macOS Sierra Battery Drain Issue: Tips to Improve Battery Life

Is your MacBook consuming a lot of battery after updating to macOS Sierra? These are the best tips you can try to resolve the issue.

macOS Sierra has been running quite smoothly on my MacBook Pro. Barring a few occasions when the laptop got a bit slow and Wi-Fi was also lagging in speed, it’s been a pretty good ride on the latest version of macOS.

Some folks who had just recently updated their Mac to macOS Sierra have found a lot of battery draining on their computer. The rapid consumption of power may not necessarily be due to any bug and can be fixed with ease. As for instance, it could be due to power hungry apps, features as well as a lot of junk files which may have been piled up.

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How to Improve Battery Life in macOS Sierra

Is your Mac also draining the battery? Try out these tips to Fix it.

How to Improve Battery Life in macOS Sierra

Solution #1: Handy Tips Which Always Work

Tip #1. Disable unnecessary location services to conserve power.

Step #1. Go to “System Preferences.”

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Click on System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Step #2. Click on “Security & Privacy.”

Click on Security & Privacy in macOS Sierra System Preferences

Step #3. Click on “Privacy.”

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Click on Privacy in Mac System PreferencesClick on Lock Icon in Mac System PreferencesEnter System Password on Mac

Step #4. Uncheck “Location Services.” for unnecessary apps.

Disable Location Services for Apps on Mac

Step #5. Click on the lock icon again.

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Tip #2. Make sure to reduce screen brightness as well.

Tip #3. Decrease the number of apps and tabs open at once.

Tip #4. Besides, if updates are available for apps, update them all.

Disable Transparency & Motion Effects

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The transparency, as well as Motion effects throughout macOS are great, they consume a lot of energy. Hence, turning them off can be good for the battery life of your Mac.

Step #1. Open Apple menu → “System Preferences.”

Click on System Preferences in macOS Sierra

Step #2. Click on “Accessibility.”

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Click on Accessibility in macOS Sierra on Mac

Step #3. Click on Display → check the boxes for “Reduce Motion” and “Reduce Transparency.”

Reduce Motion and Transparency on Mac

Solution #2: Check Out CPU Hogging Processes as well as Battery Usage of Apps

Step #1. Go to Applications folder → “Utilities” folder.

Click on Application then Utilities on MacStep #2. Click on “Activity Monitor.”

Click on Activity Monitor in Finder on Mac

Bring up the “View” menu and select “All Processes.”

Click on All Processes in Activity Monitor on Mac

Step #3. Next, click on the “CPU” tab. Then, find the apps as well as which are using more CPU.

Click on CPU Tab in Activity Monitor on Mac

It will provide better perspective about what to do with those apps and how to take perfect control of the tasks using more CPU.

Find the Apps that Consume a Lot of Power

Method #1

Use the battery menu to find which apps are consuming unexpected battery. Take the culprits for a task. Bring up the battery menu. Wait a while until the data populate.

Next, under “Apps Using Significant Energy”, check out which apps using more energy.

Click on Apps Using Significant Enery in Battery Menu on Mac

Method #2

Step #1. Go to Finder then Applications → Click on Utilities.

Click on Application then Utilities on Mac

Step #3. Click on “Activity Monitor.”

Click on Activity Monitor in Finder on Mac

Step #4. Click on the “Energy” tab to find the apps which are using more battery.

Click on Energy Tab in Activity Monitor on Mac

If you find any app draining a lot of battery, delete it and reinstall it.

Solution #3: Check Out iCloud Keychain Processes

According to some users, a process named “secd” and/or “CloudKeychainProxy” is making life difficult for CPU and consuming plenty of energy. They also get notification alert about enabling iCloud Keychain. To fix it, either enable the iCloud Keychain or disable it.

Step #1. Go to Apple menu → System Preferences → “iCloud.”

Step #2. Disable/Set Up iCloud Keychain.

Setup Or Disable iCloud Keychain on Mac

Solution #4: Reset PRAM and SMC/ Clean Up Your Mac/Update Your Mac

  • If the tips mentioned above haven’t solved the battery draining issue, you need to reset PRAM and SMC. It will not just resolve the battery issue but also help your Mac run smoothly. Jump over to this tutorial to reset PRAM and SMC.
  • Clean Up Your Mac. MacClean is very smart third party tool to let you clean up your Mac easily. So, get rid of the junk files to retrieve storage, speed up your Mac and even improve battery life.
  • Check out if there is any update available in the App Store for your Mac. If yes, update it.

That’s it! These tips will surely help you fix the battery life issue on your Mac. If you know any other way to resolve this problem, let us know that in the comments.

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