How to Maximize the MacBook Battery Life

Apple MacBooks already have very good reputation in terms of battery timing but you can drag it bit further and save some more battery charge.  Batteries condition plays very important role in portable computers, with a little bit of care you can get most from battery life. let’s see we can maximize the battery life of MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

Tips to Maximize the battery life

Proper Charging and Discharging

Don’t plug in power adapter all the time, If you are not a frequent traveler and use your notebook at the desk then be sure to charge and discharge the notebook battery fully once a month.

Environment Temperature

Working environment also effects on notebook performance and battery life, Apple notebooks work best from 50° to 95°F.

For Long time storage

If you are not using your MacBook for a long time then store your battery with 50% charge. Make sure to store your MacBook at the right temperature.


Update software

Make your notebook software is up-to-date, Apple release frequent updates that may improve battery performance.

Adjust Screen Brightness

To maximize the battery life, dim the screen brightness to the comfortable level. Even if the room lights are off, I am sure you don’t need the full-screen brightness.

AirPort/Wireless Settings

If AirPort turned on it always consumes battery power even you are not using this, you can turn the AirPort off to save some power.

Bluetooth Settings

If Bluetooth is on it also behaves like AirPort and consumes battery. So turn the Bluetooth off when not in use.

Peripherals or CDs/DVDs

Eject CDs or DVDs if you are not using them and disconnect peripherals as well.

Quit Applications

Quit all background applications that are not in use.

Share you experience below in comments or if you have your own idea to increase battery life.

See also: How to check MacBook Battery Condition

17 comments… add one
Nono July 7, 2010, 12:46 am

very nice these tips really work to maximize macbook battery life, thanks for sharing this all.

battery July 9, 2010, 12:15 pm

Thank you very much!
You are in my favouites!
It seems that I will use it severl days later.

Berry July 9, 2010, 10:44 pm

Awesome Mac tips

holi July 26, 2010, 2:04 pm

Its seems not only for Mac but you can use for other laptops, most of battery life tips are general.

Paul July 18, 2010, 2:12 am

Im glad that I could find more info on battery life. thanks

Habibi August 4, 2010, 10:13 pm

Useful tips.

Jeni October 5, 2010, 2:15 am

Informative article about how to maximize battery life of Apple notebooks

echis September 26, 2014, 7:54 pm

Excellent tips, thanks!

fullmoon August 14, 2016, 1:30 pm

Thanks… I’m using Macbook 7,1 MC516ZP/A. I mostly use it where there is power supply and sometimes need to use it on battery.
Should I just remove the battery and store the battery externally until I need it?
Coz, the last 3 years, I have been using the macbook with power supply about 90% of the time and discharged the battery once every 2 days because I was advised to do so (not because I didn’t have access to power supply).

solomon February 1, 2017, 3:32 pm

my hp mini laptop is requesting for battery software how can u help me thanks

TrickyWays February 2, 2017, 6:47 pm

Solomon, would you please explain I didn’t understand your question. Can you show a screenshot where it’s asking for the battery software?

solomon February 1, 2017, 3:35 pm

am still waitin for ur reply thanks

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