How to get back the 'time remaining indicator' on your MacBook

With MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, Apple has removed the battery time indicator and the idea behind this to avoid scenarios where Mac owners are unaware of what’s draining their battery. However, this means that you will not get a battery life remaining estimate from the battery menu on your Mac when you update your Mac. For some Mac users who have to commute frequently, they need to be aware of how much battery time is remaining.


In reality, there are a few ways you can use to check how much battery is remaining on your MacBook running MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 update. If you are curious to find out how much battery you’ve got left, we can help you out.

In this guide, we will run you through the steps to see battery time remaining on your MacBook running MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 update. As mentioned above, there are a few ways to check your battery life remaining, but we are going for the easiest and fastest method.

  1. How to use CoconutBattery to check battery time remaining on MacBook

CoconutBattery is a useful tool that has existed for a long time. The tool allows you to track the health and performance of the battery on your Mac. The latest version of CoconutBattery now includes the ability to check the battery time remaining on any Mac. Here is how you use it

Step one: First off, make sure that you have the tool installed on your Mac. If not, do it first by heading here

Step two: Once you are done, launch CoconutBattery on your Mac and head to the apps preferences to enable it to load on login and activate the menu bar item.

Step three: When it is done, you will see your battery time remaining on your Mac. Besides, you will also see many battery health statistics here within the app.

  1. How to use Activity Monitor to check battery time remaining on MacBook

If you find the above method complicated, there is another great method that eliminates the need for a third-party app to be installed on your Mac. Activity Monitor has long been fan-favorite section where you can check what is using battery on your Mac. Besides, it also offers the ability to see the battery time remaining.

Step one: First off, you need to head to Activity Monitor section from  /Applications/Utilities/

Step two: Once you are in, select the Energy tab and wait a few moments. After that, you will see your battery time remaining at the bottom

Also read: MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 and what’s new

Note that Apple may remove this feature in the future update, so make the most of it and don’t forget to share with us if you stumble upon any issues during the process in the section below.

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