How to Check MacBook Air, Pro Battery Health in macOS


You can check the battery health of your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro right from macOS. This is important information if you are selling or buying your notebook.

You Can Check the Battery Health of Your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro Straight from macOS Big Sur

Apple introduced the 'Battery Health' feature with the iPhone and now it is available on the Apple Watch as well as the Mac. This simple metric tells you how much actual charge capacity is left on the device, giving you an idea how long it will last compared to the original advertised estimate.

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This information can also prove to be handy when you are out buying a new device with an Apple logo on it. If the battery health is high, it means you are good to go. If it is too low, then you might want to pass up on the opportunity as it may cause trouble later.

However, in today's tutorial, we will teach you how you can check your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro battery health. It is extremely easy, and all you need is macOS Big Sur for it.


Step 1. Launch System Preferences.

Step 2. Now click on Battery in the bottom row of icons.

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Step 3. Now click on Battery from the list of available options on the left.

Step 4. Now click on Battery Health.

As you can see, my MacBook Pro's battery health is currently at 99%, which is completely normal. In fact, anything above 80% is completely fine. Once it drops below 80%, you will be required to service the battery or opt for a replacement from Apple. That replacement will cost you money, keep that in mind.

In short, if you are buying a laptop and the battery health is reported in the 70s, then it is probably a good idea to let go of that potential buy completely. Yet, at the same time, that battery health is completely normal for a product that is more than two to three years old.

Also keep in mind that the above battery health feature might not work on every single Apple laptop. If you do not see it, then the next best thing is to check the battery cycle count which you can check by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar, then About This Mac > System Report > Power.

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Products mentioned in this post

MacBook Air
MacBook Air
USD 675.67
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
USD 1031.61

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