Quick Fixes for Service Battery Warning on Macbook Pro

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The first thought that you can click to your mind after looking at the service battery warning on your MacBook Pro is that you need to change your MacBook’s Battery. And unfortunately, yes, you have to. But you don’t have to rush for that. You can remove the warning temporarily by using the fixes given below.

Although this service battery on MacBook Pro is not only for the Battery, it can be caused by a lot of different reasons. The following are the levels of service battery warnings.

  • Normal– This is the first phase of the warning. The status of the Battery is good, and you can use it usually.
  • Replace soon– As the message specifies that you have to replace the Battery soon, as the Battery is degrading, and can eventually stop working shortly.
  • Service Battery– Battery needs to be replaced or serviced.

Why do I see Service Battery on Macbook Pro?

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of reasons for the service battery warning on MacBook, for that you have to understand why this happened in the first place.

  1. There is a specific lifespan of the Battery; after that, Battery needs to be replaced.
  2. Mac has a lithium-ion battery, and when it dies, it dies. Replacement or the service is the ultimate solution.
  3. Your cycle count has probably exceeded its limits- the solution is the change of Battery.

How to check the Cycle Count?

Cycle count is the number of times your Mac’s charged and discharged in its whole life. There are a couple of ways to ascertain the current cycle count of your MacBook. The simplest way is explained below.

1. Snap-on the Apple icon on the top left the corner, and in the drop-down menu, select the “About this Mac.”

About this Mac
About this Mac

2. Now click on the System report in the next tab that appeared as shown in the picture below.

 

System Report
System Report

3. In the left tab, look for the Hardware tab, and look for the Power option. Click on that.

Battery Power Options
Battery Power Options

4. Here in the Power option, you can see the Cycle count of your Mac under the Health Information tab.

 

Cycle Count
Cycle Count

 

Now you may be thinking that what is the total cycle count? Well, every mac model has a different cycle count to determine its battery life. Following is the table for that.

Computer

Maximum Cycle Count

MacBook

MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)

1000

MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008)

500

MacBook (Mid 2009)
MacBook (Early 2009)
MacBook (Late 2008)
MacBook (Early 2008)
MacBook (Late 2007)
MacBook (Mid 2007)
MacBook (Late 2006)
MacBook (13-inch)

300

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)

1000

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008)

500

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz)
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (17-inch)

300

MacBook Air

MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)

1000

MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

500

MacBook Air (Late 2008)
MacBook Air

300

What to do now?

There are a few fixes that you can do to fix the service battery warning. But keep in mind that it is a temporary solution, and at the end of the day you have to replace the Battery. Let’s take a look at the solutions.

1. Reset SMC to fix service battery warning on Mac.

In this fix, we are going to reset the System Management Controller, and it is not a software but a hardware chip in your Mac that controls a lot of hardware appendages, including fans, backlights, display, and Battery. So most of the issues related to these things can be fixed by resetting the SMC.

It is not that difficult; you can reset SMC in a few clicks. Here are the steps to reset SMC.

  • Turn off your MacBook.
  • Now press, left Shift + Option + Ctrl + Power button at a time, and hold for five seconds.
  • Free all the keys at the same time when the computer turns on.
  • Done! Your Mac’s SMC has been reset.
  • Now turn on the Mac and see if the battery service MacBook pro error is gone or not?

If not, then you have to proceed for the 2nd procedure. In that, we are going to recalibrate the Battery.

2. Recalibrate the Battery to remove the service battery warning.

This is not a trick or something like that, but it is suggested to care for your Macbook. Apple says that you should do the battery recalibration once in a couple of months for the health of the Battery.

It is a long process and takes up to 6-8 hours to complete the whole process no matter what model of Macbook you are using, so keep this in mind while starting the calibration process.

Here is the simple procedure to do the battery recalibration.

  1. Fully charge your Macbook with the recommended charger until the MagSafe light turns green.
  2. Now, don’t unplug the charger, keep charging, but now you have to use your Macbook for next two to three hours, or you can open power-intensive programs.
  3. After two to three hours of continuous use while charging, unplug the charger, and keep using it.
  4. When your Macbook turns off due to insufficient Battery, keep it off for the next five hours. After that, plug it in and charge it fully.
  5. Congrats! Your Mac battery has been calibrated.

What? Were you thinking battery calibration being done by software? I was thinking the same until I asked the Apple support.

This fix will not only fix the service battery warning but also makes the battery health better. But if nothing of the method works for you, then that means that you are very much out of your count cycles, and also, there is some malfunction in your Mac that needs the supervision of Apple’s professionals. Go for the last method for the ultimate fix.

3. Take your Macbook to the Authorised Apple Store

This is the ultimate solution for the service battery MacBook error that you are receiving. You have to take your MacBook to the nearest authorized Apple store. If your Macbook is in warranty, then this service is provided for free (most probably). But if your Macbook is out of warranty, then it can cost you from $100 to $200 depends on your MacBook model.

Conclusion:

Every machine we use need maintenance after some time. With Service battery, MacBook pro is trying to tell you that “some time” has been passed, and now you have to replace the Battery, or you have to keep the charger plugged in to continue using your MacBook.

But you can remove the service battery warning quickly using the above tricks. But keep in mind that these fixes are not going to falsify the bitter truth that your MacBook’s battery is going to be dead soon.

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