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Reasons why a Macbook lags while being plugged in

Reasons why a Macbook lags while being plugged in

 Many people prefer using Macbook because of the portability. You can simply unplug your Mac and carry it anywhere you want to. Now, the most important thing is it will only help if the Mac starts charging when you need it. On the other hand if it doesn’t charge properly it can be really frustrating. This article will help you understand the reason why a Macbook lags while being plugged in and how to fix the issue.

 If you are using a Macbook, at times you find out that the battery doesn’t charge properly. Here are a few things that you may notice

  • The LED light (green) may not light up
  • Chances are that plugged in Mac not charging even when LED light turns ON.
  • Or simply the Macbook isn’t charging at all


There can be different reasons why your Mackbook lags while being plugged in. 

  • Wrong settings
  • Hardware issues
  • Improper connections
  • Battery issues 
  • Overheating

Now that you know the reasons why a plugged in Mac not charging, you troubleshoot the Mac and fix the issue

Check the hardware

Before you think about doing anything else, make sure you start with basics. If a plugged in Mac not charging, then check the power cable first. Check the cable inch by inch and try to see if there are any broken spots/dark stains that can be seen on the surface of the cable. In case you notice any damage, it means this can be a reason that is creating problems.

Secondly, check the ports if it has any dust or foreign elements. Yes, it is true even dust on charging port can block the connection. So, if you observe any object or dust simply remove it.

Also, check whether the Mac is plugged in properly into wall socket. Check if it is switched ON else or you can also use another socket. It may sound simple, but make sure you do not skip this step.

Try to reboot the Macbook

It is not only the apps that exist on your Mac get frozen, but even the hardware that carries out the charging process can also get frozen.  Sometimes, this could be the reason why a plugged in Mac not charging issues arises. So, make sure you restart your Mackbook. Even a basic reboot can help reset the hardware settings and resolve the issue.

You simply need to follow the simple steps to reboot your Mac

  • Click on the Apple logo that you see on the left corner of the screen.
  • Click- Restart
  • Let the system reboot and then try to charge your Mac again

Check the condition of your battery

There are chances that the batter of your Mac may wear out much faster if there is heavy usage. That is why you need to check the condition of the Mac battery to avoid facing issues when you need your Mac the most. Checking the condition of your battery is valid in situations where the battery stops charging even with the help of a cable.

In order to check the condition of your battery simply press & hold Alt key and click on the battery icon from the menu bar. You will see the advance options in the menu bar. You will notice the status of your battery in 4 different states and they are

  • Normal- It means the battery is working properly
  • Replace soon- The battery is working fine but no longer holds less charge that earlier. It needs to be replaced immediately.
  • Replace now – It means the battery should be replaced immediately.
  • Service battery- It means the battery can damage your Macbook if not replaced immediately.

The condition of your batter matters a lot and you need to always maintain it in a good state to get better performance. 

Reset SMC

SMC is system management controller. It regulates the battery along with indicator lights that display its status. Thus, in case plugged in Mac not charging issues arise you can try to reset the SMC to fix the issue.

Remember, there are two different ways to reset the SMC for Macbook that comes with a removable battery and the one that has non-removable battery. So, you need to check whether your Mac has a removable battery.

If the Mac has removable battery follow the simple steps given below

  • Shut down the Mac
  • Remove the Mac battery
  • Press and hold the power button for five seconds
  • Now reinstall Mac battery
  • Switch on your Mac

For non-removable battery

  • Shut down the Mac
  • Press the option- Shit-Control and the power button together and hold it for 10 seconds
  • Release keys
  • Turn on the Mac by pressing power button

Let the Macbook cool to avoid overheating

Sometimes, the charging problem of Macbook occurs due to overheating. The thermal sensors in your Macbook identify the rise in temperature drastically it halts the battery access as a preventive measure.

When you touch your Macbook and find it too hot, just turn off the Mac and let it cool for a while. You can also use a fan to cool your Mac faster. If you Mac are exposed to direct sunlight, it can cause overheating so move to an area where it is not exposed to direct sunlight.

The above methods of troubleshooting the charging issues with Macbook and ways to resolve the issue are simple and effective. You can try them to resolve the issue. If all the above methods do not work then you should visit the Apple Store or an authorized apple repair centre to get it checked. Make sure you consult a professional and licensed person to fix the problem. Make sure you keep a check on the basics problems that can lead to charging problems in your Mac. You need to make sure that your Mac is allowed to cool before its get too hot to touch.