Big Sur

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.

How to boot your M1 Mac into macOS Recovery

Promotional Apple graphic depicting Apple silicon MacBook Pro with the lid half open

macOS Recovery mode is the built-in recovery system of the Mac for troubleshooting your computer. Hopefully, you'll never need to use Recovery mode, but if you ever do, it pays to know that macOS Big Sur has changed how the user invokes macOS Recovery mode on Macs with Apple Silicon. Follow along as we show you how to enter macOS Recovery on M1 Macs.

macOS Big Sur: How to customize and use the Notification Center

Notification Center on MacBook Pro with Big Sur

If you’ve installed macOS Big Sur, you’re going to notice a lot of changes to the appearance of your Mac. And one such change is not only to the appearance but function as well; it’s the Notification Center. The Notification Center on Mac now looks more like the one your iPhone and iPad.

You have a single column for Notifications and Today view, can see notifications grouped by app, and can show less, more, or clear notifications. You can also add widgets and select the size and act on items like replying to an email or snoozing a reminder.

Here, we’ll show you how to customize and use the improved Notification Center on your Mac (running Big Sur or later).

macOS Big Sur: How to create and edit Memojis in Messages

Mac Messages Edit Memoji

If you’ve been enjoying sending your Memoji stickers on iPhone and using the Memoji app added to watchOS 7, then good news! You can manage Memojis in Messages on Mac running Big Sur or later.

Using a bigger screen, you can do things like make a new Memoji with a face covering, change an existing one for your new hair style, or just give yourself a fresh look. Whatever your pleasure, here’s how to create and edit Memojis on Mac.

macOS Big Sur: How to customize the Dock and menu bar

Dock and Menu Bar in System Preferences

If you’ve installed macOS Big Sur, then you’re probably still getting used to the new look and improved features. But with that, you still need to make your Mac work the best it can for you. Which means, arranging your Dock and menu bar effectively.

Neither of these have significant changes, and most you can figure out on your own. But there are a few new things you should know. So here, we’ll show you how to customize the Dock and menu bar on Mac running Big Sur or later.

These are the Apple Silicon optimizations in macOS Big Sur

Apple during its prerecorded product unveiling today spent some time explaining the interplay between the software and the hardware when it comes to Apple Silicon. With its latest and greatest macOS release, called Big Sur, Apple has introduced a set of underlying technologies that are carefully optimized for its first custom desktop chip for the Mac, dubbed the M1.