Chromebook Not Charging? Fix It Now. A (Step-By-Step) Guide – 2020

Is your Chromebook not charging? Are you frustrated?

You don’t want to send it in for repairs.

Who wants to pay for service and deal with shipping costs and the inconvenience of not having a laptop for a bit?

Who even knows if it’s still covered under warranty?

You’ve plugged in your Chromebook. The LED light stayed solid orange. It’s supposed to be charging, right?

You leave it alone for a few hours.

You pop open the lid ready to get something done.

You notice that the battery indicator is red with about 1% of battery left. You may even get the low battery notification warning.

What’s going on?

There’s an easy fix for that. Keep reading for your solution. Save yourself the trouble.

Last updated: 1/22/20.

Why does this happen?

It’s likely because your Chromebook “forgot” about the connection between the chipboard and battery.

Why it exactly happens? I have no idea. I just know that some brands and models get this issue more so than others.

Regardless, the fix is the same. There’s one universal blanket fix that should take care of the problem and get your Chromebook charging again.

It should work for the majority of Chromebooks.

Sometimes the motherboard can’t detect the connection to the battery and unplugging it and then re-plugging it “fresh resets” the connection. Other times, the battery connector gets loose and the mobo doesn’t see an active battery.

If your Chromebook won’t charge…

Here’s what you need to do.

Warning: This involves plugging and unplugging cables.

Be sure to take proper precautions when working with electricity.

In other words…exercise common sense.

Things you’ll need:

  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • Clean work area
  • Optional: Anti-static gloves and grounded mat

Step 1: Turn off your Chromebook.

Unplug it from the power outlet if you have it plugged in.

Make sure you take the actual power cord out of the laptop body itself.

So now all you should have is the Chromebook without any wires, USB drives, SD cards, headphones, power cables, or anything else attached to it.

And it should be shut off.

Step 2: Place the laptop on your workstation. Flip it upside down.

You should also put on your anti-static gloves and ground you anti-static mat at this point. Electrical components are extremely sensitive to static discharge, which can ruin the internals.

Step 3: Get your screwdriver.

Remove all the small screws and keep them somewhere safe so they don’t get lost.

Step 4: The Chromebook’s bottom panel should now be unlocked.

Use your fingers (no tools) and pop the panel out of the laptop. It’s secured by small clips all around the body, but a little force (from your fingers) will pop it open.

Step 5: Remove the bottom panel very slowly and gently with your fingers.

There’s wiring that connects the motherboard and power supply that can be easily damaged if you remove the panel too quickly.

Be extremely careful when you’re taking it apart. Place it somewhere safe.

Step 6: You’ll now see a few parts that look completely foreign if you’re not used to computer’s internals.

A lot of people will get scared at this step. Don’t worry. I’ll keep this simple.

Look for a bunch of wires that are multicolored. It almost looks like a rainbow of wires grouped together.

On this image, they’re the multicolored wires to the very right (circled in red):

Disassemble your Chromebook and unplug the wires connecting to the chipboard from the battery.
When you pop off the bottom panel and disassemble your Chromebook, it should look similar to this. Look for the wires connecting the chipboard and battery.

You can refer to this picture to help you locate it. Look at number 7 on the image. It’s directly to the left of it. Keep in mind that your layout may look different, but should be somewhat similar. It’s the only bunch of wires connected to the battery.

Step 7: After you’ve found these wires, you’ll have to unplug them.

It’s very easy to damage it, so be very gentle.

Slowly pull the white connector out of the chipboard (motherboard). The connector is where all the wires combine into that white brick that houses them. This is what you need to unplug.

This will disconnect all of the wires at the same time (and the only way you should be doing it). Don’t pull each individual wire out of the connector. Pull the entire connector out of the motherboard. Never pull on any wire. Only pull on the connector. Nothing else.

See the image below for the connector (circled in red):

Unplug the wires by gently removing the connector from the board. Do it carefully without your fingers.

Step 8: This is where you may get confused since it goes against popular belief.

Don’t be afraid. I mean, you already made it this far, didn’t you? You can do it. Take a break and get back to it.

Plug the power cable (the one that connects to the Chromebook and the wall outlet) back into the laptop. Then plug the other end into the wall.

Yes, you’ll be charging your Chromebook with the bottom panel off and the wires unplugged. Be careful when working with any electricity.

Don’t touch any wires, chips, your Chromebook, or anything else while it’s charging.

Let it charge for about 1 minute.

Look at the LED light. It should change color to solid red. Different brands and models show different colors, so there’s no universal color guide.

But most Chromebooks should have the same color signal.

The color signifies that the Chromebook can’t detect any battery. What we’re doing here is “refreshing” the internal memory to re-detect the battery again.

Step 9: After you’ve seen the LED color change, unplug the power from the wall outlet and remove the cable from the laptop.

Step 10: Now, you’re going to connect the wiring you unplugged before.

Gently grab the white connector and plug it back into the motherboard.

It should sit into place snuggly. Make sure it’s plugged all the way in by giving it a firm, but gentle, push.

