macOS Big Sur: How to view your battery usage history

Mac Big Sur Battery Usage History

If you take an interest in the battery usage on your Mac, then you’ll like the feature we’re about to talk about here. You can view your battery usage and the history of that usage for up to 10 days on your Mac notebook computer running Big Sur or later.

Why is this worth checking out? Well, for a variety of reasons. Here are just a couple. First, you can see patterns in how your battery discharges with full on-screen usage compared to sitting idle. Second, you can compare how quickly your battery recharges when connected to the power adapter versus a portable charger.

Things like this can help you see how much energy your Mac uses, how fast your battery discharges, and help you prepare to grab your portable charger if necessary. And of course, some people just find these things interesting! Here’s how to view your battery usage history on Mac.

View battery usage history

You can jump to the Battery section of your Mac’s System Preferences a couple of ways.

  • Open System Preferences using the Apple icon in your menu bar or button in your Dock and select Battery.
  • Click the Battery icon in your menu bar and pick Battery Preferences.

When the Battery preferences window opens, you’ll land on the Battery section automatically. But conveniently above this on the left side, you’ll see Usage History. So go ahead and click that option.

Mac Battery Usage History in System Preferences

You have two tabs at the top to choose from: Last 24 Hours and Last 10 Days. Each gives you slightly different battery data.

Battery Level: Last 24 Hours. Here, you can see your average battery charge level in 15-minute increments. You can clearly see when your battery was connected to power and charging with the green shades and lightning bolts.

Mac Battery Level in System Preferences

Screen On Usage: Last 24 Hours and Last 10 Days. This bar graph displays how long your screen was turned on for every hour. For the last 24 hours, you can see the time of day at the bottom and number of minutes on the right side. For the last 10 days, you can view the day of the week at the bottom and number of hours on the right side.

Mac Screen On Usage in System Preferences

Energy Usage: Last 10 Days. Similar to Screen On Usage on the Last 10 Days tab, this graph shows you how much energy your Mac used each day. The days of the week are at the bottom with the percent of usage on the right side.

Mac Energy Usage in System Preferences

Note: The Last 10 Days tab in the screenshots above only shows data since macOS Big Sur was installed.

Wrapping it up

This type of battery data can not only be interesting, but useful as well. If you want to compare your battery charging tools, see your heaviest usage to adjust energy saving settings, or find out when your Mac is used the most in a shared computer household, you have a quick and easy way to do it.

Are you going to use the battery usage history feature on your Mac? Tell us your reasons for wanting to view it. Is it one of the examples mentioned here or do you have a different reason?

For more, take a look at these other interesting features you’ll find on macOS Big Sur.