Last Updated on Jun 10, 2021
MacBook battery life is generally much better than most other laptops. However, with time, the battery life begins to decline slowly. But by tweaking one’s Mac’s settings and adjusting some of the hardware issues, one can make their system more energy efficient. Here, we provide some of the best energy-saving settings on Mac, that will help to take care of our battery for a long time to come:
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Follow 9 MacBook Battery Optimization settings to increase battery health of your MacBook and Preserve Battery life,
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Master Battery Saver Settings for MacBook Pro/ Air
1. Enable Low Power Mode
On latest MacOS Monterey Update in Selected models,
New macOS Monterey comes up with Much need needed feature for Supported MacBook Pro (Early 2016 or later) and MacBook (Early 2016 or later) Model Excluding MacBook Air. if you have then followed the steps below to enable Low Power Mode on MacBook and MacBook Pro.
- Go to apple logo > System Preferences > Battery > Select Battery > Enable Low Power Mode checkbox.
Extend your MacBook battery life with Low Power Mode, which manages energy-intensive apps and processing. It directs power where you need it to get the most out of your battery
2. Power Saver Options
Power Save Settings on macOS is minimal, but they work great in extending the battery life. All one needs to do is:
a. Go to Apple logo > Open System Preferences, and go to Energy Saver.
b. Here, one can adjust the sliders to specify the time after which the display will turn off. After one adjusts the time limit, the Mac will go into sleep mode.
c. Here, one can also specify whether to display the computer from sleep mode to access the network. This also affects the battery power.
3. Implement Energy-Saving Schedules
In the System Preferences > Energy Saver settings, one can see a button that says Schedule. Using this setting, one can power up, shut down, or sleep the Mac at set times. If for instance, an individual does not use their Mac after 7 pm and uses it again at 9 am the next morning, they can set it to shut down at 7 pm and start it up again before they use it the next day at 9 am.
4. Slightly dim the display on battery power
Dimming the display on battery power will automatically reduce display brightness when the Mac is running on battery power. This is a great energy setting on Mac and helps increase the battery life.
5. Correct Charging Cycles
Apple recommends that a Mac battery needs to be fully charged when a device is turned on for the first time. It is recommended to follow few battery charge cycles; this keeps the battery healthy. Some of these battery charge cycles include, one should not keep the Mac connected to the AC adapter after the battery is fully charged. One should also keep a strict Mac battery charging mode. The ideal option is to use the Mac in offline mode until the battery is depleted to 5 – 10 percent.
6. CPU Usage
The battery life of a Mac depends on the programs running in a device and its CPU usage. The more one’s processor is loaded, the quicker the battery is discharged. Applications like Chrome, Firefox, and a few others use the CPU intensively. If several tabs are open at the same time or if sites with hefty content such as Adobe Flash are open at the same time, the battery life drains even faster. It is wiser to close unused applications which are not in use to increase battery life.
7. Junk Files
Applications, browsers, and the system, in general, create junk and cache files. Cache files aim to make the Mac work faster. But they are eating up disk memory and may slow down Mac’s speed and affect battery life. Moreover, some of the cache files stay on the Mac even after deleting a particular app. To save energy, one should clear Mac’s junk and cache files from time to time.
- Find Cache Files for Individual app in Folder, Open Finder on Mac > From Top Mac Menu > Go.
- Go to Folder..> Enter the Below path. and Hit Return.
- Delete All Folders or Select App Folder and Drag it to Bin to Delete cache from Mac. Also Empty Recycle bin.
Another app that constantly drains Mac’s battery is geolocation application. These apps use automatic postponing and unnecessarily burden the battery.
To change geolocation settings, one needs to:
a. Go to Apple logo > System Preferences and select Security and Privacy.
b. Switch to the privacy tab and go to the Location Services section.
c. Turn off the geolocation service. One can also restrict it for individual applications.
9. Turn off Keyboard Backlights When Not Necessary
A backlit keyboard is necessary when one is typing in a dark setting. However, a backlit keyboard can drain battery life. It is advisable to turn off keyboard backlights when one is working in decent light. One can also set the keyboard backlights to turn off after a period of inactivity. It can be turned off by:
- Proceeding to Apple Logo > System Preferences > Keyboard.
Once the keyboard tab is open, check the box for Turn keyboard backlight off after (X secs/mins) of inactivity. The options can range from 5 seconds to 5 minutes.
Making use of energy-saving settings on Mac is a good idea. Apart from saving on electricity bills, using energy devices wisely also cuts down our carbon emissions. It is a step in the right direction for our planet as well as for future generations.