What to Do When MacBook Pro Not Charging

Even though your MacBook Pro is a very reliable and capable computer, things can sometimes still go wrong. This can be due to some sort of malfunction with your computer or might be simply wear and tear after years of usage.

Regardless of the reason, when problems occur with your MacBook Pro it is always annoying but there is usually a quick fix.

One of the problems that can occur with your MacBook Pro is that it won’t charge. If your computer happens to not be charging, there are several different ways to try and fix the problem. We will take a look at some options here to try and get your charger working so you can get your computer back online quickly.

Run through the steps here to figure out why there is no green light on your charger when you plug your computer in.

What to Do When MacBook Pro is Not Charging

There are several troubleshooting steps to walk through in the event that your MacBook Pro won’t charge. We will go through all of them here and one of the steps should fix or at least diagnose your problem.

In a worst-case scenario, you might have to purchase a new charging cable for your computer. 

Step 1. Check the Power Source

Check the Power Source

The first thing you’ll want to do is check the power source from where you have your charging cord plugged in to. You could unplug your computer and plug in a different electrical device to make sure that the outlet is indeed functional. Take a small common item like a lamp or a clock and try to plug it into the same outlet and see if it turns on.

If it doesn’t, there’s a good chance the outlet is bad. If it does, it could be a bad MacBook charger.

You can also simply take your charging plug and move it to a different location. If you are in your home, move to a different room and try plugging your computer elsewhere.

If you are at a cafe, go to the other side of the building and plug it in. If this method gets your charging light on, then the outlet you were plugged in to was not working.

Step 2. Make Sure Your Charger is Well Ventilated

You will want to make sure that your charging cord adapter is in a well-ventilated area. If it is not, there is a chance that it will overheat, causing it to shut down or malfunction.

Either way, the charger will not work again until it cools down. Make sure your cord is not covered by blankets or coats and is not in contact with any source of added heat.

You will be able to feel the adapter and notice that it is hot to the touch if this is the cause of your charging issue.

Step 3. Check the Cord For Damage

Check the Cord For Damage

Over time, your charging cord can get worn out. The plastic covering that surrounds the electrical wiring underneath can break or start to tear apart and eventually this can lead to the cord not being able to hold a charge like it used to.

Basically, the electrical connection becomes interrupted when this happens and it may be time for you to get a new charger.

It’s easy to see if this is the problem. Examine the length of your charger for any signs of damage. If you see exposed metal wiring or the cord covering damaged significantly, this could very well be the reason for your charging issues.

You could try covering the damaged area with electrical tape but usually, that is a temporary fix and the best thing to do would be to get a new charging adapter altogether.

Common Issues On MacBook Pro Not Charging

One simple way to know that your computer is not charging is the fact that it won’t turn on. This could also be due to a dead battery so first things first, make sure to plug your MacBook in to see if it will hold a charge and turn on when plugged in.

This is a pretty obvious first step but before you think something is wrong, it’s good to make sure you have the basics covered.

If you plug your charger into a wall outlet and then into your computer and still have no power, the real troubleshooting begins. There could be a problem with your computer, your charger could be broken, or the electrical source from where you are plugged in to could be bad.

All of these issues can lead to your computer not charging but each one of them is pretty easy to diagnose and fix.

If your computer has battery power, it may still operate for a while even with a faulty charger. If you look up at your battery life indicator on the top right-hand side of your screen and don’t see a little lighting bolt when your charger is plugged in, the computer is not charging.

There is also a small LED light that turns on when the computer is charging to indicate there is power. It is usually an orange/red color when charging and turns green once fully charged.

Final Thoughts

There are some easy fixes to get your computer charging up again. If you ran through all of the troubleshooting steps here and still didn’t find the reason for your problem, try looking at Apple’s Troubleshooting tips for this sort of problem.

They list a few more technical reasons as to why this could be occurring. If none of those tips help either, you might just have to order a new charging cord.

Has your battery charger ever stopped working? How did you fix it?

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