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How To Fix Your MacBook Battery If It’s Not Charging

Dec 5, 2017 8:35:21 PM / by BaseQi


A MacBook with a battery that’s not charging can be a frustrating problem, specially when need to get some important work done. On top of that, this can even make some users panic and automatically assume that they need to bring their MacBook to a service centre (or worse, buy a new one). Fortunately for you, you can bypass the whole process of worrying and wondering about what to do, because we have the solution right here.

If you want to know how to fix your MacBook’s battery, take note of this step-by-step guide.


1. Restart your MacBook.

When troubleshooting the battery of your MacBook, it’s best to start with simple measures first, like the tried and tested practice of just resetting your machine. The hardware that controls the charging of your MacBook may sometimes malfunction--and more often than not, a system reboot is all you need to fix the issue. Here’s how to restart your MacBook.

  1. Click on the Apple icon located at the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Click on Restart.

  3. Wait for the reboot to be completed, then attempt charging the battery again.


2. Check the power cable of your MagSafe.

Don’t be alarmed in case your MacBook isn’t charging even after you reboot. There’s still no need to do anything drastic. Another item you can check for issues is the power cable of your MagSafe. Look for signs of damage, tears, burns, or discoloration. You also need to inspect the brick component of the power cable for warping and discolouration.

Any damage to your MagSafe can be enough to cause a disruption in the charging capabilities of your MacBook, and the only solution is to replace it with a brand new one. So drop by the nearest Apple store or visit Apple’s website and buy a power cable as soon as possible.


3. Test the MagSafe adapter.

Is your MacBook battery still not charging after completing the two steps above? The next thing you can look at is your MagSafe’s adapter to see if the pins on it are stuck down. What you can do is plug the adapter back into your MacBook’s power port, and wait for the pins to move back into their original positions. If they don’t, you might need to have your MagSafe adapter replaced.


4. Find out if anything’s wrong with the power port of your MacBook.

Over time, dust and other debris can accumulate in certain parts of your MacBook, including the power port. If the power port on your MacBook is dirty, clean it gently with a dry cotton swab or soft toothbrush.

Another possible reason for your MacBook not charging could be a damaged power port. In this case, you might need to bring your MacBook to an authorized Apple repair centre near you to see if the power port can be fixed.


5. Reset your MacBook’s System Management Control (SMC)

If you’ve tried restarting your MacBook and checking the power cable, adapter, and power port, but your device is still not charging, you can reset your MacBook’s SMC. Doing so can solve not only charging issues, but other problems with power that your MacBook might have as well. The process of restarting your MacBook’s SMC is as follows:

  1. Press the Apple icon located at the top left corner of your screen.

  2. Click Shutdown.

  3. Connect the MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to your computer.

  4. Press the Shift, Control, and Option keys and the power button at the same time.

  5. Release the keys and the power button at the same time.

  6. Turn on your MacBook by pressing the power button again.

Once you complete this process, you should already be able to charge your MacBook.


6. Update your operating system.

There are occasions when Mac OS updates can solve your charging dilemma. Search for updates by going to the Apple menu and clicking on the option for Software update. Install any update and see if your MacBook battery is charging by then.


Want to learn the best way sustain your MacBook's battery? Here is an article on how to maximizing your MacBook's battery life.


7. Cool your MacBook down.

Have you tried everything mentioned so far and your MacBook still isn’t charging? The last thing you can verify is if your MacBook is overheating. Try to feel whether the top and bottom parts of your laptop are hot because it could be why your MacBook is not charging.  

To cool down your MacBook, just turn it off, remove any external connections, and place it near a fan or air conditioner. Allow the temperature of your MacBook to decrease for at least one or two hours then turn it back on to try and charge it.


Follow the aforementioned steps to the letter, and you would have a significant chance of solving your problem.

However, if you did follow this guide to the letter and the charging problem lingers, there is unfortunately nothing more you can do. It is out of your hands. In this case, you can either contact Apple’s MacBook Support or you can have the laptop fixed at any authorised Apple service providers in your area.


Hi, we are team Baseqi, thank you for reading our blog! We are a technology startup founded by a team of passionate designers and Apple fanatics. Our goal is to design unique and high-quality accessories at cutting edge prices for all Apple lovers.


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