How-To Check Your Mac Laptop's Battery Health

Authored by: Tech Pro Team

Check Mac Laptop Battery Health


Checking your Mac laptop's battery health is crucial to ensure that it's performing optimally. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Using macOS Built-in Tools

Click on the Apple Menu:

Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen to open the Apple Menu.

Select "About This Mac":

From the drop-down menu, select "About This Mac."

Access System Information:

In the "About This Mac" window, click on the "System Report" button. This will open the System Information application.

Navigate to Power:

In the System Information application, locate and click on "Power" under the "Hardware" section in the sidebar.

Check Battery Information:

Look for the "Battery Information" section on the right side.

You'll find details about your battery, including its condition, cycle count, and current capacity.

Using the Terminal

Open Terminal:

You can open Terminal from the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Run Battery Health Check Command:

In the Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter:

ioreg -l | grep -E 'Capacity|CycleCount|Condition'

Interpret Results:

The Terminal will display information about your battery's capacity, cycle count, and condition.

Interpreting Battery Health Information:

When checking your Mac laptop's battery health, focus on indicators such as "Full Charge Capacity" compared to the original design capacity. A healthy battery should have a full charge capacity close to its design capacity. If you notice a significant decrease in capacity or a high number of charge cycles, it might indicate that your battery health is declining.

It's important to note that batteries naturally degrade over time, especially after a certain number of charge cycles. If you notice a significant decline in battery capacity, consider potential battery replacement.

Please remember that the steps and options mentioned might vary slightly based on your macOS version and MacBook model.

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