Common Battery Issues On macOS Catalina And How To Fix It

Just recently, Apple released the new update macOS Catalina for Mac users to enjoy. The new update offers a wide variety of new features and app improvements that make everyone so excited to try and explore. However, after a few weeks since the update was released there has been reports of Battery issues on their Mac with macOS Catalina. 

Issues such as battery is draining faster than before, and some reports that Mac is no longer charging after update to macOS Catalina. There can be several reasons why battery issue is happening to your Mac such as excessive usage, charger is damaged, inappropriate charging method, wifi usage are among the few reasons for battery issues. Read on below about the common battery issues and how to fix them. 

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Issue 1: Excessive Usage of your Mac: using your Mac device twice or thrice the usual after update and running one or more app at once can cause your battery to run out faster. To be able to know which apps are excessively using you Mac by looking at the Activity Monitor. Refer to the steps below:

  1. Click Finder to open a Finder window.
  2. Click on “Go” and click on “Applications” from the drop down menu. 
  3. Click on Utilities section
  4. Click on Activity Monitor. Apps will be displayed on the Activity Monitor section with 5 categories such as CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk and Network. 
  5. Click on Memory to know which apps are using your Mac memory the most.

Potential Solution: click on the Battery icon located at the upper right portion of the screen. Running apps will be displayed. Quit or exit that running apps that you are not currently using. Another possible solution on Activity Monitor as mentioned beforehand, once you’ve checked which running apps are using most of the memory of your Mac, it is recommended to quit those apps. That way you Mac is not using much of its battery because of lesser running apps.

Issue 2: Charger is damaged. The reason most probably why you’re battery is draining fast is because your charger is damaged or dirty causing your Mac not getting enough power thus battery life is lesser than usual.

Potential Solution: you might want to consider cleaning up the port by first disconnecting the adapter from the wall outlet, using a cotton swab slowly remove debris. Be careful though as cotton fibers might get stuck on the Magsafe on the port of your Mac. Also, try plugging your charger into a different socket and make sure to check the compatibility of the adapter with your Mac device.

Issue 3: Default settings: after macOS Catalina update, settings on your Mac are set back to default. Some apps on default settings such as being enabled when there’s no need to be can drain the battery life of you Mac device.

Potential Solution: when no accessory if connected to your device, you might want to consider to turn Off your Bluetooth setting. Also, the brightness level of you device can also drain your battery life, try to keep it at a minimum or moderate level. When using your device at daylight, it is not necessary to use the light of your keyboard, adjust them as well. And to increase the life of your battery, make sure to enable energy saving mode. 

Issue 4: Storage method. If you are planning not to use your Mac for awhile, do not store it with a full or no battery as this can take its toll on your battery life.

Potential Solution: Make sure to charge your battery up to at least 50%. If it will take a month or so of no usage, always remember to charge your battery every six months for up to 50% charged battery level.

If you want to store your MacBook for some days, keep the battery charged to 50%. If the days count to months, make sure to charge it every six months with at least 50%.

Issue 5: Poor Battery Condition. This may be caused by your battery has aged to it might have been accidentally damaged.

Potential Solution: Although the simplest solution is to replace your battery, however before doing that you have to make sure to check if you’re battery needs a replacement or not. To know the status of your battery by simply clicking on the Apple icon at the upper left portion of the screen of your Mac, Click on “Above This Mac” option, then click on System Information. Finally, select and click on Power option. Check the status of your battery if it needs replacement.

Issue 6: WiFi Turned On. when WiFi is turned On more than usual, it is often associated with your battery draining faster. Although it cannot be prevented since these days we always need a WiFi Connection

Potential Solution: it is recommended that if you will not be using Internet, keeping your WiFi turned Off can help save your battery life. You can turn it On anytime if you need to use an internet connection

Issue 7: Device turned on for too long. If you’re keeping your Mac device turned on for too long, even when you’re not using it can shorten its battery life and can cause problems later on.

Potential Solution: Put your device into sleep mode, especially when you are not using it to save it battery life. You can also save Power when Mac is in Standby mode. To do this, Click on the Apple icon on the upper left portion of your Mac Screen, click on Sleep to put your device to sleep or click on Standby mode to put it to Standby mode.

Issue 8: Automatic Update are enabled.  Although enabling Auto Update on your Mac device can be beneficial to Mac users but not to its battery life as when auto update apps is enabled, whenever there is an available update for an app it will automatically start updating. That way it is using more of your battery life causing the battery to become weaker overtime.

Potential Solution: it is highly important and recommended to turn Off auto updates on the App Store.

Issue 9: Location Service enabled: when the location service on your Mac device is enabled or turned On, it can drain your battery faster as it uses both the internet and your GPS. 

Potential Solution: How to Disable All Location Services on Mac:

  1. Go to the  Apple icon located at the upper left portion of your Mac Screen
  2. Click on “System Preferences”
  3. Click on “Security & Privacy”
  4. Proceed  to the “Privacy” tab.
  5. Select “Location Services” from the list of options.
  6. Click the unlock button in the lower left corner to be able to make changes. You will need to input your password to allow the changes. 

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