11 Tips to Improve MacBook Pro / Air Battery Life

In the case of a device with or without an optional mains connection, the battery life or battery life describes the usage time after which the battery must be recharged. In contrast to the service life of the rechargeable battery, which is usually specified in charging cycles, this specification describes a variable penalty for the device battery. You can find below 11 Tips to Extend MacBook Battery Life. So if you want to improve the battery life of the Apple MacBook as well as the Air and Pro models in order to also reduce the number of necessary charging cycles in a certain period of time, then you've come to the right place!

Extend the Apple MacBook battery life - I have compiled 11 tips and tricks for you!
Extend the Apple MacBook battery life - I have compiled 11 tips and tricks for you!

Use the latest software

Especially with regard to the Mac OS X / macOS operating system and the other software from the manufacturer Apple, you should regularly update or automatically search for updates and have them installed. If you have a current macOS on your MacBook, then not only security measures and patches are covered, but the system is also ideally matched to the hardware and thus the battery. In addition, actions and processes in the system are optimized or shortened with updates so that they can be implemented more quickly and logically consume less battery power.

Pay attention to the ambient temperature

As with the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Co., there are certain temperature ranges in which the MacBook (Pro / Air) works best. The Apple laptop is designed for an ambient temperature of 10°C to 35°C, with the storage temperature ranging from -20°C to 45°C. However, you should avoid extreme ambient temperatures when using it and not work in sub-zero temperatures or in extreme summer heat or expose the Apple MacBook to direct sunlight. At borderline temperatures you can take a laptop cooler with you Fans for the bottom of the notebook to extend the MacBook battery life.

Storage at 50% battery charge

You probably want to extend the Apple MacBook battery life to turn off the mobile computer Cupertino to be able to use it longer in everyday life without a charger and mains connection. However, storage also plays a part. So if you intend to leave the MacBook unused for a long period of time, it is best not to leave it with a fully charged or discharged battery. The optimum is 50% capacity; if stored for more than half a year, charging to 50% every 6 months is recommended.

Optimize general settings

Does the screen really have to be that bright? Do I have to play music on my MacBook or can I turn on a radio? Do I need WiFi and / or Bluetooth right now? Do I need to charge my iPhone via USB on the MacBook or operate other peripherals? You should ask yourself these questions and make appropriate adjustments if the answer is no. Adjusts the brightness down, pulls out unnecessary cables and hubs, etc. This way you can also improve the MacBook Pro / Air battery life.

Remove programs from the autostart

If you want a really efficient Mac or a MacBook with extended battery life, the measures basically start when you start macOS. As in Windows, there is the autostart, in which, in addition to system programs, apps such as Spotify, Dropbox, Mail, Calendar and so on can be inserted. Not only the start, but also the execution of the applications in the background consumes the battery. You can usually specify in the settings of the individual programs whether they should start automatically. There are also general autostart menus. A guide to this you can find here.

Monitor network access and data usage

Do programs often access the network or the Internet connection? Then you might want to curb them to reduce power consumption in the system as well. This is usually only possible manually if you close individual programs such as Safari, Mail, Dropbox and Co.; automatic solutions are available in App-Shape. For example, I can you Trip mode 2 recommend, which - as the name suggests - creates a kind of travel mode for the Apple MacBook with macOS or the laptop with Windows. In a menu you can allow or deny individual programs network access.

Use the "save energy" options

You can use the drop-down menu that appears when you click on the battery symbol in the menu bar, as well as the system settings, to access the settings for saving energy. Here you can assign various things such as the sleep mode, the darkening of the display and other adjustments to the battery operation of the Apple MacBook.

The menu for saving energy on the MacBook (Pro / Air) gives you options to save electricity and to extend use without a power supply unit.
The menu for saving energy on the MacBook (Pro / Air) gives you options to save electricity and to extend use without a power supply unit.

Muck out the Mac

Duplicate files, caches and other junk are basically inevitable when the computer is used for a long time. With updates through the connection of iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch and Co. as well as through the iCloud, Dropbox and other services, updates are made again and again, files copied, deleted, changed and, and, and - this happens automatically as well as in the Background. So you should first pay attention to peripherals and network activities (as already mentioned above), but also muck out the Mac from time to time. The best way to do this is with CleanMyMac, an app that you can access can read here.

Monitor battery life and lifespan with FruitJuice

FruitJuice is another app that you can use to monitor your MacBook battery and use it more efficiently. The 4MB little software shows you a wide variety of information and assistance directly via the menu bar. In the current version 2.3.3, it is also optimized for macOS High Sierra, which is why it is also good for newer MacBooks (2016, 2017, 2018) and their batteries.
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Never fully discharge or charge

Like a smartphone battery, a fully charged or discharged battery can lead to a loss of capacity, even with a laptop. For example, the energy sources for mobile devices should be charged between 45% and 75%. A charge to 100% as well as a charge below 15% can lead to a loss of total capacity again and again, so that the battery gradually provides mobile power for less and less. So if you want to extend the MacBook battery life, think about charging properly.

Remove SD cards

Of course, this tip only applies to older devices that still have a slot for SDmemory Cards to have. However, since these also draw power for the exchange of data and files, the removal as a drive helps at least a little to be able to extend the MacBook battery life. Of course, this tip is contrary to the recommendation to use such memory cards as memory expansion instead of a new internal or external hard drive: Permanent memory expansion for MacBook with SD card slot without modification.

