MacBook Pro Not Charging: How To Fix?

Is your MacBook Pro not charging when plugged in? You’re not alone! It’s a common issue that many Mac users (old & new) face. It’s quite easy to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

MacBook Pro M1 is a beast in terms of performance and power efficiency. Apple claims that it gives 20 hours of battery backup when fully charged.

It has an optimized Apple Silicon processor and onboard integrated RAM. On top of that, highly optimized macOS make it buttery smooth, and power-efficient.

Even though it has a great battery backup, it becomes a problem when your Macbook won’t charge.

How To Fix MacBook Pro Not Charging?

Macbook Pro Plugged in Not Charging

An SMC (System Management Controller) reset can fix the charging issue on MacBook Air and Pro. But, it’s not the only solution, and you need to follow these steps to the charging issue.

1. Inspect Charging Cable

MacBook Charger Cable Damaged

The MacBook charging cable is the most vulnerable part due to which customers face charging issues. If your MacBook Pro won’t charge and there is no light or indication of charging, then visually inspect your charging cable.

A damaged charging cable can also damage your MacBook. So, avoid using any low-quality or damaged charging cable with MacBook Pro. If you notice any sign of damage, immediately replace it.

2. Clean Your Charging Pin

Clean Macbook Charging Pin

A dirty charging pin or port can also prevent charging activity or slow down the charging speed.

You should clean your MagSafe charging pin with ear cleaning buds or soft fabric. If your USB-C MacBook Pro not charging, remove any stuck debris from the charging port. You can use a toothbrush or toothpick to clean the ports.

3. Check Your Power Adapter

Damaged MacBook Adapter

We generally ignore the power adapter and assume that there is some issue with Macbook. You first need to check that the power switch is ON and your power adapter is functioning properly.

If you notice any damage to the power adapter, replace it. Also, change your power outlet and confirm if the adapter is actually not working.

4. Update macOS

If your macOS is not updated, it could be another reason your MacBook Pro is not charging.

You should keep your macOS updated to enjoy the latest features and fix the existing bugs.

You can check the latest release update by following these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner.
  2. Click on “About This Mac“.
  3. Click on “Software Update“.
  4. Click on “Check For Update“.
  5. Download the update.
  6. Now, restart your MacBook to apply the update.

5. Reset SMC

The system management controller (SMC) controls how your Mac manages power.

Resetting the SMC can resolve certain issues related to power, battery, fans, and other features.

You can check the step-by-step guide on resetting SMC on Apple’s website.

If your MacBook Pro battery not charging after an SMC reset, you probably need to visit the Apple service center to get it repaired.


The charging issue is frequently associated with the charging cable. The first thing you need to do is, inspect your charging cable and replace it if any sign of damage. If none of the above-mentioned solutions work, take your MacBook Pro to the nearest service center.

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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