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How to enable low power mode in macOS Monterey

If you have an iPhone, it is very likely that you are very familiar with the mobile’s low consumption mode, an option that allows you to preserve the useful life of the battery and make it better conserved.

Now, the Mac also has a low power mode and does something very similar: it reduces power consumption by automatically lowering the screen brightness as well as the system clock speed. It also has other obvious benefits, such as being quieter.

This low power mode is available on the MacBook range (early 2006 and later) and MacBook Pros (early 2016 onwards) using macOS Monterey. We show you how to activate it:

  1. Launch the ‘System Preferences’
  2. Select the ‘Battery’ panel
  3. In the left column, click on ‘Battery’. Check the box for low power mode if you want to use it in those moments when the computer runs out of battery.

You can also activate the low-power mode when the laptop is connected to the power outlet. In the left column, click on ‘Power adapter’.


Check the ‘Low Power Mode’ box if you want to use it while your MacBook is plugged into the power outlet. Presumably your Mac will run quieter when enabled.

There is no quick way to turn Low Power Mode on or off in macOS as it is not currently available from the ‘Control Center’ or the ‘Battery’ menu bar item. This may change in a later version than macOS Monterey.

Query all the news that Apple has highlighted from the version of macOS Monterey and that are to come once the final version of the operating system is announced.

Original article published in Macworld US.

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