Why does my laptop say plugged in not charging?

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Why does my laptop say “plugged in, not charging”?

Most likely you are using an adapter that did not come with that laptop and it is of a lower amperage than what is needed to be able to charge the battery and run the computer.

If you turn it off and leave it plugged in overnight and when you come back it is fully charged this is most certainly the case.

In some cases, even if the aftermarket adapter does provide enough amperage, it still might not work because the laptop has a proprietary charger.

The motherboard actually sends communication signals across the power cable to the adapter and if it does not get a response from a small chip on the adapter, it will not charge.

IMO this should be illegal but it is allowed. Proprietary chargers can get up sometimes and even if it is the right charger, the chip gets fried and even though it works just fine with any other device with the same voltage/amperage requirements, it becomes worthless for the laptop it was designed for.

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Why does my laptop say “plugged in, not charging”?

Here are chances of what will be the problem

  • 50% battery problem so you have to change it.
  • 30% the charger is not working properly so you have to change it.
  • 15% there is dust among the battery connecter and the laptop connectors, so you have to remove the battery and clean the connectors by dry brush carefully and put it again.
  • 5% there is a problem with the power supply, so you have to disassemble the laptop and change this part.

Three reasons come to mind…

  1. The battery is charged enough and the system tolerances set so that if a battery is at a certain capacity or above, (say 95% charged), charging is discontinued as the battery is full enough and charging would be inefficient.
  2. Certain laptop models have a keystroke combination that disables charging altogether if a user chooses to disable it because the laptop is plugged in most of the time and the user is worried about burning up the battery due to overcharging. I have seen this turned on more times than I can think, almost always by accident and the user has no idea this option is even built into the devices. The result is exactly what you are seeing.
  3. The battery has dead cells or is no longer taking a charge properly, so charging is disabled and only the AC power is allowed to run what is needed at that time for the computer to work.

Why does my laptop say “plugged in, not charging”?

There can be several reasons for this problem.

  1. Faulty Laptop battery charger.
  2. Outdated battery drivers.
  3. Too old battery Or a faulty one.
  4. Latest windows updates.
  5. Loose connections that don’t let the battery get charged.
  6. You don’t know which one of these can be the reason of this problem.

I bought a new battery and was even going to throw out my laptop. Then I came to know about a few tricks to fix this problem.

You can try these too:-

It may be confusing for you to read and apply all the instruction here, So, I suggest you watch this video tutorial to fix this problem:

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Common causes of the error plugged in not charging can be because of the following:

  • Faulty charger. Some chargers supply power to charge the battery separately for the power to run the laptop. If the charger cable is damaged it may be that it supply’s power to run the laptop but not charge the battery.
  • The dc power plug on the laptop is damaged. This can cause problems in delivering power to the battery.
  • The battery is old or has been deleted. Batteries like the ones found in laptops and cellphones have a limited number of recharges before they become unable to charge. This is usually around 300-400 charge cycles.
  • A problem with the laptops motherboard/charging circuitry.

Most likely if the computer is just over a year old it is the battery or the charger. I would recommend that you purchase a replacement battery from a trusted source.

Either directly from gateway or battery’s plus or batteries warehouse. I caution against using cheap batteries as they will not typically perform well or could be missing the protection circuitry needed.


Some laptops will have a ‘Battery Calibration’ application. If you did a clean install, you’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website to see if they have one you can download/install for your model.

If so, it will require you to run this application occasionally to make sure the battery continues to operate(charge) properly.

The alternative you could try is this:

  • With the battery and AC adapter plugged in, turn off the laptop.
  • Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery.
  • Plug the AC adapter back in(not the battery) and boot up to Windows
  • In Device Manager, uninstall “Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery” & turn off the laptop + disconnect AC
  • Now, re-connect both the AC and the battery & turn it on.

If that still did not work, your AC adapter could be malfunctioning & recommend testing with another one. Worst case scenario, it could be a problem with the internal jack.

If you still finding an issue please comment below, I will guide you with the other methods.

1. Ensure that the power cord and/or AC adapter are plugged into the computer and the connection is solid and secured.

 2. Verify that the power cord is plugged into an AC adapter completely.

 3. Make sure your laptop power jack is not loose-fitting. Fixing and soldering the power jack might require some professional skills.

 4. Attempt to use a different electrical outlet.

 5. Test out with another battery/ charger.

 Always, the LED light of the charger needs to be constantly on. If not, replace the defective charger.

 Since the battery/ AC adapter does not last forever, you can try to visit Topic who provides a free lifetime warranty for their chargers.

Why does my laptop say plugged in not charging

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