How to fix a Windows 10 laptop that is plugged in but not charging

How to fix a Windows 10 laptop that is plugged in but not charging

One of the frustrating error that some of us encounter after the update is this error saying "plugged in, not charging", it could be super frustrating. But there’s no need to panic. It’s usually possible and easy to fix. After updating to Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update, my laptop's battery stopped charging. My laptop would show it was plugged in, but then at the same time it would tell me it was also not charging.

Luckily, I found that this problem was not uncommon and would occasionally arise after a Windows update. And more thankfully, there was an easy fix. Here's how I got my laptop's battery back to charging when it was plugged in.

How to fix Windows 10 Laptop Plugged in, not charging

If your Windows 10 laptop refuses to charge the battery even though it's plugged in, here's the proper ways you need to do to solve the problem. The steps are very simple and easy to follow, you don't need to be tech expert.

1. Open the Device Manager by searching for it or right-clicking the Start button and selecting Device Manager.

2. Click Batteries on the list to expand it and you should see two items.
  • Microsoft AC Adapter
  • Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

3. Right-click on each item and choose Uninstall device. Yes indeed, you are uninstalling your Windows 10 laptop's battery drivers, but don't worry because they will automatically be reinstalled when you restart your laptop.

4. Unplug the power cable from your laptop. 

5. Shut down your laptop.

6. If your laptop has a removable battery, it is better to remove it. Some laptop does not have a removable battery. I tried skipping this step but it didn't work, so I removed the bottom panel of my laptop and then removed the battery by disconnecting it from the motherboard.

7. Put the battery back in if you removed it from your laptop.

8. Plug in your laptop.

9. Power on your laptop.

10. Click the battery icon in the system tray and you should see that your laptop is plugged in and charging.

By reinstalling my Windows 10 laptop's battery drivers and disconnecting its battery and then reconnecting it, I got my laptop's battery back to charging when it's plugged in with no problem. Be sure to follow the steps given above in order to solve the problem. If you encountered this plugged-in-not-charging problem and found a fix that differs from our solution. Be sure to leave a comment.

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