Do you often see this message in your windows PC saying “plugged in not charging” when you plug-in the charger? Then reader, you are definitely not alone.
But do not worry, this message can be easily fixed and there is not too much to worry if this message arrives. Just follow along where we will discuss the cause of this error message and the possible fixes that you can use to fix the “plugged in not charging” error in your laptop.
Causes of this Issue
When you connect your power cord to your laptop in order to charge it, you instead see this message which says that it is not really charging. But why ! Didn’t I plug in the charger the right way ? Well, to debunk this error, let’s look at the probable causes and the events which cause this message to be displayed.
- Maybe there is not enough voltage : The laptop has a battery which you are trying to charge up. If there are power outages and the voltage fluctuates a lot, then this might be the cause. The laptop just cant get enough juice out of your power plugs to feed the battery.
- Thy system power usage is higher than the power being supplied : This issue is mostly seen with some gaming laptops. You see, when not under load, the laptop just sips the battery overtime. But when gaming or heavy tasks, the GPU joins the chorus along the CPU and demands huge power which the battery can’t supply. If you connect the charger to a laptop which is low on battery, the charger is now feeding a battery, a GPU , a CPU and other components. Thus again, the battery just can’t get enough juice to make things work !
- The battery is now dying : If your laptop is too old and has seen too much in life, chances are that the battery is to be blamed ! Overtime, a battery will eventually lose its upper limit of holding charge, that’s how batteries work.
- Issues with your battery drivers : Do battery also have drivers ! Yes they have. And they might be outdated and waiting for you to update them for them to function correct.
How To Fix Plugged in Not Charging Issue
Enough said already. Let’s now talk how to fix the “plugged in not charging error” in windows.
1. Perform A Hard Power Reset On The Laptop
The basic tricks never get old do they ? Performing a power reset not only flushes your RAM and fixes software issues but also cuts the power ( via battery ) to the laptop components, so the next time you start up, everything loads up from complete scratch. To do this, hold your power button for 30 seconds. This is reset it ( won’t hurt your saved files ). Now try to boot back and see if the plugged in not charging message goes away.
2. Uninstall The Compliant Battery Drivers
Microsoft supplies a battery driver with windows, which tells windows how to manage power to different parts of your laptop. There can be issues with the driver which are causing the error message to show up whenever you charge. To fix it, simply
- Type in devmgmt.msc in the run window
- Or you can type device manager in the windows search menu.
- Either way, you will land on the device manager screen. Now look for the battery drivers.
- Right click on the drivers to open properties
- click on Uninstall the driver
But wait ! are we uninstalling the drivers ? Yes we are but do not worry. When you start your PC again, these drivers get installed on their own again. You do not need to look after it. If the drivers reinstall, they will also fix other potential issues and the “plugged in not charging” message should also be fixed.
Once all this is done, try connecting the laptop to power and see if the error message goes away.
3. Detect The Issue Using These Cases
There can be many combinations of issues which lead to your laptop battery plugged in not charging. Perhaps your battery is damaged, or the adapter, or the power socket isn’t providing much voltage. Try these cases and act according to the result shown.
- Connecting the power plug of your charger to some other wall socket.
Try connecting to the socket of some other room. And check to see if the error message still persists. If the error message is gone, the issue was most likely because of lower voltage being fed by the wall socket.
- Try your charging adapter onto a friend’s laptop : If the wall socket is fine, then the issue might be with your adapter. Try charging a friend’s laptop with your adapter. If the charging is happening just as it should, it hints that might be an issue with your laptop battery. If the charging issue exists on other laptop as well, then the adapter is probably the one to be blamed.
- Also check if you are charging through the right port. If you are charging through one of those type C ports, try switching to the main power port. As that power port is for handling more power.
- Remove and insert the battery again ( if your laptop has a removable battery.
4. Try Updating The Battery Drivers To Fix “Plugged In Not Charging”
Using the same method used in uninstalling the drivers, try updating them this time.
You now have reached the end of this guide. Hope you are able to fix your battery issues using one or more of the methods above.
Also feel free to let us know your own methods in the comments below. Cheers and peace !