How to Fix Laptop Plugged in but Not Charging on Windows 10

How to Fix Laptop Plugged in but Not Charging on Windows 10

/ James Masterson

Most of the time everyone prefers to use laptops over desktop computers because laptop offers convenience and you can bring them anywhere.

However, laptops need batteries to function and this means that you need to charge your laptop from time to time in order to use it.

If you are a laptop user, you may have experienced problems charging your laptop. The most common issue for charging laptops is “laptop plugged in but not charging”.

This means that the laptop detects that the charger is plugged in but is unable to charge the battery. This could be a problem because if you cannot charge the battery then you cannot use your laptop.

But don’t worry, in this article, we will show you different methods on how you can solve this issue.

To get started proceed with the first method below.

Method 1: Basic checkup

Before changing system settings make sure to check the following:

1. Make sure that the ac plug and laptop adapters are connected properly

2. Check the charging port of the laptop and make sure it is clean

3. Check if your laptop’s battery has physical damage

laptop power plugged in properly

After checking all of this restart your laptop and try charging it again. If the issue is not resolved proceed to the next method.

Method 2: Do a Power Reset

Step 1: Shutdown your laptop

shutdown pc

Step 2: Unplug the Charger

Step 3: Remove the battery

Step 4: After removing the battery, press the power button for 10 seconds

hold down laptop power button

Method 3: Run power troubleshooter

Windows has a built-in troubleshooter in case you experience problems charging your laptop.

Step 1:  Press on Windows Key and click on settings

windows settings

Step 2: On the settings page, select Update & Security

windows update and security

Step 3: Click on troubleshoot and wait for the process to finish

run power troubleshooter

Step 4: Restart your laptop and try charging your battery

Method 4: Reinstall Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

Step 1: Press on Windows key + S and search for the device manager

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search device manager

Step 2: On the device manager, find the batteries tab and expand it

Step 3: Find Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

Step 4: Right-click on it and select uninstall

uninstall microsoft acpi compliant control method battery

Step 5: Restart your computer and windows will automatically install the updated driver for your battery

If the problem still exists after performing the methods above, the issue could be on your charger or the charging port on your laptop. Visit the nearest service center and have your laptop checked.

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with a keen eye for detail. Among his key interests are enhancing the usability of our Windows 10 content, troubleshooting errors, and tech news.