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Is Your MacBook Not Charging? Here’s How to Fix It

Macbook Not Charging

Portability is the primary reason why people buy laptops like a MacBook. But a frequently discharged battery on your MacBook leaves it like a brick. It is the most frustrating situation for any user when the MacBook is not charging.

Buying a new Apple original MagSafe power adaptor is not a joke as it comes at a high price tag. MagSafe power adaptors use magnets to establish a connection between a MacBook and the AC power charger. This mechanism is impeccable and hardly malfunctions, but when it does, you are in trouble. In this troubleshooting guide, we will discuss a few solutions to fix MacBook battery not charging issue.

Tips to Fix a MacBook That Won’t Charge

We will start with some essential solutions that you might overlook in your routine life.

Power connection

MagSafe power adapter uses magnetic dots to connect itself with your MacBook to charge the laptop. If you have connected the MagSafe haphazardly, the connection may get removed, or simply it is not attached correctly in the slot.

Check Your MacBook Adaptor Connection

Check MacBook Adaptor Connection

Apple sends you an adaptor in two parts: one that you connect to the wall (a removable plug) and another is a square adaptor. Disconnect the two and then reconnect to ensure proper connection.

Wall Sockets

Are you using wall sockets? If yes, make sure the socket is switched on. Insert the plug into a different wall socket in your home or office.

Is the adaptor in good condition?

With continuous usage, some adapters lose their quality, and they are no more in pristine condition. Is the wire tattered? In this case, you need to replace the adapter. First, ask your friend or colleague to lend an adapter; next, you can also visit the Apple Store to get new.

MagSafe Connection

MagSafe connection on your MacBook can gather dust or debris, and therefore, there can be a poor connection. You need to keep this clean for efficient Mac charging. When debris begins to accumulate in or around ports, it hampers connection and causes charging issues. Keep the charging ports of your MacBook and head of the MagSafe adapter clean. It is advisable that you use a soft brush to wipe the debris out of your MacBook charging ports and MagSafe adapter.

Service Battery

When your MacBook battery doesn’t charge, the system alerts you to change the battery. To see this alert, click the battery icon from the Menu bar. A few options appear, and if you find ‘Service Battery’ message, you need to replace your MacBook battery. Note that your MacBook still runs on a weak battery, but then it drains immediately as the battery fails to hold power for a long time.

Service Battery Alert on Macbook

Once you check all the above basics, you can go further to test other solutions to fix MacBook not charging issue.

Check Overheating

Overheating is the most common issue we may overlook when MacBook battery doesn’t charge. You can feel the heat on your MacBook while you are typing. In this situation, you can disconnect the charger and let your Mac cool down for a while. Make sure your Mac is not exposed to direct sunlight; sit under the shade if you are working outdoors.

System Preferences

Is your MacBook battery still draining? You need to check Energy Saver settings on your Mac.

Click on () Apple logo from the top menu. → Now, click on System Preferences.

Next, click on Energy Saver option from the window.

Click on the Energy Saver icon in Mac System Preferences

Here, you have to select the Battery tab; the default selection is Power Adapter.

Check those two sliders: Computer Sleep and Display Sleep. Both the sliders should be on the left; if they are set to Never, drag the sliders to the left.

Check Energy Saver settings on Mac

Apple’s Solutions

If your MacBook battery doesn’t charge, Apple recommends a few tips:

  • Remove the battery and re-insert: Earlier, some Apple laptops had removable batteries. If you own one such laptop, you can remove the battery and re-insert it to check the battery is installed correctly
  • Reset System Management Controller (SMC): You can solve some battery related issues by resetting SMC.
  • Battery Replacement: In the last resort, you need to buy a new battery and get it installed. You can visit a nearby Apple Store or contact AppleCare. If Apple warranty covers your Mac, it is good; otherwise, replace the battery

Resetting SMC (System Management Controller) on Mac Desktop Computers

This is possible when you own a MacBook with a non-removable battery.

If you have an iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, and Xserve, you can follow the steps to reset SMC.

For detailed information, you can check Apple Support’s Page on resetting of System Management Controller. In case, the above method fails to bring any change, you have to visit Apple Store for the servicing of your MacBook.

That’s all friends!

Signing off…

Follow the best practices to protect the battery of your MacBook. When your Mac battery is charged 100%, unplug the charger and run your Mac on the battery. Once the battery is consumed, you can put it on charge again.

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