Step 11: Take your bottom panel cover and place it back on.

It should clip back into place as you use some force with your fingers to get it to snap around all the edges.

Step 12: Use your screwdriver and drive the screws back into place.

Step 13: Take your power cable and plug it back into your Chromebook.

Plug the other end into the wall outlet.

Step 14: Turn it on.

It should now be charging and showing the correct LED light status.

Let it charge completely before you unplug it. You can use it when it’s charging. It should now be ready to go.

Replacing the battery

Sometimes even after reconnecting the cable to the battery doesn’t fix the charging. You may have a depleted battery that needs to be replaced.

All laptop batteries are made to last for a few years, and over time electrical resistance will make it hold less charge or take longer to charge.

This is when you’ll notice that your Chromebook takes forever to charge or the battery barely lasts.

If your laptop is new, I’d suggest getting in touch with the retailer where you bought it from and exchanging it. You can also use the manufacturer’s warranty, which typically runs for a few years after you bought it.

The battery could be a dud, or it could’ve been poorly assembled with a loose cable.

Practicing good usage habits like powercycling your battery can help maximize performance.

Get up and get going


Your Chromebook should now charge. You did it.

If you’ve found this helpful, please consider leaving a comment or telling a friend. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (

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I followed all the steps. When plugged in with the back panel open, it never came up with red/ orange LED. It just kept blinking green. When power cord unplugged, it blinked green for a second or two and then no light. What does that mean? Is the battery bad or is it the motherboard? I just want to know if its worth spending anything on the battery. I already spent $15 on a new power adapter since that was my first thought. Appreciate if you can help in any way.


This is very interesting I got mine wet in the battery shows charged but when I unplug the charger it goes out so it’s like it thinks it’s not charged also the keyboard doesn’t work I can use the voice input and the on-screen keyboard but anyway this makes a lot of sense thanks


Followed the steps when o got to the plug it in to the lap top then in to the wall let set should turn red it didnt what does this mean

Seth Barricklow
Seth Barricklow

I posted something asking for help on google’s actual support site and got insulted, so you seem like a much better option. I’d do exactly what you said in the article, but the problem for me is that there’s a heat shield covering the battery and most of the internal components. I tried to unscrew it to take it off and one of the screws wouldn’t turn and I stripped the screw trying to take it out. Do you have any advice? I’d really appreciate it.


Is this the same problem if my Asus is not charging at all when I use the OEM charger, but it does charge at low speed when I se my phone charger? (it is not the OEM charger not working, since it does work on my other laptop)


Hi Andy, thanks for the detailed guide. Unfortunately, it didn’t do the trick for me. To give more context of my case: ASUS Chromebook Flip C302C Purchased refurbished. Upon check got the “battery not found” error in CROSH terminal. Naturally, it shuts down instantly when the power cord is off but works normally when plugged in. The battery is flat and looks brand new and authentic, as well as other internal components. Opened it up, unplugged the battery from MB, plugged the charging cable, got LED lights blinking: orange-orange-orange… waited 10-15 minutes Unplugged charging cable, plugged the battery back to… Read more >>


what does it mean if the light keeps flashing and dosen’t turn solid? Do I need a new charger port?


Hi Andy, I followed your instructions and took the back case off. Unplugged the battery connector and plugged it back into the mains. Unfortunately, all I get is the led flashing green and orange. It doesn’t go to a solid colour (Samsung XE303). Any ideas? Thanks


Same problem Mikey, followed the above easy steps, blue light comes on, then the orange one…… it just keeps on blinking. Tried it twice. no results 🙁


Hey Andy, I have an Acer CB3-111. Tried the above. All lights correct and battery_test 1 in crosh says its charging but % never goes up. Any ideas?


You are the Man, Andy! I did exactly like you told, just had to find a proper way to unplug motherboard connector as it’s plugs down, not slides in, in Samsung Chromebook plus. I gently pushed it up with small flat screwdriver (could use some plastic thingy instead though), and then pulled it off. The went along your instructions. After all was put back together I plugged charger as instructed and could start using it right away. It stays on versus when it would just show 1% charge and shut down after 2 seconds. My battery looks very good so… Read more >>


So far is the best looking advice I found to fix not charging issue. I think my battery is good based on other tests, charger is good based on that I tried different cables/chargers and nothing changed so I think it’s internal glitch with connector. Even just reconnecting it to the battery again might help. I don’t know for sure but I’m going to try it tonight. Thx!


How much would it cost to bring it somewhere to have them do it? I prefer to not try it myself in case I break something.

G. McKee
G. McKee

Hi Andy,
My 3 year old Asus C300 Chromebook was not charging – battery icon would show 1%, but wouldn’t increase. I opened it, removed the battery and put it back in (following instructions on a different website), after which the Chromebook was completely dead – no icon, no LED light, nothing. I’ve since left it plugged-in over-night, power-cycled it, and followed the instructions above. Nothing. My question is whether it is likely now a brick, or whether it is worth taking it somewhere for repair (parts/labor obviously would exceed replacement cost quickly). Thanks.