Are you looking for an easy way to make your Mac’s battery last longer when there’s no outlet around? If so, a free and open-source application like gfxCardStatus is sure to come in handy for you. It’s an essential app for MacBook Pro users as it lets you see exactly which apps are affecting your battery life by using power-hungry graphics.
gfxCardStatus is really easy to use since it essentially just lists the power-hungry applications on the menu bar. Additionally, it also lets you monitor your graphics card and manually switch modes to increase battery life.
Here’s how to view which apps are affecting your battery life.
1. Download gfxCardStatus from this Web page; it’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and up. When you unzip the file, drag gfxCardStatus.app to your Applications folder.
2. When you run the application, you’ll see a new item on your menu bar. Click on the icon to see information about your graphics card and the applications that are affecting your battery life (listed under Dependencies).
While you can’t close out applications from this menu, you can close them out directly. As you can see, this is a really easy way to extend your battery life – just close out the apps that are using the most power.
3. You can also switch your graphics mode from the gfxCardStatus menu by choosing: integrated, discrete, or dynamic. Dynamic Switching is best for extending your battery life.
Note: Certain applications may not allow you to switch your graphics mode to Integrated Only, which is the more battery-friendly mode. You can find out more on the gfxCardStatus website.
gfxCardStatus quickly and easily shows you which apps are affecting your battery life, and you can in turn close them out and spend more time using your Mac and doing the things you really want to do with your time. Do you have any other methods for determining how your battery life is being affected? Let us know in the comments area below.
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