While using our Find MacBook, we have several apps running in the background. Some of them don’t consume much energy, while others leave us staring at the battery percentage, wondering if it was a number or two higher than it was a while ago.
If you’ve ever found yourself with a rapidly dwindling MacBook battery, wondering whether it’s time for a replacement or a trip to your nearest Apple Store, don’t panic. It’s probably just that some apps on your Discovery MacBook consume a lot of power. Here’s how to identify them.
Quickly check apps using excessive power
You can see which apps are using the most power by clicking the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the menu bar. In addition to your battery percentage, you’ll see a list of apps draining your MacBook’s battery under Apps Using Significant Energy, if any. If there isn’t one then you won’t see any apps using significant energy.
If apps are consuming a lot of your MacBook’s battery, save your work within the app before closing them, especially if you’re not using them at the time. If you’re using a browser that’s consuming a lot of battery, consider closing any tabs you’re not using.
Get a general overview with System Settings
System Settings is where you view your privacy and security settings, change your keyboard settings, adjust your display, and more in macOS. In addition to changing settings, you can also use it to get a general overview of your MacBook’s battery usage.
To do this, launch System Settings from the Dock or click Apple menu > System Settings and select Battery in the sidebar.
Here, you’ll see your MacBook’s battery health. If it is normal, it means that your battery is in good condition. If it says “Service Recommended,” it’s probably time to replace the battery because you’re not getting anywhere close to the advertised battery life. This is because batteries wear out over time, due to factors such as leaving your Mac charged all the time.
You can click the Info (i) button beside Battery Health to find your MacBook’s maximum battery capacity and toggle on Optimized Battery Charging, which is one of the charging habits that maximize your Mac’s battery life. Will do
In the Battery section of System Settings, you can view your battery level over the past 24 hours in the form of a graph. A green bar at the bottom of the graph indicates when your discovered MacBook was plugged in. Blank spaces indicate periods when it was not in use.
If you look at the Screen On Usage graph for the last 24 hours, it shows the time you used your MacBook Search. This is helpful because it tells you when the battery was dying, so you can try and track what you were doing at the time.
Check energy usage with Activity Monitor
Use Activity Monitor to view each app’s power usage and see which is using the most power and by how much. You can quickly launch Activity Monitor from a Spotlight search (Command + Space).
In Activity Monitor, click Energy to view running apps and their energy impact. By default, apps are arranged in order of highest to lowest energy impact.
The higher the energy impact of an app, the higher its battery consumption. So, if you see an app or apps that have a high energy impact that you are not using, close them to save battery. Just be sure to save your work before you’re done.
Quit Apps That Are Draining Your MacBook’s Battery
If you notice that your Discovery MacBook’s battery is draining faster than usual, check which apps may be causing it, and close them if you’re not using them. Close multiple windows for the same app to reduce its impact on your MacBook’s battery life.
You can either track battery usage from System Settings or use Activity Monitor to find out which apps affect battery the most. And then, make the right decisions to make your MacBook last longer.