Laptop Says “Plugged In, Not Charging”? Here’s the Fix

A few weeks back many users have reported an issue of laptop battery not charging. Sometimes the device shows the message “Plugged in not charging ” and sometimes it gives no message. In a nutshell, the issue is that the battery is not getting charged. Well, this is a very serious issue and if this issue is not fixed at the right time then it can be the main reason behind the death of your battery.

A dead battery is very frequent to leakage which might harm your laptop badly. If you are also having this issue, then you have landed on the right page. In this blog post, we have come up with solutions to fix this issue. Read this article till the end to get out of the trouble.

Reasons Behind Of “Plugged In Not Charging” Issue

Here are some major common reasons behind this issue:-

  1. Defective hardware components
  2. Outdated Drivers
  3. Problematic settings

How to Fix “Plugged In Not Charging” Issue?

Here is the list of the working methods that would help you in fixing this issue. Read till the end. We also have attached screenshots for your convenience.

1. Checking The Connection

Before you look further tricks to get rid of this issue please double-check the connection b/w power and laptop charging pin. A faulty charger or electric board might be the cause of this issue. If you are having any one of these components defected then change them as early as possible to fix the issue.

If this method doesn’t work for you then move to the next method.

2. Troubleshoot Hardware Issues

  1. There are chances that your charging adapter is not working properly. To check this charge another battery with your adapter. If it charges well then there are issues with your battery otherwise change your adapter.
  2. Drain your battery to ZERO and then try charging it again. This is also known to fix the issue.
    If the issue still persists then buy a new battery or try the next few methods.

3.  Update Your Drivers

Outdated drivers can also cause this issue. So, you need to update your drivers to get rid of this issue. Here are steps to update your drivers manually.

  1. Press the Windows button and then type control to open up the control panel.
  2. After opening the control panel, select hardware, and sound.
  3. Select Device Manger Under devices and printers
  4. Select Batteries
  5. Firstly, Navigate to Microsoft AC adapter and right-click on it and update it.
  6. Now, right-click on  Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and select Update driver.

These steps will update your battery drivers. Once you have updated your battery drivers you can reboot your device and see if the issue is still prevailing.

4. Power Reset Your Laptop

  1. Turn off your laptop and disconnect the AC power adapter
  2. Remove the battery of your Laptop and press the power button for almost 30 seconds and release the button.
  3. Place the battery again into its place and plug in the adapter again.
  4. Power ON your Laptop

These steps will fix your issue of “Plugged in not charging”. If the still persists then you can try the next method.

5. Check Power And Sleep Settings

There must be some problem in your settings app which might be causing this ‘Plugged in not charging issue’.  You need to follow these steps to fix the issue.

  1. Launch the Settings app by pressing the windows button.
  2. Select system settings
  3.  Now open power and sleep category
  4. Navigate to related settings and open additional power settings.
  5. Select Change plan settings
  6. Now check if all your settings are at the right place.

6. Reinstall Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery

  1. Press the Windows and R button together and type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Device Manager.
  2. Double Click on Batteries
  3. Press right-click Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and choose the options Uninstall device.
  4. After Uninstalling, shut down your laptop and disconnect the AC adapter.
  5. Now turn on your laptop and the ACPI Compliant control method will be installed automatically.

In case the ACPI Compliant control method does not get installed automatically then follow these steps to install it manually.

  1. Open your device manager
  2. Select batteries and press action
  3. Select a scan for hardware changes and wait for a few seconds.
  4. The ACPI Compliant control method will be installed

This was the final method that would help you in fixing this issue of  “Plugged In Not Working”. If you are facing the issue still then you are suggested to visit a technician as there might be some hardware problems also.


In this blog post, we have tried to cover all the working methods to fix the issue of “Plugged in not charging” in laptops. This issue must be fixed asap as it can have an adverse effect on your device battery. If you have tried all the methods mentioned above then you can contact us in the comments section. We will surely help you there. Cheers!