It is not common knowledge that in order to get the best performance out of a laptop, it is actually a good idea to charge 80%, rather than the full 100%. This little practice is known to enhance the battery life of the laptop, including the likes of the Mac. In order to assist the users in this process, Apple has introduced a built-in optimized charging feature within the new macOS Big Sur operating system. This feature ensures that the battery of the Mac or Macbook device charges 80% even though the battery percentage shows the full capacity. Users have reported better performance and longer battery health, so this is a feature that we recommend that you enable on your Mac or Macbook in order to get the best out of it.
But how do you do it?
This is how –
Step 1. Open the ‘System Preferences‘ application on your Mac or Macbook.
Step 2. From the system preferences menu, navigate the options and click on the ‘Battery‘ option.
Step 3. In the left-hand side pane, click on the ‘Battery‘ option. This will open the battery charging option.
Step 4. Check the box next to the ‘Optimised battery charging‘ option.
Once you enable this option, as mentioned earlier, the Mac starts analyzing your battery usage over the day, week and month, and so on, and adapts the battery charging to ensure that the performance of the Mac is enhanced while maintaining the battery health to the optimal level.
We strongly recommend you to enable this feature as battery performance is a key point in the performance of a laptop, and while the Mac does have stellar battery life on its own, optimizing the charging can help you get that little bit extra out of the machine.
A quick word of advice – Do not rely on third-party applications for optimizing the battery life and charging of the Mac, as there is no official endorsement from Apple for such software. The feature is built into the operating system and it works like an absolute charm.