Plugged in Not Charging – Easy Fix for Windows 10

Hello, Recently we have discovered that a lot of laptops users are facing the issue with their battery. When they view at their battery information, they notice that their battery is not charging. It is quite difficult to find out a real cause for the issue of ‘plugged in, not charging’.

So it can be a headache when it comes to troubleshooting this issue, without proper guidance, It could take hours of thinking about how to fix this, why my laptop’s battery is not charging.

So don’t worry, here we have prepared this article to help you fix the error ‘Plugged in, not charging’. It has an answer to Why Your Laptop’s Battery Is Not Charging and also contains the Effective Tips and Fixes to help you out. So just scroll it down and fix your issue with us.

Why Your Laptop’s Battery Is Not Charging?

There are a few reasons a Laptop could show an error ‘plugged in, not charging’. Take a look at the outlet, cord, and the connection with your laptop, since these are effectively-recognized and often fixable issues. If you can’t discover any issues there, changing your Laptops settings or resetting its battery the board can take care of the issue. If not, changing the battery may be unavoidable.

Here are chances of what will be the cause of error ‘Plugged in, Not Charging’: [Not fixed Might be Different in your case]

  • 50% battery problem so you have to change it.
  • 30% that your charger is not working properly so you have to change it.
  • 15% there is dust among the battery connector and the laptop connectors,  so you have to remove the battery and clean the connector’s by dry brush carefully and put it again.
  • 5% that there is an issue of the power supply,  so in this case, you have to disassemble the laptop and change this part.

Well  after understanding these chances or causes, let’s get to the main thing how to fix this issue, For that, we have given below some effective Tips and Fixes to help you fix this issue:

Easy Ways to Fix Plugged in, Not Charging Problem

You don’t have to try all of it. You just have to follow our guidance until your laptop stops showing the message plugged in, not charging and your battery starts charging.

1. Run Battery Troubleshooter in Windows 10

If your laptop is showing the massage of plugged in, not charging, the first thing you can try is the Battery troubleshooter in your Windows 10.

Here is the guide below:

  • First of all Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot
  • Scroll down then Select Power
  • Select Run the troubleshooter


After completing the wizard restart your device to check if the problem is resolved.

2. Do Power Reset On Your Laptop

Try to perform a power reset on your laptop to see if the battery not charging issue persists. Here is how to do it:

  1. First of all, Shut down your laptop and also disconnect the AC adapter.
  2. Then remove your laptop battery, Now press and hold the power button for 30 seconds and then release the power button.
  3. Reassemble your battery and plug your charger into your laptop.
  4. Now turn on your laptop.

Check if the battery is charging. If so, you’ve fixed this issue. If the issue still exists, don’t worry. Just scroll it down and try the next one.

3. Reinstall Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

If the above solution didn’t work out try to Reinstall Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

Step 1: Use your keyboard, press the Windows key and R simultaneously to open the Run dialog. Now type ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the Run dialog and then press Enter to open Device Manager.

Step 2: Double-click Batteries. Then do right-click on Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and choose Uninstall device.

Step 3: Click Uninstall. (We know what will happen)

Step 4: Turn off your laptop and also disconnect the AC adapter.

Step 5: Now remove your laptop battery, press and hold the power button for 30 seconds and then release it.

Step 6: Reassemble your battery and plug your charger into your laptop.

Step 7: Now open your laptop. When you sign in your Windows system, Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery should be reinstalled automatically in your system. If not, follow the steps below to reinstall it:

i. Use your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R simultaneously to open the Run dialog. Now type ‘devmgmt.msc’ and hit Enter. Now the device manager will be opened.

ii. Choose Batteries. Click Action and choose Scan for hardware changes. Wait for few seconds and Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery reinstallation will be done.

4. Update Your Drivers

If your issue is still not fixed then this must be a cause of outdated or not installed drivers.

Step 1: Go to the Start menu and search Device Manager.

Step 2: Double click Batteries, you will see several items: usually one for the charger and one listed as “Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery, there might be others. Do Right-Click on each item.

Step 3: Select Update Driver.

If your issue is fixed then congratulations, If not then there might be some hardware issue. So just scroll it down and check out our next heading.

Manually Troubleshooting Your Computer (Hardware Fix)

Follow the below-mentioned steps to troubleshoot your PC.

1. Check if Your AC Power Supply is Firmly Connected

If the above guidance didn’t work out, there might be some hardware causing not charging issue in your laptop.

It sounds silly but sometimes the power cable connected to your AC power supply might be loose which can cause the battery is not charging. So please check to make sure it is fitted and secured properly.

2. Try a Different Outlet, Check Voltage And Other Electrical Issues

The electrical issues like low voltage, unusual shot circuits can make a huge effect on the whole procedure of charging. If the flow of electricity is being bothered while the laptop is on charging, it could make a huge impact on the hardware which is the medium of the charging, then the System will display the message of ‘plugged in, not charging’.

So just take a look at the voltage and the condition of the outlet that you are using to connect your adapter for charging. Sometimes the defective outlets could be the reason behind the not charging issue.

3. Try Another Charger

We mentioned the AC Adopter earlier, there might be chances that your charger is the one causing the issue. If you have any working spare charger lying around in your home, try to use it while charging. In case if you don’t have, then ask your colleague for his charger. If it turned out to be helpful, then purchase one for yourself from the nearby electronics store.

4. Check Your Connector For Dirt And Damage

If the above guidance didn’t work out and you are still facing this irritating issue. Just calm down this might help you fix this issue. So if your laptop has a modular battery, then remove it and check for any damage also see if it needs cleaning around the contacts and inside the battery compartment. Also, check for any dust particles inside the charging port, That might be cause for Battery is not charging.


I hope it was informative enough to help you understand the issue and I assume that your laptop has stopped displaying the message ‘plugged in, not charging’. Now in case if your battery is still not charging then you have a serious need of hardware replacement or you should go to the repairing center. They might help you fix it.

So if you have any other queries or suggestions to make, feel free to comment down below.

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