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Macbook Battery Not Charging: 7 Best Fixes

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It’s a familiar scene for many MacBook users: you plug in your device to charge, but instead of seeing the battery icon light up, you’re greeted with silence. Your MacBook won’t charge, and you’re left wondering what to do next.

Luckily, you can fix the MacBook charging issue with a little troubleshooting. In this guide, I’ll go over some common reasons for your MacBook battery not charging and some steps you can take to fix the issue. So let’s get started!

Before We Begin

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Reasons Why Your MacBook Won’t Charge

Before addressing the issue of a MacBook battery not charging, it’s important to understand some common reasons why this might be happening.

Here are a few potential causes of your MacBook not charging:

  • 🔌 Damaged Charging Cable: If your charging cable is frayed, bent, or otherwise damaged, it may not be able to deliver power to your MacBook properly. 
  • 💡 Faulty Power Adapter: The power adapter itself could be the issue. If the adapter is damaged or not working properly, it won’t be able to supply power to your MacBook. 
  • 🧹 Dirty Charging Port: If your charging port is clogged with dirt, dust, or debris, the connection between the charging cable and your MacBook may not be strong enough to allow for proper charging.
  • 💻 Software Issues: Software problems can sometimes cause issues with your MacBook’s charging. For example, a faulty update could prevent your MacBook from recognizing the power adapter or charging cable. 
  • 🔋 Battery Issues: There could be issues with the MacBook’s battery itself. For example, if the battery is old or damaged, it may not hold a charge or charge properly.

Scan for Malware to Resolve MacBook Charging Problem

Malware or virus infections can slow down your MacBook and cause it to use more power, leading to issues with charging. Running a malware scan with MacKeeper can help you identify and remove malware, potentially resolving any charging issues caused by malware.

Here’s how to run a malware scan using MacKeeper:

  1. Download and install MacKeeper.
  2. Launch MacKeeper and click the Antivirus tab in the left sidebar.
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  1. Select the features you want to use to secure your Mac. For example, you can enable real-time antivirus protection.
click enable to allow real time protection
  1. Once you have configured your security settings, MacKeeper will continue to protect your Mac in the background, scanning for threats and blocking malicious activity.
  2. You can also run an instant virus scan by clicking the Start Scan button.
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  1. If the scan finds any viruses, click the Fix Items button.
  2. If there are no issues in your system, click Restart to run the scan again or close the program.
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What Else Can MacKeeper Do?

Besides scanning your Mac for malware, MacKeeper can do plenty of other things, like removing login items, stopping annoying ads, and freeing up your Mac RAM. Check out my detailed MacKeeper review to learn about its amazing features. 

6 Ways to Fix Your MacBook Battery Not Charging Issue

There are multiple reasons why your MacBook may not be charging. But you can eliminate any problem by following one of the methods I shared below.

First, check your Mac’s hardware using the first three methods and then move to other methods. 

1. Check the Charging Cable

damaged charging cable

The charging cable is the primary power source for your MacBook, so it’s essential to ensure that it works correctly.

Sometimes, the cable can get frayed, bent, or damaged, leading to connectivity issues and preventing proper charging. In this case, it’s best to check and replace the charging cable if necessary.

You can follow these steps to check your Mac’s charging cable:

  1. Unplug the cable from the MacBook and the power adapter.
  2. Check the cable for any visible signs of damage, such as frayed or bent areas.
  3. Try plugging in the cable again and see if the MacBook starts charging.

2. Check the Power Adapter

damaged adapter

The power adapter is responsible for supplying power to the MacBook, so if it’s not working correctly, your MacBook won’t charge. Like the charging cable, the power adapter can also get damaged or stop working properly over time. In this case, it’s best to check and replace the adapter if necessary.

Here’s how to check if your adapter is damaged:

  1. Unplug the adapter from the wall outlet and the MacBook.
  2. Check the adapter for any visible signs of damage, such as bent or broken areas.
  3. Plug the adapter back in and see if it works correctly by looking for a green or amber light.

3. Check the Charging Port

damaged charging port

The charging port on your MacBook is where you plug in the charging cable, and it can get dirty or damaged, preventing proper charging.

If the charging port is dirty or damaged, it can interfere with the connection between the charging cable and your MacBook. In this case, cleaning the charging port or taking your MacBook to an authorized repair center for further inspection is best.

Follow these steps to clean the charging port on your Mac:

  1. Turn off your MacBook and unplug it from the power adapter.
  2. Use a toothbrush or a small, soft-bristled brush to clean the charging port gently.
  3. Blow into the charging port to remove any dust or debris.
  4. Plug in the charging cable and see if your MacBook starts charging.

