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What does it mean when your laptop won’t charge even though the charger is plugged in? Laptop users often experience the charging issues with their laptop. If the battery is plugged in but the laptop is not charging, then it can be due to various reasons.

Recently, many users reported their laptop not charging after updating Windows 10. Users reported that the laptop shows plugged in but won’t charge soon after installing the latest Windows 10 update.

Well, if Windows 10 update is the reason, then the issue can be solved by uninstalling and reinstalling the battery drivers. In this article, I will share some easy ways to fix your laptop when it refuses to charge when the battery is plugged in.

Laptop Battery Plugged in, Not Charging: Common Issues

Following are the common issues associated with plugged in, not charging problem.

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  • Laptop battery plugged in not charging Windows 10: At times, the battery doesn’t charge even if the charger is plugged in. This happens after updating your Windows 10 laptop. In this case, you can try to reinstall or update your battery driver.
  • Laptop battery not charging dell, Hp, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony Vaio, Fujitsu: Plugged in but not charging issue affects many laptop brands. I have mentioned solutions that can help you fix issues with these brands.
  • Laptop works with the power adapter but not charging laptop battery: This issue affects any laptop brand. It indicates that your battery is faulty and you can replace your battery to fix the issue.

Plugged in, Not Charging: Solutions

If you’re wondering how to fix the laptop that’s plugged in but not charging, try the solutions given below.

1. Unplug the Battery and Press the Power button

Before updating the drivers, I would recommend you to try this easy step first.

Unplug all the USB attachment, power cord from your laptop. Now turn off your laptop and remove the battery. Reinsert the battery after 10 seconds and try charging now.

2. Reinstall Battery Driver (Works with Windows 10 Update)

If you’ve plugged in your laptop but it won’t charge after Windows 10 update, then this method will help you fix the issue.

You’ll have to uninstall the battery driver and then reinstall them. Follow the below steps:

  • Right click on the start menu and select “Device Manager”
  • In the device manager, click on Batteries
  • Right click and uninstall everything that comes under this section

You’ll see driver components like Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and so on. Right click on each one and click on the Uninstall button from the context menu.

Uninstalling battery drivers

  • After that, go to the top menu and click on the Scan for Hardware Changes icon

Device Manager - Scan Hardware Changes

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This action will scan for the missing drivers and automatically install them. Now, you’ll be able to see the battery drivers again. Now, restart your laptop, plug in and check if it’s charging.

3. Update Your BIOS Configuration and Reset to Default

Note: This method is for advanced users. If you’ve no idea bout the BIOS settings, please seek a professional help.

BIOS controls your hardware and motherboard and may lead to battery problems. You can download the latest BIOS update from the manufacturer’s website. To reset the BIOS to default, do as follows:

  • Restart your system and press F2 and F12 together to open BIOS setup
  • Search the Reset option to open the Default Configuration

Update Your BIOS Configuration and Reset to Default

  • Select the default configuration and press Enter to confirm the program. BIOS now functions with its Default settings

Now, once your laptop starts, plug in the power and check if it’s charging.

4. Run Power Troubleshooter

Power troubleshooter is an inbuilt troubleshooting feature in Windows 10. I have manually used this method and it has helped most of the users to fix the battery plugged in, not charging issue.

Follow the steps given below:

  • Right click on Start Menu and select Settings
  • Select Updates & Security

Windows settings - update and security

  • From the left pane, click on Troubleshoot

Update and security - Troubleshoot

  • Now scroll down and select Power

Troubleshoot - Power

  • Now click on Run the Troubleshooter

Wait for the troubleshooter to find and fix the issues with your laptop battery. Once the process is completed, restart your laptop and see if the laptop is charging when  the battery is plugged in.

 5. Connect Your PC Charger Directly to the Power Outlet

This can look like a pretty simple solution but sometimes battery issues occur if you are using an extension cord to charge your battery. Hence, unplug the laptop charger from the extension and plug it straight to the power connection

I hope the above solutions help you fix the laptop that’s refusing to charge. Let us know which solution worked for you.

If you’re having issues with your laptop or laptop battery, let us know in the comments below and we’ll publish a guide with the best possible solutions.


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