How to check battery health on MacBook

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
July 31, 2023
7 minutes to read

After numerous MacBook recharge cycles, its battery can lose its capacity, so that you will have to replace the battery. This article will explain how to check battery cycles on a MacBook, how long a MacBook’s battery usually lasts, and how to save the battery life of a MacBook. check battery health


  1. Why check battery health on a MacBook.
  2. How to check battery condition on a Mac.
  3. How to check the number of battery charge cycles on a Mac.
  4. FAQ about MacBook’s battery life.

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Why check the battery health on a MacBook

If you use MacBook Air or Pro, you should pay attention to the state of your laptop batteries. Be watchful if there are any suspicious symptoms of the MacBook battery. For example, your Mac’s battery is draining fast, or even worse, your MacBook is not charging.

Usually, the MacBook battery is draining fast if you use it intensively or have many memory-consuming applications working in the background. You should regularly monitor the battery status and its serviceability. The macOS monitors the state of the battery continuously, so you can quickly determine the battery’s health, fix issues, and prevent the battery from getting dead at the most inopportune time. Below in this article, we will explain how to do this.

How to check battery condition on a Mac

On macOS Catalina and earlier versions, the users could check the power on a MacBook Pro right in the menu bar. If you use macOS Catalina or earlier, you can press and hold the Option (Alt) key and click on the Battery icon in the menu bar. In this case, the advanced options of the battery menu appear, and you can view all the important data about your MacBook’s battery life.

toolbar showing battery state on MacBook
If you use macOS High Sierra or later, you need to open the System Preferences window to check battery condition on a Mac.

Steps on how to check battery life on a MacBook (macOS High Sierra and later):

  1. Click on the Apple icon in your menu bar.
  2. Press and hold the Option (Alt) key.
  3. Instead of “About this Mac…” you will see the “System Information” option. Select System Information.
  4. Go to the Power Options from the sidebar.
  5. In this section, you can find the battery health information. Look at the battery condition.
System Information window showing the Mac battery health information

There are four conditions your battery might have:

  • Normal – your battery is in excellent health and is functioning well.
  • Replace Soon – this means that the battery has deteriorated. It works fine; however, it keeps a charge now less than it did previously. You will have to replace it soon.
  • Replace Now – the battery is functioning well, but it keeps a charge much worse than previously. You should replace the battery as soon as possible to prevent damaging your laptop.
  • Service Battery – The battery has to be replaced immediately. It can be damaged and overheated, which, as a result, may damage other components of your MacBook.

Steps on how to check battery life on a macOS Ventura:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Go to the General section.
  3. Click About.
  4. Scroll down and click System Report.
  5. System Settings showing System Report button
  6. You will see a window where you can check the battery life.
  7. Switch to the Power section from the sidebar and check the condition of your battery.

How to check the number of battery charge cycles

Every MacBook Pro or Air has a certain number of charge cycles. To view all details about your battery’s cycles, follow the next steps:

  1. Go to the Apple menu and press and hold the Option (Alt) key.
  2. Select System Information.
  3. Go to the Power Options section in the sidebar.
  4. Look at the Cycle Count information.
battery cycle count on MacBook Now you know how to check the power condition of Macbook batteries. Regularly check your MacBook’s battery health to protect yourself from unexpected problems. You can use MacCleaner Pro to quit the heavy consumers and clear junk files to maximize the battery life on your MacBook.

Frequently asked questions about MacBook battery

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