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March 30, 2020

Dell Laptop Plugged In Not Charging

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Is your battery notification showing you dell laptop plugged in not charging warning?

There are several reasons that can cause your dell laptop not to charge properly. Your laptop might come on when you plug in your charger but if your dell charger isn't charging your battery, that situation can cause serious damage to your dell battery.

Charging issues is a common problem you can find on windows 10.

If you really have to use your dell laptop while you are getting the notification error, then I recommend you use your dell laptop without its battery. Just simply connect your dell charger to your laptop while your dell battery is disconnected.

However, the danger of this is that you wouldn't want your laptop to trip off without you shutting down normally. Make sure you always turn off your Dell laptop if you are powering it with only your charger before it accidentally trips off.

Today, I am going to show you how to fix this notification error. But first, I want to share with you the causes.

Why Your Dell Laptop Battery Won't Charge When It Is Plugged In

1. Faulty Wall Socket

It's common for a wall socket to get faulty over time, that's why it's important to always check your wall socket if it's turned on properly or damaged and needs to be replaced.

To know how to detect a bad wall socket is simply by testing your charger on another wall socket that you are sure is working. Another method is simply by check for a burnt smell or looking closely at there all socket if you can see any burnt stain.

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2. Faulty Charging Cable

Your charging cable is mostly the main reason you are getting a dell laptop not charging battery notification. It's important to be sure if your dell charger is faulty and needs to be replaced.

A simple way to detect if you have a fault dell laptop charger is by testing the charger on another dell laptop without charging issues. If your charger turns out not to be working on another dell laptop, then your dell charger needs to be replaced.

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3. Outdated Driver

Drivers are very important to get the best performance out of a computer. Your Dell laptop Battery uses a driver called power management located in your device manager. The power management driver could be the reason your dell laptop is not charging the battery due to corrupt drivers or outdated drivers.

You will learn how to troubleshoot your power management driver below.

4. Outdated Bios

BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System and its function is to manage the connection between the operating system of your dell laptop its hardware devices.

When you have faulty or outdated bios, it could cause a problem on your laptop. It's important to check if your bios driver is up to date to avoid having any issues on your laptop.

Now that you have an idea of the reasons why you are getting a dell laptop plugged in notification, it's time I share with you how to fix your dell laptop battery not charging.

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Let's get to it.

Steps To Fix Your Dell Laptop Plugged in Not Charging

Before you begin following these steps, you have to make sure your laptop charger is working perfectly. There's no point trying any of these methods if you have a bad laptop charger.

These methods below can be applied to Windows 7, 8, & 10.

Now let's troubleshoot.

Uninstall And Reinstall Your Dell Battery Drivers

  1. Navigate to your windows logo and Search for device managersearch for device manager
  2. Launch the device manager and click on the battery dropdown.batteries in device manager
  3. Now Uninstall every driver under the battery dropdownuninstall battery driver in device manager
  4. Restart Your Computer
  5. Connect your dell laptop charger

If this method doesn't work, let's try updating your dell battery drivers

Update Your Dell Battery Drivers

  1. From the previous step, navigate to step 4 but its time, Click on Update driverupdate driver in device manager
  2. A message will pop up asking you how you want to search for your battery drivers, select Search automatically for updated driver software.how do you want to search for drivers
  3. Now let windows search for you drivers automaticallysearch online for drivers
  4. If your drivers are not up to date, update your drivers and restart your laptop. If otherwise, Proceed to the next step.

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Reset Your Dell Battery

Depending on how old or recent your laptop is, every battery is detachable. If you have an older laptop, You can remove your battery from your laptop the old fashion way, but if you have a modern laptop that the battery is inbuilt, you will have to flip your laptop over, open your laptop with a screwdriver and then detach the battery cable.

Follow these steps to reset your dell battery

  1. Turn off your Dell laptop and disconnect your charger
  2. Remove your battery or detach your battery cable
  3. Now hold your power button for 30 to 40 seconds
  4. Connect your battery back into your dell laptop
  5. Connect your charger to your laptop
  6. Turn on your dell laptop
  7. Now check if your laptop is charging

In most cases, this particular method would fix the notification error. If it doesn't work, move to the next method.

Check Your BIOS Settings

  1. Turn off your Dell laptop
  2. Turn your laptop back on and continue tapping on the F2 key till you get into BIOS menu
  3. Now click on Power Management
  4. Then navigate to the Primary battery change configuration option
  5. Make sure that the battery charging limit is not chosen and the standard charge is selected
  6. Now save the settings
  7. Reboot your laptop
  8. Connect your Dell charger and check if the issue is solved or not.

Replace Your Dell Charger

If you have tried every method above and you are still getting the charging error, then something is wrong somewhere and I believe it is your dell charger or wall socket wit the problem.

Like I mentioned earlier, To know if you have a charger problem, test your Dell charger on another dell laptop that has no charging issues.

If your charger turns out not to be working on another dell laptop, then your dell charger needs to be replaced.

To know if you have a wall socket problem, test your charger on another wall socket that you are sure is working. Another method is simply by check for a burnt smell or looking closely at there all socket if you can see any burnt stain.


With all these methods I mentioned above, I believe you must have resolved your problem. In my own experience, the battery reset solution is mostly what works.

If you are unable to troubleshoot your dell laptop yourself, it is ok to hand your laptop over to a professional. You can also consider seeking help from Dell if you are still having trouble.


How do I enable battery charging on Dell laptop?

You have to tap on both the Fn key and the key on your dell keyboard that you need to tap to enable battery charging on your particular model of Dell laptop. For example, on a Dell Inspiron 1525 you have to press the Fn key and F2 key to enable battery charging, whereas on a Mini 9 you have to press the Fn and 3 keys.

How do I get my Dell laptop to recognize my charger?

1. Restart your Dell computer.
2. When the Dell logo appears, tap F2 key continousy until the message Entering Setup appears.
3. Now verify the AC Adapter Type in the BIOS options.
4. If AC Adapter Type is None – Ensure to connect the AC adapter to the PC.

Can I charge Dell laptop with USB?

No, all feature the newfangled USB-C port, and all but the Dell comes with its own charger. Although, Dell laptop can be cleverly charged via a standard Dell plug or its USB-C port

Do all Dell laptops have the same charger?

No. The individual Dell charger models vary in power source requirements. So, not all Dell laptop chargers will work on all Dell laptops. Dell chargers, while paired with compatible models, are designed to work with all laptops that use the same type of connection and require the same power output.

About the author 


Solomon is a passionate tech enthusiast. He has been a computer nerd since he got his first PC. Solomon is Specialized in writing subjects regarding Windows, error solutions, and how-to guides. After Co-Founding Bestsoltips, his passion for Computers and the Internet enabled him to grow Bestsoltips and helped thousands of readers solve their problems.

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