How to Take charge of en­ergy-sav­ing set­tings

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Dis­play bright­ness

Go to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Dis­plays and move the Bright­ness slider to the left to turn bright­ness down. Uncheck “Au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just bright­ness” to stop it go­ing back up.

Quit un­used apps

Click the bat­tery icon in the menu bar, and look for the “Apps Us­ing Sig­nif­i­cant En­ergy” sec­tion. Quit un­used apps to en­sure they’re not eat­ing up CPU cy­cles when you think they’re idle.

En­ergy Saver

In Sys­tem Prefs > En­ergy Saver, you can set how soon the dis­play goes to sleep when your Mac is on bat­tery power and left idle. The faster you set this, the more power you’ll save.

Tame on­line con­tent

Browsers are cul­prits for high en­ergy use be­cause of poorly made ads. A con­tent blocker will save you bat­tery life. In Sa­fari, go to Sa­fari > Sa­fari Ex­ten­sions. Try the Ghostery ex­ten­sion.

Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth

If you don’t need Wi-Fi, turn it off, as it uses power even if in­ac­tive. Do so from the menu bar icons, or in Sys­tem Prefs’ Blue­tooth and Net­work panes for Blue­tooth and Wi-Fi, re­spec­tively.

Switch chips

On MacBook Pros with two graph­ics chips, en­able Auto Graphic Switch­ing in Sys­tem Prefs > En­ergy Saver. If not, your Mac al­ways uses its power– hun­gry dis­crete chip.

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