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I'm trying to determine the battery health on an old MacBook Pro. Specs are: A1398 MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014), Model Identifier MacBookPro11,3, running macOS 11.5.2 (Big Sur).

According to this Apple support page (note that the OS selector is correctly set to Big Sur), I can do that by going to: Apple menu > System Preferences > [Battery icon] > [Battery icon], at which point I'm supposed to see a button entitled Battery Health..., and I'm to click that. The image below (from this Tom's Guide article) shows what I should see:

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But I don't. I see the following:

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As you can see, it is very similar to the previous one, but a major difference is that the Battery Health... button simply isn't there.

Any ideas why I'm seeing something different from what Apple says I should? And, more to the point, any ideas how I might determine my battery health?

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The Battery Health... button requires hardware support as well as being provided in macOS software. Older MacBooks do not have the hardware capability.

For example, my MacBook 2016 with macOS 12 does not show Battery Health and does not support Optimised Charging.

But you can find out about the battery health. The app coconutBattery does this. As well as showing current battery health it will keep a history for you.

I am taking 'battery health' as the maximum charge capacity of battery now compared with nominal value when new. Typically this will decline from 100% (or even a bit more) when new to around 80% when you should be considering a battery replacement.

Edit (added, with thanks, from @AVelj's comment):

For alternative ways of getting battery health/condition, you can access this information from System Profiler>Hardware>Power and it should tell you what is the maximum charge of your MacBook. You could also run the command system_profiler SPPowerDataType in terminal to obtain this information.

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    Essentially what @Gilby has said above. Note, if you are just looking at your battery's condition, you can access this information from System Profiler>Hardware>Power and it should tell you what is the maximum charge of your MacBook. You could also run the command system_profiler SPPowerDataType in terminal to obtain this information instead of from System Profiler app. Also note, none of this will allow you to optimise your battery usage/charging as this feature is only available for more recent MacBook models
    – AVelj
    Nov 29 '21 at 4:53
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    @AVelj I have taken the liberty of adding your comment into my answer. Thanks.
    – Gilby
    Nov 29 '21 at 5:10
  • Yep all good @Gilby. That's fine.
    – AVelj
    Nov 29 '21 at 8:33

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