Windows 10 laptop plugged in not charging is a situation that happens to a Windows laptop user once in a while. Allow us to suggest you troubleshooting solutions that you can try to revive your laptop back to life.
1. Windows Troubleshooter
Microsoft added a feature called “troubleshooter” that lets you scan your computer for errors, when a device, driver, or a component started to give you trouble. The Microsoft Windows 10 will begin looking for non-functioning device, driver, or component and it also provides you with a solution after the scanning completed.
Step 1: Type “troubleshoot” in the search bar of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, and click on the first result.
Step 2: The troubleshooter should open the power options, but don’t worry I’m going to show you manually.
Step 3: You have to type “power” into the search bar, and hit enter. Now, select the first result will scan your battery.
Step 4: Now, click on “next” and the process will begin.
Step 5: The troubleshooter scans drivers, components, settings, and adapters. It will take one minute to five minutes to complete the process. The scan speed depends on your computer’s specifications and performance.
Step 6: The troubleshooter detected that my brightness is higher than usual, so it has adjusted it, and it fixed the issue. Similarly, the scan will suggest you the best solutions, and it will fix the issue if the problem is with a setting.
Make sure to explore the solutions offered by the Microsoft.
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2. Corrupted Drivers
Microsoft added a battery management feature that controls the battery management to help you save the battery charge. However, the battery management system functioned by a driver, and it is vulnerable to corruption. You can fix windows plugged in charging problem by updating the driver or uninstalling it, and then Windows will automatically install the latest driver automatically.
Step 1: Type “device manager” in the search bar and hit the first result.
Step 2: You have to look for the “batteries” and click on it to open it.
Step 3: You have to select the third option “control method battery” and right-click the mouse to select update driver, or uninstall the driver. I recommend you to update it first because Windows might have a new driver for you. But, make sure Windows update is turned on, or else it won’t work.
Step 4: Unfortunately, there is no new driver is available for my battery, so I’m going to uninstall it.
The computer will prompt you to restart your PC, and you have to take the opportunity to connect your charger pin to the laptop.
Check if the problem is with your laptop drivers.
3. Drain The Battery To Zero
Most of the laptops have a Lithium-ion battery, but it is Lithium-polymer batteries, so when you connect your laptop charger every single day while using it, then it’s going to have adverse effects in the long run.
I know that many of you connect the charger to your laptop, and do not remove it until your work is done, and you shut down the laptop.
I recommend you to drain your battery charge to 0%, and then make sure to leave it for an hour to a day because the battery needs rest and mechanism should cool down after 24-hours of the period.
Do not connect the charger to the laptop after 24-hours, first, try to turn it on.
If it doesn’t turn on, then you have to remove the battery from the laptop, then you have to keep aside for an hour, then reinsert the battery, and connect the charger.
It will work for those who have battery issues.
4. Check Charging Adapter
Every charging adapter has an expiry date, so you have to make sure that your adapter is working fine.
- Try another charging brick to test if the adapter is working or not.
- The power cable also matters because I have replaced more than two wires for my charging cable because the charging brick was working fine, while low-quality replacement did not work correctly.
- Remember, the cable connected to your charging brick has any cuts or damage because a short circuit can damage it quickly, but you can fix it with regular tools.
- The LED light indicator on the charging brick is on or off.
In my case, it was the charging cable that connects the power outlet and charging brick.
5. Power Outlet
It is one of the common practice, but it would be better if you can start testing your power outlet.
- Check if your power outlet is working or not.
- Check if your power outlet is heating because when your power outlet is heating, then it is a clear sign that you have to replace the outlet.
- Also, check if your charger brick pin is heating because if that’s the case, then we have a faulty laptop port or charger brick port.
- Try to charge it in a different power outlet.
I recommend you to seek the assistance of an authorised engineer because we don’t want the motherboard to be damaged.
6. Clean Adapter & Laptop Connectors
Computer and Laptops are no new to the dust, and they bathe in the dust every single day. The dust particles are tiny, and they can reach any component of the laptop within weeks of usage, and the laptop heating caused by the dust because they block air vents that cools down the processor and GPU.
To do that, turn off your laptop and disconnect the adapter from the power outlet. Now take a lint-free cloth and gently clean the connectors. It’s not necessary to use rubbing alcohol, but if you decide to use it, be sure that your connectors are completely dry before connecting your adapter to the wall outlet.
Turn off your laptop and disconnect all cables from it, and it’s time to clean the connectors of the laptop. Make sure to use a lint-free cloth to clean the pins and connectors and do not force it.
- Don’t use alcohol to clean the connectors.
- Do not apply force.
- Also, do not use any sharp objects to reach the tricky areas.
Try to charge your laptop after cleaning it.
In case, if none of our suggestion works for you, then we implore you that you reach authorised customer care because it would be an internal issue or chip level issue. Let us know what do you think about our solutions in the comment section below.