Wednesday, April 24, 2024

MacBook battery cycle count and capacity – How-to

Most of Apple’s modern laptops can handle 1,000 charge cycles before needing a battery replacement. Follow along for how to check MacBook battery cycle count as well as its condition and capacity.

Battery charge cycles, condition, and capacity all go hand-in-hand. For some context, here’s how Apple says your MacBook calculates its charge cycle count:

A charge cycle happens when you use all of the battery’s power—but that doesn’t necessarily mean a single charge.

For example, you could use half of your notebook’s charge in one day, and then recharge it fully. If you did the same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two. In this way, it might take several days to complete a cycle.

How to check MacBook battery cycle count and capacity

  1. Open the System Settings app on your MacBook
  2. Choose General then About
  3. Scroll to the very bottom and click System Report…
  4. On the left sidebar, click Power
  5. You’ll find your battery cycle count under Health Information:

Here’s how the process looks:

On the left-hand sidebar, select Power. You’ll see your MacBook battery cycle count about halfway down along with the condition status and maximum battery capacity.

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While many of Apple’s MacBooks since 2010 have batteries that are rated for 1,000 charge cycles, check this document to see details for each specific model.

Improving MacBook battery health

One feature Apple debuted in recent years to help with battery longevity is optimized battery charging. It should be turned on for your MacBook by default, but you can check by heading to:

  • System Settings
  • Battery
  • Now click the circled “i” to the right of
  • Check at the bottom if optimized battery charging is toggled on

More tips to extend the life of your MacBook battery per Apple include:

  • Keep it running the latest software
  • Avoid very hot or cold temperatures
  • Optimize your System Settings > Power Saver
  • If you aren’t going to use your MacBook for a longer period of time, store it at 50% battery

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