Is your Mac plugged in but displays “Not Charging”? But Apple says this is how battery health management works
Does your Apple Mac displays “Not Charging” even when it is plugged in? Here is what it actually means to say. If you are an Apple user then you must be knowing how Apple iPhone slowdowns caused quite a nightmare for the Cupertino-based tech giant, with some still suing it today for not handling the whole thing correctly.
Following the case with the iPhone slowdowns, the company has been focusing on the improvement of the battery management of its products. The battery health management feature in macOS 10.15.5 is designed to improve your battery’s lifespan by reducing the rate at which it chemically ages. The feature does this by monitoring your battery’s temperature history and its charging patterns.
Based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management may reduce your battery’s maximum charge when in this mode. This happens as needed to ensure that your battery charges to a level that’s optimized for your usage—reducing wear on the battery and slowing its chemical aging.
The Apple Mac users who have installed macOS Catalin 10.15.5 or later may have noticed this weird “Not Charging” message when their devices are plugged in. Well, it’s because of the battery health management system that’s available on the Mac.
When battery health management is turned on, you might occasionally see ”Not Charging” in the battery status menu of your Mac, and your battery’s maximum charge level might be lowered temporarily. This is normal, and it’s how battery health management optimizes charging. Your Mac resumes charging to 100 percent depending on your usage.”
The company says that the implementation of this feature benefits your battery’s long-term lifespan, it can also reduce the amount of time your Mac runs on one battery charge when capacity limits are applied. If your priority is making your Mac notebook last as long as possible before recharging. However, you can turn the feature off anytime you want.
How to control the battery health management feature
Battery health management is on by default when you buy a new Mac notebook with macOS 10.15.5, or after you upgrade to macOS 10.15.5 on a Mac notebook with Thunderbolt 3 ports. If you want to turn it off, follow these steps:
- Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Energy Saver.
- Click Battery Health.
- Deselect Battery health management, then click OK.
- Click Turn Off.
Note that turning this feature off might reduce your battery’s lifespan
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