Check your laptop battery status

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Check your laptop battery status
Check your laptop battery status
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This wikiHow teaches you how to check your laptop's battery, as well as the general condition of your Windows or Mac computer. Windows will alert you when your battery needs to be replaced and you can also generate a battery report using PowerShell. On the Mac, you can check the health of your battery in System Summary.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Checking the battery life and health in Windows

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Step 1. Check the battery icon

The battery icon is located in the lower right corner of the Windows taskbar. By default, the Windows taskbar is at the bottom of the screen. If there is a red x on the battery icon, there is something wrong with your battery.

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Step #2. Click on the battery icon

This displays a window with more information about your battery. At the top of the window is information about how long the battery will last. If there is something wrong with your battery, details will be provided at the top of the window. If necessary, Windows will tell you if you need to replace the battery.

Method 2 of 3: Generating a battery status report in Windows

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Step 1. Right click on

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The Start menu is the button with the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the taskbar.

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Step 2. Click on Windows PowerShell

Depending on your version, this will be in the middle of the menu that appears when you right-click the Start menu. This will open the PowerShell prompt.

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Step 3. Type powercfg /batteryreport

This PowerShell command generates a battery report.

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Step 4. Press ↵ Enter

Generates a battery report that can be opened in a web browser.

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Step 5. Click on it to open the battery report

By default, the battery report is saved in 'C:\users\username\battery report.html'. The battery report can be opened in any web browser. It contains information about battery type, usage history, capacity and estimated capacity.

Method 3 of 3: Checking the battery health on a Mac

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Step 1. Click

Macapple1

This button is located at the top left of the menu bar.

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Step #2. Click About This Mac

It is the first option in the menu bar.

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Step #3. Click on System Overview

This option is at the bottom of the Summary tab in About This Mac. This opens a menu with several overviews.

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Step #4. Click Power

This button is in the left menu, under Hardware.

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Step 5. Check the battery status

You can find the status of your battery under 'Status information', under 'Battery information'. After 'Condition' it says: 'Normal', 'Replace soon', 'Replace now' or 'Have it checked'.

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