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Solution to Battery plugged in but not charging

Today As usual I was using my laptop when I saw something typical happening with Battery status. Even though the power was plugged in, it showed ” plugged in, not charging“. This got me a bit worried. As the Laptop was almost brand new, It would have been a disaster for me if the batteries had gone bad or needed replacement. So I tried some normal procedure like switching system off and trying again after some time. The problem remained same.

I even tried booting in “UBUNTU” and there also, the same status was there ” plugged in, not charging” which simply told me it’s not the problem with operating system but may be some hardware or BIOS issue. So I started doing a bit of googling on the web and finally found the solution here.

  1. Turn off laptop.
  2. Unplug AC power.
  3. Remove battery.
  4. Replace AC power.
  5. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot.
  6. Once logged in to the machine, perform a normal shut down.
  7. Unplug AC power.
  8. Replace battery.
  9. Replace AC power.
  10. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. The battery should once again be charging as normal.

The above solution worked for me. Another alternative solution which may work for those for whom the above solution does not work (Windows 7 Specific).

1. Unplug AC adapter. Shutdown

2. Remove battery, Connect AC Adapter

3. Start windows7. Remove Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery,

4. Shutdown, Remove AC Adapter, Install battery, Reattach AC Adapter.

5. Power up –

Now Plugged in and Charging.

Another reason which sometime result in battery not being charged is, your Laptop gets heated due to congestion around the laptop or if the surface on which laptop is placed  is blocking the proper air flow around the laptop in turn raising the temperature and laptop gets heated. You should place your laptop on a surface or place which allows proper airflow.  If the airflow is proper, then also this problem will go away.

{ 83 comments… add one }
  • John September 11, 2010, 3:53 AM

    Worked! I use Windows 7, but I didn’t need to use the Windows 7 specific solution. The first solution worked fine. Thanks!

    • Avinash September 11, 2010, 8:57 AM

      Glad it worked for you John. 🙂

    • TeenGirl January 12, 2013, 11:10 AM


  • kilroy smith September 20, 2010, 9:13 AM

    thanks for your share…..

  • Marc October 12, 2010, 4:20 PM

    Good to see you back buddy.

  • introuble November 11, 2010, 10:46 AM

    IT WORKED!!! Thank you so much i was getting so fusterated lol

  • Djded March 21, 2011, 7:46 PM

    Great find/fix to this problem! The description here may be a bit confusing to some, allow me to clarify. I was able to alleviate this same issue by performing the following:

    01. Turn off laptop.

    02. Unplug AC power.

    03. Remove battery.

    04. Replace AC power.

    05. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot.

    06. Once logged in to the machine, perform a normal shut down.

    07. Unplug AC power.

    08. Replace battery.

    09. Replace AC power.

    10. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. The battery should once again be charging as normal.


    • E September 19, 2013, 10:52 AM

      What do I do if my PC won’t even turn on to let me do this?

    • Don turner May 15, 2016, 1:47 AM

      Tried this and it worked great first time. Surprised me.

    • Atsusi May 30, 2016, 8:47 AM

      My laptop (HP specter) does not have a removable battery. Any suggestions?

  • Navdeep Patel May 21, 2011, 6:08 PM

    Thanks Yaar!!!!!
    Do you know???
    My laptop was plugged in but not charging. This problem was for last 1 and half month.
    Without battery when just plugged in, my laptop was not booting.
    But some how i have started my laptop in safe mode and shut down.
    The 1st one is working.
    My laptop is charging now.
    There is no problem in charging.

    Thanks once again!!!!!

  • Vernon May 21, 2011, 7:40 PM

    Hey i’m having the same problem and i also just bought my laptop not long ago. Will this solution solve the problem permanently or just temporarily? Do i have to keep repeating it everytime my battery doesnt charge?

    • Avinash May 21, 2011, 8:07 PM

      Usually, this problem itself is temporary and should not occur often. If it occurs often, you should ask your Laptop manufacturer.

      Normally, this solves the problem if you use laptop properly.

      • mashood May 21, 2016, 11:52 AM

        sir mera laptop sirf 33 % charging krta hai or battry 1 no use ke option ate hai\

  • Kelvin October 26, 2011, 2:47 AM

    Thank glad yo solution work for me on a brand new hp laptop

  • Green Laser Pointer December 30, 2011, 2:18 PM

    hey this is really impressive. I read the article and i want to give you thanks for this nice post.

  • Green Laser Pointer December 30, 2011, 2:18 PM

    hey this is really impressive. I read the article and i want to give you thanks for this nice post.

  • Puru May 28, 2012, 5:43 PM

    thank you so much buddy……u have been of great help…first one worked fine..kudos..:)

  • Puru May 28, 2012, 5:44 PM

    strange..but as soon as i wrote the post..i am back to square one..:(

  • Celeb June 2, 2012, 5:25 PM

    You’re a star ma man. The first one worked for me just fine. God bless.

