Chromebook Won’t Charge? Here’s What to Do [Updated Guide]

If you’re trying to charge your Chromebook and Chromebook won’t charge, don’t worry. There are a few things that can cause the Chromebook not to charge, but they are all easy fixes. First, check if there is any debris or dirt in the charging port of your Chromebook, this could be preventing the charger from connecting with the port. If this is not what’s causing it, try plugging another device into your Chromebook and see if it charges.

Related: What to do if your Chromebook freezes and won’t turn off

The Chromebook Won’t Charge: The Battery is Drained

If you plug your Chromebook into a power source and it either doesn’t charge or runs out of battery quickly, there is likely to be one of two causes: the wall outlet isn’t working properly, or some other issue is at play.

The first thing to do is check the wall outlet in question and make sure it’s providing power. Plug a lamp or other device in, if possible; you want something that will tell you whether the outlet is working or not. If the Chromebook not charging no light, try another outlet in case the first one has gone bad. If you’re still having trouble, the following are the most important suggestions:

1- Check the Charger Cables and the Connected Outlet

The first thing you should do when your Chromebook laptop won’t charge is to check the charger cables and make sure they are connected properly. The next step would be checking if it’s plugged into a working AC power source using another device or lamp, etc. If this doesn’t work then try plugging in different devices, like cellphones, lamps, TVs, and so on. If this also doesn’t work then it’s time to try a different power outlet since the one you’ve been using might be faulty or may not even have electricity running into it at all.

2- AC Adapter Charge Verification

If your Chromebook is not charging, there are some ways to test it. First, plug in the AC adapter and verify that the Chromebook’s battery light comes on for a few seconds as you press the power button. If this happens, then try unplugging as well as replugging into Chromebook every 30 seconds or so while continuing to press Chromebook’s power button so you can test for the Chromebook to charge while unplugged. If Chromebook still does not turn on, make sure that your Chromebook is connected correctly to the AC adapter by plugging it in fully and firmly into Chromebook.

If this doesn’t work, make sure all of your connections are plugged in correctly and that you have a charged battery. If they are, then there might be an issue with your Chromebook’s actual power cord or the adapter itself.

3- LED Indicator Light Functionality

The LED indicator light functionality will show you the current power status of your Chromebook. If it is not charging, this means either that there is an issue with the charger or cable (or both). First, make sure to check out these components and see if they are working properly. You can try using different chargers just in case yours is not working anymore. If the LED indicator light functionality is still not showing a Chrome book won’t charge status, then this probably means that your charger or cable has been damaged and you need to replace it.

4- Embedded Controller (EC) Reset

If you can’t boot to the OS, and your Chromebook still won’t charge, there is a good chance that it’s an EC (Embedded Controller) issue.

The EC controls many of the Chromebook components like charging, power state changes (battery life), battery calibration/updates, etc. If something goes wrong, the EC can get locked in a bad state. This is where an EC Reset comes into play.

Here are some steps you can take to reset your Chromebook’s embedded controller:

  • Disconnect all cables from Chromebook (plugged in or not).
  • Hold Esc+Refresh(Fn+ESC) and press power.
  • Let the Chromebook sit for about 30 seconds.
  • Press Ctrl+D to bypass OS verification or wait 60 seconds for it to boot up normally (time varies).

This should reset your Chromebook’s EC and hopefully resolve any issues you have with a non-working Chromebook that won’t charge!

5- Battery Rate Discharge Check

If the battery is empty, then it may not be connected properly. You can open up your Chromebook and check that there are no large pieces of material between the battery contacts which might stop them from making proper contact with the power connector. This will fix issues like draining batteries or devices not charging because they aren’t getting enough power to do so.

If that isn’t the case, then you could try a different power cable and charging brick because this will tell you if it is something wrong with your charger. If all else fails, there may be an issue with the battery itself which only Google can resolve by either replacing or servicing your Chromebook.

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