Lenovo Laptop not charging – Here are the best solutions

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Although Lenovo is one of the most reliable laptop brands out there, it's not perfect. One of the issues that can occur is that your battery won't charge or only charges up to a certain point. If you're going through this, don't worry, you're not alone. Luckily, you can usually fix this problem without having to take the laptop for repair.

If you're wondering what to do when your Lenovo laptop won't charge, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss several useful methods that you can use to fix this problem in no time.



Lenovo laptop not charging

Many users have reported seeing "Plugged in, not charging" notification on their Lenovo laptops. Many factors can cause this, and it can be difficult to determine if the problem is with the charger or the laptop. Here's what you can do about it:

Check for hardware issues

Once you notice that your laptop is plugged in but not charging, the first action you should take is to check your charger and power adapter. Look for any signs of damage as this could be causing the problem. If you have a backup charger, try plugging it in.

If you've determined that the problem is the faulty charger, you'll need to purchase a new one. Some Lenovo laptops can also be charged via USB Type-C cable or power bank. Check if this is possible to save time and avoid running out of battery power until a new charger is purchased.


Check battery settings

Many Lenovo laptops have power management settings designed to extend the life or run time of your battery. If your battery only charges to 60%, you may have enabled these settings by accident. The steps to disable this option vary depending on what you have preloaded on your laptop.


If Lenovo Energy Management is preloaded, follow these steps:

  1. Open Lenovo Energy Management.
  2. Choose the battery setting you want: Power Saver, Balanced, or High Performance.

For those who have Lenovo Power Manager, here's how to change the battery settings:

  1. Open Lenovo Power Manager.
  2. Under "Switch to", select "Basic".
  3. Go to the “Battery” tab.
  4. Open “Battery care”.
  5. Select the desired mode and press “Ok”.

Users who have OneKey Optimizer should follow these instructions:

  1. Go to OneKey Optimizer.
  2. Open the “Energy saving” tab.
  3. Tap "Battery conservation".
  4. Disable “Conservation Mode” to allow your battery to fully charge.

Laptops with Lenovo Settings installed should follow these steps:

  1. Go to Lenovo Settings.
  2. Tap the power management icon.
  3. Disable “Storage mode”.

Models with Lenovo Vantage installed should follow these instructions:

  1. Go to "Device".
  2. Open "My Device Settings".
  3. Tap "Battery".
  4. Disable “Storage mode”.

Power Reset

Another option you can try to charge your battery is to reset your laptop. Here's how:


  1. Turn off your laptop.
  2. Unplug the power cable.
  3. Remove the battery.
  4. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
  5. Replace the battery.
  6. Connect the power cable.
  7. Turn on your laptop.

Update battery drivers

Outdated or missing battery drivers can often prevent your battery from charging properly. Since drivers vary depending on the system and model of laptop you have, it is recommended that you check the manufacturer's website. website and download them manually.


Another option is to use specially designed programs such as Driver Easy to download the necessary drivers for you. These programs identify your system and locate the correct drivers, so you don't have to worry about making mistakes and downloading the wrong ones.

Update BIOS

The Basic Input-Output System, or BIOS, comes preinstalled on the motherboard and is responsible for booting your system. Moreover, it can also fix potential hardware issues on your laptop. If something goes wrong with the BIOS settings, you might experience many issues, one of them being the inability to load.

Updating your BIOS might resolve battery issues. Here's how:

  1. Go to the Lenovo support page.
  2. Hover over "PC" and press "Detect product".
  3. Go to your product page.
  4. Open "Drivers and Software".
  5. Press "BIOS".
  6. Follow the onscreen instructions to update your BIOS.
  7. Restart your laptop and plug in the power cable.

Keep in mind that updating your BIOS can be risky. If you make a mistake, you could lose your data. It is recommended to back up everything before updating the BIOS.


Contact Lenovo Support

If none of the above methods work, it's best to contact Lenovo Support and have them look at the battery.

How to Extend Battery on Lenovo Laptops

Each laptop model comes with an estimated battery life. But keep in mind that the battery will only last long under certain conditions. Here's what you can do to save your Lenovo laptop battery:


Use the Windows Battery Performance Slider

The Windows Battery Performance Slider lets you control your battery life and decide if you want better battery or better performance.

Here's how to use it:

  1. Tap the battery icon in the lower right corner.
  2. Move the slider to the left to activate "Power mode". This way you will get the best possible battery life.

If your laptop is not plugged in, you will notice that the brightness has decreased. Additionally, this mode will also prevent Windows Update downloads and suspend most background apps.

Activate airplane mode

If you're not using the internet on your laptop, the best way to save your battery is to turn on airplane mode. All background apps and push notifications will be disabled, thus extending battery life.

Here's how to enable airplane mode on a Lenovo laptop:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Tap the gear icon.
  3. Select “Network and Internet”.
  4. Tap "Airplane Mode" on the left side.
  5. Toggle the toggle button under "Airplane Mode".

Close apps that consume the most power

Some apps will drain your battery faster than others. In some cases, these apps only run in the background and you may not need them right now.

Here's how to check which apps are consuming the most power:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select the gear icon to access settings.
  3. Tap "Battery".
  4. Under "Battery usage by app", select whether you want to review it for the last 24 hours or seven days. If you find some apps useless, close them to extend battery life.

Adjust the brightness

Nothing drains your battery like a bright screen. Besides eating up your battery, a bright screen also puts a strain on your eyes. Here's how to adjust the brightness of your Lenovo laptop:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Tap the gear icon to open Settings.
  3. Select "System".
  4. Move the slider to select the desired brightness level.

Additionally, you can turn off the keyboard light unless you are working in a dark space. To do this, press "Fn + Space" on your Lenovo laptop repeatedly if necessary.

Hibernate mode or sleep mode

Windows laptops have two different modes when you're not using them: hibernate and sleep.

If you know you won't be using the laptop for several hours, the best thing to do to turn it off is to put it into hibernate mode. This mode shuts down the system completely and saves the current data to disk.

In sleep mode, the laptop battery is still powering the RAM, thus draining more battery.

Update your system

System updates often contain features that increase your battery efficiency. It is better to update your system as soon as you receive a notification about it. If you think you missed the notification, you can always check for updates manually:

  1. Access the Start menu.
  2. Select the gear icon to open settings.
  3. Tap "Update & Security".
  4. Select "Check for updates". If there is one available, download and install it.

Get your battery up and running in no time

Not being able to charge your Lenovo laptop can be frustrating, especially if you need to use it right away. Luckily, you probably won't need to take your laptop to get this problem fixed. We hope this article helped you identify and fix the problem and that you are now enjoying a full battery.

Have you ever had issues with your Lenovo laptop battery? How did you solve this? Tell us in the comments section below.

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