Ever caught yourself wondering how much battery you have left while writing a paper or watching a movie? There are plenty of reasons. Tonight, the battery on your MacBook is about to die while you are downloading an ebook from iCloud Drive. And you are watching a movie on VLC. The last thing you want to do is stop the movie sequence midway or watch your laptop shut down without saving that file open in iTunes.
Yes, that is correct. The percentage indicator is not available on the Menu bar by default.
This article will guide you to add battery percentage indicator in the menu bar of your Mac. The step-by-step process is very simple and takes less than a minute to complete. Making it easier to monitor the battery percentage of your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro without having to click on the battery icon and check it from the contextual menu.
I will admit that when I first got my brand new MacBook Pro in February I was a little disappointed by the fact that there was no battery percentage indicator in the Menu bar. But Apple has a good reason for taking it off by default. When you put a battery percentage indicator in the Menu bar, your Mac’s processor needs to kick in to calculate your laptop’s remaining charge, which results in increased power usage. This is why they recommend you turn off this feature and rely on the built-in battery indicator instead.
Are you looking for the easiest way to show the battery percentage on Mac without having to click on anything? Then you should simply follow these simple steps. But first you need to know how to enter System Preferences.
How to show battery percentage on macOS
Here are the instructions to show battery percentage on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Also, to help you customize it further for your Mac, you can check out BatteryBar to replace your system’s stock battery icon with a beautiful indicator in the form of bars.
Do you like to see how much battery is left on your MacBook (either the Air and the Pro) and wish there was a convenient alternative other than clicking on system preferences? We know we do.
- GO to Apple logo at the top left corner then click on System Preferences.
- Open Dock & Menu Bar.
- Scroll down to Battery, under Other Modules section.
- Check Show Percentage box.
How to show battery percentage on MacBook Air and MacBook Pro : It’s not something Mac users are accustomed to, but there are situations when it would be really nice to have the percentage of your Mac’s battery shown on the menu bar. Maybe you’re working in a noisy coffee shop, or are trying to conserve power by dimming your display…