    • Avinash June 3, 2012, 9:05 AM

      Welcome. Glad that it worked for you.

      • Revanth Nn September 10, 2013, 12:12 AM

        i am facing a quite a rare problem with hp envy beats model number 2012tx,which is when ever i unplug the power cord from my laptop,power icon still shows “plugged in and not charging” however it should show only the battery percentage when i unplug it,After shutting it down, white led light near the power slot still glows .plz ive a solution for my problem

  • Marilyn Stevenson June 13, 2012, 5:08 PM

    Works great!! Thank you!!

  • Maham Khan July 3, 2012, 6:43 PM

    it seems really a magic.. thanx very much my problem gets solved.. but after sometime the situation gets the same.. plugged in, not charging.. ???

  • The Dave July 18, 2012, 1:25 PM

    Hey thanks, this really helped me out.

  • uui July 20, 2012, 3:27 PM

    thank u so much avinash bhai……I had started bitting my nails seeing my brand new laptop charger not working……ur solution really helped me out thank u so much…..

    • Avinash July 20, 2012, 11:04 PM

      Welcome. Glad that worked for you. 🙂

  • khan November 15, 2012, 11:42 PM

    i have the problem number 3. i think my laptop was heated very high and it shows plugged in, not charging. if there is any solution please tell me.

  • TeenGirl January 12, 2013, 11:07 AM

    Omg thank you so much, I was so worried because my laptop is a couple years old and i didnt want my parents to yell at me, so thank you for saving my life

  • Brianna Gaffney January 29, 2013, 5:20 AM

    Where can i find the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery to uninstall?

    • anzaq May 22, 2013, 2:14 AM

      in device manger under batteries option

      • Capn Cack July 3, 2015, 10:49 PM

        I have Windows 7 on an HP Pavilion and there are no battery entries whatsoever under device manager – after all, the battery isn’t a device.

        Needless to say the suggested fix did not work for me.

  • knot May 28, 2013, 5:55 PM

    It truly works Thank u very much……………..

  • Wilma May 30, 2013, 7:32 AM

    this worked great until i played a game and as soon as the game started it went back to not charging. any ideals why?

  • billy June 12, 2013, 3:57 AM

    i replaced both my power cord charger and my battery brand new (gateway laptop) and i still get the problem of the charge going in and out. I would guess it to be the power jack wire loose. Is there a way to fix it without taking it to a money hungry computer repair shop?

  • Molly June 22, 2013, 4:57 AM

    You are a life saver!

  • Tom Deurloo July 2, 2013, 10:14 PM

    You Sir are a hero, thank you for helping me out

  • lee July 15, 2013, 10:14 AM

    Unbelievable……I mean I have been trying to fix this all day. Knew it wasn’t the battery, and had read other suggestions to try but they were very complicated for me. Your instructions(I used the second method for Windows 7) were so simple to follow….Thank you so much – icon showing fully charged!! Yippee!!

  • Carlo Villacorta July 29, 2013, 3:46 PM

    This works…please don’t stop helping other person who are in need..thanx bro…

  • Dale October 1, 2013, 9:51 PM

    You saved me from getting ripped off for another $200….Thank You

  • Kabin Bora October 31, 2013, 3:41 PM

    It worked !!! Thankss a lot 🙂

  • Karthic November 5, 2013, 11:38 AM

    I followed your advice for windows 7 and it worked. Well, I’m still little scary but. I followed one of Youtube video’s advice a couple of day back, that has obviously fixed the issue. But within a day, this not charging issue had popped up again and trying to solve using the same method didn’t work thereafter. Now, is your advice a permanent solution? or will it work the next time if I encounter the same problem or should I try something else for a permanent solution?

  • Abed November 22, 2013, 3:50 PM


  • Mr J. December 5, 2013, 5:47 AM

    this didn’t work and I don’t really have my laptop on that much. maybe once every couple of weeks and even then it’s not plugged in.
    Any suggestions?

  • Nikhil Pawar January 4, 2014, 3:38 PM

    yes you are absoulutely right…my laptop was overheated..i kept it on a ventilated area and after few minutes it started charging…thanks a load…thought should share this simple measure..

  • susan March 5, 2014, 12:07 PM

    hi, I’m also experiencing the same. I tried the instructions above but still not charging. By the way, what do you mean by replace battery? when you say unplug the AC is it from the outlet directly or from the laptop only? coz that’s what I always do. Thanks

  • scott March 6, 2014, 5:02 AM

    thanks for taking the time to post this. I had the exact same problem and your solution worked great…thanks again…GO HAWKS!!!

  • André Morais May 27, 2014, 11:24 PM

    Here at work I had 5 different HP models with this battery issue. This solution worked for all of them!
    Thank you very much!

  • Beachbum January 19, 2015, 10:48 PM

    Thanks. I just tried fix #1 and it worked beautifully on my Windows 7, HP Pavilion laptop. Charging again full steam.

