Do you experience battery drain on macOS Ventura?
In October 2022, Apple released a new version of macOS, which is macOS Ventura. This marks the 19th version of macOS and is currently the latest version of the software. Similar to other initial releases of macOS, Ventura is not flawless, and many users encounter problems during the first day of updating their Macs.
One of the most common complaints about macOS Ventura is battery drain. As it turns out, many Mac users experienced abnormal battery drain after updating their computers.
While this is normal after a software update, your battery consumption should go back to normal after several hours. If your Mac continues to suffer from battery drain, something is not right.
Usually, this is due to third-party applications running in the background and consuming power. On the other hand, it can also be due to corrupted data, outdated software, and faulty batteries.
In this guide, we will show you how to fix battery drain on macOS Ventura.
Let’s get right into it!
1. Restart Your Mac.
As a Mac user, I know for a fact that most of us don’t turn off our MacBooks and simply close the lid when we are done using it.
While this isn’t a bad thing, your temporary cache can accumulate over time, and many background applications could be running on your Mac. This explains why you experience battery drain on your Mac.
To fix this, try restarting your device to flush its memory and clear temporary caches. Here’s what you need to do:
- First, access the Apple Menu on the upper left corner of your screen.
- After that, choose the Restart option.
- Lastly, confirm your action by clicking the Restart button on the dialog box.
Once done, observe if you’ll still experience battery drain on your Mac.
2. Check Background Applications.
Sometimes applications on your Mac stay running in the background, which can consume power. Due to this, you might want to check the applications running on your Mac and close the ones you are not using.
See the steps below to check your applications:
- On your Mac, open the Finder and go to the Utilities folder.
- Now, click on Activity Monitor and open the Energy tab.
- Look for applications you are not using and close them.
Use your Mac as you normally would and observe if you’ll encounter battery drain issues.
3. Wait It Out.
After updating to the latest version of macOS, your Mac will need some time to perform some indexing. If you’ve noticed in the activity monitor that Spotlight is consuming a lot of power, you don’t have to worry about anything.
Spotlight indexing can take several hours and could consume more power than normal. Wait for a few hours, and the battery drain issue should go away by itself.
4. Update Your Applications.
Since you are using a new version of macOS, some of your applications may not be compatible with the new OS. To fix this, you’ll need to update your apps to the latest version to rule out compatibility issues.
Here’s how you can update your apps:
- Launch the App Store on your Mac.
- Next, click on Updates in the sidebar.
- Finally, click the Update button beside the app you want to update.
Use your Mac as you normally would to see if you’ll still encounter battery drain.
5. Switch to Safari.
Some users reported that switching to Safari as their default browser lessens the battery drain issue on Ventura. Chrome and other third-party browsers are known to consume a lot of resources, which can cause your MacBook to drain faster.
On the other hand, Safari was developed by Apple and is optimized to consume fewer resources while delivering similar performance.
6. Install Software Updates.
Since battery drain on macOS Ventura is a known issue, Apple might already be working on releasing a patch to address it. Due to this, you’d want to constantly check for system updates on your Mac and install them right away.
Here’s how you can manually update your Mac:
- On your Mac, click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen to open Apple Menu.
- Next, go to System Preferences and click on Software Update.
- Finally, click on Upgrade Now or Update Now to install the latest version of macOS.
Observe if your Mac would still drains more power than usual.
7. Uninstall Applications.
Another thing you can do is uninstall unused applications on your Mac. Besides freeing up space, this can also help save some battery life on your Mac since fewer applications need to be initialized.
Follow the steps below to uninstall applications on your Mac:
- First, open the Finder on your Mac.
- After that, go to the Applications folder and look for apps that you no longer use.
- Lastly, drag the app to the Trash to delete it.
Restart your Mac afterward and see if the battery drain issue is solved.
We also strongly advise that you avoid installing applications from third-party sites and links unless you are confident that it’s not malware or some form of virus.
8. Visit the Nearest Apple Store.
If none of the solutions above worked, we suggest bringing your device to the nearest Apple Store. Possibly, your Mac’s battery is starting to fail, explaining why it’s draining power more than usual. Depending on the situation, Apple might replace your Mac’s battery for free if it’s still under warranty or you have Apple Care.
If you don’t have the time to visit a physical store right away, you can visit Apple’s support page and get in touch with their team to report the issue with your Mac.
You can make an arrangement to schedule your visit or ask their team if you can just ship your Mac to the nearest service center to have it checked.
That ends our guide on how to fix battery drain issues on macOS Ventura. If you have questions or other concerns, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to answer them.
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