Here’s a complete guide on how to check your Mac’s battery health, including what the different status messages mean and how to improve your battery’s lifespan.
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How to Check Your Mac’s Battery Health
Keeping track of your Mac’s battery health is important to ensure that it is running properly and at peak performance. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to check your battery health.
The first way to check your battery health is through the “About This Mac” menu. To access this menu, click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and then select “About This Mac.” From here, click on the “System Report” button and then select “Power” from the list of Hardware categories.
Scroll down to the “Battery Information” section to view your Mac’s current maximum capacity and cycle count. If either of these numbers is significantly lower than the original values, it means that your battery is starting to degrade and may need to be replaced soon.
Another way to check your battery health is through Apple’s Battery Health Management system. This system was introduced in macOS 10.15 Catalina and can be found in the Energy Saver preference pane. To access this preference pane, click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and then select “System Preferences.” From here, click on “Energy Saver” and then select the “Battery Health” tab.
This tab will show you your Mac’s current maximum capacity as well as its current cycle count. It will also give you an estimate of when your battery will need to be replaced. If you see a message that says that your battery needs to be serviced, it means that it is significantly degraded and you should bring it to an Apple Store or authorized service provider as soon as possible.
What to Do If Your Mac’s Battery Needs Service
If you think your Mac’s battery needs service, take it to an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or other portable device that needs service, make a Genius Bar reservation, visit an Apple Retail Store, or contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider.
How to Improve Your Mac’s Battery Life
There are a number of things you can do to improve your Mac’s battery life. Some are simple and easy to do, while others require a bit more work. But all of them will help you get the most out of your Mac’s battery.
Here are some tips to improve your Mac’s battery life:
1. Calibrate your Mac’s battery
2. Use power saving mode
3. Reduce screen brightness
4. Do not use unnecessary applications
5. Avoid using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth when not in use
5 Tips to Prolong Your Mac’s Battery Life
Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your Mac’s battery:
1. Limit your screen brightness. This is probably the most effective way to conserve battery power. On a MacBook Pro, for example, you can lower the screen brightness by 75% and still have a perfectly usable display.
2. Use Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet. If you’re working on a laptop, it’s best to use Wi-Fi instead of a wired Ethernet connection. Wi-Fi uses less power than Ethernet, so it will help conserve your battery life.
3. Use Power Saving mode. If you’re using a Macbook Pro, you can enable Power Saving mode in System Preferences > Energy Saver. This will help reduce power consumption and extend your battery life.
4. Disable unused devices. If you have an external optical drive or an SD card reader that you’re not using, disable them in System Preferences > Energy Saver. This will prevent them from draining your battery when they’re not in use.
5. Keep your Mac cool. Heat is the enemy of all electronics, so it’s important to keep your Mac cool if you want to prolong its battery life. Make sure that there’s adequate ventilation around your Mac and avoid using it in direct sunlight or hot environments
How to Recalibrate Your Mac’s Battery for Best Performance
There are a few things you can do to ensure that your Mac’s battery is running at its best. One of the most important is to calibrate it on a regular basis.
Calibrating your Mac’s battery essentially means resetting its power management system. This can help improve your battery life and overall performance.
Here’s how to calibrate your Mac’s battery:
1. Open System Preferences and click on Energy Saver.
2. Click the Battery tab and uncheck the “Enable Power Nap while on battery power” option.
3. Click the Options button and make sure that both “Automatic Graphics Switching” and “Automatic Brightness” are turned off.
4. Exit System Preferences and shut down your Mac.
5. Connect your Mac to a power source and let it charge until it reaches 100%.
6. Once it reaches 100%, keep it plugged in for an additional 2-4 hours.
7. After 2-4 hours, disconnect your Mac from its power source and let it discharge until it shuts off automatically from low battery (this may take several hours).
8. Once your Mac shuts off, connect it to a power source and let it charge until it reaches 100% again. Your battery is now calibrated!
How to Monitor Your Mac’s Battery Health
Batteries are a necessary evil in the world of portable computing. Without one, our laptops and smartphones would be nothing more than dead weight. But they don’t last forever, and over time they degrade in both capacity and performance.
Fortunately, Apple has built some pretty sophisticated tools into macOS that let us monitor our Mac’s battery health and get some insight into how long it might last. Here’s a look at how to do it.
What to Do If Your Mac’s Battery Is Swelling
If you’ve noticed that your Mac’s battery is swelling, it’s important to take action right away. Swelling batteries can cause all sorts of problems, from making your Mac uncomfortable to hold to actually damaging the internal components of your computer.
Here are a few things you can do if you notice your Mac’s battery swelling:
First, stop using your computer until you can get the battery replaced. Using a swollen battery can cause all sorts of problems, from making your Mac uncomfortable to hold to actually damaging the internal components of your computer.
If you can’t get the battery replaced right away, try to keep your Mac as cool as possible. Avoid using it in hot environments and don’t leave it in direct sunlight. If possible, try to use it on a hard surface instead of on your lap or in bed.
Finally, keep an eye on the swelling and monitor it for changes. If the swelling gets worse or if you start to notice any leaking from the battery, please contact Apple support or take your Mac to an Apple Store immediately.
How to Service Your Mac’s Battery
The older your MacBook gets, the less effective its battery becomes. You might have noticed that your once stellar 8-hour battery now only lasts 4 hours or so. This is normal! Batteries, like everything else in your Mac, are composed of chemicals and those chemicals degrade over time. However, there are things you can do to help keep your Mac’s battery healthy and improve its lifespan.
How to Dispose of Your Mac’s Battery
Batteries in MacBooks and other laptops can last for years, but eventually they will need to be replaced. Here’s what you need to know about checking your Mac’s battery health, and how to dispose of it properly when the time comes.
First, it’s important to know that there are two types of batteries in MacBooks: the lithium-ion batteries that power the computer, and the digital “coin” batteries that provide power to the clock and some other system functions. Both types of batteries can be replaced, but they have different disposal procedures.
To check the health of your Mac’s lithium-ion battery, go to System Preferences > Energy Saver. Click the “Battery Health” tab to see information on your current charge level, maximum capacity, and cycle count. A “normal” battery should have a charge level of 80% or higher, a maximum capacity of 100%, and a cycle count of 300 or less. If any of those numbers are lower than 80%, it means your battery is starting to degrade and may need to be replaced soon.
If your Mac’s battery needs to be replaced, you can take it to an Apple Store or an authorized service provider for recycling. You can also recycle it yourself using this guide from Apple.
Coin batteries should last for several years before needing replacement, but if yours is starting to die you’ll see a warning message in System Preferences > Energy Saver. To replace it, follow these instructions from Apple. Once you’ve removed the old battery, dispose of it according to your local laws; in most cases you can simply put it in the trash.
FAQs About Mac Batteries
Ans: Please go to System Preferences > Energy Saver and check the “Show battery status in menu bar” option.
Q: How often should I calibrate my Mac’s battery?
A: It is generally recommended that you calibrate your Mac’s battery at least once per month.