Getting ~5 hours battery life after latest update on 2019 MacBook Pro

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  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    I got an update that said something about a T2 chip and that it’s recommended. It sounded important so I went with it.

    Well, now my 2019 MacBook Pro 6 core 2.6/16/256 is getting around 5 hours.

    This is a bit stressful and I don’t know what to do.

    Anyone else experiencing this or is my computer a lemon???
     
  2. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Update:

    This has never been a problem in the past, but I am logged into 2 accounts. Could this be a problem?

    What can I do?
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Keep your Activity Monitor open, and watch in the CPU, and Memory tabs. The Energy tab can show good info, too.
    You are looking for processes that are at, or near the top for CPU, etc.

    How long ago did you update? If it has been less than a couple of days, then you should simply allow that to happen, as some updates may reset, or trigger system optimization, or just need to run some of the processes, such as those in the spotlight group of processes. Many of those have the letters MDS in the name somewhere.
    You might find that letting those processes run for another day or two may make a big difference in battery life (because the CPU and other energy use should diminish after allowing some optimizing time.
    I suspect that all things being equal, that having two accounts logged in may increase the energy load (and decrease battery life as one result) depending on what you have the two accounts doing...
    Log out, rather than having some kind of task running in the background...
    Did you start the multiple logins AFTER you updated the system -- or is that something that you have always done?
     
  4. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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  5. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you both so much!!!

    I checked activity monitor and seemed like one item, which I'm not sure exactly what it was, was taking up a lot of the computer energy. So I did a full restart and now my computer battery life seems to be truly AMAZING

    Been watching 4K on youtube on CHROME at that for a couple short videos and still at 100%!!!!

    @DeltaMac @LogicalApex
     
  6. smirking macrumors 68020

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    Power hogs and runaway processes can come from anywhere. Activity monitor usually points a finger at the worst offenders, but sometimes it can be hard to identify what's killing your battery life. If you ever run into a dead end trying to find a culprit, just turn anything you can turn off and re-activate one by one.
     
  7. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ok thank you for the tip! I'm still at 100% since my last post LOL. I'm seriously smiling right now because I can't believe it. Almost feels too good to be true.

    Turning it off and on crossed my mind but didn't do it because I had some tabs open and didn't want to lose them. But then after reading I could see the processes and saw there was one that seemed to be taking up a lot of resources I just saved the tabs and restarted and now I'm so good.

    And as I'm typing this it just dropped to 99% btw but yeah overall everything's going great so far super happy with this device!
    --- Post Merged, Jun 2, 2019 ---
    EDIT:

    Just found out a neat feature. In the activity monitor it says I've been on for about 1.5 hours and am currently at 93%

    IMO, that is amazing! Really happy with that.

    Y'all don't even know lol I was so freaking out when I was getting like 5 hours I was like what am I going to do?!?!

    I never realized how important battery life on my laptop was until this.

    I guess with iPhone I've the charger in the car, at my desk, and when I sleep.

    But with my laptop it's just one charger at home in one place and THAT'S IT
     
  8. twanj macrumors 6502

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