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macOS Big Sur: The new Battery system preference

Apple replaced the Energy Saver system preference with a new one called Battery.

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In macOS 11 Big Sur for MacBooks, Apple replaced the Energy Saver system preference with a new one called Battery. Let’s take a look at Battery and the options you can set.

Usage History

The first section of Battery is Usage History. This shows two charts: a Battery Level chart and a Screen On Usage. You can see data from the past 24 hours or the past 10 days.

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Battery

The Battery section has options you might be familiar with from the Energy Saver system preference in previous versions of macOS. Here you can:

  • Choose to show the battery status in the menu bar.
  • Set when you want the MacBook screen to turn off while idling.
  • Set the MacBook to automatically dim the screen when using battery power.
  • Turn on or off Power Nap, which performs some background tasks like check for iCloud updates while your Mac is sleeping.
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Power Adapter

The Power Adapter section is similar to the Battery section, except these are setting you adjust for when your MacBook is plugged in. Here are the settings:

  • Show the battery status in the menu bar.
  • Set when you want the MacBook screen to turn off while idling.
  • Make the computer stay awake while the display is off.
  • Wake for network access.
  • Turn on or off Power Nap, which performs some background tasks like check for iCloud updates while your Mac is sleeping.
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Schedule

In the Schedule section, you can set times for when you want your MacBook to start up, wake, or go to sleep.

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