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How to use Low Power Mode on Mac

Mac Low Power Mode
Mac Low Power Mode (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore)

In macOS Monterey, Apple's brought a popular tool from iOS to the desktop. Can you guess what it is? That's right — Low Power Mode! With macOS Monterey, Low Power Mode is an option that you can set to automatically preserve battery life by turning down the screen brightness and system clock speed. It's a feature that works on all the best Macs.

How to use Low Power Mode With Battery Power

You must have a MacBook (early 2016 and later) running macOS Monterey or later to use Low Power Mode. To use the feature, follow these steps:

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Choose the Battery.
  3. Select Battery on the left side.

To use Low Power Mode With Battery Power, launch System Preferences, then select the battery pane. Select Battery on the left side. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Check the Low power mode box. You might have to click on the lock image at the bottom to unlock this box.

To use Low Power Mode With Battery Power, check the Low power mode box. (Image credit: iMore)

Now your Mac should go into Low Power Mode whenever you are running just on the MacBook battery itself.

How to use Low Power Mode with power adapter

You can also use Low Power Mode when your Mac is connected to a power adapter by following these steps:

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Choose the Battery pane.
  3. Select Power Adapter on the left side.

To use Low Power Mode with the power adapter, launch System Preferences, then select the battery pane. Select Power Adapter on the left side. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Check the Low power mode box.

To use Low Power Mode with the power adapter, check the Low Power mode box. (Image credit: iMore)

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It's nice to see Apple has finally added Low Power Mode to the best Macs. It's been a very popular feature on iPhone and iPad; undoubtedly, it will find much success on macOS Monterey and beyond.

Updated May 2022: Updated for macOS Monterey.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.