How to Keep Your MacBook Pro Battery Healthy and Extend its Life

Today, the battery life of a brand new MacBook Pro can last for more than 11 hours, making it one of the best laptop battery life performers on the market. In fact, no battery can maintain its perfect health forever. So, if you don’t want to replace your MacBook Pro battery or suffer from poor battery life. Here are some tips to keep your MacBook Pro battery healthy and extend its life.

Check your Battery Condition

Before thinking about improving your battery health, you first need to check if it is healthy or not. 

The easiest way to do this is to hold down the Option key while clicking the battery icon in your status bar on the top-right corner. Then, all the information about your MacBook battery will show up. From here, if it Condition says “Normal”, everything is OK. However, if it says “Replace Soon” instead, then you should consider replacing your battery in the near future.

On top of that, you also need to determine your battery’s cycle count too. To do this:

  1. Open About this Mac in the Apple menu
  2. Next, click on More Information
  3. Open System Information
  4. In the left column, select Power
  5. Finally, you can see the Cycle Count under the Health information

Normally, you can expect to get about 500 to 1,000 cycles out of your battery before it loses up to 80% of its normal capacity. For example, the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro models are rated for 1,000 cycles. 

Well, this might not sound like a lot for some users. But, you will actually need to drain and recharge your battery every single day for the next 3 years in order to reach that number.

Disconnect from the Network

If you don’t need to use WIFI, be sure to turn it off because this will save more battery than you think. Also, it is a good idea to create a new network location that basically connects to nothing at all, thus saving your battery life.

Here is how to do it:

  1. In the System Preferences
  2. Select Network
  3. Create a new Location by choosing Editing Locations and clicking on the “+” symbol to add a new one.
  4. Name this location “Disconnected”.
  5. Click Done and make sure that your location is set to the new one.
  6. Then, start removing all the default services that were assigned.
  7. Once you are done, click Apply. This will keep your MacBook from connecting to the network entirely.

Postpone Backup and Syncing Services

Keep MacBook Pro battery healthy by temporarily disabling backup

Yes, we all know that backing up your MacBook Pro is an important task everyone should do every day! However, there is nothing to backup when all of the power has gone out. Therefore, temporarily disabling your backup and syncing services will actually save your battery life, especially if you share access to other accounts.

Whether you just bought a new MacBook Pro or cannot charge your Mac for an extended period of time, I hope these power-saving tips will help you keep your MacBook Pro battery healthy. Let us know if you have any questions or other tips in the comments!

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