Tips to extend MacBook battery life

There are various measures to improve the battery life of the Apple MacBook; some have to do with hardware, some with software. And there you can also approach different areas again. Hopefully you have found a good mix that will really help you with this guide. If you want to share more tips and tricks, please leave a comment;)

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16 Responses to “11 Tips to Improve MacBook Pro/Air Battery Life”

  1. Based on your recommendation, I got FruitJuice. However, I find the settings (especially in the messages) anything but self-explanatory ... It would be good if you could shed some light on that.

    What would be of particular interest to me:
    If you know that you will be working on the MacBook for a long time: plug in the mains or better work "on battery" until the 20% is reached?
    But "leave it infected all the time" isn't supposed to be a good thing either. So what is best if there was always an outlet nearby?

    1. Hello Norbert! Yes, I would like to dedicate a separate post to FruitJuice soon. The tool really deserves it. :) The way I use it is that I leave my MacBook Pro plugged in all the time, but every few days I discharge to 20% and then charge to full. I did that with my last model and even after 7 years the battery lasted quite a long time. You should simply discharge the MBP completely to 10-20% every few days and then fully charge it again in one go. Then the battery will not be "damaged" by the continuous current.

  2. Hi Jens,
    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Maybe I just have to use Fruitjuice a little longer and then it's self-explanatory. It's only been installed for 1 day at the moment... At the moment it's probably suggesting under "Battery time" that I should let the MB run on battery for 1h 10m per day...
    I've already looked at Youtube and found nothing that really explains it well.

    >>“The way I use it is that I leave my MacBook Pro plugged in all the time, but every few days I discharge it to 20% and then charge it to full”

    I would be interested to know how you do that with FJ. I assume this has nothing to do with the notification settings? Just run a maintenance cycle every few days "by feel"?

    What annoys me personally when you leave the MB plugged in: When the battery is 100% charged, there is always a "reminder tone". I haven't found anything on how to turn this off...

    1. Hello Norbert! I always have FruitJuice on and every few days it suggests (by message) that I pull the plug. When the MacBook Pro is sufficiently discharged, I get another message that I should plug it in. Actually works great! Alternatively, you can of course do this by hand once a week. Works just as well. : D

      The memory tone that you report on is new to me. Actually, the MacBook only makes sounds when you plug it in. Perhaps the connector is wobbly and keeps changing between "connected" and "not connected"?

  3. I'll just do a little "research" over the next few days.

    The sound is not due to the plug. As soon as I work with it, it doesn't come either.
    Only when the MB goes to sleep. For example, "Lid closed". But then the monkey isn't dead, it sounds every now and then ????????

    By the way, I have a MB 13 ″ 2018 with a touch bar. Maybe someone else knows the phenomenon ...

    Many greetings - Norbert

    1. Hello Norbert! Are you sure the sound is coming from the battery? When it is closed, there are usually only sounds because of emails or something. Maybe it is LG! Jens

  4. Hi Jens,
    yes, I'm pretty sure about that :-)
    Both when the lid is closed and when the display is open after the display is switched off.

    There is then a tone every 1 minute and a green battery symbol with the text "100% charged" is briefly displayed, then the display turns black again and after exactly 1 minute in the loop ...
    Many greetings - Norbert

    1. Ok, that's pretty definitely about the battery. But I'm a bit surprised that you get these notifications. They are guaranteed not from Mojave itself, but from a battery tool that is installed. "Battery Monitor Health Status" does something like this, for example. Maybe you can find something under the startup items or something? You can also try a restart in safe mode (hold down the SHIFT key when starting) and then check whether the notification still comes up. If not, then it was some additional tool.

  5. Hi Jens,

    I've tried a little longer and deactivated all apps. After that the problem was still there ...

    Then it occurred to me that I didn't use the original Apple power supply, but one from Aukey (because of the separate connection cable to the NT).
    -> the Apple plugged in and the message no longer came ????

    Then I looked at the reviews on Amazon and discovered that someone else probably had a similar problem with the NT.

    Here is the link to the power supply, which I unfortunately cannot recommend (1 * read reviews):


    In any case, thank you very much for the tips! ????????

    1. Hello Norbert! Ok, that's interesting. This can only happen if the power supply turns the voltage down completely in between or if it doesn't have enough watts to power the MacBook Pro. Then the amount of power is always so on the brink that the Mac does not know whether it is charging or not. Which Mac Model Do You Have? A 15 inch MacBook Pro? LG! Jens

  6. Hi Jens,
    only a 13 ″ MB Pro 2018, so there shouldn't be a problem ...

    What is noticeable about it: It happens pretty much every 60 seconds. I logged split times with the iPhone stopwatch :-)

    Today I will contact the dealer ...
    As soon as I know something I'll get in touch ... Best regards - Norbert

    1. Yes, definitely sounds like a quirk in the PSU. If it occurs regularly, it can only be an intentional or unintentional "feature" that the power supply has. Good luck with the exchange! I'm looking forward to the feedback!

  7. Well, I have now tried 2 identical Auckey power supplies and one from Inateck.
    All have the same problem in energy-saving mode with a full battery and connected cable:
    Basically they work (= load). But every approx. 30 to 60 seconds there is a tone and a green battery symbol with the text "100% charged" is briefly displayed, after which the display turns black again.

    It only works 100% with the original Apple power supply and there are no warnings

    1. Hello Norbert! Thanks for the feedback. That's annoying ... what I would be interested in: Whether that tizi gas station with USB-C (60 W) has the same problem. They produce in Germany and advertise the products with the fact that they offer significantly better quality than the Chinese stalls. Maybe it would be worth trying again? In a pinch you can send it back ... LG! Jens

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