Saving Battery Life on Your MacBook – Energy Saver Settings

If you’re often on the go, you probably know the pain of trying to find an outlet when your MacBook runs out of battery. While we wish MacBook batteries would last forever, they won’t no matter how hard we try. However, you can make your MacBook’s battery last longer by properly configuring your Energy Saver settings.

In this quick tutorial, we will be showing you how to configure your Energy Saver settings. This tutorial does not require any additional software or plugins.

Configuring Energy Saver Options

To start, launch System Preferences on your Mac. This can be done by looking towards the Apple Toolbar and clicking on the Apple Button. When you do this, a drop down menu will appear. Click on the option labeled “System Preferences”. This is the fourth option from the top of the menu.

System Preferences

Look towards the top of the menu, you will see a header labeled Hardware. Under this header is an option labeled Energy Saver, please click on this option.

Hardware, Energy Saver

Since this article mainly focuses on conserving your MacBook’s battery life, look towards the top of the Energy Saver window and make sure the tab labeled Battery is selected. Under this tab are two sliders, one for adjusting how quickly your Mac is put to sleep and another for how quickly your display is put to sleep.

As a general rule, your battery life tends to be better when these sliders are set to a lower number. Below these sliders you will see a few different options such as putting your hard drives to sleep when possible and automatically dimming your display. Please configure these options to your liking.

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