Fix: Laptop battery not charging in Windows 10

By: Matthew Adams
3 minute read

Is your laptop battery not recharging? If that’s so, it could be a Windows, battery or adapter issue. If you’re using an antiquated laptop, it might be the case that a replacement battery is required. However, you should not need to replace the battery for relatively new Windows 10 laptops. This is how you can fix a laptop battery that isn’t recharging.

Run Power Troubleshooter

First, run the Power Troubleshooter in Windows 10 that will check default settings and can potentially resolve the issue. Enter ‘troubleshooter’ into the Cortana search box and select Troubleshooting.

  • Then you should click Improve power usage to open the window below.

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  • Press the Next button to run the troubleshooter. It will fix any detected issues.
  • Restart Windows and charge the battery again.

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Update Battery Driver

It might be the case that you need to update your battery driver. Reinstalling the battery driver will usually fix batteries that aren’t recharging. You can do that as follows.

  • Enter ‘Device Manager’ into the Cortana search box. Select to open the Device Manager window below.

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  • Now click Batteries on the Device Manager window.
  • Next, you should right-click Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery and select Uninstall from the context menu.
  • Press the OK button to confirm the device uninstall.
  • Click Action and then select Scan for hardware changes from there.
  • Select Batteries and right-click Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery again. Select the Update Driver Software option from the context menu.

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  • A window opens from which you should select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will then find suitable battery drivers for you.
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Remove and Reinsert the Battery

Removing and reinserting the battery could feasibly get it charging again. So switch off the laptop and remove the battery by sliding the battery release latch. Reinsert the battery after about five minutes and then restart Windows.

Note that you can also check the battery integrity when it’s removed. Plug the charger in and switch on the laptop with the battery removed. If the laptop still boots up, then the charger’s certainly fine. As such, the battery might need replacing.

Alternatively, you can check battery wear levels with software such as BatteryInfoView. You can add that to your laptop by clicking Download BatteryInfoView on this page. The software’s window provides numerous battery details including wear level. A lower battery wear level percentage value highlights a replacement is needed.

Completely Drain the Battery and Recharge it

Finally, entirely draining the battery and fully recharging it might also do the trick. So leave the laptop on until the battery has completely run out. Then leave the laptop to fully recharge for a few hours.

Those are a few fixes that will probably get your laptop battery charging again. If not, then you’ll need a replacement for a fading battery. You can get a battery replacement from the original manufacturer or some third-party companies. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) batteries are probably better as they will certainly be compatible.

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