The MagSafe charging port happens to be one of the best Apple innovations in history. Although the company decided to entirely ditch the port in all the MacBook models they have released in the year 2016, but still a majority of Apple users are in fact using Mac computers that use a MagSafe connector.

macbook pro not charging

The concept of a MagSafe connector is just brilliant, using a magnet to keep a charging adapter connected to a device. The power transfer happens just flawlessly through MagSafe and in the event of an accident like you tangling to the charging wire, the charger will just break away from the laptop instead of dragging it off the table.

However, like any other technology the MagSafe isn’t all issue-free. On the positive side, MagSafe charging issues are more likely caused by unconscious users and never fatal. Also, they are a lot less complicated than crappy iTunes issues.

Troubleshoot MagSafe Charging Issues

It’s basically a three step diagnosis for almost any MagSafe trouble. Follow the instructions we have provided for you below.

#1: Check the Adapter for Proper Connection to the Wall Socket

If connecting a MagSafe adapter to a MacBook doesn’t light up the power LED, chances are the socket you are connecting to, is not working okay. Maybe the adapter is not getting its power – could be a loose socket or an improper connection. Whatever the cause may be, in most cases it’s actually the adapter and not the MagSafe connector. Try a different power outlet, preferably one that keeps the adapter firm and steady. Although the Mac chargers are universal in terms of voltage, yet you should make sure you are connecting to a proper voltage range. Especially if you are traveling!

#2: Check the MagSafe port for Improper Connection

macbook pro won't charge

The MagSafe connector will just magnetically attach to the MacBook’s charging port. A lot of users won’t typically take a closer look at the MagSafe port, and overlook the debris, dust or even a filament of something could be attached to the golden connectors. As a result, anything could be just blocking the MagSafe connector very easily and go unnoticed until the battery runs low on the MacBook. Hold your MacBook’s MagSafe connector close to you and check if anything is covering the connector, or if there’s anything inside the charging port housing. Clean if necessary, and try connecting the MagSafe again.

#3: System Management Controller – A little Advanced

macbook battery not charging

If the hardware issues doesn’t seem like a problem in your case, maybe the System Management Controller has gone bonkers due to some reason. Resetting the SMC on a MacBook is pretty easy, and solve other issues like a strange fan noise that wasn’t there before, or batteries not charging at all, an unwillingness of the system to go to sleep or wake up etc. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Shut down the MacBook first and connect the MagSafe adapter to its charging port.
  2. Press and hold down Shift + Control + Option + Power buttons together for 4 seconds and then let them go.
  3. Turn the MacBook on normally.

Conclusion: If this 3-step procedure hasn’t solved your problems, then maybe you need a new adapter.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.