  • steve2905 March 30, 2015, 4:57 PM

    thanks so much! been battling with this for weeks!!!

  • waqas May 14, 2015, 4:06 PM

    dude i have envy series laptop . its battery is not detachable . what should i do ?

  • Daisybow May 26, 2015, 9:37 AM

    Thank you so so much! The first set of instructions you gave worked perfectly on my 1 year old HP pavilion laptop.

  • Jim Haygood August 14, 2015, 8:23 AM

    Win7 instructions worked for me. Left the battery removed for a couple of hours between Steps 4b and 4c; also held the ‘on’ button down for 30 sec with battery removed and no AC power. After powering up, battery charge has advanced from 50% (where it was stuck before) to 57% now. Thanks!

  • Atul Shukla August 16, 2015, 10:39 AM

    thanks a lot …. you saved my 5hr of service center …and lots of money … first set of instructions worked for me….

  • Yash Sharma August 19, 2015, 10:18 PM

    In my laptop i have done this many of times but it wont work

  • Yash Sharma August 19, 2015, 10:20 PM

    please help

  • BigAl1825 August 25, 2015, 3:54 AM

    The second option seemed to work for me, on a Win 7 machine. The first did not. But I also made some other changes such as removing it from a docking station and using a cord directly when I switched to the second method. It is charging now on the docking station, however.

  • JD October 21, 2015, 7:42 AM

    This worked. My HP laptop battery was not charging even though connected via AC adapter. Followed the steps and it fixed the issue. Thank you so much for the help.

  • Jean October 30, 2015, 3:51 AM

    Worked for me–has been a pain for several months–glad this solution was there.

  • Anon December 2, 2015, 12:47 PM

    What if I cant remove the battery from my laptop? Been Googling for a couple of hours now and every solution needs me to remove my battery which I cant access unless I pry my laptop apart. Plus, if I remove the charger cable my laptop automatically shuts itself off so that doesn’t work either.

  • tka Mcleod December 3, 2015, 4:09 AM

    thank you it worked for me.

  • Dhaval January 28, 2016, 11:58 PM

    Hi Avinash,

    Do you know a fix for Windows 10 Pro? I just bought HP laptop, tried above fixes without success.

  • Dhaval January 29, 2016, 12:48 AM

    Hi Avinash,

    Thank you for this post, this didn’t work for my HP Envy laptop with Win 10, but I tried something and it worked for me. Here is what I tried and it fixed.

    I left the plug in charge, shutdown the laptop and took out the battery cable and put it back, and after I logged into laptop, it showed as charging.

    Hope this would help someone.

  • Chloe February 2, 2016, 8:34 PM

    This worked for me! Thanks so much. 5-month-year-old HP Envy (K2S72AV).

  • Don March 2, 2016, 3:17 PM

    Thanks man your a life saver 1st one worked a treat Big up !

  • Roo March 9, 2016, 8:58 AM

    Worked!! Thanks a lot!

  • akhil yalagonda March 31, 2016, 7:45 PM

    my laptop is not getting on when i remove my battery and powered with only AC.

  • Kim K April 3, 2016, 2:00 PM

    Brand new HP Pavilion got from BJS store display. It shows that the white power supply light is white, but when I push the power power, nothing happens.

  • Brittany Wimer April 5, 2016, 12:57 PM

    Ok, but what do you do if it’s not even registering the charger? Because that’s the problem I’m having

  • Anoop Kumar April 6, 2016, 2:23 PM

    What if your laptop has a non removable battery like the HP envy?
    Please advise!

  • Sweta mishra April 8, 2016, 2:22 PM

    Sir what is ac power.i dont understand the first step after turning off my laptop what should i do? Remove the battery and then plug in the main cord in switch box or what please help its very urgent

  • Sapna April 11, 2016, 2:51 PM

    Thanks, earlier,It worked for me twice (1yr ago &2days ago) but now when again faced the problem. The laptop won’t start with power adapter (without battery) please help!!!
    And yes now it says’plugged in charging’. But not charging.

  • rama April 16, 2016, 6:08 AM

    what do i do if my laoptop reached 0% and i cant charge it or turn it on ?

  • Kimberly April 20, 2016, 9:47 AM

    Thank you!! I got this computer for Christmas and was really sad that it wasn’t working. But it’s back to normal!

  • Hilary May 4, 2016, 2:53 AM

    Thank you so much, this worked for me. HP Pavilion Laptop just 5 months old with Windows 10.

  • Ashish Singh May 15, 2016, 3:37 PM

    Hello Sir,
    What to do when laptop is totally discharge and after removing bttery its not starting from AC adaptor.
    Please help if possible.
    Thanks in advance.

  • SAAD May 28, 2016, 1:31 PM


    I have windows 8 installed on Haier laptop.

    for me both methods failed… problem still prevails 🙁

    what should i do now?

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