Apple MacBooks are known to live long. Many have survived on their Macs for more than five years. However, the MacBook battery is one component that wears out over time. After all, Lithium-ion batteries pack a limited number of charging cycles. With the latest MacOS 10.15.5 Catalina update, Apple has included a Battery health management function for MacBook that ships with the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port and is designed to keep your MacBook battery healthier for a longer period.
Your MacBook battery has a charging cycle. For example, you can use half of the cost of your notebook in one day and then fully recharge. If you do the same thing the next day, it will be counted as one filling cycle, not two. In this way, it might take several days to complete one cycle.
The new battery health management feature prevents the battery from being fully charged and stops its life from degrading slowly but gradually. For that, macOS needs to learn and understand your usage and charging patterns. Read on to learn how this new feature works.
How Battery Health Management Works on macOS Catalina
All MacBook batteries have a limited number of charge cycles before their performance starts to decrease. Most MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models come with 1000 charging cycles. After that, you need to replace the battery in your MacBook, which is expensive and time consuming.
That’s where Apple Battery health management is used for MacBook models (see below for supported models). Battery health management functions on macOS 10.15.5 Catalina will analyze your MacBook’s usage and charging habits. If the function predicts that the MacBook will keep charging for a long time, it will automatically stop charging 100%, reducing the battery’s charge cycle.
It is very important for those who connect their MacBook to an external monitor. That means the MacBook has constant and consistent resources. Battery health management can prevent your MacBook from charging 100% when using a power adapter and extending battery life. However, you must activate the Battery health management option for that and let macOS learn about your usage patterns and charging frequency.
Supported MacBook Models
Apple MacBook models with Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports compatible with Battery health management. That includes the 2016 MacBook Pro, 2018 MacBook Air, and models launched after that. When you update your MacBook to the latest macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, this feature will be activated in the System Preferences menu.
Will My MacBook Charge Up to 100%
Of course. That’s the beauty of Apple Battery’s health management function. Over time, this feature learns how often you charge your MacBook and usage, and based on that, it will charge your MacBook up to 100%.
This function is similar to the iPhone-Optimized Battery Charging function, which debuts with iOS 13. The iPhone learns your daily routine and estimates how long the iPhone will be charged. Optimized Battery Charging prevents your cellphone from fully charging up to 100% immediately after you plug it in. Conversely, the iPhone battery will be charged up to around 80%.
How to Enable or Disable Battery Health Management on Mac
If you don’t want macOS to automatically limit the battery charge level on your MacBook, then you should consider turning off the Settings function. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click on the Apple logo menu in the upper left corner and navigate to System Preferences. Alternatively, you can use the Command + Space key to open Spotlight Search and type System Preferences to access the menu.
Step 2: Open the Energy Saver and tap on Battery Health at the bottom.
Step 3: From the dialog box, you will have the option to turn off the Battery health management feature.
Step 4: You must select ‘Deactivate’ again to confirm your choice.
How to Find a Battery Charging Cycle on a MacBook
As mentioned earlier, the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models come with 1000 charging cycles. Apple has added an option to glance at the laptop battery charging cycle on macOS. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Use the Command + Space button to open Spotlight Search and type System Information to access the menu.
Step 2: In the window that opens, you can see all information about MacBook hardware, software, and network. Click the Power option in the left column under the Hardware menu.
Step 3: In the right panel, you can see the number of Cycles under the Health information in the Battery information.
When the Battery health management feature is activated, it runs in the background and you will not witness it in action. This will prevent the number of cycles pacing quickly and that’s the only information you can see. So how do you know the health status of your MacBook battery correctly?
View Battery Health Information From the Menu Bar on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
Because Battery health management runs in the background, it will not show details about charging capacity, battery status, and other details. For this, you must visit the System Information menu, as shown above. Isn’t it easier to access battery details in one click? That’s why a third party application called coconutBattery 3 is right for that.
coconutBattery 3 allows you to see the current MacBook battery charging, full charging capacity, number of cycles, macOS battery status, temperature, etc. – all by clicking on the menu bar. These details are very important for those who travel frequently with their MacBooks. CoconutBattery 3 is free to use. However, you can buy the Plus version from the official website if you want a detailed view of iOS and Mac battery health and print device health reports.
Manage your MacBook’s Smart Life Battery
By default, Apple activates the Health Battery management option on macOS. If you travel a lot and want your MacBook to charge 100% at any time, you can disable the option from the System Preferences menu.