How to Increase MacBook Battery Life


Apple laptop have battery power up to 8 to 12 hours depending on the model. Here i am provide few tips to increase your MacBook’s battery life.

Choose Energy Saver System Preferences

Mac energysaver Preferences

Go to Apple-> System Preferences and choose Energy Saver. Choose the Battery  tab and  set Computer Sleep and Display sleep sliders to 5 minutes. Tick the check box Put the Hard Disk(s) to Sleep when possible option.

Turn off Spotlight

If you want to disable Spotlight,
Open Spotlight preferences and select the privacy tab. Drag you Mac hard drive to the privacy list. Now spotlight will be disabled.

Turn off Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

Unwanted Bluetooth usage drain your battery. So turn off Bluetooth if you not used.
In menu bar, choose  Bluetooth icon and click Turn off Bluetooth option
or
Go to System preferences -> Bluetooth and click Turn off option.
If you are not using internet or mail. Turn off Wi-Fi. Choose the AirPort in the menu bar and then click Turn off Wi-Fi.

Turn off Mail’s auto check mode – Go to Mail preferences and change the check for new messages tab to manually.

Do not use intensive apps – Avoid graphically intensive apps like 3D games or video editing applications. Also close unused apps.

Unplug MacBook after charge –Do not leave your MacBook plugged in. This can affect your battery capacity. So regularly discharge the battery.

Dim your MacBook Screen – Press the F1 key to turn the MacBook screen brightness down.

Mute Sound to avoid extraneous alerts. – Tap the Mute sound button.

Find Apps that use a lot of energy

You can easily find which app uses significant amounts of energy.

Method 1:-

Choose the battery icon in the menu bar and check under apps using significant energy. So use low-energy alternative apps instead of energy-hungry apps.

Method 2:-

Go to Applications/utilities and open the Activity monitor. Then click the Energy tab and energy impact header to view the apps and processes that are currently using the most energy on your Mac.

Use Activity Monitor app to find detailed information about energy usage.

Don’t forget to eject CD/DVD, SD cards, external drives and 4G modem

If your Mac book has a super drive, inserted disc media will some times spin up, draining the battery. So don’t forget to remove these peripherals.

Do you know any other methods to save Macbook battery life, do let us via comment.

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