15 tips to extend battery life on your Mac

Compared to many other laptops, Macs have longer battery life because they run an optimized operating system. If you’ve been using your Mac for a while, you may have noticed that you can work on it for hours without worrying about running out of battery.

To extend battery life even further, you can modify some settings on your Mac. This will give you an extra few minutes or even hours of extended battery life on your machine.

first. Adjust screen brightness

Your Mac’s display is one of the most battery-hungry elements on your machine. Therefore, you should ensure that the brightness of your screen is properly optimized.

Show window in System Preferences

Enter System Preferences and click Display. Drag the slider to the left a bit and see if you can see everything on your screen. Keep doing that until you find a balance.

You can also let your Mac adjust it automatically for you by turning it on Automatically adjust brightness right to buy.

2. Exit running applications

If you are a multi-tasker, you probably have multiple applications running at the same time. Many times you may not be able to use all running applications. Killing those unused apps will help save your battery.

Selected Exit App Cleaner menu

Close apps you don’t use and you’ll give your Mac some extra battery life.

3. Turn off keyboard backlight

You may not want to use the backlight on your keyboard during the day. Or you can turn on the option to automatically turn off the keyboard backlight after a certain time.

Disable keyboard backlight option in Keyboard Settings

Enter System Preferences and choose Keyboard. Activated Turn off the back keyboard backlight TIME inactive. TIME can be specified manually.

4. Turn off Location Services

Unless you’re working on specific apps that require access to your location, chances are you won’t want to use location services on your Mac. Turning them off will save battery life.

Enable Location Services in Privacy.  & Privacy

Open System Preferences and choose Security & Privacy. Click Privacy tab and uncheck Turn on Location Services right to buy. Remember though this will turn off “Find my Mac”.

5. Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use

If your Mac is connected to the Internet via cable, you can turn off the WiFi option. You can also turn off Bluetooth until needed. This saves a lot of battery.

Click the WiFi icon in your menu bar and select Turn off Wi-Fi.

Select the Wi-Fi menu

Click the Bluetooth icon and select Turn off Bluetooth.

Selected the Turn off Bluetooth menu

6. Unplug unused devices

As long as a device remains connected to your Mac, that device uses power from your machine, draining your battery. If you’re not using these devices, you should unplug them from your Mac.

That way, your Mac won’t have to power your devices, and you’ll save battery.

7. Use an energy-saving web browser

Some browsers are known to be resource-hungry and they eat up your battery quite quickly. So go and use an easy-to-use browser on your Mac.

Safari is pretty good with this and it takes up less resources and battery for your web sessions.

8. Time machine shutdown

Time Machine automatically backs up your Mac to a connected hard disk. This backup procedure usually uses a lot of your battery. If you do not require a backup of your machine, you can disable this feature.

Automatic Backups in Time Machine Marked

To do so, click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and select Time Machine option open. Unchecked Automatic backup on the following screen.

9. Use Incognito Mode in the Browser

Normal tabs in your browser load your cache as well as many other types of files when you launch a website. Incognito tab doesn’t do that and so it consumes less battery.

Incognito mode in browser window

Try to use incognito modes for your browsing sessions whenever possible to save your Mac’s battery.

ten. Turn Off Spotlight Search

By default, Spotlight searches for files in all locations on your machine. However, if there are folders that you don’t want included in your search results, you can exclude them and this will help Spotlight consume less battery.

Privacy tab in Spotlight

Launch System Preferences and click Spark. Access Privacy and add to the directories excluded from the search.

11. Turn off notifications

Each notification sent to you consumes some battery, and you can turn off these notifications if you don’t want to.

Do Not Disturb and Night Shift options in the Notification menu

Click the notification icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Swipe down on the following screen to open the options you want. Then disable Do not disturb right to buy. You will not receive any notifications until this option is turned off.

twelfth. Update OS version

Older versions of macOS may not be as energy efficient as newer versions. Therefore, make sure that your Mac is always up to date with the latest operating system versions.

Software Update button in the Overview window

Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select About this Mac. Click Software updates on the following screen to update your Mac.

13. Sound off

Some apps and websites play sounds even if you don’t want to hear them. These sounds drain your battery.

The mute button on the Apple Keyboard is highlighted

Mute these sounds will help you both get rid of that annoyance and help save battery. Press the mute key on your keyboard to mute the sound.

14. Using Dark Mode

Dark mode makes the screen easier to see and also saves battery life. However, this option is only available in macOS Mojave and later.

Dark Mode Settings in General

Open System Preferences and click Shared. Option Dark are from Appearance and you are ready.

15. Configure energy saving features

Your Mac has built-in power-saving tools to help you perform various tasks that help conserve battery life.

Energy Saver Menu

This feature can be accessed from System Preferences > Energy Saver. Once you’re there, just turn on the options you’re comfortable with and you’ll extend your battery life.


Extending your Mac’s battery life doesn’t mean diminishing its appearance and features. With a few tweaks here and there, you can easily get a few more hours of battery life on your Mac.

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