What to do when your MacBook won’t charge.

What to do when your MacBook won’t charge.

If you own an older MacBook with a removable battery take it out and then re-insert it to see if that fixes the problem. Other users continue on to these potential fixes.

  1. Try another outlet.
  2. Try another MacBook Charger
  3. Remove the MagSafe 2 adapter and try again

We ran into problems where our MacBook Pro Retina would not charge with a MagSafe 2 adapter, even though the charger was working fine on other notebooks. You can ask Apple for a replacement MagSafe adapter, and you may be surprised to get a free replacement if you take the old one in and show the issue.

There may be a bigger issue with your MacBook not charging. If the above steps don’t help you should reset the SMC on your Mac. The System Management Controller is easy to reset on your own. Resetting the SMC can fix Macbook not charging problem and other issues including;

  • The computer doesn’t respond to the power button when pressed.
  • A portable Mac doesn’t appear to respond properly when you close or open the lid.
  • The computer sleeps or shuts down unexpectedly.
  • The battery does not appear to be charging properly.
  • The MagSafe power adaptor LED doesn’t appear to indicate the correct activity.

The process of resetting the SMC on a Mac is different depending on the model, so we recommend following all the instructions on this page.

If that does not fix the problem you should talk to Apple about a solution. You may need to pay Apple to replace your battery if the device is out of warranty. The out of warranty MacBook Battery replacement is $129 to $199 direct from Apple. You may find cheaper prices at other service centers.

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