How to fix a MacBook that won’t charge

If your MacBook is not charging, then make sure you check out our step-by-step guide to fixing a MacBook that won't charge

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Apple MacBook has been on the market for years and stands out thanks to its beautiful design language and optimized macOS. Apple releases new MacBook models every year with a slew of improvements. However, Apple MacBook lineup has started to show signs of a slowdown in recent years as it is struggling to compete with Windows-based laptops.

One major problem we have with the Apple MacBook is that it sometimes fails to recharge. If you are one of those who has been hit by the above issue, then we are here to help. In the section below, we will show you how to fix a MacBook that won’t charge. Before doing anything, try rebooting your device and start over.

Next up, check your power connection

Most Macs come with MagSafe power adapters, allowing you to recharge your machine. If your MacBook fails to charge, then make sure you use your power adaptor properly. In reality, Apple’s MagSafe adapter heavily relies on magnets to recharge your MacBook, so it sometimes fails to work.

All you need to do now is to plug it out and plug it back in to see if the problem is dealt with. If nothing is fixed, then reboot your Mac and recharge your Mac. If the problem still persists, you can buy a new MagSafe power adapter from Apple. Apple is now selling multiple power adapters for different Macs. The Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter now costs $80 for the 13-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Try Apple’s solutions

Apple recommends you reset SMC (System Management Controller) if your MacBook refuses to charge. In reality, resetting SMC helps to fix some power-related problems.

Reset SMC
Reset SMC

To do this, shut down your MacBook, then plug in your MagSafe power adapter, and hold down Control + Shift+ Option and Power at the same time for 4 seconds. After that, release all of them and hit the Power button to boot up your Mac.

If resetting SMC does not work, Apple recommends you take your MacBook to your local Apple Store or contact AppleCare.

Check the MagSafe ports for dust

If you have been using your MacBook for a long time, then it’s time to clean it up. In reality, the dust accumulates inside the MagSafe port even if you keep your laptop in a cover, which reduces the ability to charge your MacBook effectively.

MagSafe charging port
MagSafe charging port

If you have noticed that your MagSafe port is now clogged with dust or debris, simply use a cotton swab or toothbrush to gently pull out any debris or dust stuck in the port. Make sure you disconnect your Mac from any power source before moving ahead.

Check overheating

The MacBook Pro is pretty hot under heavy use even though Apple has been busy improving its cooling system in recent years. To be honest, I can feel the heat while I am typing or editing my videos with Final Cut or Premiere Pro. The problem is even worse while gaming on my MacBook Pro, which slows down the performance.

If you notice that your MacBook is getting hot, then disconnect the charger and let your Mac cool down a little bit. After that, connect your MagSafe charger to your Mac and start recharging.

Use System Preferences

Energy Saver Settings
Energy Saver Settings

If you notice that your MacBook’s battery is draining, then check the Energy Saver settings. To do this, open System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery tab and make sure the two sliders: Computer Sleep and Display Sleep are on the left.

If you have done all the above steps, but nothing works, then make sure you take your MacBook to a local Apple Store. However, we hope our troubleshooting guide is helpful.

Still facing the problem? Let us know in the comments below.

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