery should be charging again.

In case it still doesn’t charge, there might be a problem with your AC adapter.

  • If the issue seems about the malfunctioned AC adapter try using a new AC adapter to charge your battery. If the new adapter is charging your laptop fine then it was a problem about the AC adapter.
  • If your new AC adapter fails to charge the laptop battery, it might be a case of dead laptop battery and it is time to replace your old laptop battery with the new one.

Make sure to buy a genuine quality of battery or AC adapter as replacement parts from third-party manufacturers can be of low quality and dangerous. You can buy from the trusted online sites or order a replacement with the manufacturer itself.

If troubleshooting your battery troubles did not end up charging your battery proceed with the next fix.

Method 2 – Reset Your Power

Step 1 – Begin the power reset step by shutting down your laptop and disconnecting the AC adapter.

Step 2 – Remove your laptop battery.

Step 3 – Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.

Step 4 – Put the laptop battery back in.

Step 5 – Plug your charger and turn on the laptop.

If the battery is charging, BINGO! The issue is fixed. In case the battery is still not charging proceed with the next measure.

Method 3 – Reinstall

Step 1 – Begin reinstalling your Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery with pressing the Windows logo key and R together to open the run dialog. Open the device manager by typing devmgmt.msc in the run dialog box.

Step 2 – Double click on the batteries icon. Two subdivisions will appear, Microsoft AC Adapter and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery.

Step 3 – Right-click the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery option and uninstall the device.

Step 4 – Shut down your laptop and disconnect the AC adapter.

Step 5 – Remove your laptop battery.

Step 6 – Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.

Step 7 – Put the laptop battery back in.

Step 8 – Plug your charger and turn on the laptop.

Step 9 – The Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery would be reinstalled automatically.

Step 10 – If the battery is not reinstalled then open the device manager as stated earlier and select the batteries option. Click action and scan for hardware changes, wait a few seconds and the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery will be reinstalled on your laptop.

If the issue still exists, proceed with the next measure.

Method 4 – Time to Update

Try updating the driver for your battery management device. You can update the driver for your battery management device either manually by downloading the latest version of the driver from the manufacturer’s website or automatically using driver easy or any other such application.

One of the above-mentioned fixes will surely solve the issue of your laptop battery charging but in case the problem is still persistent it is time to call in the experts.

Method 5 – Welcome the Tech Support!

When all the other options fail it is the tech support to the rescue. Contacting outside assistance is a wise decision as these people know your particular make and model of laptop and have dealt with the varied technical issues. Sometimes, the problem is likely to be found internally.

Malfunctioning of any internal part of the laptop such as charging circuits or battery sensors, etc. can lead to the problem with battery charging. Such problems can be fixed by the specialists only as they have expertise in solving such software and hardware issues.

Contacting the tech support would surely leave you with a well-charging laptop battery.


Finally, you are back to the old happy times of a well functioning laptop battery.