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Power Mode on Mac: A Detailed Overview for Three Modes

Updated on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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How to Enable High Power Mode & Low Power Mode on Mac?

Summary: There are three power modes on Mac, automatic mode, high power mode, and low power mode. In this article, we provide a detailed overview of these power modes. How to enable high power mode and low power mode on Mac are mentioned too.

power mode on Mac

If you are an iPhone or an iPad user, you are probably familiar with the low power mode on iOS. Today, let's talk about something different.

With the release of macOS Monterey, you can set the power mode on your Mac now. Generally speaking, there are three power modes on Mac, which are automatic mode, high power mode, and low power mode. To get more details about them, read on!

An overview of power mode on Mac

As we mentioned before, there are three power modes on Mac that you can switch between according to specific scenes. Read the following list to get more information about them one by one.

three power modes on Mac

  • Automatic mode (auto mode): The automatic mode is a fair option that aims at balancing energy use and performance on your Mac. By default, your Mac is set to Automatic mode if you have not changed the energy settings on your own.
  • High power mode: The macOS Monterey high power mode is a new feature on the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max Apple silicon chip running macOS Monterey. It allows users to run their MacBooks at a higher speed, and improves performance in graphics-intensive workflows such as video editing and manipulating complex scenes in 3D software.
  • Low power mode (power saving mode): The low power mode on Mac is also known as power saving mode. As its name implies, it is intended to save energy and preserve the battery life of the devices by automatically turning down the screen brightness and lowering processor clock speed on Mac.

Now, since we already had a fair understanding of the power mode on Mac, it's high time to learn how to use them in real life.

How to enable Mac high power mode?

When you are doing a resource-intensive task, like editing a video, you can turn on the Mac high power mode, and release the full capacity of your computer to make the workflows smoother. 

It should be noted that the Mac high power mode is only available on the Apple MacBook Pro 16″ M1 MAX Mac running macOS Monterey, and other Mac models do not support this feature so far.

  1. Go to the Apple menu on Mac > System Preferences.find high power mode on system preferences
  2. Choose Battery on the System Preferences window.open high power mode in System Preferences
  3. Click Battery or Power Adapter in the left sidebar.
  4. Select High Power Mode from the Energy Mode pop-up menu.enable high power mode

 Note: You can enable Mac high power mode whether your Mac is connected to the power adapter or not. It's all up to you. Also, since the high power mode will maximize the performance of your MacBook Pro, you may hear louder fan noise than usual. But that's normal, so don't panic.

How to turn on low power mode Mac in macOS Monterey?

Sometimes, your Mac is almost running out of power and you forget to bring the power adapter. The more imperative thing is that you still have work to do. In this situation, you can turn on the power saving mode on Mac to solve the urgent need.

What calls for attention is that the low power mode is only available on MacBook (early 2016 or later) running macOS Monterey.

Here's how to enable low power mode on Mac:

  1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the desktop, and click System Preferences.
  2. On the System Preferences window, click Battery.
  3. Select Battery in the left sidebar.
  4. On the Battery preferences page, check the box in front of the Low power mode. 
    turn on low power mode on Mac
  5. Close System Preferences.

If you want to use power saving mode while the Mac is charging, you should choose Power Adapter in the left sidebar on the Battery preferences window, and check the Low Power Mode.

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In this post, we walk you through three power modes on Mac, auto mode, high power mode, and low power mode. After reading the above content, hope you can better use your MacBook with the power mode.

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