In this guide, we’ll show you how to quickly fix macOS Ventura battery life issues.
If you’ve recently moved your Mac to macOS Ventura or from one version of macOS Ventura to another and your Mac’s battery is draining faster than you think it should, there are some steps you should take before contacting Apple customer service.
How to Fix macOS Ventura Battery Life Issues
Restart your Mac
If you start noticing abnormal battery drain on your Mac, the first step you should take is a simple reboot. Power off your Mac, wait 30 seconds, and turn it back on and see if battery life improves. If not, go to the next steps.
Update Your Mac
Apple will release new macOS Ventura software from time to time. Point updates (xxx) typically fix bugs and security issues, while landmark upgrades (xx) often offer various features and fixes.
The company may not list fixes for running out of battery in the macOS Ventura update’s changelog, but new software always has the potential to help. If you are running older macOS software, consider updating to the latest software.
For more information on the latest version of macOS Ventura, check out our guide.
Update Your Apps
Developers constantly send new updates to their apps, and a new version of an app can help alleviate the battery life issues you’re seeing.
Go to the Mac App Store and check for the latest updates. If you’re feeling cautious, check out reviews from Mac users currently running macOS Ventura.
You’ll also want to click on the battery icon in the upper-right corner of your Mac. If you see an app that “Uses Significant Energy”, you will want to check with the developer to see if there is an update available, an update scheduled, or a known issue with macOS Ventura.
Check Your Mac’s Processes
One or more of your apps might be consuming your Mac’s resources and causing the battery to run out fast. You’ll want to investigate using macOS’ built-in Activity Monitor.
Find and open Activity Monitor in Finder. You should be on a screen like the screenshot above. Click the Energy tab.
Now click on the Energy Effect tab. This will sort the list by apps and processes that use the most energy. If you see an app or process consuming a ton of energy, highlight it and click the “X” in the toolbar.
Check Your Battery Usage History
macOS’ Usage History gives details about your Mac’s battery life in the last 24 hours or the last 10 days. You can find this in the “Battery” section of your Mac’s System Preferences.
It’s divided into Battery Level and Display In Use so you can see how your Mac’s battery is performing. If the readings are very inaccurate, you may need to contact Apple customer service.
You will also see the Battery and Power Adapter sections. You can choose when to turn off your Mac’s screen, turn power nap on and off, and much more.
Reset PRAM and NVRAM
If you continue to have battery drain issues, try resetting your MacBook’s PRAM and NVRAM. This resets some settings, but does not delete your Mac’s data.
Here’s how to do this. This only works with Intel-based MacBook models.
The System Management Controller (SMC) manages hardware functions in your MacBook, such as the battery. Try the reset and see if the battery life improves. Here’s how you can refactor SMC on a MacBook:
- Use the power button to turn off your MacBook.
- Press and hold the Shift + Control + Option keys and the power button simultaneously for 10 seconds.
- Release all keys and the power button.
- Press the power button to turn your MacBook back on.
If you have a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air apple siliconSimply restart your device.
If you can’t find a solution to your problem and/or don’t want to wait for the next version of macOS Ventura, you can try downgrading to an older macOS Ventura version or an older macOS version.
For more information on macOS downgrade, check out our walkthrough.