How to Troubleshoot a MacBook That’s Not Charging?

Is your MacBook’s battery about to die and “Not Charging” even though it’s plugged in?

There could be several reasons for this such as faulty wall outlet, cable, charging adapter, and could be due to heating issue, degraded battery, or the Mac’s SMC.

When your charger stops indicating LED light means that it will not charge your Macbook, then, it will also prove to be the worst scenario if you need to do some urgent work on it. So, what do you do?

If this problem revolves around you, then we’re here to help you out with the solution for fixing the “Not Charging” MacBook. Additionally, as MacBook Repair professionals, we troubleshoot such issues and guarantee to bring your laptop back in working condition.

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Tips for Troubleshooting a “Not Charging” MacBook

Inspect Battery Health

Reset System Management Controller (SMC)

Use the Appropriate Power Adapter

Inspect your Adapter and Charging Port

Speak to Apple Repair Professionals

Contact iDevice Repair Center to Get a Solution!

Tips for Troubleshooting a “Not Charging” MacBook 

Inspect Battery Health

It’s recommended that you examine the battery health to determine if you’ve hit your battery limit cycle. Generally, Mac’s cycle count limit will depend on the model of the Mac device.

However, you can check the laptop’s limit through Apple’s Cycle Count Limit Chart. By comparing this number with the number in  System Preferences, you can find out how healthy your MacBook’s battery is. 

For checking your MacBook battery condition:

  • Hold the Option key and click the Battery icon in your menu bar. 
  • Apple describes the condition of your battery either as Normal or Service Recommended

To see the battery count cycle:

  • Go to the menu bar and click on the Apple icon. 
  • From there, open the About This Mac window and click on System Report. 
  • As you scroll down, select Power from the sidebar. 
  • The page will display the battery information and current cycle count, which is listed under Health Information.

Hence, you can find out the actual cause of poor battery health.

Reset System Management Controller (SMC)

On your MacBook, the System Management Controller (SMC) is a subsystem of the logic board. It has roles in controlling thermal and power management, plus battery charging.

Generally, problems arise with the SMC that might lead your Mac device to stop charging, not turning on, randomly power off, or display other power-related issues. But, resetting the SMC will resolve the power, battery, and other components-related issues. 

Note that the process of resetting the SMC with a removable battery and a non-removable battery is quite different. That’s why you first need to evaluate whether your MacBook has a removable battery or not.

For a Non-Removable Battery:

  • Go to Apple>Shut Down.
  • Press Control (Left) + Option (Left) + Shift (Right) at the same time and hold for 10 seconds.
  • After a few seconds, release all your keys. 
  • Now press the power button to turn on your Mac.

For a Removable Battery:

If your MacBook has a removable battery and to reset your SMC, turn off the MacBook completely and take the battery out. Now, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds.  Then reinstall the battery and press the Power button to restart your Mac.

Use the Appropriate Power Adapter

MacBook power adapters come in different sizes that cater to the different batteries in each Mac device. Having a too-small power adapter might not be powerful enough to charge the battery. This could be the case if your MacBook is not charging. 

Therefore, it’s advisable to identify your Mac model and visit Apple’s website to find out the correct adapter for your Mac. Each adapter has different wattages 45W, 60W, or 85W. So, take a look at the square section before buying. 

Also Read: Quick Tips to Speed Up A Slow-Running Mac!

Inspect your Adapter and Charging Port

You might have the correct power adapter for your MacBook. However, a physical problem might lead to a “not charging” issue. So, take a close look at the complete length to notice indications of damage. A twist in the cable, bare wiring or scorch marks on the cable might showcase such issues.

In such situations, change your adapter with a new one and see if it fixes the problem. The other issue with your MacBook could be the dirt that is clogging up the port. So, carefully clean your USB-C port to troubleshoot the problem.

Speak to Apple Repair Professionals

If your MacBook isn’t charging due to a physical problem with the charging port, it’s time to contact the Apple store directly regarding repairs. The professionals in such stores cover the repairs if it’s under warranty. Otherwise, you might have to charge for the repairs. 

Contact iDevice Repair Centre to Get a Solution!

Visit our iDevice Repair centre, an Apple Repair in Singapore, or its official website to ask about repairs and replacements. We schedule your repair and troubleshoot the “not charging” issue within a limited period. 

We have a team of well-trained professionals in fixing the Apple devices’ related issues. Feel free to contact us at any time!