The battery on your MacBook is just like a clock – it has a finite number of ticks. When they reach zero, the battery usually needs to be replaced. However, sometimes due to apps that have been left running in the background or simply normal wear and tear, you might need to reset the cycle count on your MacBook battery so that it runs again.
How to reset cycle count on MacBook battery
If your MacBook battery is showing a low capacity it may be because the cycle count has hit a low number. This indicates that the performance of the battery is degrading slowly. It is important that anyone looking to optimize the life expectancy of its MacBook will reset the cycle count by carefully removing the battery from its laptop and powering the computer off.
Each battery has a cycle count. This tells you how many times the battery has been charged and discharged in total. This is an estimate of the lifespan, but it’s not the actual number of all cycles that your battery has taken. Normal usage should be enough to complete all the cycles within the lifetime of your warranty period. However, if your battery life decreases far below what it should be or you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible, then you can reset its cycle count. Just go to manage storage on mac and choose devices from the top left menu bar. Right click on “Battery” and select reset cycle count.
After having the battery die on your MacBook, you may want to reset the cycle count to 0. This can be done by removing the battery and holding down both of the grey “power” keys on your MacBook.
Why does the cycle count reset?
The cycle count on an MacBook extends with each passing minute of charging. This is how the battery life prolongs. However, some batteries lose their interesting quality after being sold for a long period of time. It’s usually best to reset the cycle count so you can maximize your battery life once again.
Some parts of the battery go through a charge and discharge cycle over time. These cycles are responsible for keeping your laptop battery at peak power performance. A power button or shutoff function breaks these cycles of charge and discharge. On most laptops, a reset cycle to restart the process is initiated by holding down the button or closing the lid/sliding in your finger on the touchpad.
Those familiar with the MacBook battery indicator will know that when you use your MacBook, the computer will wrap around to “0” after a certain number of cycles. The cycle count is an indicator of how much charge the battery has remaining. When you reset a negative cycle count like this, it usually means that either your iPhone is draining too much power or you’re plugging in your MacBook for longer than 2 hours at a time and causing some strain on the battery power.
What to do if your MacBook battery refuses to charge
The battery of the MacBook can be cycle-counted so in the event that it gives an error message, you know what it was, but this message may have been caused by a software glitch. If the problem is physical though and not related to software, your device will not charge and there are few steps that you have to take to remedy the situation since it might be due to a low battery level or if it’s plugged into the wrong charging source such as an outlet/power strip tha
If you’re having problems using your MacBook battery, the first step is getting to know the cycle count on their battery. Cycle count is a way to measure how much power an Apple MacBook battery can have before it needs to be replaced. On average, a MacBook will have around 500-600 cycles in its lifecycle. To get the most out of your MacBook, you should get your laptop serviced on occasion.
The cycle count on a MacBook battery is a measure of the number of times a charge cycle is complete. The amount of time spent in charging and discharging will affect the cycle count – four hours on the charger will give 20 or so cycles, six hours might get you somewhere between 48-60 cycles, etc.
Battery life is a key factor when using any laptop. You can read my blog post, “Macbook batteries are a misleading shell game”, to see the steps of how you can increase your battery’s cycle count by following the directions in that blog post.
You’ve used your Macbook battery until your laptop shuts off or you see the warning flashing in iTunes or OS X. You’re now thinking about how to reset it but, don’t worry – we have a solution for you!
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