8 December 2023

How to Activate Low Power Mode on Your Mac

By Ronald Smith

As an iPhone and iPad user, you’re probably familiar with the handy Low Power Mode feature that helps extend your device’s battery life. It can be activated automatically when your battery reaches 20% or manually by you anytime you need to conserve power.

Low Power Mode is designed to minimize your device’s energy consumption and save battery power. This is accomplished by reducing the screen brightness, CPU speed, and disabling certain background tasks.

However, enabling Low Power Mode on your MacBook has become more challenging since the release of the MacOS Monterey update. But don’t worry, there are still ways you can activate Low Power Mode on your MacBook and make your battery last longer.

Alright, let’s do something beneficial for your MacBook’s battery life, even if it means sacrificing a bit of performance. Trust me, it’ll be worth it in the long run. So, here’s what we’re gonna do:

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Activate Low Power Mode on Your Mac

Ready to enable Low Power Mode? Great! But before we dive right in, make sure you have a MacBook from 2016 or later, or a MacBook running macOS Monterey. If you meet these requirements, follow the straightforward steps below:

  1. To open Spotlight Search, simply press Command + Space anywhere on your Mac. How to Activate Low Power Mode on Your Mac
  2. Now, type “Battery” and click on it.

When you want to enable Low Power Mode on macOS Monterey, follow these simple steps:

  1. A window will pop up with two options at the bottom.
  2. Click on the option to display the battery status in your menu bar.
  3. Click on the option to enable the Low Power Mode.

Once you enable the Low Power Mode, you’re all set! It’s as easy as that. Take a look at the image below for reference:

How to Activate Low Power Mode on Your Mac

If you want to quickly switch between standard mode and Low Power Mode, make sure to turn on the first option. This way, you can simply click on the battery icon in your menu bar. Otherwise, you’ll have to manually go back to the Battery’s settings page every time to disable it, and that can be quite inconvenient.

If you have an old Macbook and it’s running slow, your Spotlight Search might not be working properly, especially if it’s at least 5 years old. Don’t worry, though! You can fix it manually by following these steps:

1. If you see “Systems Preferences” in your dock, click on it. If not, click on the Apple logo and then click “Systems Preferences”.

2. Look for “Battery” and click on it.

3. Finally, just turn on the options mentioned above.

Now, let me explain what happens when your Macbook is in Low Power Mode.

How to Activate Low Power Mode on Your Mac

So, here’s the deal, according to those AD Reviews folks: if you’re all about performance, every little thing you do on your MacBook is gonna take a nosedive of about 40-45%. Yeah, that’s a big drop. It means that if you decide to switch on Low Power Mode, your MacBook’s gonna be running at half-speed. And that’s not all. Oh no, not even close. Your display’s gonna dim, a bunch of functions will get switched off or downgraded, all just so you can eke out a little more battery life.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. If all you’re using your MacBook for is simple stuff like internet browsing or typing away in a text editor, this whole performance hit might not bother you so much. And hey, fair enough. It shouldn’t be a big deal for those tasks.

But wait, there’s more. If you’re looking to play games, watch movies, have video conferences, or do any fancy stuff like video or photo editing, well… you might be in for a rough ride. Let’s just say things might not work too well. In fact, they might not work at all. And that goes doubly for games, video editing, photo editing, and all that good stuff.