Have you been experiencing a frequent charging your MacBook every 2 to 3 hours or maybe less? If so, then it could be that there’s something wrong with your Mac’s battery that causes it to drain quickly. The battery is the main source of life Mac if it’s not plug into an AC adaptor and maintaining it is very easy.
In this article we will tackle about the typical ways to maintain good battery life and how to prolong its life, so we recommend to continue reading the post. We’ve prepared some tips to know and when your Mac battery needs some proper attention and when to replace it, if necessary.
Here’s some tips to maintain your MacBook battery
First off, the MacBook’s battery has limits, it means expiration. But, in machines like Mac and other laptops it is called “cycle”. If you reach the maximum cycles means you have to expect some issues like battery won’t charge, it won’t reach 100% and draining fast and other battery related issues.
Next, if you’re charging your Mac battery every 1 to 2 hours that means something bad. Typical hours for Mac to recharge is 7 to 8 hours, depending on the usage. If it won’t reach that far, then your battery needs replacement. This scenario can be frustrating especially if you are always on the go or you are working while traveling. For example, you are making some presentation and you have to plenty of slides, but you’re not halfway yet and your battery is draining so fast or ends up turning off your Mac.
Lastly, if that scenario happens, then you no choice but to see if your Mac battery needs some service or replacement. Here’s how:
- Go to Apple menu
- Click About This Mac
- Click More Info
- Click Power section
- See the condition of your battery. There are four conditions, Normal, Replace soon, Replace Now and Service Battery
Alternatively, you can do this:
- Press and hold Option key on the keyboard, then click Battery icon.
- Then see what is the condition of your Mac battery.
Here’s how to prolong your MacBook battery
The following are some tips on how to make your Mac’s battery last longer…
Always show the battery percentage
It is very important to turn on your battery percentage all the time especially if you are working long hours. By doing this, you were able to tell if your Mac needed to recharge or monitor how many percent was reduced every minute or hour.
Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-fi when not in use
Another way to prolong the battery life is turn off other feature of your Mac, like the Bluetooth and Wi-fi. There are times that we tend to forget to turn off these features especially during sleep time or not using it. These features are scanning a long distance connection, the longer the connection more energy consumption needed. This is the best way also to conserve your data usage especially if you are not on unlimited package. In case you don’t know how to turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-fi, follow these steps:
Turning off Bluetooth
- Click Bluetooth icon on the upper right side of the screen
- Click Turn Bluetooth off.
- Go to System Preferences
- Click Bluetooth
- Click the box to uncheck “ON”
Turning off Wi-fi
- On the desktop, click Wi-fi icon on upper right side of the screen
- Click Turn Wi-fi Off
- Go to System Preferences
- Click Network
- Click the box to uncheck Turn Wi-fi Off
Always use Energy Saver
To make your Mac’s battery lasts longer you have to use the energy saver mode to use reduce the energy consumption. This is important especially during a long trip and no power outlet to plug in your Mac power adapter. This mode will allow you to use some basic tools, reduce the CPU performance or turned off screen when not in use, etc.. To enable the energy saver mode, follow these steps:
- On your desktop, click on Apple menu
- Click System Preferences
- Click Energy Saver
- Click on Automatic graphics switching to turn it on
- Click on Put the hard disk to sleep when possible to turn it on
- Turn off Wake for network access, if not using a network.
Lower the screen brightness
The screen is an important part of your Mac because it will display anything you are doing. It’s always a best practice when to use more brightness and when to lower it down. To put it simply, the more brightness you use, it consumes more energy. We recommend lowering or dim your screen if the surroundings is bright. For example, you are making your project on the playground, when you’re at the park or any places that has bright surroundings. If you lower the screen brightness it will greatly impact in increasing your battery life for an hour or two. Here’s how:
- On your desktop, click Apple menu
- Go to System preferences
- Click Display
- Then adjust the brightness slider to a level that suit your need.
Press F1 on your Mac keyboard to lower your screen brightness (Press F2 to increase).
Close irrelevant application running in the background
There are application that runs in the background even if you not using it. It is one of the reason that your Mac’s performance are slower than before and not only that, it could drain the battery faster as well. However, you must be familiar with the applications because you might close the wrong apps and cause some issues. Here’s how to close apps that runs on the background:
- Go to Applications folder
- Open Utilities folder
- Click Activity Monitor
- Click CPU tab
- Sort the list to CPU percentage. Make sure that the highest usage must be on top.
- Select the name of the application that has the highest allocation, it could be it.
- Click Octagon with “X” icon
- Click Close program
- Then you’re done.
Turn off backlit keyboard during daytime
We recommend turning off the backlit of your keyboard during daytime because you can clearly see the keyboard letter keys. So, it’s useless to turn it on and it could be a battery consuming feature and it should increase your Mac battery. Here’s how to turn it off:
- On the keyboard, locate the function key 5 (F5) and press it in succession to make your keyboard backlit turn off.
- Go to System Preferences
- Click Keyboard
- Click Automatically illuminate keyboard in low light to uncheck it.
- Below, you can see Turn off when computer is not used for and move the slider to 5 seconds.
Turn off the Time Machine feature
There are some features that consumes your Mac battery even if not is use. Closing this features can help increase your Mac’s battery life to last longer. One of the feature that runs in background is Time Machine. This tool is very helpful for users to backup their important files and save it to another drive. However, we recommend enabling this feature only when your Mac is plug to its power adapter because it could consume more energy and might drain your battery faster. Here’s how to turn it off:
- Go to System Preferences
- Click Time Machine
- Click Options
- Click Back up while on battery power to uncheck it.
Once done, it will be deactivated if your Mac in on battery and can only be enabled if it is plug into power adapter.
Use Private browsing
The private browsing feature on browsers is also a help in reducing battery consumptions. If this feature is enabled, when you are browsing the internet it won’t save any cache pages and images, meaning the hard drive can rest. The hard drive won’t spin during browsing because it does not remember any of the sites you visited or any search history. If you want to visit the website again, you must remember it. Here’s how to enable it on Safari browser:
- On your desktop, open your Safari browser
- Once the Safari browser is open, then click Safari tab.
- Click Private browsing.
You’ve pretty much perform all the recommended troubleshooting procedures above. Hopefully, this tips and steps did help you with your Mac issues.
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