How to Check Your MacBook's Battery Health

  Matt Cone       May 2, 2021      Tutorials Mac Hardware


If your MacBook’s battery life seems to be getting shorter and shorter, it might be time to check your MacBook’s battery health. All MacBooks ship with batteries that are designed to last for years, but depending on how you typically recharge your MacBook’s battery, the battery’s capacity can be reduced early leading to shorter battery life. Checking your MacBook’s battery health can help you keep an eye on things and make sure your MacBook’s battery isn’t defective.

Using System Preferences to Check Battery Health

Here’s how to use System Preferences to check battery health:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

    Check your MacBook’s battery health

  2. Click Battery.

  3. From the sidebar, select Battery.

  4. Click the Battery Health button.

    Check your MacBook’s battery health

  5. Your MacBook’s battery health is displayed, as shown below.

    Check your MacBook’s battery health

Using coconutBattery to Check Battery Health

Here’s how to check your MacBook’s battery health using the coconutBattery application:

  1. Download a free application called coconutBattery.

  2. Open the coconutBattery application.

  3. Your MacBook’s battery health is displayed in the application, as shown below.

    Check your MacBook’s battery health

Tips for Maintaining Your MacBook’s Battery Health

Here are some tips for maintaining the health of your MacBook’s battery:

For more tips and tricks, see this article from Ars Technica. Happy charging!

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