Does the battery of your Mac gets easily drained now than ever before?

You may be working on a project or doing a client presentation for work. Then suddenly you get a notification that says you need to plug in your Mac because your battery is running low. But to come to think of it, why is this notification has been popping up more doing more often than before?

That is what this guide is written precisely to address.

Consumer electronics such as a computer or laptop regardless if it is a Windows PC or a Mac will most certainly have a life span (unless if it is a Nokia tho, those bastards go for the ages).

Now it is pretty reminiscent of the human life span — almost all devices will have a long life span that can run for several years but it may not be as effective as before when it comes of old age. Hence when we say that your Mac has a service life, then it defines the time that your device or its respective components has in order to work efficiently.

But how do you know that your battery has already passed its service life? This will depend on the load of work you put on it. Since your usage of your Mac is different from others, the numbers will be slightly different.

In this guide, we will show you how you can obtain these indicators and there are ways to know how to check the battery health in your macOS. You need to understand this information so you’d know what to do.

Let’s dive in!

 



 

How to Check Battery Health in macOS: 5 Ways

 

1. Use the Quick Check Feature.

Your Mac has a battery icon that is hidden with helpful summaries on the battery health — whether it requires maintenance, replacement, and general life span.

Here’s how you can access it in your macOS:

  1. Go ahead press the Option key in your macOS and then click the Battery icon on the top right corner of your screen (as shown below). It’s also a good tip to check the Show Percentage option so that you can keep track of how your battery’s percentage anytime.

How to Check Battery Health in macOS

 

  1. Next, the summary of your Mac’s battery health will display on the drop-down menu.
  2. Finally, you will be able to see the condition of the battery which can be either be Normal, Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery status (depending on your Mac).

 

Here’s a rundown of what those statuses mean:

  • If you have a Normal status on your battery (as shown above), that means you are still within its service life. You have nothing to worry about.
  • Replace Soon or Replace Now status for your battery tells us that you need to take action to replace the battery. While running on battery with these statuses, you have the risk of crashing your hard drive due to an improper shutdown process.
  • Service Battery status means that there is something wrong with your battery. You may need to contact Apple Support for repair option. Having this information, you now know what to do with the battery of your Mac.

 

 

2. Open System Information App via Apple Menu.

Another way to access the information about your battery’s health in your Mac is through the main menu. You may be accustomed to using the main menu as a starting point reference when navigating a system. But if you are not familiar with it, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and click on the Apple icon on your macOS.
  2. Then find and click on System Information on the drop-down menu.
  3. Now, under the Hardware list, find and click the Power option.
  4. Finally, advance information about your battery which includes the Cycle Count and Condition.

How to Check Battery Health in macOS

 

The condition data is still the same data as discussed in Method 1. However, the Cycle Count is also crucial data to take note because this indicates the number of full charges that your battery is capable of. For instance, if you have 500 battery cycle counts, then your battery is capable of fully charging 500 times.

This may vary because you may have been charging your Mac when it’s down 50%. That means you only achieve half of 1 full cycle count when you charge it to full. It all comes down on how you use it. You also have different cycle counts per device.

We have listed down the cycle count capacities for each of the Mac models. Use the table below to see the cycle count limit for your Mac’s battery. According to Apple, the battery is considered consumed once it reaches the Maximum Cycle Count.

 

Computer Maximum Cycle Count
MacBook
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
1000
MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008) 500
MacBook (Mid 2009)
MacBook (Early 2009)
MacBook (Late 2008)
MacBook (Early 2008)
MacBook (Late 2007)
MacBook (Mid 2007)
MacBook (Late 2006)
MacBook (13-inch)
300
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
1000
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008) 500
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz)
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (17-inch)
300
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
1000
MacBook Air (Mid 2009) 500
MacBook Air (Late 2008)
MacBook Air
300

 

Now you are able to understand this information, you can now tell if your battery is still healthy or needs to be replaced. If you cannot access the System Information app, then proceed to the next method.

 

 

3. Open System Information App via Applications Menu (Alternative).

Now that you are able to understand what data you need lookup, all you need to do is to look for the System Information app. There might be some other way to open the app when you cannot access it using the previous method. Here’s how you can do it via the application menu:

  1. Go ahead to the Applications setting and click on Utilities.
  2. Then, find and click System Information to launch the application.
  3. Now, under the hardware list, find and click the Power option.
  4. Finally, information about your battery which includes the maximum and current Cycle Count and battery Condition will be shown here.

Now you are able to view the System Information app, you will be able to find the same information as discussed in Method 1 and Method 2.

 

 

4. Open System Information App via Spotlight Search (Alternative).

If both Methods 2 and 3 do not work to locate the System Information, then using the Spotlight Search is the best alternative to locating the battery health section in your macOS system. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and click on the Search icon on the top right corner of your macOS screen.
  2. Then, type in System Information on the space provided and press enter.
  3. In the list, find and click System Information to launch the application.
  4. Now, under the hardware list, find and click the Power option.
  5. Finally, information about your battery which includes the maximum and current Cycle Count and battery Condition will be shown here.

 

 

5. Contact Apple Support or Comment Down Below.

If you do not understand any other technicalities with checking the battery health of your Mac device, then you can either 1) comment down below and us or one of our readers will help you out 2) google it 3) contact Apple’s support.  You can ask Apple-certified personnel to help you out at your nearest Apple Store. They can check your battery and inspect the health of the device in great detail as well as inform you whether your battery needs replacing.  If you are told that your battery needs replacing, please make sure to check your warranty options first before proceeding with the replacement so that you know your available options to save costs. Particularly if your device is new and you’re experiencing battery issues, then this is the way to proceed.

In the event that you don’t have an Apple Store in your area, be sure to check the available support near your place. If you are willing to send your Mac through a carrier so they can repair it in their lab, you can just set an appointment for repair online. You will have an option to monitor the repair progress through their page.

We hope that this article has helped you provide some useful information. If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and we will love to help you out. ❤

 

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