A lot of Mac owners are experiencing rapid battery drain on their laptops. If you are one of those who are affected by the issue, then we are here to help. In reality, there could be any reason for why battery runs out quickly on your Mac, like outdated software update, background apps, connected hardware, and many more.
The poor battery life is one of the major concerns when it comes to Apple devices. In June 2019, the Cupertino firm launched a battery replacement program for 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (2015 and 2017 models) due to battery failure issues. Apple says that overheating batteries may result in an electrical fire, so it recommends that all users with affected batteries visit a local Apple Store to get support.
In this guide, we made the best Mac tips and tricks that help you improve battery life on your laptop. Keep in mind that the public beta of macOS Catalina is now live, but don’t rush to get it as it may cause some battery issues.
How to Find Out How Much Battery You Have Left on Mac
If you are now running a modern version of macOS, then the method used to find out how many power you have got left on your Mac is slightly different. This is because Apple removed the battery time indicator in macOS Sierra, making things much confusing.
To check how much battery power you now have on your Mac, open Activity Monitor and you should see Remaining Charge, Time Remaining, and Time on Battery.
Plus, there is a cool tip that allows you to quickly find out what apps are consuming the most battery power on your Mac. Indeed, you simply click on the battery icon on the menu bar and you should see an app that’s eating up the most your Mac’s battery under Apps Using Significant Energy.
If you want to take a closer look at power-sucking apps, head over to Activity Monitor > Energy > Average Energy Impact.
While you are in the Activity Monitor, select the CPU section, then select All Processes and select the CPU column. From here, you should see a list of all apps that are using your Mac’s CPU.
How to Improve Battery Life on Your Mac
There are some cool tips and tricks that help to improve your Mac’s battery, thus giving you more time to do your work.
Turn off Bluetooth. This is a simple trick that helps you extend your Mac’s battery power. In reality, we recommend you turn off Bluetooth when you no longer use. To do this, click on the Bluetooth icon on the menu bar and select Turn off Bluetooth.
Switch off Wi-Fi. This is a basic thing to gain some battery life. Indeed, keeping Wi-Fi turned on all the time drains your Mac’s battery very quickly, so we recommend you switch it off when you are not using it. To do this, click the AirPort in the menu bar and turn off Wi-Fi.
Disconnect any hardware and accessory. Apple Mac works with a variety of accessories out there. In this case, if you no longer need them, then it’s a good idea to remove all of them.
Keep your Mac cool. Thermal throttling is a big issue when it comes to Apple Mac. The good news is that Apple has been working hard to improve it. Overheating may slow down your performance and drain your Mac’s battery power. If you now have a 2019 MacBook Pro, then Apple fixed thermal throttling.
Use Energy Saver. macOS has Energy Saver, a cool feature that controls how your Mac responds to inactivity. Indeed, you can use Energy Saver to put hard disks to sleep, dim your display, and enabler Power Snap to save battery life. To enable it, open System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery and select your option.
Use Dark mode. macOS Mojave now includes a dark mode that works across the operating system. That means you now can turn everything to a darker color. Using dark mode is also an ideal way to save some power. To turn it on, click on the Apple logo on the menu bar, then select System Preferences and click on General. From here, select the Dark option.
In short, Apple has been working on improving battery life on its future Macs. However, it appears that Apple still has a lot of work to do to make that happen. We have to wait and see.
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