Manage your Mac’s battery better to extend its life

Since macOS Catalina 10.5.5, Apple has introduced a new “Battery Health” management feature that helps your battery last longer.

As for all electronic devices, it seems like battery duration is a pet peeve for many people.

One thing to keep in mind to put an end to this constant frustration is the fact that a battery is a chemical element that wears out over time (pretty much like anything else) and therefore provide less charging than at the beginning of its life.

However, Apple has now provided a new option to extend your Mac’s battery life by using this new “Battery Health” feature.

How it works

When you activate this “Battery Health Management” feature, your Mac will learn from your charging patterns (how often you plug it into power, how long for, do you charge it to the full every time or not…) and also the temperature changes of your battery.

It will use it to optimize its life by delaying a full charge for example or adapting your battery to your usage patterns.

This, in turn, will help your battery charge in accordance with your own way of using your Mac instead of simply going through regular charge/discharge cycles that take their toll on the battery itself.

The only down side is the fact that this feature may extend your battery life but also shorten the time between charges or in other words, your Mac may lose its charge faster than usual. If this is important to you, then you can temporarily turn off this feature to benefit from the full charge of your battery.

How to turn in ON

Go to the black Apple on the top left corner of your screen > System Preferences > Energy Saver > click the button “Battery Health” at the bottom > check “battery health management”.

You now have asked your Mac to optimize your battery so it lasts longer.

Have you activated this new feature? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments below!

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