If you find that the battery is draining abnormally after you migrate your Mac to the latest version of macOS Monterey, there are a few steps you should take before contacting Apple customer service.
As we push away from the latest macOS Monterey release, Mac users are reporting issues with the firmware. Unsurprisingly, poor battery life is currently on the list of issues.
While some battery issues may be hardware related, others may be operating system related. In many cases, it could be an app that is causing the problems.
If you start to notice a terrible battery drain after installing the latest version of macOS Monterey on your Mac, your first thought might be to downgrade back to older macOS software.
Downgrading your Mac’s software is certainly an option, but before you go down, you’ll want to try and fix the problem. Troubleshooting macOS battery life can be tricky, but we have a few solutions that have worked for us and other Mac users in the past.
This guide will walk you through solutions for poor macOS Monterey battery life and there’s a chance they could help you fix your issues in minutes.
Restart your Mac
If your Mac’s battery starts to drain quickly for no apparent reason, restart it first. Restarting can put an end to rogue processes and help you improve battery life and/or overall performance.
Try restarting your Mac before doing anything else. If you still find that your computer’s battery is draining excessively, continue with the next solutions.
Update your Mac
Apple will periodically release new macOS Monterey software. Point updates (xxx) usually focus on fixing bugs, while milestone upgrades (xx) usually offer a mix of features and fixes.
The company may not list battery life fixes in the change log of a macOS update, but new software can always help. If you’re using older macOS software, consider updating to the latest.
To learn more about the latest version of macOS Monterey, check out our guide.
Update your apps
Developers are pushing support updates for macOS Monterey, and a new version of an app could help alleviate battery life issues.
Check for updates in the Mac App Store. If you’re feeling suspicious, read reviews from Mac users currently using macOS Monterey.
You also want to click the battery icon in the top right corner of your Mac. If you see an app that is “using significant energy,” you should contact the developer to see if there is an update, an update is scheduled, or if there is a known issue with macOS Monterey.
Check your battery usage history
In your Mac’s System Preferences, you’ll see a “Battery” section. Here you will see a Usage History feature. Usage History gives you details about your Mac’s battery life over the past 24 hours or the past 10 days.
It’s divided into Battery Level and Display on Use, so you can see how your Mac’s battery is performing. If the readings are far away, you may need to contact Apple customer service.
You will also notice the Battery and Power Adapter sections. Here you can select when to turn off your Mac’s display, turn powernap on or off, and more.
Reset PRAM and NVRAM
This next step is a little more complicated but can resolve battery drain issues.
If the battery drain issues are severe, try resetting the PRAM and NVRAM on your MacBook. This will reset some settings, but will not delete your Mac’s data.
After doing this, you will need to set the speaker, screen resolution and some other settings but there is a chance this will alleviate your problems. Here’s how to do it:
- Shut down your Mac.
- Turn on your MacBook.
- Press and hold the Command, Option, P, and R keys simultaneously right after the startup sound.
- Press and hold until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound again.
If you have the MacBook Pro 2016 or later, you will need to press and hold these keys as soon as you turn on your MacBook Pro and hold them down for 20 seconds.
Note that the steps may be different on Apple’s newer MacBooks.
You can also try resetting the SMC on your Mac. It only takes a minute and can help you avoid a trip to the Apple Store.
The process varies between Apple’s MacBook models, but for most you can use these directions:
- Choose Apple menu and then Exit.
- After your Mac shuts down, press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard and press the Power button at the same time.
- Press and hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds. If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, the Touch ID button is also the power button.
- Release all keys.
- Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.
If you’re using a 2018 model or newer MacBook Pro, you’ll need to: follow the directions on this pageto help you complete these tasks.
If you can’t find a solution to your problem and/or don’t want to wait for the next macOS Monterey update from Apple, you can try downgrading back to an older version of macOS Monterey or an older version of macOS such as Big Sur. Unlike iOS, your downgrade options don’t change over time.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about the macOS downgrade.
4 reasons not to install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches of macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.