How to check your Macbook Battery Health

Do you think using your MacBook makes you overly depended to the power socket? Is the battery draining faster than usual or not charging at all? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you need to replace the battery and give your MacBook a new life. Battery cycle is basically the number of times a battery is charged from 0-100%. This period of charging is considered to be one complete cycle. With every full charge (from 0% to 100%) counting as a full cycle.  MacBook batteries have a limited number of cycles and usually 1000 is considered the soft limit. After 1000 cycles the battery loses its peak performance. The number of charge cycles your battery has and how many are left can help you determine when your  battery requires replacement. You don’t need a professional to tell you how you are doing. You can check it yourself without downloading any additional software by following the instructions below,

  1. Press and hold the option key on your keyboard  and click the Apple menu on the top left corner of your menu bar.  
  2. Click on System Information


  1. Under Hardware, select Power. Look for Health Information. Here you can see your battery’s cycle count and Condition. This would show your Macbook Battery Health



The Battery’s condition will appear as either of the following if you are using the latest version of macOS:

–    Normal: The battery is functioning normally

–    Service Recommended: The battery is performing normally, but its ability to hold a charge is less than when it was new. You may want to consider replacing the battery.


In earlier versions of macOS, the battery status might display as Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery if your battery needs to be serviced. A battery with less than a 1000 cycle generally shows Normal but even if your battery cycle is lower than a 1000 you may see Service Recommended or Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery depending on the macOS you are using

Another Quick way of checking your battery’s condition is to press and hold the option key and click on the battery icon  in the menu bar.

So  If you see Service Recommended, Replace Soon, Replace Now, or Service Battery you should take your MacBook to experts for a battery replacement which can be done in 2-3 hours

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