Changing the battery settings on your Mac notebook can give you more power and energy when you need it most. Manually managing your settings is also a good way to reduce energy costs. The ability to adjust settings also allows users to control their device.
Some settings can also potentially extend the life of the device while controlling your Mac’s battery and power.
How to change battery settings on a Mac notebook
We’re going to look at how to change your battery settings on your Mac notebook. Before we begin, it’s worth noting that some Macs may not have all of these options. Some Macs may have all the options available, while others may see selected options missing.
To find your battery settings, simply follow these steps:
Required time: 2 minutes.
- From the top left corner, click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
- From the Settings menu, select Battery.
- You will see your battery settings.
From this menu, users can have several options and metrics. Let’s take a look at each one.
Displays the current battery level along with any warnings.
This provides an opportunity to reduce power consumption, which can increase battery life. Users have the options of never, always, battery only, and power adapter only.
Low power mode reduces screen brightness and also reduces CPU clock speed.
Users can choose what mode their Mac should use when plugged into a power adapter or on battery power. Users will have low power, automatic and high power options.
Unless you’re running high-intensity programs like a video editor, automatic is probably fine.
Here you can check your device’s battery and see how it’s doing. Additionally, clicking on the info button (an “I” with a circle around it) can bring up more options. This includes optimized battery charging and battery life management. You can also check your battery status.
With these settings, users can control how long and when their device charges. Optimized battery charging will delay charging when your device is on for long periods of time, while battery life management will reduce the maximum capacity of your battery to optimize its lifespan.
Shows battery level and screen usage for your device. The battery level also shows when your device was charged in the last 24 hours.
As well as the last 24 hours, it will give you a 10-day history of your device usage. It also shows you how long the screen has been on.
Additional battery settings
There are also additional options that users can access. from battery screen, select parameters To view more features and make changes.
This puts the hard drive to sleep when the computer is inactive.
Users can change how often their Mac checks for email, calendar, and other iCloud updates while they sleep. Users have a choice: always, only on battery or never.
Your device will continue to access shared resources, even while sleeping. This includes things like shared printers and music playlists. Users can choose to always wake the device, wake it when plugged into a power adapter, or never wake the device.
Your Mac can determine the best graphics mode for your device based on usage.
When using battery power, your Mac can switch video from High Dynamic Range (HDR) video to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR). It will cost you less energy.
Implementing one or any of these settings can increase your device’s battery life. These options can be great for those who need a little more life from their battery, or for users who don’t need to use the more hardware-intensive features of their device.
Of course, if you have a desktop Mac like a Mac mini, iMac, or something else, you won’t see a battery option. Instead, a similar set of settings can be found in Energy Saver.
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