Boost MacBook bat­tery life

En­joy your MacBook for as long as pos­si­ble with these easy reme­dies

Mac Format - - IMPROVE - Rosie Hat­ter­s­ley

En­joy your MacBook for as long as pos­si­ble with these easy energy-sav­ing reme­dies

SKILL LEVEL

Any­one can do it

IT WILL TAKE

20 min­utes

YOU’ll NEED

A MacBook

MacBook bat­ter­ies last most of a work­ing day be­fore you need to plug in for a recharge. Ap­ple reck­ons the latest mod­els can last for most of the work­ing day. How­ever, older MacBooks can’t match this longevity. Who doesn’t want to be able to use their lap­top for as long as pos­si­ble be­fore giv­ing in to be­ing teth­ered to the mains while it recharges?

One way to over­come this teth­er­ing tyranny is to carry an ex­ter­nal bat­tery pack. This adds to the bulk in your bag, but buys you a few more hours of mo­bile work­ing or en­ter­tain­ment.

How­ever, ju­di­cious use of pref­er­ences on your Mac can make a ma­te­rial dif­fer­ence too. Use­fully, OSX pro­vides sev­eral built-in energy mon­i­tor­ing and man­age­ment tools to help you eke out ex­tra bat­tery life. Turn­ing off Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth might be sen­si­ble since both use energy look­ing for wire­less con­nec­tions but you need to weigh up whether you want to be with­out the abil­ity to use Air­Drop, iCloud Drive and Con­ti­nu­ity fea­tures such as phone call and SMS re­lay from your iPhone to your Mac be­fore you click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and turn it off. Let’s take a look at other use­ful ways make your MacBook’s bat­tery last a bit longer.

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