Apple started transitioning their MacBooks to their silicon in 2020, and most Macs either have M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, or the newly unveiled M2.
With the release of macOS Big Sur in 2020, Apple turned off the battery percentage by default, and many people like it that way.
The battery level icon that indicates the amount of charge your MacBook Air M1 has left provides a good approximation. Still, a percentage next to the icon gives your accurate information.
Current MacBooks last longer than their Intel counterparts. Still, on-the-go creators consider the ‘battery percentage’ in the menu bar a valuable tool that helps them gauge the battery’s remaining time.
If you are the latter user or just someone who wants to see the battery percentage on the menu bar of your MacBook Air M1, you can easily enable it by following the steps listed in this article.
Method 1: Access ‘Battery Percentage’ from System Preferences
Step 1: Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu bar () or your MacBook’s Dock from the Applications folder.
Step 2: Click on ‘Dock & Menu Bar.’
Step 3: Scroll until you see the battery on the left sidebar and click on it.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Show in Menu Bar’ & ‘Show Percentage.’
Method 2: Access ‘Battery Percentage’ from Spotlight
Step 1: Hit Command + Space on your Mac to launch Spotlight and type ‘Dock & Menu Bar.’
Step 2: Scroll until you see the battery on the left sidebar. Now tap on it.
Step 3: Ensure that ‘Show in Menu Bar’ is enabled. Then click on ‘Show Percentage.’
How do you show battery percentage on Mac M1?
You can view battery percentage in the menu bar on MacBook M1 by –
Click the Apple icon > Tap on System preferences > Select Dock & Menu Bar > Click on Battery > Check the box next to ‘Show Percentage.’
How can I check my MacBook Air M1 battery usage?
You can check your Mac’s battery statistics and health in System Preferences. Click on the Apple icon in the Menu bar > Select System Preferences > Tap on Battery > Now click on battery again > Tap on Battery Health to see how is Mac’s battery performing.
How many hours does the battery on M1 MacBook Air last?
Here are Tom’s Guide battery test statistics: The new MacBook Air lasted 14 hours and 41 minutes with web browsing at 150 nits.
This is how you can show the battery percentage on MacBook Air M1.
Now that you’ve enabled this feature, you will see the percentage next to the battery icon in the menu bar that will give you an idea of how much juice your M1 MacBook Air has left.
I have turned on this feature on my M1 MacBook Air, even though it lasts me an entire work day – 8h hours. I have enabled it specifically to optimize my battery charging.
I always connect the charger whenever my MacBook is at 30% and disconnect it when it charges 80% or 85%. This ensures that I’m not entirely using the charge cycles.