4. Reset the SMC

The System Management Controller (SMC) controls power management functions on your MacBook, including charging. Resetting the SMC can sometimes resolve issues with the MacBook not charging correctly.

This method is useful if you have checked the charging cable, power adapter, and charging port, and they are working correctly.

To reset the SMC on your Mac, follow these steps:

On a Mac With a Removable Battery

  1. Shut down your Mac.
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  1. Remove your MacBook’s battery.
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  1. Press and hold the Power button for 5 seconds while the battery is removed.
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  1. Release the Power button and reinstall the battery.
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  1. Turn on your Mac by pressing the Power button.
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On a Mac With a Non-Removable Battery

  1. Tap the Apple icon and select Shut Down from the drop-down menu.
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  1. Press and hold the Shift ⇧ + Control ^ + Option ⌥ keys with the power button for 10 seconds.
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  1. Release the keys and press the Power button to turn on your MacBook.

5. Reset the PRAM or NVRAM

The Parameter RAM (PRAM) or Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM) is a small amount of memory that stores information about your MacBook’s hardware settings. Sometimes issues with the NVRAM/PRAM can cause problems with charging.

Resetting the NVRAM or PRAM can clear corrupted settings and potentially resolve the charging issue. Here’s how to reset the PRAM/NVRAM on your Mac using the following steps:

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Press the Power button to turn on your Mac.
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  1. Press and hold the Option ⌥ + Command ⌘ + P + R keys before the gray screen appears.
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  1. Hold the keys until your Mac restarts and you hear the startup chime twice. If you have a Mac with the T2 Security Chip, keep holding the keys until the Apple logo appears and disappears twice.
  2. Release the keys and let your Mac start up normally.
      1. Try charging your MacBook again to see if the issue has been resolved.

      Resetting the PRAM will not delete your files or data, so you don’t have to worry about losing any information.

      6. Replace the Battery

      replace your macbook battery

      If none of the above methods work, there may be a problem with the MacBook’s battery itself. The battery can wear out over time and become less effective at holding a charge or charging properly. In this case, replacing the battery may be necessary.

      • If you are comfortable with DIY repairs, replacing the battery can be a cost-effective solution to the charging issue.
      •  If you are uncomfortable with DIY repairs, it is best to take your MacBook to a professional repair service to replace the battery.

      Extend Your MacBook Battery’s Lifespan

      Once you have resolved the charging issues on your MacBook, monitor it to prevent MacBook issues in the future and ensure that it stays powered up and ready to go when you need it by implementing these tips:

      • Software updates often include fixes for issues related to charging and battery life. Make sure to update your MacBook’s software to avoid these problems regularly.
      • Apple occasionally releases firmware updates that can fix issues with your MacBook’s charging system. Keep your firmware updated to meet the new requirements. 
      • You should also clear the cache on Mac to avoid a burden on your system.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      1. Is it safe to use third-party chargers for my MacBook? 

        Using third-party chargers for your MacBook may not be safe. While third-party chargers are often cheaper than the original Apple chargers, they may not always be compatible with your MacBook model and meet safety standards.

      2. Can I use a different charging cable or adapter for my MacBook?

        You can use a different charging cable or adapter for your MacBook, but using the original accessories that came with it is always recommended. However, if you cannot access them, you can use compatible third-party cables and adapters with your MacBook.

      3. How often should I replace my MacBook’s battery? 

        You should replace your MacBook’s battery after it completes the 1000 charging cycle. Apple designates a MacBook battery as worn out once it completes 1000 cycles, which typically occurs around the 5-year mark. As time passes, you may observe your Macbook battery draining fast.

      Hashir Ibrahim


      I'm Hashir, a tech journalist with a decade of experience. My work has been featured in some of the top tech publications like MakeUseOf and MakeTechEasier. I have a bachelor's degree in IT, a master's in cybersecurity, and extensive knowledge of Apple hardware, specifically MacBooks. As the senior writer at MacBook Journal, I write in depth guides that help you solve any issues you have with your mac and unbiased reviews that help you make the right buying decisions.



      Hi there! I'm Ojash, a tech journalist with over a decade of experience in the industry. I've had the privilege of contributing to some of the world's largest tech publications, making my mark as a respected Mac expert. My passion lies in exploring, using, and writing about MacBooks, and I enjoy sharing my expertise to help others make informed decisions and get the most out of their MacBook experience. Join me as we delve into the fascinating world of MacBooks together!

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