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When do you need to replace your MacBook battery?

Has the battery in your MacBook been draining faster and faster? Perhaps it's time to replace the battery. All batteries degrade over time, including the one in your MacBook. We'll tell you how to find out whether you need to replace your MacBook battery. By checking how many charge cycles the battery of your MacBook has been through, you'll know if it needs to be replaced in an instance.

Check how many battery charge cycles your MacBook has been through

The quality of a battery decreases a little bit with each charge cycle. According to Apple, a MacBook battery wears out after 1000 cycles. Generally, you'll reach that limit in about 5 years. You'll notice that the battery life of your MacBook becomes shorter and shorter. Perhaps your trackpad no longer works properly either. This is because the battery expands and presses against the trackpad. You can easily check how many battery charge cycles your MacBook has gone through via the System Information app:

  • Click on the Apple logo at the top left of the screen.
  • Next, click on "About This Mac"
  • Go to the System Report
  • Select the Power button
  • Look up the number of charge cycles in this list.

Replace your MacBook battery

Apple MacBook replace battery

Is the battery of your MacBook close to 1000 charge cycles? It's wise to have it replaced so you won't run into any unpleasant surprises. You can have your MacBook battery replaced by Apple. This service is free of charge if it's covered by the warranty or if you have AppleCare+. If your MacBook is out of warranty, you'll pay a fee depending on your model:

  • € 139 for: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro without Retina display.
  • € 209 for: MacBook 12 inches and MacBook Pro with Retina display.


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