Laptop not charging error message

So, you plug your laptop charger in and thinking that it’s going to charge.

Then, you look at the bottom and see a message saying, ‘plugged in, not charging’.

This message is confusing because your charger is plugged in, but it isn’t charging.

You may be frustrated because you don’t want your laptop to run out of battery.

In this article, I’m going to show you why your laptop is plugged in but not charging and I’ll show you how to fix it.

I’m going to show you the most reliable ways to fix this, so you don’t have to keep scrolling down and trying useless solutions.

Why is my Laptop Saying Plugged in not Charging?

The most common cause of the plugged in not charging error can be because of a bug in the system.

This bug is stopping your battery from responding when the charger is plugged it.

You’ll need to do some troubleshooting in order to get rid of this bug.

Another common cause of the error can be because of a faulty charger.

If you’ve had your charger cable for a while and it’s quite old, it could only be supplying power to the laptop but not the battery.

You’ll need to replace the charging with one that supplies power to the battery.

1. Reboot and Disconnect Battery

The first thing that I recommend you do is to reboot your laptop and disconnect the battery from the laptop.

This should refresh the operating system and if there is a bug that’s causing this problem, doing this should get rid of it.

To fix the charging error:

  1. Unplug your charger from the laptop
  2. Shut down your laptop
  3. Disconnect your laptop’s battery
  4. Reconnect your laptop’s battery
  5. Turn your laptop on and plug in the charger
  6. The laptop should start charging

After doing this, you should be able to see the plugged-in error.

If you still see this message, go to the next step.

2. Reinstall Battery Driver

The next thing you need to do is to reinstall your batteries driver.

The driver is what controls the battery to do certain things.

So, in this case, the battery isn’t responding when the charger is plugged in.

If there’s something wrong with the driver, this is going to affect the battery.

To reinstall the driver and fix battery error:

  1. Click on the Windows key + R
  2. Search for devmgmt.msc
  3. Expand the batteries

uninstall batteries driver

  1. Click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery
  2. Click on Uninstall
  3. Shut down your laptop and disconnect the battery
  4. Shake the battery to reactivate elements
  5. Reinstall the driver by restarting your PC

After doing this, you shouldn’t see the plugged in not charging message.

If you still see this message and the driver wasn’t the issue, you should go to the next step.

3. Connect your Charger to a Wall Socket

If your charger is plugged into an extension, this may be causing your laptop not to charge.

Sometimes extensions can have problems that stop its outlets from receiving power.

You’ll need to unplug your charger and plug it into a mains outlet.

If your extension was damaged, you should have fixed the error once you plugged it into the wall.

4. Scan Battery for Hardware Changes

The next thing that I’d recommend is that you scan your batteries for hardware changes.

This means the Windows will check whether any hardware has been plugged or unplugged during normal computer usage which the system would not detect in the normal running process.

To do this:

  1. Unplug your charger from the laptop
  2. Click the Windows + R to open Run
  3. Expand batteries

Scan driver for hardware changes

  1. Right click on both and click on ‘Scan for hardware changes
  2. After the scan is done, plug your charger in
  3. Your laptop should now charge

If you scanned for hardware changes and your laptop is still stuck on 0% plugged in, not charging, go to the next step.

5. Update Battery Driver

If your batteries driver is out of date, then it may cause problems when you try and charge it.

You’ll need to update your driver in order to fix this problem.

To update your driver:

  1. Unplug the charger
  2. Click on Windows then R
  3. Search for devmgmt.msc
  4. Expand batteries
  5. Right-click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

Update batteries driver

  1. Click on Update and install the update

Your Windows PC is going to try and look for an update for the battery’s driver.

After doing this, restart your PC and then plug it in.

After plugging it in, it should charge, and you should no longer see the charging error.

Bottom Line

If none of these steps worked, comment down below and I’ll try and help you further.

If you fixed it, comment down below which method you used so that you can help others.

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