Laptop battery life can be a headache sometimes. Especially, if you are someone who uses it a lot outside your home. It can be a real pain in the ass. For me, I will try every battery life-saving tip I come across. Well, I’ve found a keyboard setting that help save your MacBook’s battery life.
One obvious clue that you laptop, particularly MacBooks, is getting old is the inevitable reduction of its running time. The battery life would be reducing month after month. Gradually, it starts to die out quickly day after day.
Then, it wouldn’t be able to perform like it used to anymore.
One big drainer of the battery life is the display. Powering the display eats much of your MacBook’s battery power. Therefore, it is ideal to keep the brightness level at the minimum possible. It’s even good and easier on your eyes.
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From the Energy Saver settings, slightly turn down the display’s brightness for battery power. You can also set it to turn off the display after 5 minutes of inactivity.
Keyboard backlights auto-shutoff
Now, your MacBook’s keyboard backlights also drain your battery, though not as much as the display. But, I think it is worth turning it off it will save you some percentage of battery life.
There’s an in-built setting for turning off the keyboard backlights after a designated period of inactivity too.
Unlike the display settings, the keyboard backlight setting is not in the Energy Saver setting in the System Preferences. For the keyboard backlights settings, you’d have to go to the keyboard settings rather.
You need to go to System Preferences > Keyboard. Then on the keyboard tab, there’s an option Turn keyboard backlight off after ____ of inactivity. Just check the box beside it.
Now, set the period range for which you want the keyboard backlights to go off after inactivity. You can choose from the options from 5 seconds to 5 minutes of inactivity.
Choosing 30 seconds or one minute of inactivity is quite ideal. But, you can choose any of the options depending on how you want to save battery power.
This setting doesn’t only help save a little power on your Mac, it is also fancy. The effect of the keyboard backlights coming to life every time you resume work is just beautiful.