Category: MacBook Air

Why is My Mac Draining Battery While Sleeping?

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Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users may have noticed their computers are draining battery even when the Mac is sleeping and not in use. This seems like a peculiar issue, but it turns out there there may be an explanation.

A simple way to diagnose this issue is by going to  Apple menu > System Preferences > Battery, then choosing “Usage History”. When you see the battery level drop but the ‘Screen On Usage’ is nonexistent, you know the battery is draining when the Mac is not in use. The screenshot above demonstrates this in a severe case,…

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How to Install the Latest macOS on an Unsupported Mac

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Throwing out perfectly good tech is one of my biggest pet peeves, but sometimes it seems unavoidable. We all know we don’t need to upgrade to the latest iPhone every year, but when Apple stops supporting updates on your MacBook or iMac, isn’t your only solution to upgrade to a new one? No, I say. Your Mac can actually…

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How Do I Connect MacBook Pro/Air to a TV?

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If you have a newer MacBook Pro or MacBook Air with only USB-C ports, you may be wondering how to connect the MacBook to a TV.

Maybe you want to use the TV as a larger display, or perhaps you want to watch a movie from the computer on the bigger TV screen, or use it for gaming.

Whatever the reason, it’s easy to do, but you will need to have the appropriate cables.


To be clear, we’re talking about MacBook Pro models that are 2016 and newer (including the 2020 and 2021 M1 MacBook Pro), and MacBook Air models from 2018 and newer (also including the M1 MacBook…

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How to Check Your Mac’s Battery Health

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Wondering about the health of your Mac laptop battery? It’s pretty easy to check the condition and maximum capacity of a battery in modern macOS versions, and if you’ve had your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air for aw while now, you may have noticed the battery performance isn’t quite what it was when you first got the machine.

We’re sure most of us already know how the battery in our electronic devices degrades slowly over a period of time. Accordingly, you cannot expect the top rated battery life on a MacBook that you’ve been using regularly…

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How to Factory Reset M1 Mac (MacBook Pro, Air, iMac, Mac mini)

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Do you have an M1 Mac that you’d like to factory reset as if it were brand new? The process of factory resetting the M1 Mac line to restore the Mac to factory defaults – basically erasing all data and reinstalling a blank macOS – is different with the M1 Mac line, including M1 MacBook Pro, M1 Mac mini, M1 iMac, and M1 MacBook Air, so let’s review how the process works.

First, a quick summary for the unfamiliar; A factory reset or a reset to factory settings involves erasing all the contents stored on your Mac – all files, data, and the OS itself –…

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Fixing M1 Mac External Display Issues (Flickering Screen, White Noise, Black Screen, etc)

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Some M1 MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Air, and M1 Mac Mini users have discovered display issues when using an external display connected to their M1 Mac. Typically the M1 Mac external display issues are either a flickering display, a display that won’t wake from sleep and where the screen stays black, or a white noise display visible after the Mac has woken from sleep, or after the display has slept or turned off and is attempted to be used by the Mac again.

If you’re experiencing external display issues with an M1 Mac, read on to learn about possible fixes and…

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MacBook Automatically Lowering Brightness on Battery? Here’s How to Fix it

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Is your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air automatically lowering the brightness of its display whenever it’s on battery? This may be happening for several different reasons, but it’s nothing you can’t fix. If you’d like a Mac laptop to stop adjusting display brightness on it’s own, read on.

Most of us are familiar with how power efficient MacBooks are when they’re unplugged. The new M1 MacBook Air promises up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing whereas the M1 MacBook Pro takes it up a notch and delivers 17 hours. These are some serious numbers, make no…

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How to Force Restart M1 Mac

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Wondering how to perform some common troubleshooting tasks like force restarting an Apple Silicon M1 Mac? If you are an early adopter an Apple silicon MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini, you might be curious how some some tasks are different, since M1-powered Macs are based on a completely different chip architecture.

The good news is that the new Apple M1-powered Macs follow the same technique to force restart or hard reboot the device as the more recent outgoing Intel models. However, not everyone who got themselves a new M1 Mac is an existing macOS user…

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How to Use Energy Saver Settings on Mac for Better Battery & Power Management

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If you’re using a desktop Mac, like an iMac or Mac Pro, you’re probably less concerned about power management than someone using something like a MacBook. But there are still chances to reduce your home electricity bill, too. You’d be surprised the difference tweaking a few macOS settings can make, especially if you’re someone who leaves their computer and display on 24/7. Here, we’re going to go through some of the settings you might want to take a look at for improving power management on the Mac.

All of these settings live in the Energy Saver area…

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What Do the F1, F2, F3, Through F12 Keys Do on Mac Keyboards?

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If you’re sat in front of your Mac now, take a look down at your keyboard. Sure, it has all of the characters you’d expect from a keyboard, but there are some keys along the top of the keyboard that might not be familiar to you. These are called function keys and all have Fx written on them, where x x is replaced with a number, like F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12. So what do the the F keys on a Mac do?


Glancing at the F keys on a Mac keyboard, you’ll see an icon if you look above the function key number, and that icon shows what else

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