Why Does My Laptop Shuts Off When Moved?


The first fault to examine when your laptop suddenly goes off is whether the system battery or AC is faulty, or if there is any form of power management, i.e., if it is on battery shutdown or loose connection.

Suppose your laptop or device has a drop sensor, this could be the fault.

At times, your laptop can just shut down on its own or reboot and the fault goes away by itself without any effort from you.

Next month, the same thing happens.

This can be annoying, especially when you are in the middle of something serious.

Do not think that this is normal. You need to identify the problem and get it fixed.

How to Fix Laptop Shutting Off When Moved

You need to engage your system in “safe mode”.

Do this and try moving your laptop around at the same time to see if it will shut down by itself.

Use the following steps to set your laptop in safe mode:

  • Begin with restarting your laptop or powering it up.
  • Tap at the logo for example the “Dell logo” until it shows “advanced boot options”.
  • Then click on the “safe mode” and then press “enter”.

Run some diagnostics on the hardware using the following steps below;

  • Reboot your laptop.
  • On the logo on your laptop screen, press the Key F12 on your computer repeatedly.  
  • Select the diagnostics on your system from the one-time boot menu on your laptop and press Enter.
  • This will help you test all the hardware components.
  • If this test fails, capture the error code that will be on the screen and check it out on Google. 

But if your computer passes the diagnostic test, you can move on to the next step.

  • Tap the F8 key on your laptop screen continuously.
  • Choose the safe mode with networking on your system once your computer enters the advanced boot option. 
  • Push the Enter button. Check the system to see if this is working with the safe mode networking option. 

Why Your Laptop Shuts Off When Moved


A likely cause of your laptop just shutting down randomly is system overheating.

Avoid going for a long time before cleaning your laptop.

Take time to clean your laptop or the components thoroughly if your laptop is randomly shutting down, also check your processor fans, your case fans, and your video card fans.

All laptops collect and store dirt, debris, and dust each time you use them.

When this dust, debris, or dirt blows against your heat sink, the debris, dust, or dirt gathers signs of progress gradually over the silver case it is in.

Bad Battery or Laptop Charger

Your battery or laptop charger might not be working properly.

If the system is fine when using the charger or battery only, then the charger or battery is defective.

The laptop may also be suffering from memory problems also.

Your laptop battery might be making a poor connection with your computer.

If your laptop battery is removable, bring it out and check to see if the connector of the battery and the battery connector found on the laptop are in close alignment with each other.

Faulty Connections

If all these options mentioned above still do not work, then one of the connections of your laptop might be short-circuiting.

To know if this is the case, check the inside of your laptop, to confirm if there is a metal build-up somewhere, open up your laptop and try shaking it and moving it (not too wildly though), just try moving it normally when it shuts down or restarts.

The next step is to check if there is a metallic build-up inside, that is if the holes are metallic, the screws are metallic, or the area underneath the power button also check the components that are attached to the top lids if they are metallic or if they have a metallic base.


After checking your connections, and that doesn’t seem to be the problem, then it can be a short-circuiting issue.

The solution to this problem is to use paper tape to cover all the metallic areas, whatever can be seen. This should prevent short-circuiting.

Or you can try to use a non-conducting material or sheet to connect these, but it is easier to use tapes.

With laptops, a contact between a magnet, and also the lower portion of the keyboard can lead to sudden sleep or shut down of your laptop.

Be careful of wristbands that have magnetic closures.

The proximity of this magnet is similar to a scenario that corresponds with the closing of your laptop’s screen with an instant sleep or stop.


If your laptop shows a light blue screen when it goes off with movement this is known as the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death).

Your laptop is considered dead at this point, and the only way to solve this is by rebooting your computer.

The majority of the time the only cause of BSOD is a result of memory (RAM) problems.

The first step to take is to bring out the RAM insert it inside again, and make sure that it firmly fits into the slots.

If this does not solve the problem, then try taking a stick out of the RAM, and keep your laptop running for a while to see if it will stop generating the BSOD.

Rotate around the one stick of RAM that you took out.

If taking out one stick of RAM solves the problem, then your RAM is faulty and is the cause of the problem.

UPS Interruption

The UPS is used to prevent or keep your laptop from shutting down due to power fluctuations because your system is very sensitive to voltage fluctuations.

Normally the UPS is meant to supply power for up to 20-40 minutes when the power goes off; this is enough time to shut down your laptop.

But if the UPS shuts down unexpectedly then this might lead to a head crash thereby damaging the drives.

Most good UPSs have a network port or serial port, they communicate their status with the software running on the system that they are connected to.

Even if your laptop is unattended, it can shut down properly even if the power goes off.

Other likely causes involve hardware, software, or malware issues.


You don’t have to manage a system that turns off abruptly each time you try to move.

It is not normal for laptops to do that laptops are meant to be moved around anytime at will.

You can use our methods to help with this problem, but if you can’t, you should complain to your manufacturer or repairer.

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