MacBook Air Not Charging: How To Fix?

Is your MacBook Air not charging when plugged in? It’s a common issue that many MacBook users face. But, it can be solved easily at home.

Apple-designed MacBook Air is the best portable laptop for productivity. The new Apple Silicon M1 chip makes it a beast in terms of performance and power efficiency.

MacBook Air M1 provides up to 18 hours of battery backup, but it’s not enough when your MacBook Air won’t charge.

There are a few customers who reported that they’re facing issues in charging. If your MacBook Air not charging when plugged in, then this guide is for you.

Although it’s rare but sometimes MacBook won’t charge when plugged in with a power adapter.

In this guide, we’ll figure out the various reasons why your Apple MacBook not charging. Also, you’ll learn the various methods to fix the charging issue of MacBook Air M1 and older models.

Why is my MacBook Air Not Charging?

If your MacBook Air not charging doesn’t mean the MacBook is dead. There are many common reasons why the Macbook battery won’t charge.

A few of them are listed below:

  1. The charging cable is damaged.
  2. The power adapter is dead.
  3. The power socket is faulty.
  4. Your macOS is outdated or buggy.
  5. Overheating.
  6. Problem with your Macbook battery.

How To Fix MacBook Air Not Charging Issue?

Is your MacBook not charging USB-C? Don’t worry! It’s common and can be solved easily.

Here are a few methods to solve the charging issue:

1. Inspect Your Charging Cable

MacBook Charger Cable Damaged

MacBook Air M1 (2020) has USB-C type port to for charging. Apple provides a long type C to type C cable in the box. Due to frequent uses, the charging cable gets damaged due to which MacBook won’t charge.

Visually inspect the charging cable first and if you notice any damage, replace the cable. Also, if your MacBook Air not charging with no light, it means power is not reaching to your laptop hence it’s time to get a new cable.

If your MacBook Air is older model, then see if any damage on magnetic charging cable. Order a new charging cable from Apple’s official website (costly) or Amazon (discounted).

2. Check If Power Adapter is Dead

Damaged MacBook Adapter

Apple MacBook Air M1 (2020) comes with a 30W power adapter. It can fully charge your MacBook battery in two and half hours. We generally leave the power adapter plugged into the power source, and sometimes it dies due to a surge in voltage.

If your MacBook Air not charging, no light, it means your power adapter is dead. You can buy a new charger from Apple’s official website or an authorized seller on Amazon.

3. Faulty Power Socket

Many times we forget to turn ON the power socket. It’s very basic, but most of the time, I get to make this mistake. Also, change the power outlet and plug your charger in a different socket. A faulty power outlet can also cause problems in charging.

4. Update Your macOS

macOS update

Check your software if your MacBook Air is not charging but the green light is glowing. Often outdated or buggy software can affect the charging speed and prevent your Macbook from charging even if it’s plugged in.

Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner and click on “About This Mac”. Then click on Software Update and download and install the latest update released by Apple.

5. Cool Down Your MacBook

If your MacBook is hot, it affects the battery life and won’t charge. Apple provided thermal sensors that detect the sudden spike in temperature and cut down the power supply.

If your Macbook is overheating, disconnect it from the charger and close all the running apps and leave it in a cool place. Once your Macbook cools down, then re-connect the charge.

6. Reset Your MacBook SMC

Apple provides System Management Controller (SMC) that controls many activities on MacBook. Resetting your Macbook SMC to fix the battery and power-related problems.

You can reset your MacBook SMC by following these steps- (read this guide for detailed information):

  1. Force quit all running apps.
  2. Shut down your MacBook.
  3. Connect your MacBook with an Apple charger.
  4. Press Control + Shift + Option and the power button together for four seconds.
  5. Start your MacBook by pressing the power button.

If your MacBook Air is not charging after SMC Reset, it’s time to take it to the nearest Apple care center.


If you have an older version of MacBook Air and it’s not charging, then check your power adapter and charging cable. Also, ensure that battery health and reset SMC to solve power-related issues. If nothing works, contact the Apple support team and bring it to the nearest Apple care center. They’ll diagnose thoroughly and repair your MacBook.

Daniel is a tech enthusiast and repair technician who loves experimenting with various gadgets and home appliances. On this blog, he shares a troubleshooting guide for software and hardware faults.

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