Like any other rechargeable battery, your MacBook’s battery is prone to wear after several charge cycles. This is why Apple provides battery health information to help users understand their battery’s overall condition.
If you regularly check your MacBook’s battery health and you notice the “Service Recommended” alert, don’t fret; read on to understand what this means for your MacBook’s battery and what you should do next.
What Does “Service Recommended” Mean for Your MacBook’s Battery?
When your battery health falls below 80%, you may receive a “Service Recommended” message. This can mean your MacBook’s battery no longer performs optimally and needs urgent attention.
To check your MacBook’s battery health, click the Apple logo at the top left of your screen. Select System Settings > Battery. On the Battery tab, click the (i) next to Battery Health. This will display your current battery health.
What You Can Do if Your MacBook’s Battery Needs Service
If you see the “Service Recommended” alert after checking your MacBook’s battery health, it means your battery will need to be replaced. You can either contact Apple Support or visit the nearest Apple-authorized service center for a battery change.
Can Software Bugs Cause Inaccurate Battery Health Reporting?
It’s worth noting that not all “Service Recommended” alerts necessarily mean your battery needs replacement.
Although it rarely occurs, software bugs can sometimes lead to inaccurate battery health reporting. Luckily, Apple’s routine software updates also contain bug fixes.
To update your MacBook, head to System Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an available update, download and install it.
Never Ignore the “Service Recommended” Alert on Your MacBook
A “Service Recommended” message regarding your MacBook’s battery health should be immediately addressed. This alert can be a sign that your battery is nearing its end, and it’s why it probably doesn’t last as long as when you first got it.
As mentioned earlier, the best course of action is to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple-authorized service center to get it fixed.